What compelled West Virginia’s teachers to strike in February 2018? How did they organize? What were teachers and allies doing during the strike? And how is the West Virginia labor movement celebrating its victory?

55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike answers these questions and offers unique, on-the-ground insight into this historic strike. The book includes essays by teachers from around the state, organizing documents, images from the picket lines, and material on the history of the labor movement in West Virginia.

Edited by Jessica Salfia, a West Virginia public school teacher, Emily Hilliard, a West Virginia-based folklorist, and Elizabeth Catte, a historian will be publishing on July 1, 2018.

10% of proceeds will go to benefit a West Virginia educational organization to be announced.

Help distribute free copies of this book to teachers by pre-ordering, buying an extra copy that we will send to a teacher for free, or adding in a t-shirt (we will follow up on size). All West Virginia teachers will also be able to purchase the book at cost upon publication.

Because images are so essential to this story, this book will contain both black and white and color photographs. Help us raise the cost of production by pre-ordering.

Questions? contact Anne Trubek at anne@beltmag.com.