Chuck Sohner

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Template:TOCnestleft 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.

Submitted by Mona Field, co-author, California Government and Politics Today.[1]

GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee

Circa 1969, Prof. Charles P. Sohner, PhD., El Camino College, Los Angeles , was listed as a sponsor of the Socialist Workers Party led GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee .[2]

DSA Contact

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!".[3]

Los Angeles DSA

In 1982 Chuck Sohner was on the Executive Committee, Political Coordinator, of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America[4].

In 1985, Chuck Sohner was Co-Chair of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America.[5]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Chuck Sohner was a Los Angeles, California delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[6]

Kentucky DSA member

In 1990 Chuck Sohner was a member of Democratic Socialists of America Lexington, Kentucky local. [7]



  1. Democratic Left • Fall 2003
  2. Undated, GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee letterhead circa 1969
  3. DSA contacts sheet
  4. LA DSA members letter July 10 1982
  5. LA, DSA, letterhead January 28th, 1985
  6. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  7. D L, March/April, 1990, page 12