Helen Samberg

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Helen Samberg died in September 2010.

Activist history

Helen Samberg was active in New Jewish Agenda and on the board of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Scholarship Fund, with Ron Aronson. She also worked at Jewish Family Service, in Local 1640, and hosted a The Nation readers group. She was one of the main members, for the past 25 years, of the Detroit local of Democratic Socialists of America, and the ten years before that, of New American Movement.[1]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Helen Samberg was a Detroit, Michigan delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[2]

Honoring Eve Neidelman

On September 4, 1999, Helen Samberg added her name to the below greeting, in the September 4, 1999, Labor Day Supplement of People's Weekly World, Page F.

Eve Neidelman 1902-1999 - "We honor a life devoted to the American Working Class and its Trade Unions. A promoter of Art and Artists, and a strong believer in Socialism. May her memory serve as an inspiration.

Memorial to Coleman Young

On December 20 1997 the Communist Party USA's Peoples Weekly World published on page 18, a memorial to late Detroit mayor Coleman Young.

Signatories to the memorial included Helen Samberg.

DSA picket

On Tuesday, December 4th, 2001, at the request of the United Steel Workers-Region 2, members of Detroit Democratic Socialists of America joined an informational picket at Hospice of Michigan in Farmington Hills. Approximately seventy-five people representing DSA, Gray Panthers, Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO, Jobs with Justice, Alliance for Democracy, and Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network picketed in order to show community and labor support for the nurses aides, cooks, and other ancillary personnel at Hospice of Michigan who were attempting to organize a union.

Eleven D.S.A. members marched in the picket line, including Earl Mandel, Eric Ebel, David Elsila, Maurice Geary, Helen Samberg, Lon Herman, Ed Nol, Linda Housch-Collins, Brandon Moss, Larry Schwarczynski, and David Green.[3]

DSA electoral work

In 2008 Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of Americaendorsed state representative candidates Sarah Roberts (St. Clair Shores-Harrison Township), Vicki Barnett (Farmington-Farmington Hills), Lisa Brown (West Bloomfield-Harrison Township), and Jonathan Switalski (Warren-Sterling Heights). As a result, DSA members have been canvassing, phone banking, and stuffing envelopes for one of these four candidates almost every weekend since the late summer. To date, the following members have participated in at least one (and usually several) campaign dates: Brandon Moss, Selma Goode, Michelle Fecteau, Bob Alpert, Lon Herman, Maurice Geary, Helen Samberg, Bob Frumkin, Charlie Rooney, Julie Barton, David Elsila, David Green, Dave Ivers, Michael Dover, Bill Helwig, Bob Denoweth, and Marilyn Schmidt.[4]

Detroit DSA exec

In 2009 Helen Samberg was a member of the Detroit DSA Executive Committee[5]

Human Rights Day Celebrations

On the evening of December 10th, 2008 Democratic Socialists of America members Helen Samberg, Earl Mandel, and David Green staffed a table at the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) celebration of Human Rights Day at the Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield. They distributed copies of DSA’s Economic Justice Agenda, Democratic Left (DSA’s quarterly national magazine), and the Detroit DSA newsletter. They also gathered signatures on DSA’s Renegotiate NAFTA petition. Reverend Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit NAACP, delivered the keynote address at this event [6]