Charles (Chuck) P. Sohner died May 11, 2003, after a "lifetime of social justice commitments". During his years in Los Angeles, he worked to create the Socialist Community School in the 1970s as well as working with the early Democratic Socialists of America movement. He hosted a radio show on the Pacifica station, KPFK, called Socialist Perspectives. He was also a union leader in the California Federation of Teachers and negotiated the first labor contract for community college faculty in the state. Sohner wrote prolifically, including articles and textbooks. His California Government and Politics Today is now going into the tenth edition and remains a bestseller in its genre. Sohner retired from El Camino Community College in 1988 and relocated to Kentucky, where he became active in Living Wage battles and "other progressive efforts". At the time of his death at age 74, he was serving on the Lexington Fayette County Ethics Committee.
GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee
Circa early 1980s Chuck Sohner, Political Coordinator was listed as a contact for the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America Exectutive Committee. At the bottom of the list was the statement, "Change the USA, work with DSA!".
Los Angeles DSA
DSA Conference delegate
Kentucky DSA member
- Democratic Left • Fall 2003
- Undated, GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee letterhead circa 1969
- DSA contacts sheet
- LA DSA members letter July 10 1982
- LA, DSA, letterhead January 28th, 1985
- DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
- D L, March/April, 1990, page 12