John G. Mason

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DSA member

In 1990, John Mason was a member of Democratic Socialists of America, CUNY branch. He helped organize that year's Socialist Scholars Conference.[1]

Socialist Scholars Conference

Members of the planning committee for the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference included Bogdan Denitch, Chair, Peter Kott, R. L. Norman and Susan Rezvani, Vice Chairs, Danielle Cohen, Organizer and John Mason, Press Liason. Other members of the committee included Kim Adams, David Baumel, Pam Donovan, William DiFazio, Agustin Lao, Nat Mills, Charles Portz and Wayne Sing-Wai. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.

Mason also spoke at the conference alongside Michael Schiffer and Jim Chapin, World Hunger Year, Democratic Socialists of America were speakers on the The Politics of Security in a Disarming World panel sponsored by The Center for European Studies.[2]

DSAers in Paris

In June 1993 four DSA members met in Paris with their French comrades and a politically diverse group of U.S. and French economists to discuss the difficult transition from Reaganomics to Clintonomics. The DSA delegation from New York included David Gordon, Professor of Economics at the New School; Victor Sidel, Professor of Public Health Medicine at Mount Sinai; Jo-Ann Mort, Communications Director for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union; and John Mason, an Assistant Professor of Politics at William Paterson College.

In Paris, they were joined by Penny Schantz, a former DSA Youth Organizer.

The conference itself - formally entitled "Today's Changing American Economy" — was the first Franco-American meeting sponsored by La Fondation Jean Jaures, a"public interest corporation" set upby the French Socialist Party.[3]

SSC vice chair

In 1996 John Mason was Assistant Professor of Political Science al William Paterson College of New Jersey and a vice-chair of the Socialist Scholars Conference.[4]

150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto

In May 1998 Julia Fitzgerald traveled France was a conference sponsored by the educational arm of the French Communist Party, Espace Marx. The conference was part commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto, part call for international analysis of capitalism at the millennium.

She attended with several other Democratic Socialists of America members including Honorary Chair Bogdan Denitch (who was a speaker at the conference), John Mason (member of DSA's Internationa] Committee) and Robert Saute and Gina Neff (both members of the City University of New York DSA chapter and organizers of the Socialist Scholars Conference).

In addition to the DSA contingent, the Americans included representatives from the Committees of Correspondence (including Co-Chair Charlene Mitchell, who spoke at the opening plenary), people from Monthly Review magazine and the Marxist School in New York City and unaffiliated leftists, mostly academics. [5]

Socialist international

In 1999 the Democratic Socialists of America, delegation to the Socialist International XXI Congress in Paris, consisted of;[6]

DSA’s Cuba Letter

John Mason signed an April 2003 Statement on Cuba, initiated and circulated[7] by prominent Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.

“a statement circulating among democratic left/socialist folks, largely by members of Democratic Socialists of America, condemning the recent trials and convictions of non-violent dissenters in Cuba”.

The petition criticized Cuba's poor human rights record, but shared the blame for Cuba's problems with reactionary elements of the U.S. administration...

The democratic left worldwide has opposed the U.S. embargo on Cuba as counterproductive, more harmful to the interests of the Cuban people than helpful to political democratization. The Cuban state's current repression of political dissidents amounts to collaboration with the most reactionary elements of the U.S. administration in their efforts to maintain sanctions and to institute even more punitive measures against Cuba.

Many of the petition's 120 odd signatories were known members of DSA.

YDS conference

In August 2004, Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America, held a national conference in New York City, "Life After Bush: Youth Activism & the Fight for Our Future". Speakers included;

  • Stephen Eric Bronner, Rutgers, who led a well-received presentation on democratic socialism.
  • John Mason, a Patterson University professor and London Tribune columnist, who offered alternatives to the U.S.-led occupation, observing that the bring the troops home now slogan is insufficient, given the dangers of civil war, Islamic fundamentalism and pervasive insecurity in Iraq.

The Future of Radical Democracy speakers included;

DSA Renegotiate NAFTA petition

In 2009 John Mason signed a petion calling on President Barack Obama to Renegotiate NAFTA. The petition was initiated and circulated by Democratic Socialists of America.[9]

References

  1. Democratic Left, May/June 1990, page 9
  2. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  3. Dem. Left, Sept./Oct. 1993, page 28
  4. Dem. Left May/June 1996
  5. [Democratic Left Issue 3 1998, page 19]
  6. http://www.socialistinternational.org/viewArticle.cfm?ArticlePageID=60
  7. http://www.nathannewman.org/log/archives/000912.shtml
  8. The Yankee Radical, Nov. 2004
  9. Renegotiate NAFTA website: Signatories to the petition to President Barack Obama, April 16, 2008