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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
Open Letter to Chrysler Corporation, May, 1968
General Baker at a press conference during the 1960s (photo)

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General Gordon Baker is an internationally known labor leader and retired autoworker. He has championed the cause of the unemployed and unorganized for independent political activity and for a vision of a new America for over 30 years. He was among the first Americans to refuse the Vietnam draft. His case was a landmark in draft resistance, symbolizing the beginning of the anti-war movement. He is legendary for his role in leading Black auto workers in the 1960s Detroit wildcat strikes against auto corporations and discriminatory union leaders. The revolutionary ideas of this period inspired Black workers in factories throughout America. The book, Detroit: I Do Mind Dying (about the worker revolts of that era) calls him the "soul of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement" (the driving force behind the strikes.)

General Baker's life-long commitment to the working class and for a society where workers will finally receive the fruits of their labor, makes him one of the most important labor speakers in America today. Today he discusses the necessity of building a national movement to take over the giant corporations before they take over the people.

General Baker was featured in "The American Dream," a documentary about labor history. He ran a Michigan state-wide campaign for political office and a statewide campaign to support Detroit's Homeless Tent City. He was part of the North American delegation to the 7th Pan-African Congress in Uganda, and has addressed many other international and national gatherings including conferences in Detroit commemorating MalcolmX; celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers; programs at the Carnegie Mellon Institute; Howard University Conference on the Columbus Quincentennial and many more universities throughout the United States.He is a chair of the Steering Committee of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America.

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