One of the world’s oldest political parties is celebrating a milestone this year. The Social Democratic Party of Germany turns 150. An exhibition marking the historic event is being held tonight in Washington DC at the German Historical Institute. See the link here. I was invited to attend, but unfortunately, schedule conflicts in my own borough prevented me from making the drive to Washington. I spoke on the phone today with a representative from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and I committed to making a visit in the near future.
Social Democrats USA congratulates the SPD on its milestone. The entire social democratic movement owes a debt to SPD and their courageous struggles against Monarchs, Nazis, and Communists. Even today we can see the success of SPD in the fact that the former German Communist Party, now Die Linke, refers to itself as democratic socialists. The SPD’s unwavering commitment to democracy is something that we all can be proud of.