Hannah Frisch

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Hannah Frisch

Hannah Frisch is a Chicago psychologist and activist with Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

Early activism

Hannah Frisch was active in University of Chicago Gay Liberation in the early '70s. She also attended meetings of Chicago Lesbian Liberation. She has been active in a variety of social movements including civil rights, women's liberation, democratic socialism, Central America, and women's cross-border labor solidarity.[1] .

New American Movement

In 1980 Hannah Frisch, Chicago, was a delegate to the December 12-14 Chicago, National Council meeting of the New American Movement[2].

In 1981 the Lucy Parsons Chapter of the New American Movement and friends honored Milt Cohen and Vicky Starr for their many years of activity in the causes for people's progress and democracy. The members of NAM listed were: Alba Alexander, Bill Barclay, Dan Gilman, Roger Gilman, Debby Holdstein, Rob Persons, Miriam Rabban, Ralph Scott, Julie Skurski, Peg Stroebel, Monty Tarbox and Ed Kucinsky. The friends of NAM listed were: Florence Green and Ben Green, Bob Reed of Seattle, Judy MacLean of San Francisco, Max Gordon of NYC, Quentin Young and Ruth Young of Chicago, Clarence Lipschutz and Peggy Lipschutz of Evanston, Miriam Bazell, Florence Gibbon of Chicago, Bronwen Zwirner of New Bedford, Leonard Lamb and Constance Lamb of Astoria, Helene Susman and Bill Susman of Great Neck, Corinne Golden of Chicago, Robert Havighurst and Edythe Havighurst of Chicago, Sara Heslep, Sandy Barty, Clara Diamont, Pete Seeger, Steve Nelson, Hannah Frisch, Sue Cohen, Gil Green of NYC, Joan Powers, Clarence Stoecker and Rebecca Hobbs of Chicago, James Bond of Oakland, Pat McGauley, Gabby Rosenstein of Santa Monica, Karl Cannon and Fay Cannon of Camarillo, Loriel Busenbard and Steven Starr, Daniel Starr, Beth Starr and Bob Starr (children of Vicky Starr) were listed as friends of the Lucy Parsons Chapter of the New American Movement.[3]

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Hannah Frisch, Blazing Star NAM led a workshop entitled Organizing a Large and Successful Cultural Event at the 10th Convention of the New American Movement. The convention was held in a union headquarters in Chicago and ran from July 29 - August 2, 1981.[4]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Hannah Frisch was a Chicago delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[5]

DSA Feminist Commission

In 1985[6] and 1986,[7] Hannah Frisch of Chicago was listed as membership secretary and treasurer for the steering committee of the Feminist Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America.

DSA pamphlet

In 1991, Democratic Socialists of America was promoting a leaflet "Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Liberation and Socialism", edited by Itala Rutter and published by the Gay and Lesbian Task Force of DSA's Feminist Commission. Contributors included Leo Casey, Martha Fourt, Hannah Frisch, Barry Friedman and Tom Stabnicki, Christine Riddiough, and Judy MacLean.[8]

Committees of Correspondence connection

In 1994 Hannah Frisch, Chicago was listed on a "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" for the Chicago Committees of Correspondence, an offshoot of the Communist Party USA[9]


  1. http://www.chicagogayhistory.com/biography.html?id=520
  2. NAM National Council meeting notice Dec 12 1980
  3. 10th Anniversary Booklet for the New American Movement, 1981
  4. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  5. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  6. DSA Feminist Commission Directory, 1985
  7. 1986 DSA Feminist Commission Directory
  8. Democratic Left, March/April 1991, page 18
  9. Chicago CoC "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" 10.14.94