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Ethan Young

Ethan Jeremy Young is the son of Quentin Young and Ruth Young. He is a writer/editor in Brooklyn, a member of Democratic Socialists of America, Left Labor Project and People for Bernie, and a moderator for[1]

Father of Adam Dore-Young and Charlie Dore-Young and partner of Mary Dore.

First Venceremos Brigade

In 1969 Ethan Young age 17, from Chicago, Illinois, was a member of the first Venceremos Brigade to Cuba.[2]

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 Ethan Young.[3]


In 1970 Ethan Young traveled to Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade.

"Essentially what I see myself working for is socialism in the United States...Exactly how it will emerge, I'm still not sure...but that's what I'll be working for".

Iverson connection


Ethan Young was close to John Iverson.

John Iverson died, and we go back a long way... 1970, when he was a student at the U of C and I was a teenage Hamptonite, and we were part of the Panther Defense Committee. The campus had been scoured clean of SDS, so the number of eager radicals was small. John was a treat to know. Later got AIDS but cheated death for decades. Big supporter of Leonard Peltier, local lefty pols in Berkeley including the late great Maudelle Shirek.

Line of March

Ethan Young was a member of Line of March.[4]

Frontline staffer

Line of March's new biweekly formatted Frontline, Volume 1, No. 1, June 27, 1983, listed staff included Ethan Young.

Frontline contributor

Line of March's new biweekly formatted Frontline, August, 1983, included a contribution by Ethan Young on Guatemala.

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Ethan Young, Cuba Update, New York endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[5]

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[6]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[7]

Left Unity Getting it together: How should broad left unity be built? Speaking freely of differences and defining the basis for united action

Socialist Scholars Conference

Ethan Young, CrossRoads; Gil Green, Committees of Correspondence; David McReynolds, Socialist Party USA; Barbara Ehrenreich, Democratic Socialists of America and Paul Robeson Jr. were speakers on the Democracy in the Left panel sponsored by Socialist Dialogue at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.[8]

Greetings to Committees of Correspondence conference

Ethan Young sent greetings to the Second Committees of Correspondence National Conference, held July 12-14 1996, in New York.[9]

Institute for Social and Economic Studies/CrossRoads

In the mid 1990s Ethan Young served on the Board of Directors Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies - sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.[10]

"Viewpoints on Socialism"

4/22 1997 - Viewpoints on Socialism Series: "Reform and Revolution? Reform or Revolution?" w/David McReynolds (Socialist Party USA), Rebecca Minnich (Freedom Road Socialist Organization), Jay Schaffner (Committees of Correspondence), Ethan Young (Monthly Review Press), moderated by Pat Fry (CoC). At Brecht Forum, 122 W 27th. St. [11]

Communist "Manifestivity"

On October 30 and 31, 1998 the Brecht Forum presented the "Communist Manifestivity to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto" at Cooper Union's Great Hall, New York.

Individual endorsers of the event included Ethan Young.[12]

The Manifesto Commemoration Committee included Eric Canepa, coordinator; Sam Anderson, Sylvia Aron, Steve Brier, Mary Boger , Kira Brunner, Andrew Comer, Peggy Crane, Steve Duncombe, Peter Filardo, Rosa Garcia, Dan Georgakas, Joan Greenbaum, Ron Hayduk, Bill Henning, Diane Greene Lent, Danny Luce, Bill Koehnlein, Biju Mathew, Eli Messinger , Liz Mestres, Yusuf Nuruddin, Adele Oltman, Ed Ott, Leo Panitch, Renee Pendergrass, Merle Ratner, Colin Robinson, Rosina Rodriguez, Frank Rosengarten, Rob Saute, S Shankar, Sean Sweeney, Kit Wainer, Paul Washington, Juanita Webster, Ethan Young.

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Ethan Young of Brooklyn, NY signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[13]

Mapping Socialist Strategies

Mapping Socialist Strategies was convened from August 1-4 in Briarcliff Manor, NY, by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office. It brang together 100 influential progressives and leftists from across the United States, Canada, and Europe for an “un-conference” on socialist strategies.

Attendees included Ethan Young.

Left Forum 2015

Transforming Community and Labor Organizing into Electoral Victory at the Left Forum, 5/30/15, was a panel sponsored by Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, at Left Forum 2015.

Participants were NYC Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Andrea Miller of People Demanding Action, Ethan Young of Portside and Left Labor Project, Paul Krehbiel of CCDS in Los Angeles and trade union activist, and Pat Fry, CCDS Co-Chair.[14]

Ethan Young, Portside moderator, journalist and member of the Left Labor Project, talked about lessons of the Jesus “Chuy” Garcia campaign for mayor of Chicago in April, a campaign that stunned the political establishment with a near-win against theneo-liberal Democrat Rahm Emanuel. The Chicago Teachers Union and a coalition of labor, community, African Americans and Latinos were the base of the campaign that began late and with meager finances.

Though Garcia did not win, said Young, he garnered a significant 45% of the vote. Important also were the election of 7 new City Council members supported by labor and community forces which has strengthened the Progressive Reform Caucus in opposition to Emanuel’s Democratic Party machine. “They won in working class neighborhoods running against the strongest mayor that the city has ever seen,” said Young. He also acknowledged weaknesses in the Garcia campaign. “He was not as hard on neo-liberal policies and the police as he could have been and this played a role in his inability to shore up a big enough base to win,” said Young. Nevertheless, Chicago politics have been significantly impacted with an unprecedented challenge to the power of the neo-liberal Democratic Party machine in Chicago, he said.[15]

People for Bernie

In 2016 Ethan Young Left Labor Project, was a leader of People for Bernie.

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those indicating they would attend, on Facebook included Ethan Young.[16]

Left Labor Project Presents: What Happened? What Now?


Left Labor Project Presents: What Happened? What Now? Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 6 PM - 9 PM, 310 W 43rd St, New York.

A converastion with Bill Fletcher, Jr., international activist and co-author of Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice.

This event is Co-sponsored by: Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, Committees of Correspondence Education Fund, Democratic Socialists of America, Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

RSVPS included Ethan Young.

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

Ethan Young supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[17]

Historical Materialism conference


Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - New York Office, May 21 2018;

Our panelists at Historical Materialism in Montreal this weekend (from left), Claus Thomasberger (HTW Berlin), Michael Brie (RLS Berlin), Kari Polanyi Levitt (McGill University), Maria Starzmann (RLS–NYC), Malin Kuth (intern, RLS–NYC), Harmony Goldberg (Grassroots Policy Project), Ethan Young (Left Labor Project), and Lorenz Gosta Beutin (MP, Die Linke).



DSA North Star


In 2018 Ethan Young was an original signatory of the DSA North Star founding principles statement.

Towards a new strategy for the Left

The Party of the European Left in the Left Forum 2018 in New York – Towards a new strategy for the Left

At least thousand of people took part in the Left Forum 2018, which took place from Friday June 1st to Sunday June 3rd, offering one plenary per day covering on Friday the political sphere, on Saturday the academic approach and on Sunday the grassroots activists perspective on this year’s general topic.

The European Left presented 2 panels : “Connecting the European and North American Left: Identifying Spheres of Cooperation” and “ Party of the European Left - a Success Story of Radical Left Alliances? An Analysis from US and European Perspective”.

The EL participants (Paolo Ferrero, Waltraud Fritz Klackl and Piera Muccigrosso), were accompanied by Haris Golemis (Transform Europe), Andreas Gunter( future director of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, New York), Leo Panitch (York University, Socialist Register), Ethan Earle (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung) and Ethan Young (journalist and editor).

Both events were attended quite well and stimulated lively debates. Many Americans, some of European origin, were very interested in the current situation of the different European countries and parties, e.g. the latest events in Italy and Spain, and how the left forces in Europe have been reacting to the Syriza experience in government. Even an individual member of the EL with Turkish roots was present to express his wish to have more information and being more actively involved into the EL politics.

The presence of the EL proved to be useful in more than one way, giving us the chance for information, discussion and debates. More contacts with representatives of the transatlantic left arose and lead us to a better understanding what kind of political and organization challenges a still quite fragmented radical left in the United States is facing in the Trump era.[18]


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  2. THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF COMMUNISM IN 1972 (Venceremos Brigade) PART 2, hearings before the Committee on Internal Security 92nd Congress oct 16-19, 1972 pages 8132-8135
  3. Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices, January 16 1969, page 4
  4. Re: [Marxism Line of March from [Ethan Young]Date, Wed, 15 Sep 2010]
  6. Conference program
  7. Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
  8. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  9. CoC Second National Conference program, 1996, p 27
  10. Crossroads March 1996
  11. [CREED NY Calendar #95, 4/19/97]
  12. Mail Archive website: Communist Manifestivity Conference Schedule, Oct. 28, 1998
  13. Open Letter to Obama on Iran
  14. Youtube, Transforming Community and Labor Organizing into Electoral Victory at the Left Forum, 5/30/15 Published on Jun 8, 2015
  15. [, CCDS at the 2015 Left Forum Posted by admin on June 9, 2015]
  16. FB Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing Went 109
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