Poster for American Socialist with Eugene Debs speaking

Film – “American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs”

Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 pm (Admission Free)

This is the passionate, thoughtful biography of the founder of the American Socialist Party, five-time presidential candidate and the only presidential candidate in US history to be imprisoned for his campaign platform.

Bernie Sanders and Ed Stanak
Senator Bernie Sanders and Ed Stanak

Former Board Member and long time friend and supporter of the Old Labor Hall, Ed Stanak will present the film and lead a discussion.

This film will give you an even deeper insight into the importance of Debs than his great admirer Senator Bernie Sanders did in 2017 as the featured guest for the Old Labor Hall’s  Primo Maggio (May Day) celebration. (A video of this event is available.)

American Socialist is the culmination of five years of research and production by filmmaker and ethnographer Yale Strom. Its inspiration was the use of the word “socialist” as a political epithet, and Strom wanted to define and contextualize the term. In doing so, his film traces the history of American populism with the man who inspired progressive ideas – from FDR’s New Deal to Bernie’s presidential campaign. Here is an objective but passionate history of the movement as founded and championed by Debs, a movement that continues to have an impact on our lives today.

“Using the technique pioneered by Ken Burns but with much more political acumen, Yale Strom draws upon photos of the battling Pullman strikers that really capture the intensity of the struggle. As a popular leader of the strikers, Debs was well on his way to becoming the tribune of the entire working class.” (Louis Proyect in Counterpunch 3/10/17)

“American Socialist: The Life And Times of Eugene Victor Debs poignantly captures the courage and conviction of one man driven by an all-consuming moral mission to elevate the masses, speak truth to power and change the world. And almost 100 years after his death, the ideas he was imprisoned and ridiculed for (by the establishment class), are fueling the progressive movement of the 21st century proving that a vision laced with truth and hope never dies.”

Nina Turner, President, Our Revolution

Admission FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments available. (Donations are cheerfully accepted.)

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