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(en) Obituary: Bruce Augustyniak (Bruce Kala), by Christopher Z. Hobson

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Date Tue, 4 Feb 2003 07:14:52 -0500 (EST)

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Bruce Augustyniak, also known as Bruce Kala, died in Chicago
on September 6, 2002. Bruce was a longtime socialist and
anarchist who was trained as a scientist and gave up what
presumably would have been a lucrative career to be a revolutionary.

He devoted his whole adult life to this work, as a member of
the International Socialists from 1970 to 1973, the Revolutionary
Socialist League from 1973 until 1989, and the Love and Rage
Revolutionary Anarchist Federation from 1989 to 1998. During
the 1970s and 1980s he worked in the U.S. Post Office in
Chicago, in other industries in Los Angeles, and as a teacher in
New York, and helped produce the RSL's newspaper, The
Torch/La Antorcha, and a book, Trotskyism and the Dilemma of
Socialism, by Ronald D. Tabor and Christopher Z. Hobson
(1988). In later years Bruce was active in several anarchist
groups in the San Francisco area; he was known for his extreme
militancy and bravery at anti-Klan/anti-Nazi demonstrations.
Most recently he worked in Chicago, his hometown, as an
organizer for the Service Employees' International Union until
this summer. He was living with his brother when he died

Bruce was not only an opponent of authoritarian society but, to
some extent, its victim. He had a hard life, struggling against
drugs and enduring the unsettled existence of an activist who
lacked long-term steady work, family, and community involve-
ments. Now that he has passed, we honor and remember his
achievements in the struggle for a new society.

Michael, haul the boat ashore,
Then you'll hear the horn they blow,
Then you'll hear the trumpet sound,
Trumpet sound the world around,
Trumpet sound for rich and poor,
Trumpet sound the Jubilee,
Trumpet sound for you and me.
Aaron Douglas, "Rise, Shine, for Thy Light Has
Come," c. 1930. Gouache on paper, 12 x 9 in.

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