Bernard Marszalek, as an “agent of Anarchy” in the US for Colin Ward’s British journal, was one of the founders in 1964 of Chicago’s Solidarity Bookshop. After facing felony-kidnapping charges (later dropped) while protesting the sacking of Staughton Lynd at Roosevelt University, he dropped out of college to take up the printing trades at a Chicago printing co-op, J. S. Jordan. It was there that he collaborated in publishing The Right to be Lazy as an agitational pamphlet. Upon moving to San Francisco in the mid 70’s, he worked as the Production Editor of Across Frontiers, a journal that gave voice to the dissident movement in Eastern Europe. Bernard joined Inkworks Press, a collective print shop in Berkeley, and participated in the founding of the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC). Currently he is associated with JASeconomy , which promotes the grassroots economy in the SF Bay area.
Kari Lydersen is a longtime friend of C. H. Kerr Co. and author of The Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover (and what it says about the economic crisis). She is also an expert on the Americas and is the author of Out of the Sea and Into the Fire: Latin American-US Immigration in the Global Age.
Fred Thompson, an IWW old-timer in the 60s was supportive of a new generation of Wobblies. Known as the labor historian of the Wobblies he wrote The History of the IWW and advised Joyce Kornbluh on her book Rebel Voices. Imprisioned in California for Criminal Syndicalism, C. H. Kerr published his autobiography edited by David Roediger, Fellow-Worker.