The American economic system is focused on maximizing shareholder returns. And it’s achieving that goal: on Friday, the S&P 500 notched a new all-time high. But average Americans have seen no significant gains in their incomes for four decades, adjusted for inflation.
Over the past two years, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has reached out to communities in more than 30 states across this nation. We have met with tens of thousands of people, witnessing the strength of their moral courage in trying times. We have gathered testimonies from hundreds of poor people and we have chronicled their demands for a better society.
The teachers' strikes are part of a national revolt that has been growing for months, arcing from one red state to another. First, in West Virginia, teachers went out on a nine-day, wildcat strike, winning a wage increase and important health insurance protections. In Arizona, teachers have organized protests to demand a pay increase. And in Oklahoma and Kentucky, teachers across both states have walked out.