Sue and Milt Cohen
For fifty years you two have put your
lives on the line in unflagging struggle for a better world.
While Milt went to Spain to fight fascism with the Abraham Lincoln
Brigade, Sue worked with the Unemployed Councils and stood courageously
against police terror in the 1937 Republic Steel Company massacre.
When you were called before the House
Un-American Activities Committee, Milt, you stood up for all
Americans by insisting for nine long years that we have a right
to express our political beliefs. You carried on your struggle
for civil liberties and against political harassment through
the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.
You both worked in the Civil Rights
Movement. Milt, your efforts with the Jewish Council on Urban
Affairs to build coalitions of Jews, African-Americans, and Hispanics
have helped heal this city's divisions. You then applied these
skills to movements of the handicapped and the poor.
Sue and Milt, you have spent countless
hours registering voters, passing literature and petitions, and
working to elect progressives. Your efforts were pivotal in convincing
Harold Washington to run for Mayor.
With the New American Movement, and
now as Chair of Chicago DSA, you have refused to let us become
complacent, Milt. No matter what the burdens, no matter what
the set backs, you both have risen again and again to strategize
with us about the way forward to a just society.
The Norman Thomas - Eugene V. Debs Committee
is honored to present you with its award on this 6th day of May