[Marxism] Irving Beinin
ethanyoung at earthlink.net
Thu Nov 10 17:25:21 MST 2005
Irving Beinin, a leading peace activist and veteran socialist in
New York City, died last month after a long illness.
In the Vietnam years, Irving was logistician for the
Fifth Avenue Peace Parade Committee, the main NYC
component of the antiwar movement. He also built
mobilizations against US war moves in the 80s and 90s.
Irving was a Cochranite. He was a toughtful and
dedicated organizer who put up with his share of shit in
attempting to interact with the broader movement while
keeping his political principles intact. He was a model
activist in that he never trimmed his politics to fit the
mood of the moment, but made himself indispensible
for his contributions to the movement.
His refusal to tow a line he couldn't accept
got him purged from the Guardian newsweekly staff,
but he was welcomed in other groups, including Lower East Side
Mobilization for Peace Action, National Committee for
Independent Political Action, and Committees of
Correspondence for Socialism and Democracy.
A wise and good comrade. He's missed. Can he be replaced?
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