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Democratic Agenda/Socialist Caucus

For groups and organizations seeking radical social change within the Democratic Party, the National Convention of 1980 had at least one historic first - formation of a Socialist Caucus of delegates. Organized by the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and by the Democratic Agenda which was DSOC's cadre and supporters within the Democratic Party and was based in DSOC' s New York office and at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. Some 31 delegates and alternates from twelve states and Democrats Abroad attended the Socialist Caucus.

As a preliminary to the convention's Socialist Caucus meeting, , indeed as a "building event" and as a continued show of support for Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), the Democratic Agenda sponsored a convention rally at New York's Town Hall. The speakers included Herman Badillo, Julian Bond, Fran Bennick, Harry Britt, Cesar Chavez, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI}, Douglas Fraser, Murray Finley, Michael Harrington, Terry Herndon, Ruth Jordan, Ruth Messinger, Eleanor Smeal, Gloria Steinem and William Winpisinger.

DSOC works within the Democratic Party, said Harrington, because of the party's relationships with organized workers, blacks, feminists, environmentalists and other "progressive groups."

The Socialist Caucus circulated a list of convention delegates who were caucus members, including;[1]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Earl Bourdon was an At Large delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[2]

Seniors Commission

In 1990, Earl Bourdon was the contact for the Democratic Socialists of America Seniors Commission,(in formation) [3]

DSA Ad

In 1990 Earl Bourdon and Honorine Bourdon placed an ad in the Democratic Socialists of America magazine Democratic Left, September/October, 1990, page 23, "In memory of Michael Harrington".

New Hampshire Association for the Elderly

In 1993 DSAer Earl Bourdon, was president of the New Hampshire Association for the Elderly.[4]

DSA benefactor

In 2004 DSA acknowledged "with thanks a special gift to the Democratic Socialists of America Fund from the estate of Earl and Honorine Bourdon, who were part of DSA’s founding generation. Earl Bourdon died in June of 1993; Honorine Bourdon died this past August at the age of 83.[5]

References

  1. Information Digest, Septemer 19, 1980, p 333
  2. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  3. Democratic Left, Jan./Feb. 1990, page 13
  4. Dem. Left Jan./Feb. 1993
  5. Democratic Left • Winter 2003