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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Culture Corner—Abbott Elementary and Savage City

Aug 15, 2022

TV: Abbott Elementary, ABC mockumentary sitcom, created by Quinta Brunson, 2021

This network show is filmed like a documentary of an inner-city public school in Philadelphia. Through the Emmy-nominated performances of Quinta Brunson, Janelle James, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and others, we see into the daily life of a financially starved public school and how the workers, in spite of all obstacles, do all they can to provide a quality education and a home away from home.

Book: Savage City by Donal Levin, 2021

Detroit, 1932. This historical fiction book traces the fate of four people through the turmoil of the economic collapse of the Depression, when workers and the unemployed struggled and organized to better their lot. It focuses on the week of the Ford Hunger March, during which five workers were shot dead and countless others beaten and/or shot by the Ford Motor Company cops and Dearborn police. It tells of the attempted cover up and the eventual uncovering of the truth. But more than anything, by focusing on the lives of four very different individuals, it shows the effects of these events through the lens of class, hardship, racism, terror, and turmoil, which are still felt today.