From what I understand, even if you bring this up with a real human at YouTube, they are probably not going to undo that strike for you. The best thing to do right now would be to follow the appeals process and set up a twitch account for the time being. You can also bring your concerns with Team YouTube on Twitter, but they are going to probably tell you to appeal. Make a video about your experience after, probably will get a lot of clicks.
I did setup a twitch to see how it rolls. The good thing with YouTube is you can stream multiple people to multiple events at the same time on one channel, which is handy when you got multiple people doing stuff for different audiences and keeping it central.
From what I can tell with twitch, you can only have one stream at a time. Also the videos stay up for 14 days, and YouTube they stay up forever.