An Open Letter to the New New Left From the Old New Left
Now it is time for all those who yearn for a more equal and just social order to face facts.
By Former leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society. April 16, 2020.
On April 13, 2020, Senator Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee, former vice president Joe Biden. Writing as founders and veterans of the leading New Left organization of the 1960s, Students for a Democratic Society, we welcome Bernie’s wise choice—but we are gravely concerned that some of his supporters, including the leadership of Democratic Socialists of America, refuse to support Biden, whom they see as a representative of Wall Street capital. Some of us are DSA members, but do not believe their position is consistent with a long-range vision of democracy, justice, and human survival....
We salute Bernie Sanders and our friends and comrades in DSA and in the diverse movements for social justice and environmental sanity that enabled them to rise. We look forward to joining together to build on and defend our accomplishments. And now we plead with all: Get together, beat Trump, and fight for democracy—precious, fragile, worth keeping.
The signers of this letter were founders, officers, and activists in Students for a Democratic Society between 1960 and 1969.
Signers included Alice Embree.
Renato Espinoza came to Texas in 1963 through an exchange program administered by the University of Texas International Office. (Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Dave McNeely, Ricardo Romo, Carol Keeton Rylander, Lowell Lebermann, Dave Oliphant, John Wheat, Sara Speights, and former Observer editor Kaye Northcott were among the Texans who traveled to Chile as part of the program. Alice Embree was a participant in the last exchange in 1967.)
Funded by the U.S. State Department, the program was buffeted by political change in both Chile and the United States. The Chileans were student leaders in parties of the left and right. They asked Texans questions about Vietnam and civil rights and got answers that weren’t always welcomed by the State Department or UT administrators.
New American Movement
In 1981, Doug Kellner, Nancy Collins, Jim Simonds, Alice Embree, Carlos Lowrey, Frances Barton, Lynn Lorette, Mike Klineman, MaryAnn Wizard, Brady Coleman, Chris Cunningham, Tony Ingliss, Ian Ingliss, Renato Espinoza, Loretto Espinoza, Al Watkins, Phillip Russell, Walter Dressler, Bob Russell, Ray Reece, Rita Starpattern, Ann Clark, Betsy Timm, Dick Leveridge, Larry Waterhouse, Ken Carpenter, Sue Messerole, Dave Mahler, Susie Ramsey, Ed Cervenka and Paul Gottlieb of the Austin, TX Chapter of the New American Movement congratulated NAM,
- Congratulations campadres! - from deep in the heart of Texas.
In the late sixties Embree did research for the North American Committee on Latin America and also worked with the RAT newspaper in New York. She still lives in Austin and is active in anti-war, union, and women’s issues.
The Rag Blog
"Day of the Fallen"
“Texas does not have to be the state with the highest death rate nor with the highest rate of injuries in construction. The legislature can turn this around by adopting our legislative agenda for better safety and health for the workers who build Texas. That is why we are here today,” Worker’s Defense Project Executive Director Cristina Tsintzun said at a rally on February 25, 2015.
One thousand construction workers and supporters marched to the Texas State Capitol on a cold, blustery day in late February to call for stronger safety and health protections. The march was sponsored by the Workers Defense Project to dramatize the high number of deaths and injuries suffered by construction workers in Texas. The Austin American-Statesman did not cover it at all. Telemundo gave the march and the rally professional coverage.
Among them were Montserrat Garibay (Education Austin), Becky Moeller (President, Texas AFL-CIO), The Rag Blog‘s Glenn Scott (retired National Nurses United organizer) and Alice Embree (Texas State Employees Union).
Austin Beloved Community
Austin Beloved Community site launch
Thursday May 1, 2014 marked the InternationalWorker's Day.
- Austin has a rich history of social justice organizations, artists and activists who have worked hard to fix longstanding problems in neighborhoods and communities.
Organizations participating included: ACC/AFT Local 6249, ADAPT, ALLGO, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Challenger Newspaper, Creative Action, Code Pink, Democratic Socialists of America, Education Austin, Freedom Road Socialist Organization (/OSCL), Grassroots Leadership, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, International Socialist Organization, MonkeyWrench Books, People's History in Texas, PODER, Proyecto Defensa Laboral (Workers Defense Project), Resistencia Bookstore, Rise Up Texas, Texans United for Families (TUFF), The Sierra Club, The Rag Blog, Texas Jail Project, Third Coast Activist, Treasure City Thrift, TSEU/CWA Local 6186, Women's Community Center.
Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Elizabeth Kay Walker, Bella Novella, Magda Lena, Diana Claitor, Ana Sofia Perez, Sarah Cheatham Somera, Jennifer May, Andrea Black, Jen Rogue, Leslie Cunningham, Andrea Zarate, Maribel Falcon, Jamie Love, Unkle Frank, Alma Buena, Shelby Alexander, Ci Rocha, Mariann Garner-Wizard, Carrie Morales, Ginger Miles, Katherine Pace, Beverly Baker Moore, Kiya Heartwood, Lilia Rosas, Cassandra Johnson, Olimpia Nuth, Devon Malick, Claudia Zapata, Monica A. Guzman, Bernice Hecker, Raven Pena, Anne Lewis, Michelle Mejia, Emma Mutrux, Joanna Saucedo, Nicole Licea, Marielle Septien, Alice Embree, Diana Gomez, Juanita Spears, Sophia Nachalo, Rocío Villalobos, Joanna Rabiger, Stacy Guidry, Fotografia Caldosa, Kate Layton, Hallie Boas, Danielle King, Vanessa Ramos, Pamela Larson, Monica Teresa Ortiz, Michelle Ramirez, Annaliese Krumnow, Marisa Perales, Robin Lane, Dawnielle Castledine, Cristina Parker, Kathryn Baker, Lisa Hernandez, Margaret Peace, Paige Managiere, Daisy Fran Clark, Seth Hutchinson, Adrian Orozco, Michael King, Ricky Martinez, Peter Sea, Marshall Bennett, Matthew Wackerle, Gilbert Cortez Rivera, Jacob Branson, Mukund Rathi, Gregorio Casar, Carl Webb, Librado Almanza, Kam Ran, Roan Boucher, Juan Belman, Mark McKim, Crayvon Corpening, Dave Cortez, Lindsay J. Porter, Ray Reece, Alex Befort, Antonio Cadarço Marques, Joe Cooper, Richard Swafford, Mike Corwin, Zach Guerinot, Joe Rocha, Tracey Schulz, Thorne Dreyer, Braden Latham-Jones, Juan A. Izaguirre.
Thomas Grace meeting
Thomas Grace is also speaking tonight at the TSEU Union Hall at 7pm, located at 1700 S. 1st St.
- Thomas Grace is our guest on Rag Radio today, Fri. 4/8, 2-3 p.m. (CT) on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin. Tom, a survivor of the 1970 Kent State shootings -- when National Guardsmen shot unarmed students, killing four -- is the author of "Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties." Stream it live:
The debate over Republican plans to overhaul the nation’s health care system hit the streets of Austin on Thursday afternoon as some three dozen protesters rallied outside of Sen. John Cornyn’s downtown office.
People gather to protest changes to the Affordable Care Act outside Senator John Cornyn's office on Thursday, July 6, 2017.
Demonstrators waved signs, led chants and blocked the sidewalk in opposition to the Senate GOP plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, which would slash coverage for many and the taxes that help pay for it.
Austin police arrested seven protesters who were blocking the sidewalk. Derrick Crowe, a Democrat running for Texas’ 21st Congressional District, was among those taken into custody, his campaign confirmed on Thursday afternoon.
Alice Embree of Austin Democratic Socialists of America was also arrested.
Crowe wrote about the incident;
- Health care bills don’t kill people. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA, the Senate version of the GOP’s Affordable Care Act repeal) isn’t a health care bill. It’s a tax cut for very rich people, financed by letting tens of thousands of people in my congressional district get sick, go bankrupt, and die.
- These folks deserve someone that will stand up for them when politicians and corporations abuse them this way. That’s why I just participated in a nonviolent act of civil disobedience outside Senator John Cornyn’s office, for which I was just arrested.
- Stand with us: Join our campaign to help us fight for health care for everyone in this country.
- I joined a several local groups (ADAPT, Central Austin People Power, the Austin Democratic Socialists of America chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, Indivisible Austin, Left Up To US, Our Revolution - Central Texas, Our Revolution - North Austin, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans-Austin, Texas Drought Project, and others) at a rally at noon today in front of Cornyn’s office to say no — no to the attack on the sickest, most vulnerable people in our community, and no to the politics of extreme greed that brought this legislative atrocity to life.
- And then, at about 12:20 p.m., a handful of us blocked the sidewalk, drawing a line in the sand against the attack on our families represented by this bill. Blocking pedestrian traffic resulted in our arrest. No one arrested the senator, though, whose office 15 floors above us has been dedicated recently to passing a bill to let thousands and thousands of us die each year.
- Republicans want to kick 22 million people off of health care and let almost 100,000 people die per year due to lack of care. That’s a horrific attack on the sick and injured.
- In moments like this, we are called to accept new risks to save our families and neighbors. Every person of conscience, from working-class folks out here in the district to Capitol Hill Democrats, must escalate their resistance to Trump and the GOP.
- We’re running a different type of campaign here in Texas, one that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with working people in Texas 21. We’re not taking corporate PAC money, and you can expect us to keep finding ways to fight not just from behind a microphone, but also in the streets. 
Rag Blog show
The Rag Blog Fan Club, March 2018;
Today on Rag Radio at 2: Advocating for Reproductive Justice. Guest host Alice Embree with Kim Varela-Broxson, co-chair Austin DSA Feminist Action Committee & Lindsay Rodriguez, National Network for Abortion Funds.
- Texas Observer, Compa_ero Renato Espinoza, by Alice Embree Published on Friday, June 15, 2007
- 10th Anniversary Booklet for the New American Movement, 1981
- Rag Blog METRO | 1,000 march on Texas State Capitol to mark Austin’s ‘Day of the Fallen’By Glenn Scott | The Rag Blog | March 4, 2015
- Renteria PhotographyMay Day - El Dia Del Trabajo & Austin Beloved Community
- Wherevent Austin Beloved Community May Day Celebration 2014
- DSA Chapters, accessed April 8, 2015
- Austin police arrest 7 protesters, including congressional candidate, at Sen. John Cornyn’s office Nolan Hicks 1:35 p.m Thursday, July 6, 2017
- Daily Kos, Democratic candidate for Congress arrested while protesting health repeal By dcrowe Thursday Jul 06, 2017
- The RagBlog By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | July 12, 2017