Conversion to socialism
DSOC Religious Commission
In 1977, John Cort attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee convention in Chicago. At the convention Cort and others organized a DSOC Religion and Socialism Committee (later Commission). Cort was elected coordinator and editor of the newsletter.
Among early leaders, co-editors and contributors to the newsletter were Peter Steinfels, Sister Mary Emil, Rosemary Ruether, Harvey Cox, Cornel West, Arthur Waskow, Joe Holland, James Luther Adams, Jim Gorman, Maxine Phillips and Jim Wallis. Monsignor George Higgins was also a contributor.
Democratic Socialists of America
DSA executive director
DSA Feminist Commission
In 1985, Ex Officio members: Barbara Ehrenreich, Dorothy Healey, Frances Moore Lappe, Hilda Mason, Marjorie Phyfe, Christine Riddiough, Rosemary Ruether, Maxine Phillips of New York and Esmeralda Castillo were listed on the National Officers and Staff of the Feminist Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America.
In 1986 she was listed as a member of the Commission.
In 1991, the Editorial Committee of Democratic Left, the journal of Democratic Socialists of America, consisted of Joanne Barkan, Sherri Levine, Neil McLaughlin, Maxine Phillips, Jan Rosenberg and Mitch Horowitz.
DSA Religion & Socialism Commission
- Co-Chairs: Rod Ryon, Juanita Webster
- Secretary: Maxine Phillips
- Treasurer: John Cort
- Executive Committee: Judith Deutsch, John Endler, Norm Faramelli, Mark Finkel, Andrew Hammer, Tharen Robson.
DSA’s Cuba Letter
Maxine Phillips signed an April 2003 Statement on Cuba, initiated and circulated 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.
Democratic Socialists of America Vice-Chairs in 2009 were;
Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Awards Reception
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.
Maxine Phillips was a supporter of the event.
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.
Maxine Phillips was a supporter of the event.
Center for Democratic Values
By 1997 CDV network members Ron Aronson, Nelson Lichtenstein, Harry Brod, Maxine Phillips, Rick Perlstein, Anna Marie Smith and Skip Oliver were all publishing op-ed pieces for the Progressive Media Network and local newspapers. Topics include arts funding in schools, the Teamsters election, the meaning of Clinton's reelection for women, and the use of polls in elections.
- ↑ Democratic Left • Winter 2002
- ↑ left, Summer 2000, The Other American The Life of Michael Harrington, Assessed
- ↑ Dreadful conversions: the making of a Catholic socialist, By John C. Cort, page 319
- ↑ DSA membership letter Oct 24 1984
- ↑ DSA Feminist Commission Directory, 1985
- ↑ 1986 DSA Feminist Commission Directory
- ↑ Democratic Left, Jan/Feb 1991, page 3
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20010305211406/www.dsausa.org/rs/index.html
- ↑ http://www.religioussocialism.com/RS.2.swf
- ↑ http://www.nathannewman.org/log/archives/000912.shtml
- ↑ http://www.dsausa.org/about/structure.html
- ↑ TYR, June 2009
- ↑ TYR, Sep. 2009
- ↑ TYR, May 2010
- ↑ TRY Sep. 2010
- ↑ http://www.chicagodsa.org/ngarchive/ng51.html
- ↑ http://www.dissentmagazine.org/display.php?id=masthead