September 8, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Screening of “American Socialist”: September 8
On Saturday, September 8, at 7:30 PM, the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District kicks off its 2018-19 film series with the screening of “American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs” (2018, 97 minutes). Debs — perhaps the most daring, beloved, and important union leader in American history — was imprisoned by the federal government for his leadership of the great Pullman Strike of 1894. While in prison, he was converted to the cause of socialism, and served as the wildly popular presidential candidate of the new Socialist Party of America on numerous occasions – the last time (1920) from his cell in the Atlanta penitentiary, where he had been imprisoned for criticizing World War I. This new, award-winning documentary explores Debs’ remarkable life and times and also touches upon the recent revival of democratic socialism.
Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the Social Justice Center, and Upper Hudson Peace Action, the film screening will take place in Channing Hall of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located at 405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus).
Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome to attend.