Populist author and commentator, Jim Hightower, spoke at the 2015 Douglass-Debs Dinner. Jim's speech touched on the economic and political issues of the day and the need for the Democratic party to push a progressive agenda. In his humorous way, Hightower ended by saying that, "the hogs are muddying up the creek" and it was up to progressives to put their shoulders into it, "to push the hogs out of the creek." Also honored at the dinner were, Cindy Estrada, United Auto Workers (UAW) Vice-President, Pat Devlin, President of the Michigan Building Trades, and Planned Parenthood. The dinner is an annual event, sponsored by the Detroit DSA and was held at the historic UAW Local 600 hall, in Dearborn, MI.