Marian Kramer has been at the forefront of the struggle of the poor, and a leader in the fight to stop the privatization of water in Detroit, Michigan. She has been the front lines of the welfare rights and civil rights movement from its origin in the 1960s. Kramer serves as the Co-chair of the National Welfare Rights Union.
Marian Kramer is married to General Baker.
Revolutionary Union Movement
In 1968 and 1969, former Wayne State students such as General Baker, Marian Kramer, Ken Cockrel, Ken Hamblin, Luke Tripp, Charles Johnson, and others organized the Revolutionary Union Movement in Detroit’s auto plants, which culminated in the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. Some of the organizers who split from the League joined former SNCC leader James Forman and founded the Black Workers Congress.
Malcolm X conference
A conference, Malcolm X: Radical Tradition and a Legacy of Struggle was held in New York City, November 14 1990.
The "Black Women and Black Liberation: Fighting Oppression and Building Unity" panel consisted of;
- Marian Kramer, National Welfare Rights Union
30th Anniversary speaker
In October 2, 1993, the Institute for Policy Studies celebrated its 30th anniversary by holding a conference "Progressive Thought in the Post WWII Era" featuring discussions about a wide range of public policy issues. The panelists discussed a progressive approach to public policy issues since World War II. A key part of the conference was a panel consisting of Garry Wills, Northwestern University history Professor; Eleanor Holmes Norton, member of the House of Representatives; Marian Kramer, President of the National Welfare Rights Union. It was moderated by IPS founder Richard Barnet.
Black Radical Congress
National Conference to Reclaim Our Cities
The Workers World Party instigated National Conference to Reclaim Our Cities was held Friday, November 11 2005, thru Sunday, November 13 in Detroit in the Wayne State University Student Center Ballroom.
- People from the throughout the state of Michigan and delegations from New Orleans, Cleveland, Baltimore, New York and other cities will converge on the Wayne State University campus to develop strategies for the rebuilding of urban areas around the country. Under the theme: "Money to Rebuild New Orleans and all U.S. Cities, Not for War," this national meeting of grassroots, labor and peace activists will call for the feeding of the cities and the starving of the Pentagon.
- Demanding funds for jobs, housing, Social Security, schools, healthcare and the environment, the conference will focus on the Bush administration's budget which slashed 150 domestic programs while it pushes the spending for war to over half a trillion dollars a year. Organizers of the event say that it is time to launch a struggle to win the right to healthcare, quality education, decent housing, food, utilities, and jobs at living wages.
A partial list of endorsers for this event includes: Maryann Mahaffey, President of the Detroit City Council, JoAnn Watson, member of the Detroit City Council, Donald Boggs, President of the Metro-Detroit AFL-CIO, Nathan Head, President of the Metro-Detroit Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Ed Rowe, Pastor of Central United Methodist Church, Marian Kramer, Co-President of the National Welfare Rights Organization, the Gray Panthers of Metro-Detroit and Workers World Party members David Sole, President of UAW Local 2334and Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire.
- All day Saturday, November 12, there will be plenary sessions and workshops to discuss solutions to the urban crises across the United States and the role of the increasing militarization of both domestic and foreign policy of the national government.
This conference was open to the general public and was sponsored by the WSU student chapter of the the Workers World Party front Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice.
National Welfare Rights Union
- Speakers for a New America website
- [New Politics, vol. 6, no. 2 (new series), whole no. 22, Winter 1997]
- U.S. Foreign Policy Since World War II, Oct 2, 1993, Institute for Policy Studies | Anniversary Celebration, CSPAN Library]
- Pan-African News Wire, October 30, 2005 Event: National Conference to Reclaim Our Cities (NCRC) Friday, November 11 thru Sunday, November 13
- NWRU website: Board