Jessie Ramey, who writes Yinzercation, and Kipp Dawson, a union activist and teacher in the Pittsburgh public schools, invited me to come to their city. I had my first event there, and it was sensational! I will let Jessie describe it.

Let me add that I especially wanted to meet Kipp, because I learned that she worked as a coal miner for more than a decade. I imagined a burly woman, but she turned out to be tiny, but with a steely determination. The kind that enables a woman who is 5’1″ to carry a 50-pound pack on her back and persist, the kind that will fight for kids today.