American Socialist: Film Screening & Candidate Forum

Saturday, October 2oth
6:30-9:30 pm
Maine Irish Heritage Center
34 Gray St, Portland, ME 04102

“I hope anyone who feels we can be a more just and humane society sees this film before November’s elections.”– San Diego Uptown News

In 2016, Bernie Sanders reawakened American class consciousness with a presidential campaign that put income inequality and socialist economics in the spotlight. But he was hardly the first American politician to do so. The American Socialist movement began over 100 years ago with Eugene V. Debs, a democratic socialist, political activist, trade unionist, and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). He and ran for president five times on the Socialist Party ticket, and was jailed for his so-called “radical” beliefs. This film tells the story of Debs in the context of his time, and emphasizes the tenets of pacifism and human solidarity that are at the heart of the socialist movement.

DSA endorsed political candidates will participate in a question and answer forum following the screening. Come learn what it means that Maine has democratic socialist candidates running at every level of government.

This will be the only screening of this film in Maine. Free admission. Donations are appreciated.