John Rossen was in the Lincoln Brigade and was later sent by the Americans to India where he was the liason with the Communist Party. He was a radio agitator after the war until he ran afoul of the McCarthyites. He wound up owning three Spanish language movie houses and a sizeable office building in Chicago, and became the landlord for SDS and the Chicago Area Women's Liberation Union. He was dismayed when a letter to his Lincoln Brigade comrades urging them to join in antiwar activity resulted in checks but little involvement.
The staff at his theaters were all young Wobblies and they launched a strike. The Tribune loved it: Wobblies striking against their Communist boss, whom the paper depicted as an owner of "porno theaters." Actually, he ran Cantinflas movies. He caved quickly and proudly claimed that he had given the Wobblies their first organizing victory since 1920.