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Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution by Marvin Surkin, Dan Georgakas

By Marvin Surkin, Dan Georgakas

Detroit: I Do brain demise tracks the intense improvement of the avert progressive Union move and the League of progressive Black employees as they turned of the landmark political businesses of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies. it really is largely heralded as one an important books at the black liberation movement.

Marvin Surkin received his PhD in political technology from long island collage and is a consultant in comparative city politics and social swap. He labored on the heart of the League of innovative Black employees in Detroit.

Dan Georgakas is a author, historian, and activist with a long-time curiosity in social events. he's the writer of My Detroit, growing to be up Greek and American in Motor City.

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All that kind of crap. We went out anyway. Ron pulled 563 votes. The next highest guy was a white worker who had 521. There were other candidates, so we had to have a runoff election. Immediately after that, the Hamtramck police department began to move in a much more open way. They gave us tickets on our cars and just generally harassed us. One day about fifty of us were in the union hall, which is right across from the police station. The mayor of the city and the chief of police came in with guns in their hands.

If a job was speeded up or an extra procedure added, if safety goggles or gloves were inadequate, if a machine malfunctioned, the worker could not fight it out on the factory floor in a direct confrontation with a supervisor. The worker could only write out the complaint, file it with the union “ rep,” and wait Our Thing Is D RU M 33 the complaint to be processed. Meanwhile, whatever the new procedures or safety violations might be, they remained in effect unless they were gross enough to trigger a walkout by all the workers.

The major benefit of the trip was that he came to have firsthand 62 Detroit: I D o M ind Dying knowledge of the dissident workers’ movement in one of Europe’s more industrialized countries. Watson was amazed at what he considered the tactical and ideological timidity of the Italian Marxists, especially given their enormous working-class base. After speaking at the conference in Naples, Watson made brief stops in Sardinia, Rome, and Turin, Italy’s major automobile manufacturing center, a city often compared to Detroit.

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