Bill Fletcher Jr - the Prospects for the Left in Trump's USA

Bill Fletcher Jr is the executive editor of Global African Worker and the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us!": and Twenty Other Myths about Unions (2012).

Having been an activist since his teen years, upon graduating from college Bill went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several US labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staff member in the national peak body AFL-CIO.

Bill Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum, a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, an editorial board member of, and involved the leadership of several other projects.

He is also the co-author (with Peter Agard) of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 (1987), and the co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice (2009). He has also published a mystery novel, The Man Who Fell from the Sky. And of interest to many SEARCH members he is the author and co-editor of a book on the legacy of Amilcar Cabral the leader of the independence movement of Guinea Bissau and Cap Verde- the title of that is Claim no Easy Victories. Here is the link:

He is a regular commentator and writer, a talk show host, and activist. You can follow him on these channels:

Twitter: @billfletcherjr

Facebook: Bill Fletcher Jr


Where he regularly posts on current issues, including most recently a response to the right wing protestors who demand immediate reopening…

In this briefing Bill discusses how the US left, labor and progressive movements are responding to the Trump administration’s hardline right agenda to remake the USA in its image. He speaks broadly on questions such as What are the Left’s prospects and priorities? How can Trump be defeated? What has the Bernie Sanders movement achieved? How could the Left influence a Biden Democratic administration?

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