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Juanita Webster

Juanita Webster

Socialist Scholars Conference

Mini Liu, Committee of Asian Americans Against Violence; Juanita Webster, Democratic Socialists of America; Jose Morin; Ron Wheeler; Chezia Carraway and Suzanne Chendy, Center for Constitutional Rights were speakers on the Roundtable on Race and Violence panel sponsored by DSA African American Commission at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.[1]

DSA Racial Diversity Task Force

In 1992 Juanita Webster was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America Racial Diversity Task Force - charged with finding ways of recruiting (and retaining) more "people of color" into the organization[2].

"Socialist Feminists: Who Are We Now?"

The Democratic Socialists of America Feminist Commission held a conference entitled "Socialist Feminists: Who Are We Now?" January 8-10 1993 in Washington, D.C. The conference was designed to help set a socialist feminist agenda for the Clinton era.

Over 100 people attended the opening-night plenary, which featured Heidi Hartmann of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, NOW president Patricia Ireland, D.C. activist Gwen McKinney, and Kay Ostberg of the Human Rights Campaign Fund.

Saturday afternoon's session was entitled "Breaking Bread: Can We Be Part of a Multiracial Women's Movement?" Speakers included Juanita Webster, of DSA's African American Commission and the Feminist Commission;Tomasa Gonzalez, of DSA's Latino/a Commission and the Feminist Commission; and Cindy Deitch of the Feminist Commission.[3]

NYC DSA Steering Committee

In 1993 Juanita Webster was religion and socialism chair of the New York Democratic Socialists of America Steering Committee.[4]


In 1994 Webster and Marsha Borenstein of Brooklyn were members of the Democratic Socialists of America Steering Committee.[5]

Juanita Webster, New York City DSA, elected to the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, at the November 1997 DSA National Convention in Columbus Ohio.[6]

Communist "Manifestivity"

On October 30 and 31, 1998 the Brecht Forum presented the "Communist Manifestivity to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto" at Cooper Union's Great Hall, New York.

The Manifesto Commemoration Committee included Eric Canepa, coordinator; Sam Anderson, Sylvia Aron, Steve Brier, Mary Boger , Kira Brunner, Andrew Comer, Peggy Crane, Steve Duncombe, Peter Filardo, Rosa Garcia, Dan Georgakas, Joan Greenbaum, Ron Hayduk, Bill Henning, Diane Greene Lent, Danny Luce, Bill Koehnlein, Biju Mathew, Eli Messinger , Liz Mestres, Yusuf Nuruddin, Adele Oltman, Ed Ott, Leo Panitch, Renee Pendergrass, Merle Ratner, Colin Robinson, Rosina Rodriguez, Frank Rosengarten, Rob Saute, S Shankar, Sean Sweeney, Kit Wainer, Paul Washington, Juanita Webster, Ethan Young.[7]

Religion & Socialism Commission

In 2000, the Democratic Socialists of America Religion & Socialism Commission consisted of[8];

Co-Chairs: Rod Ryon, Juanita Webster

Secretary: Maxine Phillips

Treasurer: John Cort

Executive Committee: Judith Deutsch, John Endler, Norm Faramelli, Mark Finkel, Andrew Hammer, Tharen Robson.

In 2001 Juanita Webster was Religion & Socialism contact for New York City Democratic Socialists of America[9].


  1. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  2. Memorandum, Steve tarzynski-May 26, 1992
  3. Dem. Left, Jan./Feb. 1993. page 8
  4. Dem. Left, Sept./October 1993, page 22
  5. email from C Riddiough to S Tarzynski Dec 9 1994
  6. http://www.chicagodsa.org/ngarchive/ng56.html#anchor1041945
  7. Mail Archive website: Communist Manifestivity Conference Schedule, Oct. 28, 1998
  8. http://web.archive.org/web/20010305211406/www.dsausa.org/rs/index.html
  9. New York Democratic Socialist May 2001, page 1