Vern Davidson, Venice, California, March 14, 1954. David first met Vern Davidson (1929-2012) at UCLA when they were students. Vern was the intellectual leader of the Socialist Party group when David got involved.

Vern Davidson, Venice, California, March 14, 1954. David first met Vern Davidson (1929-2012) at UCLA when they were students. Vern was the intellectual leader of the Socialist Party group when David got involved.

Debs Centennial, Fall 1955
Debs Centennial, Fall 1955

Event honoring the centennial of Eugene Debs birth. Matilda Robbins at right.

 Some of the crowd at the centennial event in Los Angeles (before David moved to NYC).

Some of the crowd at the centennial event in Los Angeles (before David moved to NYC).

 Matilda Robbins at the centennial event.

Matilda Robbins at the centennial event.

 Rex Backus, SP comrade and lifelong friend, 1955.

Rex Backus, SP comrade and lifelong friend, 1955.

 Barbara Backus, SP comrade and lifelong friend, 1955.

Barbara Backus, SP comrade and lifelong friend, 1955.

Korean War Draft Resister
Korean War Draft Resister

A party for Vern before he was sent to prison for refusing to fight in the Korean War. Socialist Party office, Los Angeles, November 1955.

 Charles Curtis (1908 - 1993) at Vern's going away party. 

Charles Curtis (1908 - 1993) at Vern's going away party. 

 Harry Siitonen (1926-1990) at Vern's going away party. 

Harry Siitonen (1926-1990) at Vern's going away party. 

 Fred Hildebrant at Vern's going away party.

Fred Hildebrant at Vern's going away party.

 Picket line protesting Vern Davidson’s imprisonment for refusing induction. December 1955. Davidson served two years in prison for his draft resistance. He remained a pacifist throughout his life. 

Picket line protesting Vern Davidson’s imprisonment for refusing induction. December 1955. Davidson served two years in prison for his draft resistance. He remained a pacifist throughout his life. 

Algerian War for Independence
Algerian War for Independence

Protest at the French Embassy in Los Angeles, November 1955

 Interested journalist during the protest at the French Embassy, November 1955

Interested journalist during the protest at the French Embassy, November 1955

 Marching to the French Embassy in Los Angeles, November 1955

Marching to the French Embassy in Los Angeles, November 1955

First NYC Jobs
First NYC Jobs

After David moved to NYC in 1956, his connections through political activism landed him his first jobs. One was part-time work in the DC 37 office, Jan. 1957.

 Liberation office on Christopher Street, April 1957. David worked for the editorial board of Liberation Magazine between 1957 and 1960. 

Liberation office on Christopher Street, April 1957. David worked for the editorial board of Liberation Magazine between 1957 and 1960. 

  Liberation  Office at 110 Christopher, NYC. April 1957.

Liberation Office at 110 Christopher, NYC. April 1957.

Poland and Hungary, 1956
Poland and Hungary, 1956

Mission of the USSR, New York City, Nov. 3, 1956. Socialist groups support the push for autonomy in Poland and of the Hungarian uprising against Soviet control. Groups protesting include the Young Socialist League (YSL) and the Independent Socialist League (ISL).

 Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.

Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.

 Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.

Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.

 Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.

Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.

Socialist Unity Conference, 1957
Socialist Unity Conference, 1957

Held in New York City, the Socialist Party (SP) and the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) reached a unification agreement after a 20-year split.

 Norman Thomas (SP) speaking at the convention.

Norman Thomas (SP) speaking at the convention.

 Gus Gerber (left) and Louis Waldman of the SDF between sessions. 1957.

Gus Gerber (left) and Louis Waldman of the SDF between sessions. 1957.

 Herman Singer (seated), Darlington Hoopes at microphone, Robin Myers (right). Singer was Executive Secretary of the SPA from 1954-1957. Darlington Hoopes was the party’s presidential candidate in 1952 and 1956. Myers was Executive Secretary from 1950-1954.

Herman Singer (seated), Darlington Hoopes at microphone, Robin Myers (right). Singer was Executive Secretary of the SPA from 1954-1957. Darlington Hoopes was the party’s presidential candidate in 1952 and 1956. Myers was Executive Secretary from 1950-1954.

 Members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF), which merged with the Socialist Party in 1957 to form the Socialist Party-Social Democratic Federation (SP-SDF).

Members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF), which merged with the Socialist Party in 1957 to form the Socialist Party-Social Democratic Federation (SP-SDF).

SP National Executive Committee Meeting
SP National Executive Committee Meeting

National Executive Committee meeting, Socialist Party, May 25, 1957, New York City.

 National Executive Committee meeting, Socialist Party, May 25, 1957, New York City. Gus Gerbee on the right, Robin Myers center.

National Executive Committee meeting, Socialist Party, May 25, 1957, New York City. Gus Gerbee on the right, Robin Myers center.

 National Executive Committee meeting, Socialist Party, May 25, 1957, New York City. Herman Singer speaking, editor of the  Socialist Call .

National Executive Committee meeting, Socialist Party, May 25, 1957, New York City. Herman Singer speaking, editor of the Socialist Call.

 Sam Friedman (1897 - 1990), journalist, labor union activist, and vice presidential candidate for Socialist Party of America. He ran on the ticket with the presidential candidate Darlington Hoopes in 1952 and 1956. March 2, 1958

Sam Friedman (1897 - 1990), journalist, labor union activist, and vice presidential candidate for Socialist Party of America. He ran on the ticket with the presidential candidate Darlington Hoopes in 1952 and 1956. March 2, 1958

 McReynolds for President, July 1980

McReynolds for President, July 1980

 Anne Rosenhaft, a former Party National Secretary and close associate of David, October. 1981

Anne Rosenhaft, a former Party National Secretary and close associate of David, October. 1981

 SP contingent at the second Special Session on Disarmament march, June 12, 1982, NYC.

SP contingent at the second Special Session on Disarmament march, June 12, 1982, NYC.

 Bob Auberbach, left, helps carry the socialist banner at the Special Session on Disarmament (SSDIII) march. NYC, 1988.

Bob Auberbach, left, helps carry the socialist banner at the Special Session on Disarmament (SSDIII) march. NYC, 1988.

 SP at the Special Session on Disarmament (SSDIII) march. NYC, 1988.

SP at the Special Session on Disarmament (SSDIII) march. NYC, 1988.

 Vern Davidson, Venice, California, March 14, 1954. David first met Vern Davidson (1929-2012) at UCLA when they were students. Vern was the intellectual leader of the Socialist Party group when David got involved.
Debs Centennial, Fall 1955
 Some of the crowd at the centennial event in Los Angeles (before David moved to NYC).
 Matilda Robbins at the centennial event.
 Rex Backus, SP comrade and lifelong friend, 1955.
 Barbara Backus, SP comrade and lifelong friend, 1955.
Korean War Draft Resister
 Charles Curtis (1908 - 1993) at Vern's going away party. 
 Harry Siitonen (1926-1990) at Vern's going away party. 
 Fred Hildebrant at Vern's going away party.
 Picket line protesting Vern Davidson’s imprisonment for refusing induction. December 1955. Davidson served two years in prison for his draft resistance. He remained a pacifist throughout his life. 
Algerian War for Independence
 Interested journalist during the protest at the French Embassy, November 1955
 Marching to the French Embassy in Los Angeles, November 1955
First NYC Jobs
 Liberation office on Christopher Street, April 1957. David worked for the editorial board of Liberation Magazine between 1957 and 1960. 
  Liberation  Office at 110 Christopher, NYC. April 1957.
Poland and Hungary, 1956
 Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.
 Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.
 Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.
Socialist Unity Conference, 1957
 Norman Thomas (SP) speaking at the convention.
 Gus Gerber (left) and Louis Waldman of the SDF between sessions. 1957.
 Herman Singer (seated), Darlington Hoopes at microphone, Robin Myers (right). Singer was Executive Secretary of the SPA from 1954-1957. Darlington Hoopes was the party’s presidential candidate in 1952 and 1956. Myers was Executive Secretary from 1950-1954.
 Members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF), which merged with the Socialist Party in 1957 to form the Socialist Party-Social Democratic Federation (SP-SDF).
SP National Executive Committee Meeting
 National Executive Committee meeting, Socialist Party, May 25, 1957, New York City. Gus Gerbee on the right, Robin Myers center.
 National Executive Committee meeting, Socialist Party, May 25, 1957, New York City. Herman Singer speaking, editor of the  Socialist Call .
 Sam Friedman (1897 - 1990), journalist, labor union activist, and vice presidential candidate for Socialist Party of America. He ran on the ticket with the presidential candidate Darlington Hoopes in 1952 and 1956. March 2, 1958
 McReynolds for President, July 1980
 Anne Rosenhaft, a former Party National Secretary and close associate of David, October. 1981
 SP contingent at the second Special Session on Disarmament march, June 12, 1982, NYC.
 Bob Auberbach, left, helps carry the socialist banner at the Special Session on Disarmament (SSDIII) march. NYC, 1988.
 SP at the Special Session on Disarmament (SSDIII) march. NYC, 1988.

Vern Davidson, Venice, California, March 14, 1954. David first met Vern Davidson (1929-2012) at UCLA when they were students. Vern was the intellectual leader of the Socialist Party group when David got involved.

Debs Centennial, Fall 1955

Event honoring the centennial of Eugene Debs birth. Matilda Robbins at right.

Some of the crowd at the centennial event in Los Angeles (before David moved to NYC).

Matilda Robbins at the centennial event.

Rex Backus, SP comrade and lifelong friend, 1955.

Barbara Backus, SP comrade and lifelong friend, 1955.

Korean War Draft Resister

A party for Vern before he was sent to prison for refusing to fight in the Korean War. Socialist Party office, Los Angeles, November 1955.

Charles Curtis (1908 - 1993) at Vern's going away party. 

Harry Siitonen (1926-1990) at Vern's going away party. 

Fred Hildebrant at Vern's going away party.

Picket line protesting Vern Davidson’s imprisonment for refusing induction. December 1955. Davidson served two years in prison for his draft resistance. He remained a pacifist throughout his life. 

Algerian War for Independence

Protest at the French Embassy in Los Angeles, November 1955

Interested journalist during the protest at the French Embassy, November 1955

Marching to the French Embassy in Los Angeles, November 1955

First NYC Jobs

After David moved to NYC in 1956, his connections through political activism landed him his first jobs. One was part-time work in the DC 37 office, Jan. 1957.

Liberation office on Christopher Street, April 1957. David worked for the editorial board of Liberation Magazine between 1957 and 1960. 

Liberation Office at 110 Christopher, NYC. April 1957.

Poland and Hungary, 1956

Mission of the USSR, New York City, Nov. 3, 1956. Socialist groups support the push for autonomy in Poland and of the Hungarian uprising against Soviet control. Groups protesting include the Young Socialist League (YSL) and the Independent Socialist League (ISL).

Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.

Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.

Mission of the USSR, New York City, November 3, 1956.

Socialist Unity Conference, 1957

Held in New York City, the Socialist Party (SP) and the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) reached a unification agreement after a 20-year split.

Norman Thomas (SP) speaking at the convention.

Gus Gerber (left) and Louis Waldman of the SDF between sessions. 1957.

Herman Singer (seated), Darlington Hoopes at microphone, Robin Myers (right). Singer was Executive Secretary of the SPA from 1954-1957. Darlington Hoopes was the party’s presidential candidate in 1952 and 1956. Myers was Executive Secretary from 1950-1954.

Members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF), which merged with the Socialist Party in 1957 to form the Socialist Party-Social Democratic Federation (SP-SDF).

SP National Executive Committee Meeting

National Executive Committee meeting, Socialist Party, May 25, 1957, New York City.

National Executive Committee meeting, Socialist Party, May 25, 1957, New York City. Gus Gerbee on the right, Robin Myers center.

National Executive Committee meeting, Socialist Party, May 25, 1957, New York City. Herman Singer speaking, editor of the Socialist Call.

Sam Friedman (1897 - 1990), journalist, labor union activist, and vice presidential candidate for Socialist Party of America. He ran on the ticket with the presidential candidate Darlington Hoopes in 1952 and 1956. March 2, 1958

McReynolds for President, July 1980

Anne Rosenhaft, a former Party National Secretary and close associate of David, October. 1981

SP contingent at the second Special Session on Disarmament march, June 12, 1982, NYC.

Bob Auberbach, left, helps carry the socialist banner at the Special Session on Disarmament (SSDIII) march. NYC, 1988.

SP at the Special Session on Disarmament (SSDIII) march. NYC, 1988.

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