Victor Sidel

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Victor Sidel

Victor W. Sidel was, in 1991, professor of Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of medicine, past president of the NYC and the American Public Health Association and the past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.[1]

Founder of the Nobel Peace Prize winning organization, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Communist Party Rosenberg/Sobell Front Ads

Rosenberg supporters placed a large ad in the New York Times newspaper of Wed., June 18, 1975, p. 50, entitled "What Are They Afraid Of"? with a theme of "Open The Files of the Rosenberg Case!"

The ad included the names of the original signers of this ad, plus "sponsors" from the US and Canada, some several hundred names, many of whom in both lists, were open or congressionally identified members of the Communist Party USA and their well-documents sympathizers.

Those listed included;

Ruth Sidel - longtime leftist (position-wise she appears to be the wife of Victor Sidel, MD, a far-left, pro-Hanoi member of the "Defoliation" teams.

Victor Sidel MD - leftist member of the doctors' group who supported Hanoi (and some, the Red Chinese) during the Vietnam war. They focused on exaggerated and made-up claims concerning the use of Agent Orange to defoliate certain areas of vegetation in South Vietnam to deny the invading North Vietnamese troops food and shelter, as well as to provide US and allied base camps with clear areas around their defense perimeters.

DSA Health Commission

In 1982 the Democratic Socialists of America Health Commission, was co-chaired by:[2]

Nurses caucus:

Anti-Apartheid Harvard

In 1987, six candidates ran for the Harvard University Board of Overseers on a Divestment from South Africa platform. They were DSA members Ruth Messinger, and Victor Sidel, Jerome Grossman, Haywood Burns, Consuela Washington, and Peter Wood. $350 million in stock was at stake. [3]

Honoring the Sidels

New York City Democratic Socialists of America held a fund raising bash on December 7 1992, at which longtime activists Ruth Sidel and Victor Sidel were awarded the Paul Du Brul Memorial Award. Approximately 150 people gathered to honor the Sidels, to enjoy a performance by Pete Seeger and Randy Harris, and to hear remarks by Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger and other political and labor leaders.[4]

DSA Youth conference

Columbia Daily Spectator November 12 1992

Victor Sidel was a guest speaker at the Democratic Socialists of America Youth Section 1992 conference.

DSAers in Paris

In June 1993 four DSA members met in Paris with their French comrades and a politically diverse group of U.S. and French economists to discuss the difficult transition from Reaganomics to Clintonomics. The DSA delegation from New York included David Gordon, Professor of Economics at the New School; Victor Sidel, Professor of Public Health Medicine at Mount Sinai; Jo-Ann Mort, Communications Director for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union; and John Mason, an Assistant Professor of Politics at William Paterson College.

In Paris, they were joined by Penny Schantz, a former DSA Youth Organizer.

The conference itself - formally entitled "Today's Changing American Economy" — was the first Franco-American meeting sponsored by La Fondation Jean Jaures, a"public interest corporation" set upby the French Socialist Party.[5]

American Public Health Association

Early 2000s American Public Health Association recent leadership Barry Levy, Victor Sidel, Quentin Young).

National Jobs For All Coalition

In 2010, Victor Sidel, M.D., Dist. Univ. Prof., Albert Einstein Sch. Of Med., was listed as serving on the advisory board of the Democratic Socialists of America dominated National Jobs For All Coalition.[6]


  1. Democratic Left, January/February 1991, page 15
  2. DSA Keylist newsletter, July 1982
  3. [NY Democratic Socialist April/May 1987 page 2]
  4. Dem. Left, Jan./Feb. 1993. page 9
  5. Dem. Left, Sept./Oct. 1993, page 28
  6. National Jobs For All Coalition: Who We Are (accessed on Nov. 16, 2010)