2010 Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Reception to Honor Isman and Clark

Georgia Hollister Isman and Jack Clark, longtime Boston progressive stalwarts, will be honored at this years Boston DSA Debs-Thomas-Bersnstein reception on Sunday, June 13, at 3:00 pm at 56 Perkins St., Jamiaca Plain, Massachusetts.  Isman is director of Mass Alliance while Clark, the first national secretary for DSOC (DSA predecessor organization), is currently Director of Workforce Development for the union-funded Transportation Learning Center.

Honorary Co-Chairs for the  reception are Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Robert Haynes  and Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville). Special guest is Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston).

Georgia Hollister Isman

Georgia Hollister Isman is Director of Mass Alliance, a statewide coalition of 23 unions, civil rights, environmental and community groups (including DSA) working for a more progressive State legislature. Georgia helps Alliance-endorsed candidates win elections by consulting with them on every aspect of the campaign, from strategy and fundraising to communications and voter ID. Under her leadership the Alliance has helped elect new progressive leaders across the state and trained dozens of new political organizers. Georgia has served as campaign manager or field director for progressive candidates in Ohio, Texas and Washington. In 2005 she led the successful campaign to elect Pat Jehlen to the State Senate, considered by many a model of grassroots mobilization. Georgia also serves as a founding Board member of EmergeMA, where she helps develop and teach a training program for Democratic women candidates.

Jack Clark spent most of the 1970’s as the first National Secretary of the Michael Harrington-led Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, a predecessor to Democratic Socialists of America. Jack had previously quit his job as a reporter for the Chelsea Record to join Harrington in NYC to help organize an opposition caucus within the rightward-moving Socialist Party. He was the first managing editor of Democratic Left, has been a delegate to meetings of the Socialist International in Geneva and Vancouver, has led DSA in countless progressive campaigns in NYC and MA–and in his travels as a DSA organizer once debated Ron Paul! Jack has also edited Food Monitor for World Hunger Year in Washington DC, worked for eleven years as Deputy Director for Policy and Planning in Boston for the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services, and since 2002 as Director of Workforce Development for the union-funded Transportation Learning Center in DC. Georgia Hollister Isman is receiving the Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Award; Jack Clark is receiving the Michael Harrington-A. Philip Randolph Award.

Eugene Debs, Norman Thomas, Julie Bernstein, Michael Harrington and A. Phillip Randolph were democratic socialist leaders of the last century who embodied the struggles and values of the political tradition DSA seeks to carry on today. These awards have been given since 1977 to honor deserving activists and raise funds to support the work of the Boston DSA local.

Previous awardees have included international women’s rights advocate Dessima Williams, labor activist Rand Wilson, educator Deborah Meier, as well as both of this year’s honorary co-chairs. Tickets to the event are $35. Sponsorships, which include a greeting published in the Event Journal, in the September Yankee Radical, include: Supporter at $75 (includes admission and listing in journal), Patron at $150 (includes two tickets and journal listing), Benefactor at $300 (includes five tickets and journal listing).  Low income tickets are also available.

For more information on tickets call (617) 354-5078 or e-mail webmaster@dsaboston.org.

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