In the early days of NAM, contacts for the organization included Lynne Shatzkin and Jerry Coffin, NY, Michael Lerner, then working from the Cambridge Policy Studies Institute, a branch from the Institute for Policy Studies, Andy Starr, Philadelphia, Alice Lynd and Staughton Lynd, Chicago, Frank Blumer, Seattle, and Jim Williams, by 1975 a co-editor of the Communist Party USA trade union publication, Labor Today.
NAM first national conference
The first national meeting of the New American Movement was held in Chicago October 9-11. Up to 75 delegates and observers from 25 cities participated. The meeting laid the basis for a Thanksgiving conference on program in Chicago. The politiçal principles, program, and structure of the organization were discussed;
At the conference, a body mandated a committee to write a shorter version of the original NAM document in a style, adapted to mass distribution. People elected to this committee were:
- Diana Adams (Cleveland, Ohio),
- Jeremy Rifkin (Washington, D;C;),
- Jane Slaughter of the national staff,
- Karen Whitman (Baltimore, Md.),
- Michael Lerner (Berkeley, Calif),
- Alice Lynd (Chicago, Ill),
- Harry Boyte (Chapel Hill, N.C.).
The committee was mandated to have the basic document written by October 23.1971
- THE NEW AMERICAN MOVEMENT, HON. LARRY McDONALD OF GEORGIA. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Thursday. September. 4 1975, page 97
- From New American Movement, Nov,-Dec, 1971