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2005 Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner

The 47th Annual Eugene V. Debs - Norman Thomas - Michael Harrington Dinner was held on Friday evening, May 6, 2005, at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in Chicago. The Master of Ceremonies was Rev. Eugene Birmingham. Our honorees were Dr. Linda Rae Murray and Hal Gullett. Margie Schaps presented the award to Dr. Linda Rae Murray. Carl Shier presented the award to Hal Gullett. Our featured speaker was William McNary, who spoke on the theme of the Dinner, "A Perfect Storm Rising: The Crisis in Health Care, Defending Social Security". The Dinner also heard from Frank Llewelleyn, the National Director of DSA. All photos by Mike Kelly Photography.

2005 Program Book


Gene Birmingham

Rev. Gene Birmingham welcomes the Dinner attendees and has some choice words regarding Social Security.


Margie Schaps, the Executive Director of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, speaks about Dr. Linda Rae Murray.


Margie Schaps & Dr. Murray

Dr. Linda Rae Murray

For your devotion to the extension of care to the medically indigent;

For your advocacy of universal health care as a right of all citizens;

For your service to working people in the field of occupational health and safety;

For your service to the community in the field of public health;

For your willingness to speak out against the injustices of an unequal society;

The Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner Committee does hereby present you with its annual award this 6th day of May, 2005.

Margie Schaps presents Dr. Linda Rae Murray with the 2005 Debs - Thomas - Harrington Award.


 
Dr. Linda Rae Murray Frank Llewellyn

Dr. Linda Rae Murray accepts the Award.


DSA National Director speaks about DSA and the state of progressive politics today.


Carl Shier Carl Shier & Hal Gullett

Dinner Chairman Carl Shier speaks about Hal Gullett.


Carl Shier presents Hal Gullett with the 2005 Debs - Thomas - Harrington Award.


Hal Gullett

For your steadfastness in the fight to preserve Medicaid and Social Security;

For your leadership in establishing the Alliance for Retired Americans and in galvanizing seniors throughout the State;

For your willingness to confront the power of the drug industry and your insistence on affordable prescription prices;

For your untiring efforts on behalf of senior citizens and your insistence that they be allowed to live with security and independence;

The Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner Committee does hereby present you with its annual award this 6th day of May, 2005.

Hal Gullett
 

Hal Gullett accepts the Award.


Wm McNary & Gene Birmingham William McNary

Rev. Gene Birmingham introduces William McNary and discovers a fellow Bruce Springsteen fan.


William McNary speaks on "A Perfect Storm Rising: The Crisis in Health Care, Defending Social Security".


William McNary Solidarity Forever!

William McNary speaks on "A Perfect Storm Rising: The Crisis in Health Care, Defending Social Security".


And at the end, the attendees sing "Solidarity Forever."


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