Socialism hasn’t always been mainstream. It started off as radical: too hot to touch. So in 2010, radical new leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union started slowly.
“Convincing our members to wear a red T-shirt on Friday was a task,” said Brandon Johnson , who on April 4 became mayor-elect in Chicago . He was speaking at the Socialism 2013 conference about his push to normalize radical progressive politics among rank-and-file Chicago teachers. “Took us a year to convince [Chicago Teachers Union] members that it’s OK to associate yourself with labor. The baby Socialists would just wear the buttons, right? You gotta start them off gently. And so eventually, they started putting on red T-shirts.”
Those red shirts flooded the city of Chicago in 2012, as teachers union members packed city trains, crowded city streets and abandoned city […]
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