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Paul R. Booth


Paul R. Booth is a Executive Assistant to the President of AFSCME, Gerald McEntee. He is the husband of Heather Booth.

SDS leader

Paul Booth was a leader in the 1960s at the beginning of the student movement as National Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society, the largest organization of the emerging youth movement. In 1965 he directed the first march on Washington, D.C against the War in Vietnam and issued the statement to "build not burn" and organized the first sit-in at the Chase Manhattan Bank exposing it as a "partner in Apartheid”[1].

Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices

In January 1969, the Chicago radical newspaper, Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices, listed those who had helped produce its first 16 monthly issues as "writers, researchers, photographers, artists and clerical workers".

The list included Paul Booth.[2]

Labor movement

Booth joined the labor movement in 1966 as Research Director for the United Packinghouse Workers of America under communist Jesse Prosten and then joined the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in 1974, working to build Illinois AFSCME (Council 31) and then moving to the International as Organizing Director for 10 years and now as Executive Assistant to President Gerald McEntee[3].

Citizens Action

Former Students for a Democratic Society members Paul and Heather Booth and Steve Max, were all leading activists in Citizens Action.[4]

GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee

Circa 1969, Paul Booth, Voters Committed for Change, Chicago , was listed as a sponsor of the Socialist Workers Party led GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee .[5]

NAM

In May 1973, Paul Booth contributed an article to the New American Movement Discussion Bulletin "Organizing around state issues", in which he advocates Revenue Sharing as a means of advancing revolution.

In a public forum, it seems to me that NAM has two separable and distinct tasks the articulation of an explicitly socialist analysis of Revenue Sharing, and the advocacy of a program for action that many diverse groups could unite around. An analysis of the program could draw the obvious links,to social service cutbacks and imperialist foreign policy, to productivity pressure eon workers, etc. It could explain Revenue Sharing in terms of ruling class plans, and could sketch a socialist vision of social services and a long range plan for future struggle.
Yet such an analysis as necessary as it is to articulate -- will not become the effective basis for joint action with other groups. For that, NAM needs to advance a concrete program for action...
Revenue Sharing represents a future trend toward greater decision making on local levels. And it is a trend that should give us real cause for optimism the more real decisions are made at levels accessible to the, observation and protest of working people, including ourselves, the more we as revolutionary socialists will be able to link roots into real life struggles -- and thus begin to build the base for a mass revolutionary movement.

NAM organizer

NAM Facebook page June 27, 2016

In June 1972 Jay D. Jurie hitch-hiked to Volo, IL, where New American Movement held "what I believe was its second national gathering, a conference for organizers. I got dropped off at the dirt road leading into the camp were the meeting was to be held. As I walked along, a car stopped and offered me a ride, which I accepted. It was Paul Booth."

Along with his wife, Heather Booth, Bob Creamer and Day Creamer, and Steve Max, Paul Booth was one of those who had put the conference together. Many will recognize it was this same "cast of characters" who later formed the Midwest Academy.

New Mayor and New Politics

On May 17 1983 Paul Booth was a Panelist on A New Mayor and New Politics forum at Chicago State University Auditorium.

The election of Harold Washington as Mayor of Chicago was more than one man's victory. It was a progressive people's declaration. The Black community and progressive Latinos and whites formed an unbeatable force in a campaign for justice and equality.

Panelist were Paul Booth, Juanita Bratcher, David Canter, Slim Coleman, Danny Davis, Keith Davis, Ron Davis, Ishmael Flory, Rev Harry Gibson, Nancy Jefferson, Richard Newhouse, Lu Palmer, Art Vasquez, Conrad Worrill sponsored by Black Press Institute and Independent Citizens Alliance[6].

Comprand

In 1987 Paul Booth was on the Board of Directors of Chicago based Comprand (Comprehensive Research and Development)[7].

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[8]

Labor Resurgency?

DSA member

In 1986, several Chicago Democratic Socialists of America members, including Roberta Lynch, Steve Culen, Paul Booth, Nancy Shier, Hank Scheff and Bob Lawson were involved in AFCSME's contract negotiations with the City of Chicago, which included an "historic breakthrough on the issue of comparable worth".[9]

In 1990, Paul Booth was a member of Democratic Socialists of America[10].

Chicago Area Friends of SNCC

In 2005 Chicago Area Friends of SNCC organized the "Tell the Story: The Chicago SNCC History Project, 1960-1965" Chicago Area Friends of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Chicago Civil Rights Movement, c. 1960-1965. The event was held October 21-22, 2005 Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois.

Members of the advisory committee included Paul Booth.[11]

Jobs with Justice

In 2009 Paul Booth served as a Board Member for Jobs with Justice Union[12]. AFSCME International

Midwest Academy

The 2009 Midwest Academy board of directors consisted of[13];

Elizabeth Warren fundraiser

On March 21, 2012, Young Professionals Event fundraiser was held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Boston, for Elizabeth Warren

Hosted by: Alisha Bhagat, Heather Booth, Paul Booth, Robert Borosage, Chris Bowers, Denise Bowyer, Laura Clawson, Carla Ohringer Engle, Robert Friedman, Rich Goldberg, Adam Green, Sarah Harrison, Sabrina Hersi Issa, Mike Lux, Kate Ottenberg, Jonathan Parnes, Ami Patel, Cecilia Poon, Joel Silberman, Stephanie Taylor, James Williams, Jenny Wu, Zaid A. Zaid

Contribution: $1,000 chair; $250 Sponsor (VIP reception included); $50 guest.[14]

Immigration rally arrest

More than 20,000 people - including thousands of unionists -- who marched down the Washington, D.C., Mall on Oct. 8, 2013, to demand the U.S. House immediately pass comprehensive immigration reform. And 200, including 90 union leaders and union members and eight members of the House of Representatives were arrested when, in an act of civil disobedience, they blocked a street in front of the Capitol.

Arrestees included Lisa Bergmann, SEIU 1199 member Delphine Clyburn and activist Joelle Fishman, both also from Connecticut, Communications Workers Secretary-Treasurer Annie Hall and Political Director Yvette Herrera, The Newspaper Guild's president, Bernie Lunzer, and Paul Booth, the top assistant to AFSCME's president. Among the nation's top labor leaders also taken into custody were AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, AFT President Randi Weingarten, Unite Here President D. Taylor and Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Among the lawmakers arrested were Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Joseph Crowley (D - N.Y.), Al Green (D-Texas), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.).

Unions, led by contingents from the Service Employees and their Local 32BJ, the Laborers and Unite Here, contributed a large share of the demonstrators. Other unions represented included AFSCME, the Communications Workers/TNG, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, AFT and the United Farm Workers. [15]

2014 Midwest Academy board

In 2014, the Midwest Academy board consisted of;

2016 Platform Drafting Committee

Bernie Sanders supporters Dr. Cornel West and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will be among those on the Democratic Party's important Platform Drafting Committee after the Vermont senator won a key concession as he looks to leave his mark on the party's platform.

The roster of the drafting committee, released by the Democratic National Committee May 2016, reflects the party's agreement that Sanders would have five supporters on the committee, compared to six for Hillary Clinton.

Sanders previously panned DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who appoints all of the committee members, for failing to include enough of his supporters on an initial list. But the latest statement notes that Wasserman Schultz allocated the campaign's seats "proportionally according to the current vote tally."

Sanders supporters on the committee are author Bill McKibben, Arab American Institute head James Zogby and Native American activist Deborah Parker.

Clinton loyalists on the committee are Ambassador Wendy Sherman, former Clinton staffer and current Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden, Ohio Rep. Alicia Reece, environmentalist Carol Browner, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez and union head Paul Booth.

The remaining four members were chosen by Wasserman Schultz.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who has endorsed Clinton, will lead the committee and called Sanders's outsized role on the platform "pretty unusual" for a candidate that likely will not be the party's nominee during a Monday interview on MSNBC. And California Rep. Barbara Lee, who has not endorsed either candidate.

Former Rep. Howard Berman and philanthropist and former CEO of Claire's Stores Bonnie Schaefer were also appointed.[17]

References

  1. http://www.midwestacademy.com/board-directors
  2. Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices, January 16 1969, page 4
  3. http://www.midwestacademy.com/board-directors
  4. A companion to post-1945 America, page 291 By Jean-Christophe Agnew, Roy Rosenzweig
  5. Undated, GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee letterhead circa 1969
  6. A Forum Pamphlet Harold Washington Papers
  7. Comprand Letterhead Sep 29 1987
  8. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
  9. Democratic Left, March/April 1986, 12
  10. 8th Socialist Scholars Conference, April 6-8 1990, conference program
  11. http://www.ben.edu/programs/cafsncc/
  12. http://www.jwj.org/about/board.html
  13. http://www.midwestacademy.com/board-directors
  14. OpenSecrets.org, Fundraising Events Senator Elizabeth Warren
  15. [PW,More than 200 arrested at immigration rights rally in D.C. by: Mark Gruenberg October 9 2013 http://peoplesworld.org/more-than-200-arrested-at-immigration-rights-rally-in-d-c/ ]
  16. BOD,accessed Nov. 25, 2014
  17. The Hill, May 23, 2016, 04:03 pm Sanders names Cornel West, Keith Ellison to DNC platform committee By Ben Kamisar