More than 1,200 people attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee initiated Democratic Agenda Conference held November 16-18, 1979, at the International Inn and Metropolitan AM Church in Washington 1 DC. The conference focused on "corporate power'; as the key barrier to "economic and political democracy," concepts many Democratic Agenda participants defined as "socialism.'
The Democratic Agenda meetings attempted to develop anti-corporate alternatives" through influencing the direction of the Democratic Party during the period leading to the July 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York.
New American Movement
In 1981 Halli Lehrer, NIC; Anne Hill, Cleveland NAM and SEIU; Ruth Jordan, DSOC National Executive Committee and CLUW and John Haer, NIC and SEIU spoke on a mini-plenary entitled Building an Alliance Between the Labor Movement and the Women's Movement 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.
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. Sponsors of the event included Anne Hill.
Merger negotiating committee
After intensive debate, the 1980 New American Movement Convention passed a resolution (by a 2-1. margin) calling for negotiations with Democratic Socialists Organizing Committee, the election of a Negotiating Committee, and the development of a Negotiating Document. Frank Ackerman, Joanne Barkan, David Dollar, Richard Healey, Anne Hill, Katherine Kennedy, Roberta Lynch, and Liz Weston were elected to the Negotiating Committee. Holly Graff was added as the ex officio Political Committee member, and John Beverly became the first alternate. In the fall of 1980 this Committee developed a Negotiating Document which was reviewed by chapters and then amended and approved (by a ninety per cent margin) at the December National Council meeting.
Democratic Socialists of America founding conference
Anne Hill, Cleveland Women Working, spoke at the day one "Organizing Under Fire" session of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee/New American Movement Unity Conference in Detroit March 21/22 1982, that resulted in the formation of Democratic Socialists of America.
DSA Feminist Commission
- ↑ Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 370/371
- ↑ NAM National Council meeting notice Dec 12 1980
- ↑ NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
- ↑ Tribute to Ben Dobbs program, June 7, 1981
- ↑ NAM Discussion Bulletin No 5, Spring 81, page 1
- ↑ Conference program brochure
- ↑ DSA Feminist Commission Directory, 1985
- ↑ 1986 DSA Feminist Commission Directory