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1992 Eugene V. Debs - Norman Thomas - Michael Harrington Dinner

The 34th Annual Dinner was held on May 1, 1992 at the Congress Hotel in Chicago. The Master of Ceremonies was Michael Lighty, who was then the Executive Director of DSA. Sue Purrington, the Executive Director of Chicago NOW, and Dr. Quentin Young, President of Physicians for a National Health Program, were the honorees. The featured speaker was Jose LaLuz, who was the National Education Director of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. Labor activist, educator and musician Alan Schwartz performed at the Dinner. We're not sure who the photographer was. Possibly Eric Ebel.
1992 Program Book

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Chicago DSA
1608 N. Milwaukee, Room 403
Chicago, IL 60647

Sue Purrington

We honor you as a career fighter for women's rights and equality.

You have been steadfast in your belief that discrimination against all people had to end.

Under your leadership, the Chicago Chapter of NOW has been able to represent the interests of women in all walks of life. You and NOW have led in battling for women's right of choice against the vicious attacks of those fanatic forces who want to reverse Roe v. Wade, including the Bush Administration and its Supreme Court.

You helped make the recent March on Washington for Choice the largest demonstration in our country's history. It was a wonderful spectacle of dedication to a righteous cause.

You were instrumental in persuading Carol Moseley Braun to start her campaign to become Senator from Illinois then you produced votes to back up your pledge of support.

You have always supported labor unions' good fights.

For your dedication to the fight for true equality, the Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner Committee hereby presents to you its annual award this First Day of May, 1992.

Quentin Young

We honor you because for decades you have been in the forefront of the campaign for universal and comprehensive health care for all Americans.

Before you graduated from medical school you maintained that health care is a matter of right for all and not just for those who have the means to purchase it or have strong unions that negotiate for it.

As President then Chair of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, you have worked to educate those in the health field that a comprehensive universal single-payer system is to everyone's advantage. You have ably answered the lies spread against the Canadian system in existence today.

You have been there in the struggles for Civil Rights, for social and economic justice, and against all forms of discrimination. You were there in 1951 to fight against discrimination in Chicago medical institutions. You were there in 1983 for Harold Washington to win the mayoralty. You were there when Carol Moseley Braun announced her intention to run for the U.S. Senate. You have demonstrated your understanding that trade unions are a social force for Progress and Justice in our country.

For you dedication in the fight for universal and comprehensive health care for all and for your lifetime commitment to change our society to the better, the Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner Committee hereby presents to you its annual award this First Day of May, 1992.

 Vicky Starr

Vicky Starr opens the Dinner by bidding farewell to Milt and Sue Cohen, who are retiring to Oregon.

 Michael Lighty

Michael Lighty provides the introductory remarks.

 Clara Day / Sue Purrington

Clara Day (right) presents Sue Purrington with the Debs - Thomas - Harrington Award.

 Sue Purrington

Sue Purrington addresses the Dinner.

 Ron Sable

Dr. Ron Sable presents Dr. Quentin Young with the Debs - Thomas - Harrington Award.

 Dr. Quentin Young

Dr. Quentin Young addresses the Dinner.

 Jose LaLuz

Jose LaLuz speaks on "Beyond Protectionism: Building Labor Solidarity in the Americas".

 Jose LaLuz

Jose LaLuz speaks on "Beyond Protectionism: Building Labor Solidarity in the Americas".

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