RIP General Baker 1941-2014 By Grace Lee Boggs

RIP General Baker 1941-2014.
By Grace Lee Boggs

marygrove_SC_0340We’ve lost another stalwart in the struggle, General Baker . He was a huge presence and will be sorely missed.

Our hearts go out to Marian Kramer, his wife and comrade, their children and grandchildren.

The last time General and I talked was four years ago on June 19, 2010. It was the night before the opening of the 2nd US Social Forum.

We laughed as we recalled the heady days of the 1960s.

We talked about

• How Jimmy challenged two FBI guys to stand up to J. Edgar Hoover, even inviting them to a workshop on struggle against bosses which he would soon be giving.

• How after the murder of Cynthia Scott by a cop in July 1963, thousands of us marched over and over again around police headquarters at 1300 Beaubien , shouting “Stop Killer Cops!!!”

• How John Watson and Mike Hamlin took over the WSU student paper SOUTH END and declared “One worker is worth 100 students!”

In the last four years, building on the broad shoulders of giants like General, we’ve let the world know that out of the devastation of Detroit’s de-industrialization we have been creating a post-industrial society that is the alternative to planetary extinction.

Without the struggles of DRUM, FRUM, ELRUM , this would would have been much more difficult.

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