Tom Edminster

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Tom Edminster

Tom Edminster

Political journey

Have been member of NAM from '74 until merger, then DSA, since founding, (& CCDS, since founding). BUT I only recently felt more modest hope in (youthful influence) a return to 'democratic radicalism,' inside DSA, without its having lost sight of "the war of position" in this culture & the need to build counter-hegemonic solidarity: easy task in this culture w competitive individualism, white settler heritage, etc.. I was a supporter of #CrossRoads magazine, an earlier attempt at cross left dialogue & analysis, launched by Frontline Political Org, the post M-L form of 'Line of March'[1]

WEB DuBois Clubs of America

In 2014, Tom Edminster was listed a a friend on the DuBois Clubs Facebook page.[2]


Edminster was a member of both the New American Movement and Democratic Socialists of America.[3]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Tom Edminster executive board, United Educators of San Francisco, California, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[4]

NCC candidate

At the Committees of Correspondence Conference, July 19,1992, Edminster was a candidate for the CoC NCC.[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]

Strategy 2 Where to from here? What next in the struggle for democracy in the United States?

Educational Justice

Around 2007, Educational Justice was a Bay Area based socialist blog,

From a collective of progressive education activists - stuff about teaching, thinking, parenting, social justice, desegregation, self-determination, economic justice, music, creativity, and building progressive movements for our future

Contributors were Duane Campbell, Eric Mar, Kathy Emery, Kim-Shree, Tom Edminster, Kim Knox, Karen Zapata.[8]

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Tom Edminster of United Educators of San Francisco/AFT/NEA signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”[9]

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Tom Edminster, of the San Francisco Unified School District, United Educators of San Francisco, NEA and AFT signed the statement[10].

DSA Facebook group

Members of the California Democratic Socialists of America, statewide Facebook group, as of March 16, 2017 included Tom Edminster.[11]


  1. [1]
  2. FB friends page
  3. CoC bio, circa 1994
  4. CCDS Background
  5. [, Committees of Correspondence Conference, July 19,1992 Final Corrections to the Balloting Committee Report by Steve Willett]
  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. Educational Justice, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 06, 2007 9/10 SF forum - Chip Smith's The cost of privilege; taking on the system of white supremacy and racism; 9/23 Forum on Revolutionary Art
  9. Open Letter to Obama on Iran
  10. Liberal Education website: List of Ayers Supporters
  11. [2]