Resistance to the neoliberal project in education is increasingly bringing together advocates for racial and social equality and justice with teacher activists and the unions.  Stories sent to us about campaigns in Los Angeles, as well as the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) strike in January 2019,  show their interconnectedness.

Los Angeles teachers, students and community are currently mobilizing to end the school system’s “Daily Random Weapons Searches, during which 10-18 year old students are involuntarily taken out of class and searched for weapons. Activists who have been working in Making Black Lives Matter in Schools are asking supporters to pack the school board’s June 18 meeting to vote on a policy to end the policy, which enforces prison-like conditions in city schools. The action builds on UTLA’s historic contract win creating a pilot program in which select schools are exempt from searches.

In an article for Regeneración, The Association of Raza Educators Journal, Robert D. Skeels, takes a close look at the role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Los Angeles, identifying their role in the Non-Profit Industrial Complex (NPIC), particularly those used by Los Angeles tycoon and power-broker,  Eli Broad. Skeels explains the role of struggles for ethnic studies in  pushback on privatization in California and Los Angeles.