Bill Helwig

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Bill Helwig

DSA member

On December 10 2007, Democratic Socialists of America members joined community, religious, and labor leaders in observing International Human Rights Day. This day commemorates the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Among the rights codified in this document is the right of workers to form unions and bargain collectively.

Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America members Maurice Geary, Garie Bass, Paul Bass, Selma Goode, Steve Babson, Al Benchich, Bill Helwig, Dan McCarthy, David Green, Charlie Rooney, and Jean Dietrick Rooney commemorated this date by participating in a demonstration in front of Harper-Hutzel Hospital in support of the nurses of the Detroit Medical Center who were trying to form a union under the auspices of the Michigan Nurses Association.[1]

DSA electoral work

In 2008 Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of Americaendorsed state representative candidates Sarah Roberts (St. Clair Shores-Harrison Township), Vicki Barnett (Farmington-Farmington Hills), Lisa Brown (West Bloomfield-Harrison Township), and Jonathan Switalski (Warren-Sterling Heights). As a result, DSA members have been canvassing, phone banking, and stuffing envelopes for one of these four candidates almost every weekend since the late summer. To date, the following members have participated in at least one (and usually several) campaign dates: Brandon Moss, Selma Goode, Michelle Fecteau, Bob Alpert, Lon Herman, Maurice Geary, Helen Samberg, Bob Frumkin, Charlie Rooney, Julie Barton, David Elsila, David Green, Dave Ivers, Michael Dover, Bill Helwig, Bob Denoweth, and Marilyn Schmidt.[2]