|Name||J. Quinn Brisben|
Chicago, Illinois , United States
|| September 06, 1934
|| April 17, 2012
|Last Modified||Zeus the Moose|
Apr 18, 2012 06:01pm
|Info||In its centennial year, the Socialist Party USA honors J. Quinn Brisben, long-time Socialist Party member and activist. Quinn joined the Socialist Party in 1959, and has run for several elected offices as the Socialist Party's candidate, beginning with a run for Mayor of Chicago in 1975. In 1976, Quinn convinced former Milwaukee Mayor Frank Zeidler to make a run for president. Frank returned the favor by asking Quinn to be his running mate. Quinn himself was the Socialist Party's candidate for President in 1992, and continues to be a frequent spokesperson for socialist issues and has spoken at many public meetings, colleges and universities. |
Extremely active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, Quinn took part in the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964 -- where he was briefly jailed -- and in several SCLC-sponsored activities in Alabama from 1965 to 1967. He was active in the anti-Vietnam War movement, served as a boycott captain for the United Farm Workers, and has been part of significant progressive movements of all kinds since the 1950s. In July 1990, he helped smuggle 3,000 condoms donated by ACT-UP Chicago to the Moscow Lesbian and Gay Union. In recent years, Quinn has been primarily involved in the disability rights movement, with American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT). In fact, he began his 1992 run for president by serving three days in an Orlando jail for taking part in an ADAPT demonstration.
Quinn Brisben worked as a high school history and social studies teacher in Chicago�s inner cities for 30 years until his retirement in 1990. He served several terms as a representative in the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1, and frequently served on strike committees. He received several teaching awards, including being named Teacher of the Year by Teachers for Integrated Schools in 1964.
Quinn Brisben was born in Enid, Oklahoma, in 1934. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma at Norman in 1955 and did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Before settling into a teaching career, Quinn tried his hand at such diverse jobs as farm laborer, factory hand, cab driver and -- this should come as no surprise to those who know Quinn -- comedian.