Alan Snitow

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Alan Snitow

Alan Snitow is a graduate of Cornell University.

East Bay Democratic Socialist Alliance

In the fall of 1981 the activists of New American Movement and Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee in the East Bay (primarily in the cities of Oakland and Berkeley) decided to join forces as the East Bay Democratic Socialist Alliance.

Prominent members of the new alliance included Sandra Chelnov (New American Movement) Liv Brown (New American Movement), Matthew Hallinan (Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee), John Katz (New American Movement), Charleen Raines (Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee), and Alan Snitow (Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee-New American Movement).[1]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Alan Snitow was an East Bay Local, California delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983.[2]

DSA delegate


In November 1985, East Bay DSA delegates to the Democratic Socialists of America National Convention included, Suzanna Tadlock, Eileen Luna, Sandy Chelnov, Fran Biderman, Dean Ferguson, Dave Buchanan, Liv Brown, Matthew Hallinan, Alan Snitow, Ray Ahearn, John Katz, Dale Harrington, Angie Fa, Nancy Skinner.

DataCenter Donor

In 2007 Alan Snitow was listed on the DataCenter's annual report as a donor to the organization. The Oakland, California based DataCenter is widely regarded as the intellegence wing of the United States Left and has close ties to Cuba.[3]

Left Forum

Snitow addressed Left Forum in New York in 2008.[4]

Alan Snitow is an award-winning filmmaker whose PBS documentary ìThirstî (with Deborah Kaufman) and its follow-up book (Wiley, 2007) exposed how the corporate drive to control water has become the catalyst for community resistance to globalization. Snitow and Kaufman's earlier PBS films dealt with organizing high-tech workers ("Secrets of Silicon Valley") and with Black-Jewish relations ("Blacks and Jews"). Snitow is on the board of Food and Water Watch. He is currently working on a film about Jewish power and identity in America.

FightingBobFest speaker

Alan Snitow was a guest speaker at Wisconsin's annual progressive Fighting Bob Fest, in 2008.[5]

JStreet advisory council

In 2009 listed members of the JStreet advisory council included Alan Snitow, Snitow-Kaufman Productions.[6]

Snitow-Kaufman Productions was formed in 1993 to produce film, video and educational media for the general public on "social issues from race relations to globalization". It is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization based in Berkeley, California.[7]

Snitow-Kaufman Productions

Snitow runs Snitow-Kaufman Productions with Deborah Kaufman

Snitow-Kaufman Productions was formed in 1993 to produce film, video and educational media for the general public on social issues from race relations to globalization. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization based in Berkeley, California.[8]


Alan Snitow's films include the award-winning "Thirst", "Secrets of Silicon Valley", and "Blacks and Jews." Snitow was a producer at the top-rated KTVU-TV News, the Bay Area Fox affiliate, for 12 years. Before that, he was the News Director for eight years at the Bay Area’s Pacifica Radio station, KPFA-FM, winning the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Gold Award for Best Local Newscast.

Snitow was a Board member of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the Film Arts Foundation, and President of the Board of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. He is currently a Board member of the California Media Collaborative and Food & Water Watch, and a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

"Blacks and Jews: Ambivalent Allies"

In 1994,"Blacks and Jews: Ambivalent Allies" consisteed of four 1 hour shows, co-Produced with Bari Scott and KPFA/Pacifica Radio

A four hour radio series looking at ethnic identity, stereotypes, racism and anti-Semitism, the Civil Rights Movement, and the potential future cooperation and conflict between the two ethnic groups. A cultural journey through music, storytelling, poetry and interviews throughout the U.S. With Cornel West, Michael Lerner, Henry Louis Gates, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Anna Deavere Smith, Steven Spielberg, and Patricia Williams.[9]