- 1 Early activism
- 2 Independent Socialist League
- 3 Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights
- 4 Obama connection
- 5 Teacher/activist
- 6 Civil rights
- 7 Supporting Timuel Black
- 8 Salute to Harold Washington
- 9 DSA Conference delegate
- 10 Electoral politics
- 11 Debs Dinner founder
- 12 IVI-IPO
- 13 References
Saul Mendelson was a Chicago based socialist. He died March 13 1998.
Saul Mendelson joined the Socialist movement at the age of 18, eventually chairing the University of Chicago Socialist Club.
Independent Socialist League
Prominent members of the Independent Socialist League included Hal Draper and Ann Draper, Julius Jacobson and Phyllis Jacobson, Max Shachtman, Al Glotzer, Herman Benson, Gordon Haskell, Ernest Rice McKinney, Saul Mendelson, Deborah Meier, Don Chenoweth, Sam Bottone, Joe Friedman (Carter), Paul Bernick, Jack Rader, Carl Shier, Lewis Coser, Ernest Erber, Stanley Plastrik, Irving Howe, B.J. Widick.
Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights
In November 1967, Saul Mendelson signed a Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights advertisement in the Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices opposing efforts by Senator Dirksen to re-institute the McCarran Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950.
Saul Mendelson taught at DuSable High School and was a member and leader of the American Federation of Teachers.
Mendelson fought for collective bargaining for public employees and was the vice-president of the Chicago Teachers Union High School Division when the first collective bargaining contract was achieved. He became a professor at Loop College (now Harold Washington College) and were its union chair from 1969 to 1986 in the Cook County College Local. Five of the times the union went on strike, Mendelson was the chapter's strike committee chair.
Supporting Timuel Black
The "Citizen's Committee" included "former" communist Charles Hayes, radical journalist Don Rose, socialist Chicago Alderman Leon Despres, future Democratic Socialists of America members members Saul Mendelson, Danny Davis and Milt Cohen (another former communist).
Salute to Harold Washington
On April 6, 1983, the Hyde Park Herald published an endorsement from the Hyde Park/Kenwood Citizens Committee of Democratic Party Chicago mayoral candidate Harold Washington. Signatories to the endorsement included Saul Mendelson.
DSA Conference delegate
Mendelson was active in reform politics in Chicago, especially the campaigns for Harold Washington.
The 1988 Democratic Party Convention was Mendelson's third- he traveled to Atlanta as a Second Congressional District delegate for Jesse Jackson.
Mendelson ran for State Senator in 1970 and was the foreign policy specialist for the Americans for Democratic Action. He served on the national board of the Americans for Democratic Action from 1966 until his death.
Debs Dinner founder
Saul Mendelson was a co-founderof the Chicago Debs Dinner in 1958. He was its treasurer for the first ten years and worked diligently to make it a success for 39 years. Saul Memndelson received the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America Thomas - Debs Award in 1988.
In 1981 Saul Mendelson was on the Board of Directors of Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization.
- Chicago Maroon Feb 20 1948
- TYR, April/May 2013]
- Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices, Nov. 1967
- Hyde Park Herald April 6, 1983, page 8
- DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
- IVI-IPO Letterhead July 23 1981