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Getting Kids to Be Activists Through a Graphic Novel

Getting Kids to Be Activists Through a Graphic Novel

One of the lessons of history is that it must be retaught so our children won’t repeat it. When I left Union Plus last year, I decided to enter into an “encore” career and published a graphic novel to teach kids about labor history. But most importantly, how to become an activist when you’re a teenager. That was just the beginning—AFT got involved and decided that we needed to go big on this. Through #ShareMyLesson, we wrote a lesson plan that guides kids through worker history but also gets them engaged in issues during this very important political time.

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Union Is the New Black: Labor Organizing in 'Orange Is the New Black,' and What It Means for You

Union Is the New Black: Labor Organizing in 'Orange Is the New Black,' and What It Means for You

In its third season with Netflix, "Orange Is the New Black" has had a significant effect on America's consciousness regarding: race, women and incarceration and transgender issues. This season highlighted many character backstories, but personally, the most interesting plotline was that of the security guards and their efforts to organize a potential union. We see labor issues in popular culture and television, on occasion; and this example, in particular, shines light on issues that arise when workers don't have labor protection.

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