[Marxism] Fwd: The Cost of Defying the President - The New Yorker

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Feb 13 06:32:01 MST 2017

Officially, my father was the president of the Newark tower branch, or 
“local,” of patco. Given his charisma and penchant for theatrics, 
however, he was often asked to speak to the press. By default, he became 
a very public face in the Northeast region. His would be a high-profile 
arrest. At home, watching the evening news, it was easy for me to 
picture my dad, heroically defiant, in handcuffs and leg irons, being 
led across the screen. The image turned fearsome when I thought about 
what would happen to him after I turned off the television.

In reality, I had little reason to fear. My father would never have 
suffered the indignity of a jail cell. The night of the picket line, he 
went on the lam, and I didn’t see him for a week. When he did return 
home, he was careful not to park on our street in case the marshals 
drove by looking for him. In the days following the strike, the Justice 
Department arrested a handful of union officials, and issued indictments 
for dozens more. My father escaped legal prosecution, but suffered in 
other ways.


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