Leo E. Casey is a former National Director of Democratic Socialists of America and a contributor to DSA's Talking Union website. He blogs on Edwize, the blog of the New York AFT. He is Vice President, Academic High Schools of the United Federation of Teachers.
In February 1976, New American Movement Discussion Bulletin issue number 13, carried an article, The Durham Organizing Committee and the Struggle for Marxism- Leninism in NAM, Leo Casey (Member-at-Large).
New American Movement 10th convention
In 1981 Leo Casey and Peg Strobel, Co-Chairs of the Commission led a meeting entitled Campus Commission at the 10th Convention of the New American Movement. The convention was held in a union headquarters in Chicago and ran from July 29 - August 2, 1981.
He also led a workshop entitled What Every NAM Activist Should Know About the Gay and Lesbian Community.
He characterizes himself as "post-Marxist".
- I think that there are some core ideas and themes in the Marxist tradition, and at the point which one has developed one set of Marxian ideas and themes to the extent that those core ideas and themes are rejected, intellectual honesty requires that one state that clearly. That is why I identify myself as post-Marxist: I no longer hold to certain core ideas in the Marxian tradition, even while I believe that there is much to be learned from a century of its attempts to develop emancipatory theory.
In 1991, Democratic Socialists of America was promoting a leaflet "Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Liberation and Socialism", edited by Itala Rutter and published by the Gay and Lesbian Task Force of DSA's Feminist Commission. Contributors included Leo Casey, Martha Fourt, Hannah Frisch, Barry Friedman and Tom Stabnicki, Christine Riddiough, and Judy MacLean.
DSA’s Cuba Letter
- “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.
- ↑ http://talkingunion.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/mccain-attacks-teachers-unions/
- ↑ NAM National Council meeting notice Dec 12 1980
- ↑ NAM Commission Chairs list, 1980 - 1981
- ↑ NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
- ↑ http://www.driftline.org/cgi-bin/archive/archive_msg.cgi?file=spoon-archives/marxism-theory.archive/marxism-theory_1997/marxism-theory.9711&msgnum=7&start=395&end=477
- ↑ Democratic Left, March/April 1991, page 18
- ↑ http://www.nathannewman.org/log/archives/000912.shtml