On six Tuesdays and Thursdays in September and October, over 3,000 workers from northern England to Palestine to South Africa logged into Zoom, gleefully announced their union affiliation in the chat, and settled in for a master class in power-building.

This was Organizing for Power: Strike School, a virtual course for labor activists worldwide run by legendary U.S. union organizer Jane McAlevey and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The attendee list spanned unions, climate strikers, migrants’ organizations, and tenants groups from seventy countries. Attendance was free, and sessions were simultaneously interpreted into six languages.

Naturally, it wasn’t a stale Zoom seminar…

Julia Peck

Researcher in cultural literacy at University of Cambridge, union and climate organizer, minoritized languages stan

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