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Eugene V. Debs Day coming up on Monday at Mickie’s

Eugene V. Debs may be the most consequential historical figure you’ve never heard about. This November 5 that’ll change! Buffalo’s first annual Eugene V. Debs Day will take place at Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Avenue, on Monday, November 5, 6-10 pm.

“This event will mark the 163rd birthday of Eugene V. Debs, the great American labor organizer, anti-war activist, and democratic socialist,” says Chris Hawley, event organizer. “We’re bringing together about twenty organizations that are continuing the Debs legacy in Buffalo, and you’ll be able to connect with them all at the event.”

Debs Day is a progressive organizing event and celebration of labor leader, stirring orator, and five-time Socialist Party presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926). The event will feature:

  • A progressive causes fair of organizations, initiatives, and vendors advancing social, environmental, and economic justice through democratic action (6-10 pm)
  • A never before shown presentation by city planner Chris Hawley on Buffalo labor and socialist history (7-7:30 pm)
  • A screening of Bernie Sanders’ 1979 documentary, Eugene V. Debs: Trade Unionist, Socialist, Revolutionary, 1855-1926 (7:30-8 pm)

“What can be more fun than combining beer, food, and socialism?” said Hawley. “Buffalo’s radical history is relatively unknown, but can provide inspiration for present day efforts.”

The following organizations will have tables at the Debs Day fair:

Buffalo Bike Tours
Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture, & Culture
Community Beer Works
Democratic Socialists of America, Buffalo Chapter
Eugene V. Debs Local Initiative
Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve
GOBike Buffalo
Grassroots Gardens Buffalo
Green Party of Erie County
Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Justice for Migrant Families WNY
Liberty Union Progressives
New York Bicycling Coalition
New York Civil Liberties Union
Niagara University Program Houses
Our Outer Harbor
Pollinator Conservation Association

Sierra Club Niagara Group
The Pine Apple Company

Eugene V. Debs Day is a collaboration of The Public and the Eugene V. Debs Local Initiative.

The Facebook event page is here. If you’re not on the fair list but would like your organization to be part, reach out to Chris Hawley at

Entry Image: Event poster by artist Mickey Harmon. 25 limited edition prints will be available for $25 apiece at the event 

Written by Mike Puma

Mike Puma

Writing for Buffalo Rising since 2009 covering development news, historic preservation, and Buffalo history. Works professionally in historic preservation.

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