Book Discussion on Revolt on Goose Island
Jul 23, 2009
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Kari Lyndersen talked about her book Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover, and What It Says About the Economic Crisis
(Melville House; June 30, 2009). In her book she recounts the takeover of a Chicago .. Read More
Kari Lyndersen talked about her book Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover, and What It Says About the Economic Crisis (Melville House; June 30, 2009). In her book she recounts the takeover of a Chicago factory by workers who refused to leave when it was shut down. After receiving $45 billion in federal funds, Bank of America terminated a line of credit to Republic Windows and Doors, which shut down without providing for its workers. Eventually, arrests were made, but the peaceul protest sparked national attention and led to a minimal turnout at the auction of the company’s assets. Onstage with Ms. Lydersen were labor rights advocate Danny Postel, who moderated the discussion, and Armando Robles, the local UE president who helped to plan and participated in the worker takeover of Republic Windows and Doors. Among the topics discussed were the events that lead to the occupation of the plant, Barack Obama’s role in raising the conflict from a local stage to a global stage, and Ms. Lydersen’s method for taking the book from live blog posting to bound and printed publication. The panelists also responded to questions from members of the audience.
Representative Luis Gutierrez and many of the workers involved attended the book launch event held at 7 p.m. CT, Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Stop Smiling Headquarters.
Kari Lydersen is a Midwest based staff writer at the Washington Post and co-author, with Wafaa Bilal, of Shoot an Iraqi (2008). She is also author of Out of the Sea and Into the Fire: Latin American-U.S. Immigration in the Global Age (2005).