Richard Saks

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Richard Saks

Richard Saks is a Milwaukee Wisconsin labor lawyer, with Hawk Quindel.

Anti-Apartheid network

Joe Iosbaker December 5, 2013 ·

This plaque is among my most treasured possessions. Remember Nelson Mandela! Continue the struggle against apartheid in Israel! Victory to the liberation struggles of oppressed nations!


— with Dennis O'Neil, Lester Dragstedt, Lynne Adrian, Tracy Van Quaethem, Carol DeProsse, Richard Berg, Jim Potter, John A. Smith, Daniel Hughes, Mike Ascroft, Bob Hearst, Andrew Harvey, Josef Ignatious Fortier, Amy Kratz, Bob Cotter, Craig Perrin, Mike Price, Michael Turnure, Patrick Kearns, Kris Penniston, Stephanie Weiner, Judith Mentzer, Chris Iosbaker, Joe Burns, Bridgette Sheridan, Prexy Nesbitt, Tomas de Bourgha, Kit Bonson, Brenda Barton, Anne Evens, Juliet Holt Klinger, Michael Harvey, Saed Abu-Hijleh, Chip Young, John Stonebarger, Robin Potter, Barbara Ransby, Keith L. Perry, Mick Kelly, Tom Wilson, Beau Barry, Amy Smith, Lj Yanney, Richard Saks, Bruce Nestor, Hermalee Webb and Bethany McIvor.

We've Carried The Rich For 240 Years! Let's Get Them Off Our Backs!


We've Carried The Rich For 240 Years! Let's Get Them Off Our Backs! is the name of a 2016 Facebook group for folk to exchange views and memories of the Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party/Revolutionary Workers Headquarters lineage of the '70s New Communist Movement.

This group is for folks who were members of these groups or those who were “never actually in the RCP but I knew a lot of people who were.” Scholars, whether rigorous or casual, of the US left are also welcome.''

Members included Richard Saks

Founding conference PSN

Progressive Student Network founding conference attendees - Kent State, 1980, included - Richard Saks Chicago.

Progressive Student Network

In 1982 Richard Saks, with University of Chicago, Circle Campus, addressed the annual Progressive Student Network conference at Wayne State University, Michigan, on "Rebuilding the disarmament movement".[1]

Progressive Student Network contact


In 1982 Richard Saks and Amy Kratz were Midwest regional coordinators for Progressive Student Network.

Special election 1986


Richard Saks played a role in Luis Gutierrez's 1986 special election victory.[2]

Forward Motion conference

Forward Motion, Oct/Nov 1986

In the summer of 1986 Forward Motion sponsored a forum in Chicago on electoral politics. Forward Motion Chicago correspondent Peggy Baker moderated. Panelists were Luis Gutierrez, Robert Starks and Richard Saks.

Luis Gutierrez was a newly elected Alderman from Chicago's overwhelmingly Puerto Rican 26th District. After participating in radical student politics at Northeast Illinois University, Gutierrez became involved in community housing activism in the Humboldt Park-Westown area.

Robert Starks was a Professor of Political Science at Northeast Illinois University. He was Chicago Chair of the Free South Africa Movement, and co-chaired the Taskforce for Black Political Empowerment, which convinced Harold Washington to run for mayor of Chicago in 1983, after conducting large voter registration drives.

Richard Saks was a member of the Common Ground Network. He managed Bill Borks unsuccessful run for State Representative, and in 1986 played an important role in Miguel del Valle's successful primary for State Senate.

Labor lawyer

Richard Saks represented the workers at Palermo's Pizza in their high-profile labor dispute with the company.

Saks also is the attorney for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Voces de la Frontera, a Milwaukee immigrants rights group, in a lawsuit aimed at blocking the Republicans' voter ID law. He previously went to court on behalf of 9to5 — which represents working women — to back Milwaukee's mandatory paid sick leave law.

Saks had worked for years for the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association, the union representing Milwaukee teachers.[3]


  1. [Progressive Student Network conference at Wayne State University, Michigan program]
  2. [Forward Motion, October November 1986, page 24]
  3. Milwaukkee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel, County Board dumps lawyer ticketed for soliciting prostitute, Daniel Bice No Quarter Aug. 13, 2013