GENERAL GORDON BAKER
It is with great sadness that we announce that General Gordon passed away. His contributions live on.
|Some quotes about General Baker:
"It was fascinating to learn your perspective of the 1960s. It was
so different -- refreshing and enlightening. Our class read aloud your letter to the draft board. It was a particularly appropriate
ending to our "Honors Seminar in American Culture in the 1960s." You got a standing ovation."
-- A Tampa, Florida student
"General Baker was the only person in the United Auto Workers Union to help me when I was
fired in a direct action walk out." -- A Minnesota autoworker
The book, "Detroit: I Do Mind Dying, A Study in Urban Revolution,"
calls General Baker the "soul of the Dodge Revolutionary Movement."
Some of General Baker's writings and speeches
General Baker speaks on current auto crisis
General Baker video on Youtube (Justice Rally against Whirlpool)
Vietnam Draft : Lessons for Today
DRUM article, 30th Anniversary, 1998
Labor Day Speech, 2005
Historical writings of General Baker
Letter to the Draft Board, Detroit, 1965
Letter to Chrysler Corporation, May, 1968
at a press conference during the 1960s (photo)
General Gordon Baker is a national and internationally known labor leader who has been called the most important 21st century American revolutionary.
He was a leader of the Detroit wildcat strikes in the 1960s, a
founder of the legendary League of Revolutionary Black Workers, the Dodge
Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM), and the first American to refuse induction
to fight in Vietnam. His case was a landmark in draft resistance, symbolizing
the beginning of the anti-war movement.
book, "Detroit: I Do Mind Dying" (about the worker revolts of
that era) calls General Baker the "soul of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM)."
(DRUM was the driving force behind the
wildcat strikes.) The ideas emanating
from that period inspired Black auto workers throughout America.
General Baker's life-long
commitment to the working class makes him one of the country's most knowlegeable
spokespersons for a new society where workers
will finally receive the fruits of their labor. An autoworker for 30 years, he remains a champion of the unemployed and
unorganized workers. Today he discusses the necessity of building a national movement to take over the giant corporations before they take over the people.
General Baker and his family were featured in "The
American Dream," a documentary about labor history. Other accomplishments include running in a Michigan state-wide campaign for political
office; a statewide campaign to support Detroit's
homeless tent city, and being part of the North American delegation to the 7th
Pan-African Congress in Uganda and he has addressed many other national and
international gatherings. University appearances
include: Convenor of the 1993 conference in Detroit commemorating MalcolmX
and celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the League of Revolutionary
Black Workers; featured speaker at MIT (1994) University of Illinois (Chicago)
(1995). He has also been featured at: Cleveland State University; University
of Massachusetts; State University of New York at Binghamton; and the Carnegie
Mellon Institute; Howard University Conference on the Columbus Quincentennial. He is a chair of the Steering Committee of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America.