Norman Fruchter

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Norm Fruchter

Norm Fruchter is a long time activist who worked with Independence High School, a school for drop-outs in Newark. He is experienced in organizing around housing concerns (e.g., rent strikes), youth concerns, though his most current work and expertise focuses on the contradictions in city services and related problems, especially education. Fruchter is also a film-maker having made Troublemakers, Summer '68 and People's War.[1]

Studies on the Left

Norm Fruchter was editor of Studies on the Left, from 1964 to 1966. SOTL was a publication which "helped to revive radical scholarship in the United States and to create a new radical understanding of the American political economy. Second, Studies contributed to the consciousness and ideological development of the New Left."

New American Movement Speakers Bureau

In the 1980s Norm Fruchter was a speaker on the The Crisis of Capitalism section of the NAM Speakers Bureau onthe subject of Crises in City Services, particularly, Eductation.[2]

DSA member

In I983, Norm Fruchter was a member of Democratic Socialists of America.[3]

How Class Works

At the How Class Works - 2002 Conference, panels included;

“Beyond Parent Involvement: An Organizing Paradigm”

“Policy Charade: Training for Discipline in the Low-wage Labor Market”

“Promises to Keep: Higher Education and Working-Class Students”

Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Fruchter is the director of the Community Involvement program at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.

"When the schools that need the most get the least," he said, "then the community needs to raise demands about fundamental change. Without the community's energy, will, passion and commitment, little change will occur." He credited the United Federation of Teachers - NYSUT's largest affiliate -- for being an active partner in the fight for good schools."[5]


  1. New American Movement Speakers Bureau booklet, 1980s
  2. New American Movement Speakers Bureau booklet, 1980s
  3. Democratic Left, Nov./Dec. 1983, page 14
  4. How Class Works - 2002 Conference Schedule (accessed July 24 2010)
  5. New York State United Teachers website