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Oct 05-
Oct 06

Eugene V. Debs Centennial

Other Politics

In commemoration of Debs's anti-war speech in Canton OH and his subsequent conviction in Cleveland federal court in 1918, we will be hosting a number of events and speakers (see below) addressing the topics of: (1) the Espionage Act of 1917, both then (versus Debs) and now with the war against whistleblowers, journalists, and the alternative media, (2) U.S. militarism and its constant drumbeat for war, and (3) building a working class alternative to the two party system, a la Debs.

Refreshments will be provided on Friday, luncheon on Saturday.

The plans for Friday, Oct. 5 include a labor law seminar to be held at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law with a shuttle trip to the Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse for a tour of the East Courtroom where Debs was tried on the charge of sedition.

The Saturday, October 6 session will be held in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium at the downtown location of the Cleveland Public Library.

List of Speakers:

Ernest Freeberg
, Professor of History, University of Tennessee and author of: "Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and Right to Dissent."

Robert Fitrakis
, Political Science Professor at Columbus State Community College and author of: "The Idea of Democratic Socialism in America: Eugene Debs, Norman Thomas, and Michael Harrington."

Mark Dimondstein
, International President of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) (Please note that President Dimondstein's appearance is tentative pending negotiations with the USPS for a union contract that expires on September 20, 2018.)

Margaret Kimberly
, Editor and Senior Columnist at Black Agenda Report.

Dan Kovalik
, Senior Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers (USW) and author of: "The Plot to Scapegoat Russia" and "The Plot to Attack Iran."

Allison Duerk
, Director, Eugene V. Debs Museum, Terre Haute, IN

Sue Udry
, Executive Director of Defending Rights & Dissent

David Goldberg
, Professor Emeritus of History at Cleveland State University and author of: "Discontented America: A History of the United States in the 1920's." Professor Goldberg served 19 months in federal prison for refusing to cooperate with Selective Service during the Vietnam War.

Ahmed White
, (Tentative) Professor of Law at the University of Colorado. He is currently writing a book about the criminal syndicalism laws that were enacted by upwards of 25 states during the 1920's. In the image of the Espionage Act, these laws were generally even more draconian.

Kevin Francis O'Neill
, Associate Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Professor O'Neill teaches First Amendment, Evidence, and Civil Procedure. His scholarship focuses on the Speech Clause of the First Amendment, with particular emphasis on public protest and forum access issues.

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Where? Unknown Venue
What Time? 10:00am
How Much? $