2014 Debs -- Thomas -- Harrington Dinner was held somewhat later
than usual for the simple reason that we moved the Chicago DSA
office in January, and we knew very well that mailings and such
would be on the back burner while the whole process of relocating
took place. As it turned out, the planning for the event was
very much delayed as well, more than we imagined it would be.
But as is the case with live performance, come the date: It happens,
ready or not. Fortunately, we had two honorees, Robin Potter
and Larry Spivack, who took their roles as honorees very seriously
(This is not always the case.) and a speaker, Leone Bicchieri,
who made a passionate and fresh presentation. The supporting
cast was every bit as good: Bill Barclay as Master of Ceremonies,
past honoree Rose Daylie to present the award to Larry Spivack,
and Jackson Potter (a young labor activist from the Chicago Teachers
Union) to present the award to Robin Potter.
|Master of Ceremonies Bill Barclay makes
a pitch for CDSA's poster sale.
||All photos by John Scott.
|Dinner awardee Robin Potter (left) with Jackson
| Nieves Bolanos translates for Juan Melchor
Roman from the Mexican teachers union.
|Past honoree Rose Daylie (right) presented the
award to Larry Spivack.
We had planned on recording the event,
but those plans fell through. Chicago DSA's podcast, Talkin'
Socialism, did an interview with Leone Bicchieri a few years
earlier that overlaps Bicchieri's speech at the Dinner:
be reserved no later than Tuesday, May 13.
A limited number of tickets may (or
may not) be available at the door at $80 per person.
To order tickets by mail, CLICK HERE for a printable flyer (PDF).
|To order individual tickets:
||If you cannot attend, please consider making
order reserved tables:
(tables seat 8)
may have some tickets available at the door @ $80, depending
on the turnout.
tables are no longer available.
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not receive or keep any credit card information.
Contributions are not tax deductible.
You are invited to celebrate
56 years of the Eugene V. Debs -- Norman Thomas -- Michael Harrington
Dinner. Our event this year will be on Friday evening, May 16,
at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, right next door to the
Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago.
This year we commemorate the
50th anniversary of President Johnson's "War on Poverty"
that he declared at his State of the Union speech in 1964. We
could do this as if it were a novel by Alexander Dumas, The
War on Poverty: Fifty Years After. But after decades of retreat
and surrender, it's time for a new war on poverty, one that is
not an act of charity granted by a guilty nation but a demand
for justice from those on the short end of the dollar, the mean
end of respect, and the dead end of alternatives.
Our program features Leone Jose Bicchieri,
the Executive Director of the Chicago
Workers Collaborative, one of Chicago's worker centers that
make up the cutting edge of the new labor movement. Bicchieri
is a passionate advocate for justice, and the Chicago Workers
Collaborative has been on the forefront of building coalitions
between Latino and African-American workers. The Dinner has a
long tradition of having cogent speakers with important messages
and you will not be disappointed.
The honorees this year are
Larry Spivack and Robin Potter.
is an employment law attorney with her own firm, Potter and Associates.
Her firm has been involved in supporting the Chicago Teachers
Union's struggles with the City. Potter is a longtime promoter
democracy, an advocate for victims of wage theft, and a defender
Potter (3rd from the right) and Associates.
Spivack is an educator and life-long labor activist. He is Regional
Director for AFSCME Council
31 and he is President of the Illinois
Labor History Society. AFSCME has been a major player in
the fight to preserve public services and in pushing back against
resolving Illinois' fiscal difficulties on the backs of public
employees. As President of the Illinois Labor History Society,
Spivack has helped regain May Day as Labor's holiday and helped
restore the Haymarket Martyrs'
Monument. The work of the Illinois Labor History Society
reminds us that the fights that may seem so fresh and contemporary
typically have parallels in our history and that both victory
and defeat can be ephemeral.
Please join us in expressing
support for the fine work these two individuals have been doing.
You can do this in two ways. One is to join us on Friday, May
16. A flyer with which you can order tickets is HERE. If you cannot attend, or even if
you will, you can place an ad or a greeting with your message
in the Dinner Program Book. We can also accept orders on line.
Vegetarian meals are available. Questions? Email, call or write.
Your solidarity is very much
Robert M. Roman, secretary
for the Dinner Committee