Harrington - Keyserling
Chicago Debs Dinner
This year's Chicago Debs Day
Dinner, sponsored by the Socialist Party, promises to be the
finest ever. The topic, "The Crisis of the Cities,"
which ties together the problems of poverty, racial inequality
and the deterioration of urban life, is the most crucial domestic
issue in America today.
The featured speakers are eminently
qualified to deal with the theme. Michael Harrington, National
Chairman of the League for Industrial Democracy and leading member
of the Socialist Party, made an indelible impression with his
study of poverty, "The Other America." Leon Keyserling,
Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Truman Administration,
National Vice Chairman of the ADA, consulting economist and attorney,
and President of the Conference of Economic Progress, directed
the research in preparation of the A. Philip Randolph Freedom
Budget. Toastmaster of the affair is Leon Depres, Independent
Alderman of Chicago's 5th Ward and long time fighter in the field
of civil rights.
This year's dinner is being supported
by a fine list of sponsors well known in Chicago labor, liberal,
radical, peace and civil rights circles. Especially impressive
is the list of labor sponsors, some of whom include Chargles
Cogen, President of the American Federation of Teachers, Patrick
Gorman, Secretary-Treasurer of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters,
Ralph Helstein, President of United Packinghouse Workers, Charles
Chiakulas, Regional Coordinator of the Industrial Union Department,
Murray Finley, Manager, Chicago Joint Board, Amalgamated Clothing
Workers, and Joseph Coles, President, Chicago Chapter, Negro
American Labor Council.
All organizations above are for
identification purposes only.
New America, Volume 7, Number 6, January 30, 1968.