Richard Saxon

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Richard Saxon

Los Angeles DSA potential donors list

On July 26 1992 California Democratic Socialists of America leader Steve Tarzynski wrote a draft "major donor letter" for Southern California DSA, inviting donors to join the Upton Sinclair Club of DSA[1]

We know you have been generous in supporting DSA's important work in the past. We'd like to develop a core of at least twelve people who will pledge 1,000 annually to keep our Organization working for Southern California DSA. We invite you to be one of those people. This select group of members and friends would have a key role in rebuilding a democratic left opposition in California.
This unique group of individuals would form the "Upton Sinclair Club" which will act in an advisory role meeting with the Southern California DSA leadership at an annual brunch. Sinclair Club members will receive a quarterly bulletin reporting on Southern California DSA's progress, and will have an opportunity to meet international DSA spokespeople and international guest speakers in more intimate small group settings. Admission to all local, statewide, and national DSA events in the Southern California would be complimentary with membership in the Sinclair Club.

The draft was accompanied by a "List of Potential major donors to DSA"

Peace activism

Sol Londe was founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1961, and also, a long-time Los Angeles chapter board member.[2]

"Sol was politically active; that was the crux of his life," said Dr. Richard Saxon, a fellow member of the group and a longtime friend. "He was concerned about the social side of science and medicine. For us, nuclear destruction is a medical issue."[3]



  1. Steve Tarzynski DSA major donor letter draft July 26, 1992, Tarzynski papers, Southern California Library for Social Change
  2. LA PSR bio, accessed October 2011
  3. LA Times, Sol Londe, 100; Pediatrics Pioneer Was Also Longtime Peace Activist, October 22, 2004|Mary Rourke