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Oakland Teachers went on strike for 7 days, from February 21 to March 3. Meanwhile, recreation centers throughout Oakland opened their doors as solidarity sites, a place students could go in lieu of school to not cross the picket line. Photo by Julie Chang

During the teachers strike, “solidarity sites” provided safe places for students

on March 11, 2019

When the Oakland teachers’ strike began, many volunteers joined forces to create “solidarity sites” across the city to support the teachers by giving students a safe place to stay while classes were cancelled.

Bushrod Recreation Center was one of the fifteen recreation centers open for parents to drop off their kids so they wouldn’t have to cross the picket lines. Here, children got to play basketball, make crafts, and enjoy free meals provided by Bread for Ed, a food fund created to feed students during the strike. Click the audio player below to hear the story.

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