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  1. You Better Work

    You Better Work

    $3.00

    Queer/Trans/Feminist workers' stories Content: Introduction by Colt Thundercat Bathrooms by Gyage Operaista Sexual Harassment by Grace Parker Beyond Fuck You: an organizer's apporach to confronting hateful language at work by FW Coeur de Bord Solidarity against sexism on the shop floor by angel Gardner-Kocher Requred Extraordinariness by Doug Jadzia Sembla Beyond Fuck You 2: workplace organizing against oppressive language and behavior My Body, My Rules: a case for rape and domestic violence survivors becoming workplace organizers by Liberte Locke Learn More
  2. Walls & Bars

    Walls & Bars

    $14.00

    Prisons & Prison Life in the 'Land of the Free'

    by Eugene V. Debs

    Introduction by David Dellinger

    Deb's only full-length book (first published in 1927) is a lively memoir as well as a stirring critique, drawing on his own prison experiences. He served time for his leading role in the Pullman Strike in 1894, and was sent to the penitentiary again in 1919 for opposing World War 1. In 1920, as Convict N. 9653, he ran for President on the Socialist ticket and received a million votes. Debs explains in this book why prisons don't (and can't) reform or deter anyone, and how prisons in fact create criminals. He discusses prison labor and the links between prison and militarism. Above all, he exposes the class bias of the entire US criminal justice system, showing that 'the prison problem is directly correlated with poverty.' His conclusion: 'Capitalism and crime have become almost synonymous terms.' Arguing that prison 'should not merely be reformed but abolished,' Debs called for a socialism of solidarity, freedom and love, firmly rooted in industrial democracy, without which political democracy is a sham. Only with the advent of such a social revolution, Debs's view, can society succeed in 'taking the jail out of man as well taking man out of jail'. This handsome new edition contains an important introduction by David Dellinger - himself a lifelong revolutionary, and no stranger to prisons.

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  3. Truth and Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization, 1969-1986

    Truth and Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization, 1969-1986

    $16.00

    Founded in Chicago in 1969 from the rubble of the recently crumbled SDS, the Sojourner Truth Organization (STO) brought working-class consciousness to the forefront of New Left discourse, sending radicals back into the factories and thinking through the integration of radical politics into everyday realities. Through the influence of founding members like Noel Ignatiev and Don Hamerquist, STO took a Marxist approach to the question of race and revolution, exploring the notion of “white skin privilege,” and helping to lay the groundwork for the discipline of critical race studies. Learn More
  4. The Other Carl Sandburg

    The Other Carl Sandburg

    $22.00

    by Phillip R. Yannella

    Using Penelope Niven's standard 1991 biography, Carl Sandburg, and a close reading of a series of political articles Sandburg (1878-1962) wrote expressing socialist beliefs, this book attempts to redeem the reputation of the beloved but bad poet by amplifying a few years of his political life around WWI. Temple University American studies professor Yannella's political analysis of American socialism around WWI is turgid, but detailed. More problematic is his fervent conviction that during his lifetime Carl Sandburg was universally appreciated as a writer. The truth is that for the last 40 years of his life he was often derided by other American poets: e.g., the great poet Elizabeth Bishop writes in her Letters of the comic horror she felt when Sandburg suddenly appeared at a 1940s Washington, D.C., party. Yannella unconvincingly claims that Sandburg was an 'extraordinary' and 'wonderfully gifted' writer, presenting as good poetry Sandburg's feeble stuff like: 'One child coughed his lungs away, two more have adenoids and can neither talk nor run like their mother.' In his attempts to rehabilitate Sandburg, he even goes so far as to compare him, unconvincingly, to Walt Whitman, even though the two have little in common beyond the surface similarities of free-verse and populism. Sandburg fans are better off sticking to Niven's biography.
    Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  5. The Deprived and Depraved

    The Deprived and Depraved

    $15.00

    Former-prisoner-turned-Wobbly, organizer and revolutionary Hybachi LeMar offers his invaluable perspective through this collection of writings. The Deprived and Depraved not only gives voice to the voiceless, but provides a clear call to action in the form of organizing the most oppressed, exploited and vilified in this society. Fellow Worker LeMar is currently incarcerated again. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF HIS BOOK WILL BE SENT DIRECTLY TO HIM to help cover legal fees and other costs associated with incarceration. Additional donations with a note indicating your support of LeMar will also be forwarded to him. Learn More
  6. The Court-Martial of Mother Jones

    The Court-Martial of Mother Jones

    $10.00

    Together with Steel's discerning introduction, the transcript of this landmark trial sheds new light on the Paint Creek/Cabin Creek strike and provides insights as well into the Progressive movement, the history of the United Mines Workers, the development of Congressional investigation committees, and the beginnings of the Labor Department. Most of all, it shows the use of an unusual judicial process that created the legal questions unresolved to this day. Learn More
  7. Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology

    Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology

    $27.95

    This new edition of a classic is by far the biggest and best source on IWW history, fiction, songs, art, and lore. Learn More
  8. Rebel Pen

    Rebel Pen

    $16.00

    The Writings of Mary Heaton Vorse

    Edited by Dee Garrison

    Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966) was a leading labor journalist and feminist whose eloquent writing covered alll the major labor and radical events in the United States and Europe in the first half of the century. This collection, which focuses on Vorse's enduring contribution to labor journalism, includes pieces on the textile workers' strike in Lawrence in 1912, the steel strike in 1919, the textile workers' strikes in Passaic and Gastonia in the 1920s, the CIO battles in Michigan and Ohio in the 1930s, and the fight against corruption on the waterfront in the 1950s. Eachselection is preceded by an introduction outlining the context and history of these struggles.

    As a journalist, Mary Heaton Vorse covered the most important labor battles of this century. But she also wrote as a woman, a mother, and an active participant in the intellectual world of Greenwhich Village in the 1920s and in the early years of the women's suffrage, peace, and birth control movements. An activist and feminist, she wrote of women's lives as well as struggles for social justice throughout the world. This volume includes selections from each of these areas of her life, as well as rare autobiographical writing on her ongoing effort to reconcile the demands of motherhood with those of her profession.

    In an analytrical and biographical introduction Dee Garrison rounds out the intellectual and emotional aspects of this very political woman's life, bringing alive her courage and determination, and making it again part of our heritage.

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  9. Radical Works for Rebel Workers: Best of the IW 2015

    Radical Works for Rebel Workers: Best of the IW 2015

    $7.00

    Radical Works for Rebel Workers is a hand-picked collection of contemporary writing and imagery from a diverse crowd for the annual Working Writers Contest of the IWW. This Bilingual booklet features 10 contemporary works dealing with sexism, organizing, labor history and how to be a lifelong wobbly. Get two, and remember: IWW literature is better shared with a fellow worker! Learn More
  10. Portraits In Steel

    Portraits In Steel

    $14.99

    Photographs by Milton Rogovin

    Interviews by Michael Frisch

    This powerful book documents--in images and words--the unsettling experience of a dozen men and women workers who lost their jobs in the steel mills of Buffalo, New York, and had to fashion new lives for themselves. A stunning collection of revealing narratives that bears witness to wrenching changes in the American economy. Photographs.

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