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6/8/14 Honoring Jake Schlitt and Cecily McMIllan

Boston DSA Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Awards Reception

Date: Sunday, June 8
Time: Social 3 PM; Program 4 PM
Place: Workmen’s Circle, 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline
More Information: 617-982-3033

Join us at Boston DSA’s annual awards reception, this year honoring two activists separated by six decades but united in the cause of social justice — Jacob Schlitt and Cecily McMillan

Jacob Schlitt

Jacob Schlitt

JACOB SCHLITT has been a labor, civil rights, Jewish community and democratic socialist activist since the 1940s.  He has been an organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, a staffer for the Jewish Labor Committee, and a volunteer with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters for the historic 1963 March on Washington.  In 1973 Jake participated in the founding convention of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, which later evolved into DSA.

Cecily McMillan

Cecily McMillan

CECILY McMILLAN also began her activism early on, mobilizing her Atlanta high school classmates against the Iraq war. In 2011, Cecily participated in the uprising against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union policies, and joined DSA. After moving to NYC she was one of the initiators of Occupy Wall Street.  Cecily has recently been convicted of an alleged assault on policeman during a 2012 NYC Occupy rally; if she’s unable to attend the reception, heraward will be accepted by her defense committee (

For Democratic Socialists of America’s statement on the conviction of Cecily McMillan, go to

Admission to the reception is $35 ($15 for low income, or whatever you can afford), which includes hors d’oeurves and an open bar.

Download a PDF FLYER with more details, including information on program book greetings and sponsorships HERE.

Honorary Chairs for DSA Awards Reception

FORMER CONGRESSMAN BARNEY FRANK; REP. RUTH BALSER; SEN. PATRICIA JEHLEN; DICK BAUER—Co-Chair, New England Jewish Labor Committee; ARTHUR BERNSTEIN—former YPSL, brother of Julius; JULES BERNSTEIN—labor attorney; SHEILA DECTER—Director, Jewish Alliance for Social Action; ELLEN FEINGOLD—former Director, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly; MICHAEL FELSEN—past president, Workmen’s Circle;SHELAGH FOREMAN—Director, Massachusetts Peace Action; DAVID HARRIS—Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School; GEORGIA HOLLISTER ISMAN—Director, Mass Alliance; JOHN McDONOUGH—Director, Center for Public Health Leadership, Harvard School of Public Health; RABBI BARBARA PENZER—Co-Chair, New England Jewish Labor Committee; STEVEN TOLMAN, President, Massachusetts AFL-CIO; RAND WILSON—Communications and Policy Director, SEIU Local 888

 *affiliation given for identification purposes only