The 57th Annual Debs Thomas
Harrington Dinner will be on Friday evening, May 8, at the Crowne
Plaza Chicago Metro on Chicago's near west side. It really is
something of a minor miracle that this celebration has continued
57 years, but it has. Maybe it's partly a commitment to a politics
and a philosophy that insists on human rights over property rights,
democracy and equality. But it's also because, year after year,
the Dinner has been a fun, inspirational and educational event.
This year promises to be better than average.
The title for this year's event is "Building
New Movements for Change," and we are lucky to have an ideal
speaker for this topic: Tom Geoghegan. Geoghegan is a
labor and civil rights attorney at Depres, Schwartz and Geoghegan.
He is also an author, activist, commentator, and playwright.
His latest book, Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs
a New Kind of Labor Movement, is precisely the discussion
that we need this year. We will have Geoghegan's book available
for purchase at a discount that evening.
Our honorees are working examples of
building new movements: Gerry Hudson and Amisha Patel.
is Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International
Union (SEIU). He is also on the boards of several labor /green
and civil rights organizations. As a political activist, he helped
organize labor support for Jesse Jackson's presidential efforts
and for DSA member David Dinkins' successful campaign for Mayor
of New York. Hudson is a leader in building coalitions between
the labor movement and the environmental movement and in advocating
for environmental justice and for a green industrial policy.
is the Executive Director of the Grassroots Collaborative. An
SEIU alumnus herself (hospital employees and Head Start workers),
Patel turned the Grassroots Collaborative into a coalition that
is more than the sum of its parts. Patel and the Grassroots Collaborative
have been involved in or have led a laundry list of campaigns
and causes, the result of which has helped lay, as Jackson Potter
is quoted as saying, "the foundation for this moment."
Crain's Chicago Business has recognized her as one of
Chicago's young leaders, naming her one of 2014's "40 Under
40" in Chicago.
This Dinner encompasses much of what
is needed for labor and the left to survive and grow: leadership,
popular education and mobilization, new ideas executed well and
boldly, and yes even the paint that didn't stick to the
wall. Please come.
CLICK HERE for a flyer with information about ordering
tickets. If you cannot attend, or even if you can, please consider
an ad in the Dinner Program Book. It's a great way of presenting
your message to the Dinner and it helps our work in support of
a Financial Transactions Tax, against unfair "free"
trade agreements, and in support of the rights of labor. An ad
sheet with information about the Dinner's Program Book is also
part of the flyer.
If you would like to know more about
the history of the Dinner, CLICK
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you have any questions, please do call (773.384.0327) or email.