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Vote Debs in '08 was a 2008 presidential campaign alternative and ongoing theatrical performance designed to unlock the spirit and passion of five-time candidate Eugene V. Debs and the labor movement of the early twentieth century. Created by Brian Pickett & Sophie Nimmannit. Contact; votedebs [at] gmail [dot] com




Photo Credit: Tristan Joy www.youngifted.comJune, 2008: New York Press, ON THE TRAIL WITH THE THINKING MAN’S CANDIDATE by Dana Rossi.

April 20th, 2008: Campaign visit to WBAI 99.5 FM "The Next Hour" (Segment begins at 43:00)

May 6, 2007: Washington Post "What This Country Needs", by Robin Shulman.



Past Events

July 2008: Candidate Debs visits Camp Kinderland for the People's National Convention as part of "A People's Platform: Kinderland's Agenda for Progress."

June 13th, 2008: Candidate Debs visits the Catholic Worker!

May 24th, Lower East Side Theater Festival 2008 May Day Celebrations! Eugene & Red Genie return! Get to know the candidate through in-depth interviews and in-depth analysis, and excellent original campaign music by ukelele hip-hop guru Jon Braman. Featuring: Liza Bryn, Jonathan Farmer, Aaron Lisman, Erika Kate MacDonald, and Sean Toohey.  

April 30 @ 8pm* Hudson Guild Theatre 441 West 26th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues All seats $10 For tickets call 212.352.3101 or visit *Presented by Prospect Theater Company's 2007-2008 Dark Nights Series produced by Dev Bondarin

Thursday May 1 @ 8pm ***RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED: we're gettin' booked!*** Jimmy's No. 43 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue 2 Drink Minimum Come celebrate May Day with us! To reserve a spot email us:votedebs [at] gmail [dot] com

June-July 2007 "Red Special Campaign Tour" Washington Square Park  Street theater marking the anniversary of the speech Debs delivered to workers in Canton, Ohio - speaking out against World War I - for which he was subsequently arrested. Under Woodrow Wilson's administration, the Espionage Act of 1917 made it a crime for a person to "convey information with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the armed forces of the United States." The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the sentence of ten years and on April 13, 1919 Debs entered the Atlanta State Penitentiary. He served almost three years, while running a fifth Presidential Campaign from behind bars. Debs won nearly one million votes running on a socialist platform of brotherhood and working class solidarity.

May 2nd, 2007 "Vote Debs in '08 Campaign Kickoff Party" Jimmy's No. 43 43 East 7th St., Manhattan Five-time Socialist Candidate and convicted felon, Eugege V. Debs! The Music of Joe Hill and the Solidarity Forever Singers! Guest Appearances by Emma Goldman and others! And introducing Red Genie! Music by Aaron Lisman of the Blue State Band.