2012 Jun 18 - 6:00pm
2012 Jun 18 - 8:00pm
2012 Democratic Socialists of America Awards Reception
In the face of mounting right-wing attacks on women, help us honor an activist who fights for women's rights: former Mass. NARAL Executive Director, and Young Democratic Socialists alumna, Andrea Miller. Speakers will include Marlene Fried, Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College, a widely published author who serves on the board of the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, as well as Darrin Howell of Mass Uniting, and State Senator Patricia Jehlen.
Andrea has spent two decades on the front lines of the struggle for reproductive justice. Under her leadership in 2010
NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts resisted the nation-wide Republican tsunami by retaining a slim pro-choice majority in the State House, and won "no co-pays" for contraception in health care legislation. Last year, Andrea moved to NYC to become President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice New York, where she successfully battled the FDA for access to over-the- counter emergency contraception and co-founded the Center for Reproductive Rights.
The award Andrea will be given is named after DSA Founding Chair Michael Harrington and A. Philip Randolph, democratic socialist leaders of the last century active in the civil rights, labor and peace movements of their time who embody the political values DSA seeks to carry on today. These awards have been given since 1977 to honor deserving activists, Past recipients include journalist Matt Taibbi, SEIU 615 President Rocio Saenz, and Dollars & Sense editor Chris Tilly. Admission is $35 ($15 student/low income), which includes hors d'oeuvres and an open bar.
Hope to see you all on June 18!
June 18 Awards Committee
Co-Chairs: Ed Collins, Vice President, MA AFL-CIO; Patricia Jehlen, MA State Senator
Megan Amundson, NARAL Pro-Choice MA; Elaine Bernard, Harvard Trade Union Program; Ed Collins, MA AFL-CIO; Ben Day, Mass Care; Shelagh Foreman, MA Peace Action; Harris Gruman, SEIU; Sen. Patricia Jehlen; Julia Johnson, Mass Teachers Association; Jeff Knudsen, Clean Water Action; Khalida Smalls, T Riders Union; Rand Wilson, Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Honoree (Organization names listed for identification purposes only.)