Jo-Ann Mort

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Jo-Ann Mort

Template:TOCnestleft Jo-Ann Mort is a New York activist.

DSA Cultural Commission

In 1982 the Democratic Socialists of America Cultural Commission, was co-chaired by:[1]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Jo-Ann Mort was a New York delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[2]

DSA Tribute to Ruth Messinger

1983 NYC DSA tribute to Ruth Messinger

Jo-Ann Mort was amongst the endorsers of a March 1983 New York City Democratic Socialists of America tribute to DSA member Ruth Messinger.

New Directions Conference

In 1986 Mort was listed as being the New Directions Conference Coordinator.[3]

DSA Feminist Commission

In 1985, Jo-Ann Mort of New York was listed as a member of the Feminist Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America.[4]

In 1986 Jo-Ann Mort was listed as a National Office contact for the Commission.[5]

DSA Labor Commission

In 1990, Jo-Ann Mort and Michael Schippani were contacts for the Democratic Socialists of America Labor Commission.[6]

Socialist International

Led by Bogdan Denitch, DSA's permanent representative to the Socialist International, the Democratic Socialists of America delegation to the October 1990 Socialist International meeting in New York, included DSA Honorary Chair, Cornel West, Pat Belcon, a DSA NPC member, Motl Zelmanowicz, a "DSAer active in the Jewish Labor Bund", Jo-Ann Mort, a DSA NPC member, Jack Sheinkman, president of ACTWU, NYC Commissioner of Finance, Carol O'Cleireacain, Terri Burgess, chair of the DSA youth Section, Skip Roberts, Chair of DSA's Socialist International Committee, welcomed the Council to the United States on behalf of Democratic Socialists of America.[7]

The Democratic Socialists of America delegation to the 1992 Socialist International conference in Berlin, included Bogdan Denitch, (chair), Christine Riddiough, (VP Socialist International Women), Motl Zelmanowicz, Jose LaLuz, Michael Lighty, Jo-Ann Mort and Penny Schantz.[8]

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[9]

Labor Resurgency?

Socialist Scholars Conference

Jo-Ann Mort, Democratic Socialists of America, James Weinstein, Editor, In These Times, Chris Owens, Chair, Paul Robeson Independent Democrats, Steve Max, Midwest Academy and L. Donelle Gladwin, DSA Youth Section were speakers on the The 92' Presidential Election: What's a Democratic Socialist To Do? panel sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.[10]

Socialist Scholars 1993

Members of the Socialist Scholars Conference 1993 "Labor and Politics' panel were;

The New Labor Press

In 1992 The New Labor Press was edited by Sam Pizzigati and Fred Solowey. Contributors included Democratic Socialists of America members Daniel Beagle, Richard Olson and Jo-Ann Mort.[12]

DSAers in Paris

In June 1993 four DSA members met in Paris with their French comrades and a politically diverse group of U.S. and French economists to discuss the difficult transition from Reaganomics to Clintonomics. The DSA delegation from New York included David Gordon, Professor of Economics at the New School; Victor Sidel, Professor of Public Health Medicine at Mount Sinai; Jo-Ann Mort, Communications Director for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union; and John Mason, an Assistant Professor of Politics at William Paterson College.

In Paris, they were joined by Penny Schantz, a former DSA Youth Organizer.

The conference itself - formally entitled "Today's Changing American Economy" — was the first Franco-American meeting sponsored by La Fondation Jean Jaures, a"public interest corporation" set upby the French Socialist Party.[13]

DSA member

In 1997 Jo-Ann Mort, was Communications Director of UNITE, AFL-CIO and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee.[14]

Union consultant

According to SEIU's annual filing with the United States Department of Labor, SEIU paid $315,687 to Mort's consulting firm, Change Communications, during 2008[15]. And Jo-Ann and Bruce Raynor go way back apparently - her profile on her firm's website says that she was director of communications for UNITE and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, "the predecessor unions to Workers United, an affiliate of SEIU."

"Dissent" magazine

In 2009 the Democratic Socialists of America aligned Dissent Magazine masthead[16] Editorial Board members were;

Bernard Avishai, Joanne Barkan, David Bensman, Marshall Berman, Paul Berman , H Brand, David Bromwich, Luther Carpenter , Jean L Cohen, Mitchell Cohen, Bogdan Denitch , Jeff Faux, Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Todd Gitlin, Murray Hausknecht, Agnes Heller, Jeffrey Isaac, Michael Kazin , Martin Kilson, Erazim Kohak, William Kornblum, Jeremy Larner, Susie Linfield, Kevin Mattson, Deborah Meier, Harold Meyerson, Nicolaus Mills , Jo-Ann Mort, Brian Morton, Carol O'Cleireacain, George Packer, Martin Peretz, Anson Rabinbach, Ruth Rosen, James Rule, Alan Ryan, Patricia Cayo Sexton, Jim Sleeper, Ann Snitow, Cornel West, Sean Wilentz, Dennis Wrong.

Americans for Peace Now

As of 2009, Jo-Ann Mort was a member of the Board of Directors for Americans for Peace Now.[17]



  1. DSA Keylist newsletter, July 1982
  2. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  3. 1986 DSA Feminist Commission Directory
  4. DSA Feminist Commission Directory, 1985
  5. 1986 DSA Feminist Commission Directory
  6. Democratic Left, March/April 1990, page 11
  7. Democratic Left, November/december 1990, page 7
  8. Democratic Left, November/December 1992, page 12
  9. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
  10. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  11. Democratic Left March/April 1993, page 13
  12. Democratic Left, September/October 1992, page 21
  13. Dem. Left, Sept./Oct. 1993, page 28
  14. Chicago DSA