Longtime labor and civil rights activist General Gordon Baker was the guest speaker Wednesday at BGSU Firelands night in an academic exercise called "The People vs. the System."
Baker was a leader of the Detroit wildcat strikes in the 1960s, a founder of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and one of the first Americans to dodge the draft during Vietnam.
His case was a landmark in draft resistance, symbolizing the beginning of the anti-war movement. An autoworker for 30 years, Baker remains a champion of the unemployed and unorganized workers.
Fully gray and using a cane to balance his protest-weary body, Baker took the podium and aim at what he sees is holding the American worker down.
Baker said it is tough to comprehend how many workers lose jobs and health care benefits, while corporate executives reap large profits and salaries.