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Voice of Change - General Baker, Jr.

Charles Ezra Ferrell

Southfield, United States

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GENERAL GORDON BAKER, JR. is a trailbrazer in the history of the global revoltionary movement. General, so aptly named after his father, seeks to bring forth revolution (corrective change) from deep within the belly of the beast, tearing away at the connective tissues that leads to its heart: the point of production.

As a grassroots labor and community leader, General Baker’s ability to critically analyse the root causes of oppression and continously mobilize agents of change for more than 40 years is exemplary and quite extraordinary.

Read his “advanced guard” anti-war letter to the U.S. Draft Board in 1965 (well before Muhammad Ali) and his Letter to Chrysler Corporation. Let us bring our study and practice into proper alignment. I urge you to carefully and deeply study his historic and monumental contributions to liberating the poor, the oppressed labor, and the improverished from the fangs of imperialism.

His life has been one of commitment to struggle. This is clearly demonstarted in his choice of his life partner and loving wife, Marian Kramer, a warrior in defense of the poor, victims of injustice and oppression. (Visit: http://www.purposeprize.org/finalists/finalists...)

The following is an excerpt from: http://www.speakersforanewamerica.com/gen.html

“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.”

It is an honor to to state that General is my chersihed cousin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKnRlkw27BM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUfop2Pl9pc
http://www.speakersforanewamerica.com/gendraft....
http://www.speakersforanewamerica.com/gen2.html

18×24 Graphite Pencil on Archival Paper. 2008. Owned by General Baker, Jr.

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