Unlike the teacher strikes in West Virginia and Oklahoma, today's walkout in Arizona is the first statewide strike ever held by educators in the Grand Canyon State. But Arizona still resembles other states where teachers are revolting this spring because educators there also lack collective bargaining rights under so-called "right-to-work" provisions, and their decision walk out over decades of low pay and cuts to education is technically illegal.
This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising, the longest prison revolt involving fatalities to occur in the history of the United States. Survivors of this 11-day prison takeover are still fighting for basic human rights behind bars -- and still meeting state repression, now that prison strikes are regularly coordinated beyond any individual prison's walls.
The United States may have declared its independence from Britain in 1776, but it was from England and other European powers that the breakaway colonies inherited an evil that was of fundamental significance to its future: slavery. In this excerpt of The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism, Gerald Horne describes how we are still experiencing that ruinous legacy.