Introduction to Part 3 of the Special Series on Transforming Unions, Schools and Society

(Anti)Racism, Democracy, and Social Justice Unionism


  • Lauren Ware Stark Bowdoin College
  • Rhiannon Maton State University of New York College at Cortland
  • Erin Dyke Oklahoma State University


Teachers Unions, Social Justice Unionism, Racial Justice, Democracy, Social Movements


This is the third issue in a special series titled Contemporary Educator Movements: Transforming Unions, Schools, and Society in North America. In this issue, we turn our attention to educator organizing in cities on the east and west coasts of the United States, tracing movements that developed before and alongside the statewide organizing highlighted in the previous issue. In particular, we bring together studies that illuminate the organizing of educators within social justice caucuses: groups of educators organizing to advance justice and democracy in their schools, unions, and communities. The authors and interviewees in this special issue document the complex ways that educators advance racial justice and democracy within and through their organizing.

Author Biography

Lauren Ware Stark, Bowdoin College

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education at Bowdoin College






Contemporary Educator Movements: Transforming Unions, Schools, and Society