Hazel Kight Witham from Venice HS talks about her strike experience. There were a dozen of us, and you could barely hear the song we were dancing to: Aretha Franklin’s “Think.” But there we were in front of Venice High, dancing for public education and calling on our community to think about what they were trying to do to us.
Amid the sea of red shirts that flooded Los Angeles in early January, it may have been easy to miss those worn by the members of Eastside Padres Contra La Privatización. An all-volunteer organization formed in 2017. Eastside Padres is a leading force in the community struggle to defend public education.
Our strike empowered Los Angeles. The impacts of our collective action are not just those we can measure, like contract wins and the shifting political dynamic, but those that are more intangible, like the positive human, emotional, and spiritual effects.
As we continue to fight for public education, connecting with our areas is vital to our strength. As a member, you can get information related to your specific area here through resources and news, or contact your UTLA area representative.