“One day longer, one day stronger” was the chant of Oakland Education Association (OEA) members as growing numbers of parents, students, and community members joined the picket line on day three of the East Bay teachers’ strike.
Oakland’s educators’ creativity was unleashed as they painted, sang, danced, and marched with a community that has embraced their student-centered fight for the schools every Oakland student deserves. That fight includes ending the practice of unregulated charter school expansion in the city.
Parents have been moved by local educators’ passion and commitment to their children. In a show of support, they’re refusing to allow their children to cross the picket lines. In
Members also led the community in their own version of the ’90s dance craze, the Macarena. Teachers changed the lyrics with a pro-public education spin that is becoming a strike favorite. With OEA solidarity at a high point, it seems they are prepared to stay out as long as necessary to protect and preserve public education in the East Bay.