Bill Barclay

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Bill Barclay


Bill Barclay is a Chicago based socialist and partner of Peg Strobel. He is formerly VP Strategy, Chicago Stock Exchange.

Background

In 1962 Barclay graduated from Raleigh’s all-white Broughton High School; in 1963 he walked out of the all-white White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Race was the constant subtext of growing up in Raleigh.

My mother worked as a nurse in a doctor’s office with “white” and “colored” waiting areas; we – like most middle income white families – had an African American maid once a week. It was probably the fight at the church that had the biggest impact. Our young adults’ class proposed a series of actions to challenge religious segregation; all were rejected by church elders. Our last idea was that our church members and their black counterparts attend each other's services. Also rejected. In response, a young woman a year older than I, stood up and said, “I guess the church will be the last segregated institution in the South.” She walked out; we followed.

Two years later Barclay joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).[1]

New American Movement

Barclay was active[2]in the 1970s in the Chicago New American Movement where he met Strobel.

In 1980, the three editors of NAM's magazine Moving On, were Bill Barclay, Rick Kunnes and Halli Lehrer[3].

In 1980 Bill Barclay, (Political Committee), was a delegate to the December 12-14 Chicago, National Council meeting of the New American Movement[4].

New American Movement

In 1981 the Lucy Parsons Chapter of the New American Movement and friends honored Milt Cohen and Vicky Starr for their many years of activity in the causes for people's progress and democracy. The members of NAM listed were: Alba Alexander, Bill Barclay, Dan Gilman, Roger Gilman, Debby Holdstein, Rob Persons, Miriam Rabban, Ralph Scott, Julie Skurski, Peg Stroebel, Monty Tarbox and Ed Kucinsky. The friends of NAM listed were: Florence Green and Ben Green, Bob Reed of Seattle, Judy MacLean of San Francisco, Max Gordon of NYC, Quentin Young and Ruth Young of Chicago, Clarence Lipschutz and Peggy Lipschutz of Evanston, Miriam Bazell, Florence Gibbon of Chicago, Bronwen Zwirner of New Bedford, Leonard Lamb and Constance Lamb of Astoria, Helene Susman and Bill Susman of Great Neck, Corinne Golden of Chicago, Robert Havighurst and Edythe Havighurst of Chicago, Sara Heslep, Sandy Barty, Clara Diamont, Pete Seeger, Steve Nelson, Hannah Frisch, Sue Cohen, Gil Green of NYC, Joan Powers, Clarence Stoecker and Rebecca Hobbs of Chicago, James Bond of Oakland, Pat McGauley, Gabby Rosenstein of Santa Monica, Karl Cannon and Fay Cannon of Camarillo, Loriel Busenbard and Steven Starr, Daniel Starr, Beth Starr and Bob Starr (children of Vicky Starr) were listed as friends of the Lucy Parsons Chapter of the New American Movement.[5]

NAM leadership

In 1981 the NAM national interim committee consisted of;

Bill Barclay (PC), Laura Berg (Portland NAM), Holly Graff (PC), John Haer (Pittsburgh NAM), Rick Kunnes (PC), Halli Lehrer (Chicago Northside NAM), Christine Riddiough (Blazing Star NAM), Glenn Scott (Austin NAM), and Steve Tarzynski (Los Angelos NAM), Robert Shaffer (New York NAM).[6]

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Bill Barclay, Political Secretary; Beverly Stein, Portland NAM and Jim Shoch, San Francisco NAM led a workshop entitled Chapter Strategies and Coalitional Work at the 10th Convention of the New American Movement. The convention was held in a union headquarters in Chicago and ran from July 29 - August 2, 1981.

Barclay spoke alongside Stanley Aronowitz and Jean Ross, San Francisco NAM on a mini-plenary entitled Reaganomics: Accumulation, Consumption and Class Conflict.[7]

Tribute to Ben Dobbs

On Sunday, June 7, 1981, the Los Angeles Chapter of the New American Movement sponsored a Tribute to Ben Dobbs for "His lifelong commitment to socialism". The event was held at the Miramar-Sheraton Hotel, Santa Monica, California. Barclay was a sponsor of the event and his name was listed in the Program under the list of activities for the evening.[8]

Crossroads Fund

In 2005, the board of the leftist, Chicago based Crossroads Fund consisted of[9];

Chicago Political Economy Group

In 2009 Chicago Democratic Socialists of America member Bill Barclay was a member of the Chicago Political Economy Group Other members of CPEG include Ron Baiman, Sidney Hollander, Haydar Kurban, Joe Persky, Elce Redmond and Mel Rothenberg[10].

DSA convention

In November 2009, at the Democratic Socialists of America national convention in Evanstown, Illinois, Saturday’s plenary session featured Bill Barclay (Chicago), John Cameron (AFSCME), and Michele Rossi (NPC, East Bay) continuing the theme of crisis in the U.S. and global capitalism and our fight for equality. They highlighted the need to rein in the financial sector; establish a permanent jobs program and a national industrial policy; defend public services; and address gender, class and racial inequality through a revived public sector. Barclay, along with a group of Chicago activists and social scientists, is developing a national full employment project that DSA will incorporate into its economic justice project.[11]

Defending the Public, Our Families, and Our Communities

A forum "Defending the Public, Our Families, and Our Communities" was held Saturday, April 9, 2011, Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington, Chicago.

Join progressive leaders and activists to discuss strategies for defending our rights to earn, learn, and live in dignity. In the wake of the all-out attack against workers' rights and against programs that help our communities, it is more important than ever to come together across movements and push to realize a vision of FDR's "Second Bill of Rights." Panelists will discuss a roadmap to fight back and push for progressive priorities including ending wars and militarism; enhancing workers' rights; and developing economic policies that promote jobs and communities instead of corporate profits.

Program:

Emcee: Lori Challinor ­ DuPage Peace Through Justice Coalition

Opening Remarks: Jesus Garcia ­ Cook County Commissioner, 7th District

Panelists:

Keynote: Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI"Towards a New New Deal: A 21st Century Full Employment Act"[12]

DSA 2011 Conference

Michael Aubry, Michael Baker, Bill Barclay, Lisa Horan O'Halloran, Jan Sansone, Peg Strobel were elected as delegates from the Chicago Local to DSA's 2011 National Convention.[13]

National Member Organizer

In 2013, the DSA National Political Committee appointed Bill Barclay as DSA's new National Member Organizer. His volunteer job duties include welcoming new members through a monthly “new member orientation” conference call.

He is also a co-chair of the NPC Program Committee, which works with the leaders of DSA locals in carrying out our national priorities. Bill has a special emphasis on mentoring new DSA organizing committees as they do the hard work of starting new DSA groups in their communities.[14]

Endorsing Fetonte

Democratic Socialists of America members who endorsed Danny Fetonte when he ran for DSA NPC in 2017 included Bill Barclay , Chicago.[15]

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

Bill Barclay supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[16]

References

  1. DSA website, The Civil Rights Movement's Impact on Our Lives: Part 2DSA activists remember how their lives were impacted by Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.
  2. http://web.mac.com/richardhealey/iWeb/Dorothy/Comments/EBE2941B-0AB8-45F3-8D50-3842ACA65380.html
  3. Moving On Feb/March 1980 p 2
  4. NAM National Council meeting notice Dec 12 1980
  5. 10th Anniversary Booklet for the New American Movement, 1981
  6. NAM Discussion Bulletin No 5, Spring 81, page 1o
  7. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  8. Tribute to Ben Dobbs program, June 7, 1981
  9. http://www.crossroadsfund.org/2005%20Ann%20Rep%20for%20Web.pdf
  10. http://www.dsausa.org/dl/Winter_2010.pdf
  11. Atlanta DSA newsletter, Jan. 2010
  12. [ http://www.chicagodsa.org/ngarchive/ng135.html, New ground 135, March -- April, 2011]
  13. New Ground 138, Sep./Oct. 2011
  14. Democratic Left • Summer 2013, page 12
  15. [https://www.Facebook.com/notes/austin-dsa/support-danny-fetonte-for-npc/1917815435143506/Support Danny Fetonte for NPC AUSTIN DSA·SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017]
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