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Fighting Times: Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War

Fighting Times: Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War

Current price: $24.95
Publication Date: September 27th, 2022
Publisher:
PM Press
ISBN:
9781629639659
Pages:
320
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Description

Deeply personal, astutely political, Fighting Times: Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War
recounts the thirteen-year journey of Jonathan Melrod to harness
working-class militancy and jump start a revolution on the shop floor of
American Motors.
Melrod faces termination, dodges the FBI, outwits
collaborators in the UAW, and becomes the central figure in a lawsuit
against the labor newsletter Fighting Times, as he strives to build a class-conscious workers' movement from the bottom up.

A radical to the core, Melrod was a key part of campus insurrection
at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He left campus for the factory in
1973, hired along with hundreds of youthful job seekers onto the
mind-numbing assembly line. Fighting Times paints a portrait of these rebellious and alienated young hires, many of whom were Black Vietnam vets.

Containing dozens of archival photographs, Fighting Times
captures the journey of a militant antiracist revolutionary who rose to
the highest elected ranks of his UAW local without compromising his
politics or his dedication to building a class-conscious workers'
movement. The book will arm and inspire a new generation of labor
organizers with the skills and attitude to challenge the odds and fight
the egregious abuses of the exploitative capitalist system.