by Bob Roman
Lou Pardo has died at age 96, according to an obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times. He passed away on December 6. The obituary stressed his achievements as a voter registrar, his devotion to labor causes, and his past membership in the Communist Party. It does not mention his more recent membership in DSA or that he was a 1994 Debs — Thomas — Harrington Dinner awardee. (The UAW’s Carole Travis was the other awardee that Dinner. Barbara Ehrenreich was the featured speaker.) It also doesn’t mention his role in getting Herman Benson (Association for Union Democracy) involved in championing union democracy. (See Rebels, Reformers & Racketeers, by Herman Benson, page 4; I recall Carl Shier saying he called Benson after getting a call from Pardo.) When Lou Pardo accepted the award, Clinton may have been President, but we were very much in the depths of the conservative winter. “People change,” Lou insisted. Yes they do. Thank you, Lou.