This Is An Emergency: Flattening the Curve from the Bottom-Up

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST / 6:00 PM MST / 5:00 PM PST

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Hospitals and schools are collapsing from the devastation caused by the surging pandemic and government policies that prioritize the interests of Wall Street and the billionaire class over public health. Rank-and-file teachers and nurses in Chicago and New York City are organizing to demand a community-centered COVID response. Join EWOC for a conversation about how labor activists are fighting for people-centered pandemic policies to flatten the curve from the bottom-up.

Special emphasis will be given to how everyone can support the Chicago Teachers Union right now, amid the standoff over unsafe working conditions with Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Moderated by Chris Brooks, Field Director, NewsGuild of New York
Jia Lee, special education teacher at a public school in Manhattan, United Federation of Teachers (UFT) chapter leader and on the steering committee of the Movement for Rank-and-file Educators (MORE).
Sean Petty, pediatric emergency room nurse and vice president of the New York State Nursing Association’s (NYSNA) bargaining unit at Jacobi Medical Center.
Elizabeth Lalasz, nurse and National Nurses United (NNU) steward at Stroger Hospital, Chicago's main public hospital.
Jackson Potter, history teacher at Back of The Yards High School, executive board member of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), co-founder of the Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators (CORE)