Arthur Waskow

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Arthur Waskow

Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Associates for Religion & Intellectual Life

In the 1980s Associates for Religion & Intellectual Life Advisory Board members included Robert Bellah, Robert Coles M.D., Harvey Cox, James Forbes, Arthur Green, Ronald Sider, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Peter Steinfels, Arthur Waskow.

Institute for Policy Studies

Marcus Raskin and another founder of the Institute for Policy Studies, Arthur Waskow, had previously worked for Democratic Congressman Robert Kastenmeier of Wisconsin. In 1961 they co-authored a report for him that recommended unilateral disarmament for the U.S.[1]

In 1993 Arthur Waskow was listed among "former fellows, project co-ordinators and staff" of the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC.[2]

Anti-Vietnam Protest Movement Activities

Waskow was a major activist in the various Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam organizations from the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam National Mobe, New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam New Mobe, the Strategy Action Conference, People's Peace Treaty (PPT) endorser, 1971, P. 1805, etc.

Jews for Urban Justice

Listed as a member of Jews for Urban Justice, a small group of liberal-leftists to marxists in Washington, DC, formed in the late 1960's and lasted thru the middle of the 1970's.[3].

Congress on Religion and Policies


Theologies of Peace and Justice: A Congress on Religion and Politics. Chicago Theological Seminary May 27-30, 1988.

Plenary Speakers:

For conference information please contact: Religion & Politics Congress Rm 1201, 1608 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647

DSOC Religious Commission

In 1977, John Cort attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee convention in Chicago. At the convention Cort and others organized a DSOC Religion and Socialism Committee (later Commission). Cort was elected coordinator and editor of the newsletter.

Among early leaders, co-editors and contributors to the newsletter were Peter Steinfels, Sister Mary Emil, Rosemary Ruether, Harvey Cox, Cornel West, Arthur Waskow, Joe Holland, James Luther Adams, Jim Gorman, Maxine Phillips and Jim Wallis. Monsignor George Higgins was also a contributor.[4]

Democratic Agenda

More than 1,200 people attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee initiated Democratic Agenda Conference held November 16-18, 1979, at the International Inn and Metropolitan AM Church in Washington 1 DC. The conference focused on "corporate power'; as the key barrier to "economic and political democracy," concepts many Democratic Agenda participants defined as "socialism.'

The Democratic Agenda meetings attempted to develop anti-corporate alternatives" through influencing the direction of the Democratic Party during the period leading to the July 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York.

Constituency meetings included DSOC Religion and Socialism Committee - Arthur Waskow; Harvey Cox, Rosemary Ruether and Dorothy Solle.[[5]

Opposing loans to Chile

In 1987, Joanne Landy, Thomas Harrison and Gail Daneker, Directors, Campaign for Peace and Democracy/East and West, New York, circulated a statement Against Loans to Chile calling upon the Reagan Administration to oppose all loans to Chile.

It has been signed by leading "peace, labor, human rights, religious and cultural figures from the United States, Western Europe and Latin America." They were "joined by a large number of activists and writers from the USSR and Eastern Europe, many of whom have been persecuted in their own countries for work in independent peace and human rights movements."

Arthur Waskow endorsed the call.

The majority of signatories were affiliated with Democratic Socialists of America.[6]

New Party builder

New Party News Fall 1994 listed over 100 New Party activists-"some of the community leaders, organizers, retirees,, scholars, artists, parents, students, doctors, writers and other activists who are building the NP" the list included Arthur Waskow, Philadelphia.

United for Peace and Justice Affiliation

In July 2007 Arthur Waskow representing Shalom Center was affiliated to United for Peace and Justice.[7]

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Rabbi Arthur Waskow of Philadelphia, PA signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[8]

Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace

As of Jan. 1, 2010, Waskow was a member of the Board Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace.[9]

The Rag Blog

In 2010 Arthur Waskow was listed as a contributor to the Movement for a Democratic Society linked, Austin Texas based, The Rag Blog website.[10]

External links


  1. Communists in the Democratic party, page 70
  2. Institute for Policy Studies 30th Anniversary brochure
  3. National Peace Action Coaliton (NPAC) and Peoples Coalition for Peace & Justice (PCPJ), Part 1, hearings, House Internal Security Committee, May 18-21, 1971, P. 1663 (Exhibit 14, Strategy Action Conference list of delegates
  4. Dreadful conversions: the making of a Catholic socialist, By John C. Cort, page 319
  5. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 372
  6. New York review of books, Vol 34, Number 10, June 11, 1987
  8. Open Letter to Obama on Iran
  9. Rabbinic Cabinet