Judith Deutsch

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Judith Deutsch is a Massachusetts religious socialist.

Democratic Socialists of America

Judy Deutsch was a member of Democratic Socialists of America in 1990[1] and as at 2009.[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.

DSA Religion and Socialism Commission

Judith Deutsch and Andrew Hammer were elected co-chairs of the Democratic Socialists of America Religion and Socialism Commission in June 1991.[4]

In 1995 Judith Deutsch was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America Religion and Socialism Commission[5].

In 2000, the Democratic Socialists of America Religion & Socialism Commission consisted of:[6]

Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Awards Reception

2001

On June 12, 2001, Judith Deutsch was a supporter of the annual Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Awards reception which is hosted by Boston Democratic Socialists of America. The Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Award is presented to "leaders who fight for democracy, here at home and around the world". Ed Clark, Honorary Vice Chair of Democratic Socialists of America; and Communist Party USA-linked Dessima Williams received the Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Award, while DSAer John Maher received the Michael Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award. DSAer David Knuttunen; Boston-based "social justice" organization Neighbor to Neighbor; and In These Times members Abby Rockefeller and Lee Halprin were benefactors of the reception. The reception took place at the home of DSAer Marcia Peters and her husband David Karaus in Jamaica Plain.[7]

2002

On June 13, 2002 Boston Democratic Socialists of America presented its 25th Annual Debs–Thomas–Bernstein Awards to "leaders who fight for democracy, here at home and around the world". State Representatives Pat Jehlen and Anne Paulsen, Co-Chairs of the Progressive Legislators Group received the award. Ellen Feingold, the earliest known recipient (1979) spoke on the history of the organization. David Knuttunen and Susan Davidoff were benefactors of the reception. Judith Deutsch was a patron of the reception.[8]

2006

On September 24, 2006, Boston Democratic Socialists of America presented its 25th Annual Debs–Thomas–Bernstein Award to their "longtime comrade, Director of Massachusetts Neighbor to Neighbor, Harris Gruman". The event which was hosted by former Neighbor to Neighbor Director John Maher and Co-Chaired by Senator Pat Jehlen and Massachusetts AFL-CIO Vice President Ed Collins, was also a fundraiser for both Boston DSA and the Mass Alliance. Some Alliance-endorsed candidates were among the attendees, including Denise Provost, Jarrett Barrios, Willie Mae Allen, Claire Naughton and Will Brownsberger. John Maher and Ellen Sarkisian hosted the event; Julie Johnson of the Mass Teachers Association MC'd the event, while primary organizers were Susan Davidoff and Mike Pattberg. Abby Rockefeller & Lee Halprin and Patricia Armstrong, Boston Teachers Union, Local 66, were benefactors of the event.[9]

Judith Deutsch was a patron of the event.

2007

On September 27, 2007, Boston Democratic Socialists of America presented its annual Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Award to couple Marie Kennedy and Chris Tilly, "two long-time champions of economic justice and grassroots democracy". The awards reception took place at the home of Marcia Peters and David Karaus. Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo and Elaine Bernard, Director of the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program. David Knuttunen MC'd the event, Carline Desire from the Association of Haitian Women in Boston presented the award, and East Boston State Rep candidate Gloribell Mota made a speech at the event.[10][11]

Judith Deutsch was a supporter of the event.

2009

On June 30, 2009, Boston Democratic Socialists of America presented its annual Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Award to Professor, author, and health care reformer Rashi Fein, along with the winners of a union election at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, accepted by Sonia Marshall, the key organizer of the campaign. Sheila Decter of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action presented the award to Rashi Fein. The event was held at the home of Marcia Peters and David Karaus. Mike Fadel of SEIU Local 1199 (formerly Boston DSA staff person) and the AFSCME-affiliated New England Organizing Project were benefactors of the event.[12][13]

Judith Deutsch was a patron of the event.

2010

On June 13, 2010, Boston Democratic Socialists of America presented its annual Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Award to "two champions of social justice and grassroots democracy, Georgia Hollister Isman and Jack Clark". Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Robert Haynes, State Senator Patricia Jehlen and special guest Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz. Georgia Hollister Isman's award was presented by Andrea Miller of NARAL. Massachusetts AFL-CIO Vice-President Ed Collins and Janet Boguslaw from Brandeis University introduced the other honoree, Jack Clark, who then "entertained and informed us with a brief tour of U.S. Socialist history". David Knuttunen & Susan Davidoff were benefactors of the event.[14][15]

Judith Deutsch was a supporter of the event.

DSA Faith-based Initiatives forum

On August 18, 2001 the Boston Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America held a forum on the Bush Administration’s Faith-based Initiatives. The forum, moderated by Judith Deutsch (member of the Religious Socialism Commission), included The Rev. Alexander Hurt, pastor of Kingdom Church in Brockton, MA ; the Honorable Byron Rushing, Massachusetts Legislature; and the Rev. Norm Faramelli of Religious Socialism.[16]

National Political Committee Meeting

At the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee Meeting of September 26-27, 2009, members "brainstormed" on who could replace the late Ruth Spitz and one other opening for a woman among the DSA vice chairs. Suggestions were: Teresa Ghilarducci "at times a member", Katha Pollitt, Christine Kelly "joined at conference", Judith Deutsch, Theda Skocpol "if Joe approaches her to ask her to rejoin", Juliet Schor "a member on and off", "less likely": Holly Sklar, Peg Strobel. All names were referred to the Steering Committee.[2]

State legislature run

In 2000 Judy Deutsch ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for the Massachusetts State Legislature.She got 35% of the vote against incumbent Republican Susan Pope.[17]

Mass Care

In 2005, Judy Deutsch was active with both Boston Democratic Socialists of America and Mass Care.[18]

Mass-Care honor

In March 2011, Mass-Care honored DSAer Judith Deutsch and former state rep. Matthew Patrick at their annual dinner.[19]

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