Kim Bobo Featured at Chicago’s 51st Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner


Kim Bobo keynote speaker for 2009 Chicago DSA dinner

Kim Bobo, Executive Director of  Interfaith Workers Justice, will be the featured speaker at Chicago’s 51st Annual Debs – Thomas – Harrington Dinner.   Chicago Democratic Socialists of America is the sponsor  for the dinner.  The inner will be held on Friday evening, May 1st, at the Crowne Plaza Metro Chicago hotel, 733 W. Madison in Chicago. The theme of the dinner is  “Working Together for Justice.”

Kim Bobo is one of the best public speakers on the left in Chicago. She’s also an author, having written two books on organizing. Her latest book is  Wage Theft in America.

In announcing the dinner, Robert Roman of Chicago DSA writes “Wealthy conservatives think too much of themselves when they cry ‘class envy!’ We do not envy them. We do not want their toys. We want justice. This year’s Dinner will be a celebration: not of victory, but of conservatism’s defeat; not of victory, but of the opportunity for justice. It will be a celebration of how we can achieve victory: by working together for justice. Our honorees exemplify this principle.”

This year, Chicago DSA is honoring Timuel D. Black, Jr.  Black is Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences at the City Colleges of Chicago; an activist in civil rights, electoral politics, peace, education, and community affairs; an educator; an historian; the author of Bridges of Memory (Volume 1 and Volume 2). If you examine any of the major struggles for justice in Chicago over the past century, you’re likely to find that Timuel Black had a hand in it. While it is true that the primary focus of his work has been the African-American community, his work has been done with the need for allies in mind; what was called, in the 1960s and 1970s, “coalition politics.”

Also being honored is Jane Ramsey, the Executive Director of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. Justice has been the goal of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and “coalition politics” has been the means since its founding over three decades ago. Whether it’s civil rights or civil liberties or affordable housing or immigrant rights or labor rights, Jane Ramsey and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs have been there as an ally or as a leader.

For the history of the Chicago Dinner, click here.
Order tickets on-line.  Download a printable flyer for the Dinner.

One Response

  1. I watched the documentary made by Loyola University students and this is not limited to Chicago. I’m sure you can find many, many more and much worse cases of wage theft in just about any major metropolitan area in the United States.

    These are the types of issues that need to be spread through peoples media. Click to post and spread the word!

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