Barry Bluestone

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Barry Bluestone


Barry Alan Bluestone is currently the director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University and also founding dean of its School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He has served as a member of the senior policy staff of Congressman Richard Gephardt. Among his many accomplishments he was the Founding Director of U.Mass.-Boston’s Ph.D. Program in Public Policy.[1]

Son of Irving Bluestone.

An Open Letter to the New New Left From the Old New Left

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 Barry Bluestone.

Patrick/ Bluestone connection

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Northeastern University founded the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs 10 years ago to provide a space for applied interdisciplinary research. Since then, the School has created a tradition of high-impact research, education and engagement with communities of practitioners in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

To celebrate this milestone, we shine the spotlight on our service-oriented initiatives and research centers and labs, which have advanced public policy and urban affairs theory and practice not just in Boston, but around the nation and the globe.

Governor Deval Patrick declares “Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy Day” in the Commonwealth, helping celebrate the center’s 15th anniversary during a gala which featured remarks by Patrick, Senator Ed Markey, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

Founded in 1999, the Dukakis Center is a “think and do tank” that conducts interdisciplinary research, in collaboration with civic leaders, to identify and implement solutions to a broad spectrum of critical challenges facing urban areas throughout the Commonwealth.

Since its inception, the center has been involved in a wide array of research focusing on housing in Greater Boston. Each year staff dive into data and publish an annual edition of the “Greater Boston Housing Report Card,” which keeps track of home prices, rents, housing production and policy, and other matters related to housing availability and affordability.

“Each annual report takes a deep dive into specific topics,” said Barry Bluestone, senior research associate and founding director, 1999 to 2015. “In the past these have ranged from homelessness to student housing, from the need for zoning reform to the cost of producing new housing.”[2]

Understanding Boston Forum

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Barry Bluestone, Paul Grogan, Mass. Gov Deval Patrick, Mary Jo Meisner.

An Understanding Boston Forum, March 26, 2013.

Students for a Democratic Society

In 1962, Detroit UAW official Mildred Jeffrey arranged[3]for her daughter, Sharon, and a group of politically active University of Michigan students, including Tom Hayden, to use an UAW camp[4]on Lake Huron. The students issued the Port Huron Statement, the founding document of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

When SDS was formed, the children of United Auto Workers staff attending the University of Michigan played an important role[5]in forming one of SDS's first and strongest branches. They included Sharon Jeffrey, daughter of UAW official Millie Jeffrey, Leslie Woodcock, daughter of UAW vice president Leonard Woodcock and Barry Bluestone, son of Irving Bluestone, Reuther's key administrative assistant in the 1960s.

Union for Radical Political Economics

In 1968, Barry Bluestone was a founding member of the Union for Radical Political Economics, an alternative professional organization for left political economists and an intellectual home for academics, policy-makers, and activists.[6]

Cuba

In 1980, Barry Bluestone traveled with a delegation to Cuba.

Recommended appointees for a new Administration

In the 1988 book "Winning America: Ideas and Leadership for the 1990s" edited by Marcus Raskin, Chester Hartman, Sean Gervasi recommended Barry Bluestone, Gar Alperovitz, Donald Harris, Robert Browne, Jeff Faux, Carol O'Cleireacain, Jamie Galbraith, Howard Wachtel, Bennet T. Harrison, Michael Tanzer and Arthur MacEwan as recommended appointees for a new Administration page 24, 25).

Campaign for America's Future

In 1996 Barry Bluestone, Northeastern University, Boston was one of the original 130 founders of Campaign for America's Future.[7]

DSA connection

In 2001, Boston Democratic Socialists of America held monthly talks on different aspects of the global economy bring in 40 to 60 people. Presentations included economist Barry Bluestone on “Wall Street vs. Main Street;” a discussion of genetic engineering and corporate agriculture; and a meeting on “Global Warming: the Heat Is On.”[8]

Economic Policy Institute

Barry Bluestone serves[9]on the Board of Directors of the Lawrence Mishel led Economic Policy Institute. Northeastern University.

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