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Rafael PiRoman
Rafael PiRoman

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Rafael (Raphael) PiRoman...

Democratic Socialists of America Anti-Racism Commission

In 1982 the Democratic Socialists of America Anti-Racism Commission/Hispanic Commission, was co-chaired by:[1]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Rafael PiRoman was a New York delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[2]

Hispanic Commission

In 1983 PiRoman was a national co-chair of the DSA Hispanic Commission. He has a master's degree in international affairs, specializing in Latin America[3].

Labor unionist

In 1983 Rafael PiRoman was business agent for the east coast's Local 15 of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians[4].

Nicaragua trip

Deborah Meier and Rafael PiRoman visited Nicaragua early in 1983. They went as two of the three co-chairs of a delegation from the Democratic Socialists of America[5].

Although their trip was brief, they had unusual opportunities to interview numer-ous government officials and Sandinista leaders, as well as independent trade unionists and members of the political opposition...

They were guided by a Sandinista;

Our guide, who was a Sandinista, came into the meetings -the only meetings he joined us for were the meeting with La Prensa and the meeting with the opposition parties
We met for three hours with the secretary-general of the Central de Trabajadores Nicaraguenses (CTN), the central body of the opposition trade unions, and more briefly with the CTN executive committee...
The delegation and the DSA national board did, however, issue strong condemnations of covert American aid to anti-Sandinista military forces...

DSA concert

On April 23, 1991 Democratic Socialists of America brought together a crowd of at least 800 to the Riverside Church in New York City to hear Billy Bragg, Pete Seeger, Gretchen Reed, Robin Holcomb, and Kate McGarrigle and Anna McGarrigle. Amid the stunning atmosphere of the church, the performers entertained and inspired the audience with songs and stories of the struggle for social justice. DSA's Rafael PiRoman served as Master of Ceremonies and Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger introduced the event. The concert was sponsored by Youth For Jobs, Peace and Freedom, a project of the Institute for Democratic Socialism and the DSA Youth Section.[6]

DSA Racial Diversity Task Force

In 1992 Rafael PiRoman was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America Racial Diversity Task Force - charged with finding ways of recruiting (and retaining) more "people of color" into the organization[7].

DSA’s Cuba Letter

Rafael PiRoman signed an April 2003 Statement on Cuba, initiated and circulated[8] 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.

Cuban Cultural Center of New York

Rafael PiRoman at the NY Cuban Center, 2007
Rafael PiRoman at the NY Cuban Center, 2007

Rafael PiRoman attended the Annual Congress of the Cuban Cultural Center of New York on Saturday, June 30, 2007.

References

  1. DSA Keylist newsletter, July 1982
  2. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  3. Perspectives on Nicaragua - I: The revolution & democracy: Commonweal Vol. 110 • April 1983 • No. 8
  4. Perspectives on Nicaragua - I: The revolution & democracy: Commonweal Vol. 110 • April 1983 • No. 8
  5. Perspectives on Nicaragua - I: The revolution & democracy: Commonweal Vol. 110 • April 1983 • No. 8
  6. DEMOCRATIC LEFT MAY/JUNE 1991, page 13
  7. Memorandum, Steve tarzynski-May 26, 1992
  8. http://www.nathannewman.org/log/archives/000912.shtml
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