Dave Prince (1943– ), who has been a member of the National Committee of the Socialist Workers Party since 1977, was drawn into working-class political activity while a student at Oberlin College in Ohio (class of 1964) and then Tyler Art School in Philadelphia. The mass Black, working-class struggle that...
Dave Prince (1943– ), who has been a member of the National Committee of the Socialist Workers Party since 1977, was drawn into working-class political activity while a student at Oberlin College in Ohio (class of 1964) and then Tyler Art School in Philadelphia. The mass Black, working-class struggle that brought down the Jim Crow system of institutionalized racial segregation had a powerful impact on his political course. He was an early partisan of Cuba’s socialist revolution, defender of Malcolm X, and builder of what became millions-strong actions demanding the US government “Bring the Troops Home Now!” from Vietnam.
Prince was born in 1943 into a cultured Jewish family in northern New Jersey. His father was a pediatrician and sculptor, and his mother a lifelong cadre of the Communist Party USA, who in her later years was a manager for classical singers and musicians.
Prince joined the Young Socialist Alliance and Socialist Workers Party in fall 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the years he has taken on a broad variety of central leadership responsibilities. He helped lead the party’s industrial trade union fractions in the International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE) and United Auto Workers (UAW), as well as in unorganized machinists and meatpacking shops. He has organized SWP branches in numerous cities from Price, Utah, to northern New Jersey.
During the 1990s and early 2000s, Prince headed the party’s print shop in New York, which produced the Militant newsweekly and books published by Pathfinder Press. He helped lead the transition to digital printing, which opened the door to organizing volunteer supporters in the US and elsewhere to take on much of the work previously done in the shop to prepare books and other party material to be printed.
Today, among other responsibilities, Prince leads the work with the party’s worldwide network of organized supporters.
And he has never lost his keen appreciation for the importance of art as a vital component of the working-class struggle for emancipation—the road to which can only be opened through socialist revolution.