Chicago Democratic Socialists of America
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America
"Raise Hell with Chicago Democratic Socialists"
In 1992, Chicago Democratic Socialists of America members published a six-page leaflet, "Raise Hell with Chicago Democratic Socialists", welcoming progressives into membership. It features comments by United Steelworkers leader Ed Sadlowski; Dr. Ron Sable, the Illinois chair of the Physicians for a National Health Plan; Vicki Starr, who appeared in the film Union Maids; political scientist Jane Mansbridge;and theologians Rosemary Reuther and Michael Eric Dyson.
On March 12 1993 the West Suburban branch of Chicago DSA held a major forum and debate on the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Save Our Security Illinois Coalition
In 2005, left opposition to Social Security privatization was organized in Illinois around the Save Our Security Illinois Coalition, which included Chicago Democratic Socialists of America. The Coalition’s first action in Illinois was a 90-person picket line outside the downtown Chicago offices of the Charles Schwab brokerage, a major advocate of privatization. A town hall meeting, with an overflow crowd of 400, on February 28 at Loyola University’s Water Tower campus featured Senators Richard Durbin and Barack Obama and Representative Jan Schakowsky. There was also a major rally in April.
Arthur Loevy, Secretary/treasurer of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, was honored at Chicago DSA's 32nd Annual Debs-Thomas- Harrington Dinner May 4, 1990, at the Midland Hotel.
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America's annual Debs-Thomas-Harrington dinner was held on Saturday, May 11 at the Congress hotel. It honored labor stalwarts Steve Culen, Executive Director of Council 31, AFSCME, and Kathy Devine, Labor editor and Co-Coordinator of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid.
The 44th Annual Chicago Democratic Socialists of America Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner, was held May 10, 2002, in Chicago. MC was Reverend Dr. Calvin Morris.
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America held their 50th Annual Debs-Thomas-Harrington dinner, honoring Les Orear, founding member of and President Emeritus of the Illinois Labor History Society; Laurie Burgess, a labor lawyer with a special focus on workers’ centers; and Dr. Marge Cohen, AIDS activist and DSA comrade. 
Chicago DSA held its 51st annual Eugene V. Debs- Norman Thomas-Michael Harrington Dinner on May 1st, honoring historian, activist, and DSA member Timuel Black and the executive director of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Jane Ramsey. The featured speaker was the Reverend C.J. Hawking.
The 2010 Chicago Democratic Socialists of America Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner gathered together people representing Chicago’s legal, labor, liberal, and left communities to honor the People’s Law Office and the United Electrical Workers’ Western Regional President Carl Rosen, with author William Greider as featured speaker and Kim Bobo as master of ceremonies.
Flint Taylor accepted the award to the People's Law Office from GOPDSA Co-Chair Tom Broderick. Taylor went on to recognize some of the people, present and not, who helped found the law collective and helped make it one of the major resources in defense of civil liberties in Chicago.
Carl Rosen accepted the Debs Thomas Harrington award from Chicago DSA Co-Chair Ron Baiman. ed make it one of the major resources in defense of civil liberties in Chicago.
The theme of this year's Dinner was "Bring America Home!" This was a deliberate variation on the title of William Greider's latest book, Come Home America, though it works very well as a demand the left should be making more vociferously of the Obama Administration. 
The 53rd Debs Thomas Harrington Dinner was held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro on Friday the 13th of May, 2011.
Sandra Shimon, a Greater Oak Park DSA member and an Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty board member, presented the Dinner award to ICADP's Jeremy Schroeder. In accepting the award, Schroeder made reference to the politics and values represented by Eugene V. Debs. Despite the victory in abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, the work of Illinois Abolitionists is not over. Not only is there the Federal death penalty, but proponents of the death penalty in Illinois are already attempting to bring it back.
Chicago DSA co-chair Ron Baiman presented the Dinner award to AFSCME's John Cameron. In accepting the award, Cameron noted that while both public and private employees may be represented in the workplace by a union, public employees, as voters, have some say in the meaning of their work, and this is the essence of socialism.
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky seized the time and the podium to second the Dinner's endorsement of Cameron's work. Despite now being in the minority in Congress, Schakowsky noted in passing, she was extremely optimistic as the conservatives in Congress have seriously over-reached themselves.
Featured speaker was Ralph Martire, the Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Martire, who began his career as a corporate lawyer. "Mergers and acquisitions," he sighed. But Martire wielded statistics with passion and clarity to reveal the intersection of tax policy, education, class, and racism.
- ↑ Dem. Left, Jan./Feb. 1993. page 9
- ↑ Democratic Left March/April 1993, page 12
- ↑ Democratic Left • Spring 2005, pages 14,15
- ↑ DEMOCRATIC: LEFT MAY-JUNE 1990, page 8
- ↑ Dem. Left March./April 1991
- ↑ Chicago DSA website, 44th Annual Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner
- ↑ Democratic Left, Fall 2008
- ↑ Democratic Left, Summer 2009
- ↑ Democratic Left Fall 2010
- ↑ http://www.chicagodsa.org/ngarchive/ng130.html, New Ground 130, May/June 2010
- ↑ 2011 debs dinner