2011 Debs Dinner
The 53rd Debs Thomas Harrington Dinner was held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro on Friday the 13th of May, 2011.
Sandra Shimon, a Greater Oak Park DSA member and an Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty board member, presented the Dinner award to ICADP's Jeremy Schroeder. In accepting the award, Schroeder made reference to the politics and values represented by Eugene V. Debs. Despite the victory in abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, the work of Illinois Abolitionists is not over. Not only is there the Federal death penalty, but proponents of the death penalty in Illinois are already attempting to bring it back.
Prior to campaigning against the death penalty, Jeremy Schroeder was the legislative director for SEIU in Illinois, handling their legislative and policy campaigns. He also worked on numerous Chicago aldermanic campaigns, campaigns for state office, and Barack Obama's presidential campaign. During his tenure with the union, he was able to pass legislation for first-time ever health care and for increased wages for the union's members. Schroeder has also served as the volunteer legislative coordinator for Amnesty International in Illinois.