The Venue

Eugene V. Debs Hall was created by SDUSA member and Buffalo NY city planner, Chris Hawley, It Is a not- for-profit social club created out of the former building that was once the whistle stop-rest area and bar for the New York Central railroad workers, whose main terminal was right up the street. Comrade Hawley named the hall after Debs, because of his background as leader of the American Railway Workers and 5- time presidential nominee of the Socialist Party. The Hall contains mementos of Debs’ 1912 presidential campaign, FDR and Karl Marx. The Hall can accompany over 500 people and has sleeping arrangements and air mattress for 15 people. It is located at 483 Peckham St., Buffalo N.Y. 14206.

The theme of our Convention: the defense and expansion of Democracy, which is in grave danger, both nationally and internationally. In the United States, Democracy faces threats from authoritarian and neo-fascist MAGA forces in the Republican Party; abroad, from the so-called populist authoritarian governments in Hungary, Poland, Israel, Russia, China, and from like-minded movements throughout Western Europe.

Day 1, Friday, September 1: Convention goers arrive and settle in.

Day 2, Saturday September 2: The Convention will open with welcoming speeches by SDUSA’s National Chair Patty Friend and National Secretary David Hacker. We have invited to address the Convention, via Zoom, representatives of a speakers tour of prominent Ukrainian and Russian socialist activists that is being sponsored by the Ukraine Solidarity Network. The Network supports Ukraine’s right to self-determination, and the speakers will be visiting Chicago at the time of our Convention.

—> The official announcement of the tour by the Ukraine Solidarity Network is the following:

Resisting Russian Imperialism: Ukraine’s Struggle for Self-Determination”

Ukrainian socialist Alona Liasheva will be joined by Russian socialist Ilya Budraitskis in Chicago and New York and Russian Socialist Ilya Matveev in the Bay Area to analyze the nature of the war and argue for the left to support Ukraine’s struggle for self-determination and a progressive – not neoliberal – reconstruction of the country.

—> A 6 – 8 minute video will introduce a delegation from the Hungarian Socialist Party that we met at the Socialist International Conference in Madrid last year. They will discuss the erosion of democracy in their country and how we can help campaign for democracy there and how America can be more aware of what’s going on with the rise of fascism/populism.:

  • 2:00 PM: Co-chair Imre Komjáthi will give a welcome speech (Niki Szöllősy will interpret).
  • 2.10 PM: Co-chair Ágnes Kunhalmi and Vice-president Gábor Harangozó will each talk about the challenges facing democracy in Eastern Europe in general and Hungary in particular


—> “All Politics is Local: Buffalo Edition”: a panel with guest speakers:

  • Eve Shippens, common council candidate Buffalo New York, (D)
  • Mary Jobaida, Democratic Socialist organizer Niagara Falls New York. (WFP)

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Day 3, Sunday September 3: At 11 AM, author Dennis King will speak on “Red and Brown: The Dangers of Extremes Meeting in US Politics”

—> At 2 PM, Godden Zama, a representative of the Social Democratic Front of Cameroon will speak at the Convention.

—> ”A Conversation With French Leftists”: Moderated by SDUSA Chair Patty Friend.

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The afternoon session will consist of internal SDUSA business, including considering resolutions submitted to the convention.

Please be advised that throughout the day, we’ll be doing activities, different activities, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. so be prepared to hang out with us and have a cool time!

Day 4, September 4, Labor Day: Labor Day celebration both at Eugene V Debs Hall and Buffalo’s Olmsted Cazenovia Park, in South Buffalo, will host the parade. But the host of the overall parade is going to be done by New York AFL-CIO, WNY, (Western New York). The parade is going to be very busy so be prepared and ready to go by 10:30 -11:00 a.m. Delegates to the convention will be marching in the parade as the SDUSA contingent, walking behind our banner. If you have a banner for the parade, please feel free to bring it! We’re going to be bringing ours and carrying some handheld American flags along with Social Democracy flags!

     The Labor Day parade is taking place at Caz Park, more details for the rally point will be given upon arrival.. And we can join the labor unions together after the parade in the park for the annual picnic! It’ll give you a chance to meet AFL-CIO New York’s most prominent member organizations, like, United Steelworkers, CWA, Communication Workers of America, SEIU, Service Employees International Union, and other unions like the United Auto Workers, and the Working Families Party as well!! Many politicians locally will be in the parade like Buffalo’s Mayor, Congressman Brian Higgins, State Senator Tim Kennedy and the State Assembly members

    At 3:00 PM, we will return to Eugene V Debs Hall for the resumption of our formal Convention program. The main event will feature our special guest, Mark Talley as our keynote speaker, He is the organizer: of the organization “Agents for Advocacy” in Buffalo, New York. His beloved mother Geraldine was killed. on May 22, 2022, as one of 13 victims of a racially motivated shooting at the Tops supermarket in the predominately Black east side of Buffalo, by a white supremacist, who lived far outside of the city. All the victims were Black and 10 of the 13 were killed and 3 injured.  Mr. Talley will speak on the topic: “Stomp out white supremacy, bigotry, and right-wing fascism.”

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Day 5, Tuesday, September 5: 

—> 10 AM – “All Politics is Local – Kansas Edition”:

  • Aaron Coleman, Kansas City, Kansas and former statehouse representative in Topeka. (D)
  • Susan Stevens, Chair of SDUSA Kansas City, Kansas.


—> 2PM – “The Nakba, Then and Now”:

  • Nadiah Saah, Project48, Jewish Currents Editorial Board (by Zoom)
  • Sheldon Ranz, SDUSA Special Projects Director; Editor, Socialist Currents

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Meeting ID: 890 3667 4386 Passcode: 047344


Day 6, Wednesday, September 6 will be devoted to any remaining internal SDUSA business including further consideration of resolutions. In addition, if time permits, we will have an excursion to Niagara Falls and other points of interest around the Buffalo area.

Michael Mottern, First Vice-Chair of SDUSA, is the Buffalo Local’s coordinator for the convention For information on traveling to Buffalo and accommodations, contact him at 716-279-5466 or at his e-mail address, motternm182@gmail.com.



  1. We apologize to anyone who may have attempted to attend our Monday Zoom. We’re having to cancel it due to some unforeseen circumstances. We also don’t currently have access to log into our blog to change the info here in the article. We’re planning to be back on Zoom again at 10 AM tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 AM Eastern time so hope to see you then ❤

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