Andrew Hammer

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Andrew Hammer
Andrew Hammer pictured with U.S. Congressman Bernie Sanders
Andrew Hammer pictured with Former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Foreign Minister Miguel D'Escoto

Andrew Hammer is a socialist who specializes in creating websites for socialist organizations around the world.

DSA Youth Section

In 1991, Andrew Hammer was elected as an At Large member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Youth Section Coordinating Committee (Religion and Socialism Commission).[1]

Socialist Scholars Conference

Andrew Hammer, Democratic Socialists of America; James Hughes, National Political Committee Member, Democratic Socialists of America; Sister Diane Drufenbrock, Vice-Chair, Socialist Party USA and Richard Schwartz were speakers on the Relating Different Religious Traditions to Socialism panel sponsored by DSA Religion and Socialism Commission at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.[2]

International League of Religious Socialists meeting

The fifty representatives from fourteen countries who met August 1-4 1997, in Espoo, Finland, at the International League of Religious Socialists Congress were keenly interested when Dr. Harry Heino, former Prime Minister of Finland, described the work of the Interaction Council of former state and government heads under the chairmanship of Helmut Schmidt.

Judith Deutsch (a DSA member from Sudbury, MA) was the official delegate from the United States, which Andrew Hammer, Rod Ryon and Joan Stanne also represented. All were Democratic Socialists of America.

For the first were Muslims included. They came from Algeria, France, Great Britain, Italy, and Sweden. Only Christians, and Judy Deutsch, a Jewish Unitarian Universalist, had attended previous ILRS conferences.

Paavo Lipponen, then Prime Minister of Finland, gave an informative address on the future of the Nordic state, and Ahmed Al-Rawl, President of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe disturbed some participants when it stressed the value of traditional families, in contrast to other life styles.[3]

This point highlighted the work that must be done to develop solidarity among people with differing approaches.

Change

Hammer is the Organising Director of the socialist educational organisation Change.[4]

International League of Religious Socialists

Hammer is Secretary General of International League of Religious Socialists.[5]

He also created the website for the International League of Religious Socialists.[6]

Socialist Party USA

Andrew Hammer was a Socialist Party USA representative at the Third Parties '96 conference.[7]

Religion & Socialism Commission

Judith Deutsch and Andrew Hammer were elected co-chairs of the Democratic Socialists of America Religion and Socialism Commission in June 1991.[8]

In 2000, the Democratic Socialists of America Religion & Socialism Commission consisted of[9];

Religious Socialism is the journal of the Religion and Socialism Commission of Democratic Socialists of America.

In the late 2000s it was edited by Andrew Hammer. Contributing editors were Maxine Phillips, Harvey Cox, Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson[10].

DSA’s Cuba Letter

Andrew Hammer signed an April 2003 Statement on Cuba, initiated and circulated[11] by prominent Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.

“a statement circulating among democratic left/socialist folks, largely by members of Democratic Socialists of America, condemning the recent trials and convictions of non-violent dissenters in Cuba”.

The petition criticized Cuba's poor human rights record, but shared the blame for Cuba's problems with reactionary elements of the U.S. administration...

The democratic left worldwide has opposed the U.S. embargo on Cuba as counterproductive, more harmful to the interests of the Cuban people than helpful to political democratization. The Cuban state's current repression of political dissidents amounts to collaboration with the most reactionary elements of the U.S. administration in their efforts to maintain sanctions and to institute even more punitive measures against Cuba.

Many of the petition's 120 odd signatories were known members of DSA.

Socialist International

In 2002, Andrew Hammer was part of the DSA delegation to Mozambique.[12]

US delegates to the Socialist International 13th Congress, Athens, Greece June 30th 2008 included Carol Browner, a delegation from Democratic Socialists of America; Frank Llewellyn, Corey Walker, George Roberts, David Duhalde and Alejandro Duhalde plus another DSA member Andrew Hammer attending with the International League of Religious Socialists, former New American Movement radical Jeremy Rifkin representing the Foundation on Economic Trends and Puerto Rican Independence Party, Ruben Berrios Martinez and Maria Jose Cisneros[13].

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