Speakers on Labor Movements

Bill Fletcher Jr, billfletcherjr@gmail.com, is available to address U.S. foreign policy, electoral politics, labor and workers’ movements, and right-wing populism.

He is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator. “Bill Fletcher Jr has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. . . . Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com; and in the leadership of several other projects.” (See: http://billfletcherjr.com/)

Joshua Freeman, jfreeman@gc.cuny.edu, is available to address contemporary and recent labor relations in the U.S.

He is a Distinguished Professor in the CUNY Graduate Center. “Freeman was born in 1949 in New York City to working class parents. . . . Freeman’s research focuses on labor history and the sociology of working-class people. He writes from a ‘new labor history‘ theoretical perspective. . . . Two of Freeman’s books have drawn notice from the academic community . . . In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966 [and] Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II . . . Freeman is popular commentator on labor history on radio and television. (See: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/History/Faculty-Bios/Joshua-B-Freeman)

Dan Georgakas, georgakas@hotmail.com, is available to speak on the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and models for non-authoritarian radical organizing.

Dan Georgakas is an American anarchist poet and historian who specializes in oral history and the American labor movement, best known for the publication Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution, which documents African-American radical groups in Detroit during the 1960s and 1970s. (http://dangeorgakas.ag-sites.net/index.htm)

Andor Skotnes, skotna@sage.edu, is available to speak on race, class, and intersectionality in social struggle; the workers and freedom movements in recent U.S. history; sixties movements.

He is a Professor of History at Russell Sage College (retired). Skotnes sees himself primarily as a historian of social movements in their complexity and interrelationships. In his work he attempts to combine general structural analysis with a concern for lived human experience as revealed in personal testimony and oral history. His recent book is A New Deal for ALL? Race and Class Struggles in Depression-Era Baltimore. (See: https://www.sage.edu/profile/andor-skotnes-ph-d/)

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