Speaker Profile

Kenzo Shibata

Media Director
Illinois Federation of Teachers and Organizing 2.0

Kenzo Shibata is a former high school teacher and union activist who from 2010-2013 was the Digital Media Coordinator for Chicago Teachers Union. He built CTU's robust digital media program powered by rank-and-file organizing. Two notable digital campaigns he led were around the 2012 CTU Strike and the 2013 School Closings Campaign. He is currently Media Director for the Illinois Federation of Teachers where he coordinated digital strategy during the successful University of Illinois at Chicago strike. He is also writes about Labor, Education, and the ever-changing digital landscape. His writing can be seen in Jacobin Magazine, Salon, In These Times, Huffington Post, New Politics, Truth-Out, Hack the Union, Alter-Net, and Labor Notes. He is a board member of Organizing 2.0.

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