Richard Healey

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Richard Healey

Richard Healey is a prominent U.S. socialist and the son of late Communist Party USA leader Dorothy Healey.

New American Movement

Attendees at the Expanded National Interim Committee of the New American Movement January 2-4, 1976 in Pittsburgh, PA included;

Roberta Lynch, Anne Farrar, Judy MacLean, Alan Charney, Steve Carlip, Holly Graff, Richard Healey, Mark Mericle, Carollee Sandberg, John Ehrenreich, Bill Leumer, Elayne Rapping.[1]

In 1979 Richard Healey was Chairman of the New American Movement.[2]

In 1980 Richard Healey, Somerville,was a delegate to the December 12-14 Chicago, National Council meeting of the New American Movement[3].

Between 1980 and 1981 Richard Healey, Massachusetts was the chair of the Political Education Commission of the New American Movement.[4]

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Richard Healey and Dean Pappas, Co-Chairs of the Commission led a meeting entitled Political Education Commission 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.

Healey spoke alongside Barbara Ehrenreich, Long Island NAM; Michael Lerner, NAM Assoc, founder, Institute for Labor and Mental Health and Peg Strobel, Co-Chair, Campus Commission at a public plenary entitled Visions of Socialism.

Healey also spoke alongside Elaine Smith, Chair, Pitt NAM and Robert Shaffer, NIC in a workshop entitled NAM/DSOC Informational Session and Preliminary Debate.[5]

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 Richard Healey.[6]

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.[7]

Democratic Socialists of America founding conference

Richard Healey (NAM) was a moderator of the day one "Unity 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[8].

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Richard Healey was a District of Columbia, Maryland delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[9]

Institute for Policy Studies

In 1993 Richard Healey was listed among "former fellows, project co-ordinators and staff" of the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC.[10]

DSA’s Cuba Letter

Richard Healey signed an April 2003 Statement on Cuba, initiated and circulated[11] by prominent Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.

“a statement circulating among democratic left/socialist folks, largely by members of Democratic Socialists of America, condemning the recent trials and convictions of non-violent dissenters in Cuba”.

The petition criticized Cuba's poor human rights record, but shared the blame for Cuba's problems with reactionary elements of the U.S. administration...

The democratic left worldwide has opposed the U.S. embargo on Cuba as counterproductive, more harmful to the interests of the Cuban people than helpful to political democratization. The Cuban state's current repression of political dissidents amounts to collaboration with the most reactionary elements of the U.S. administration in their efforts to maintain sanctions and to institute even more punitive measures against Cuba.

Many of the petition's 120 odd signatories were known members of DSA.

Rosenberg Fund for Children

In 2003 Richard Healey was on the Advisory Board of the Rosenberg Fund for Children[12].

Richard Healey serves[13]on the Advisory Board of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Foundation

As of 2011, the following served on the board of the Commonwealth Foundation;[14]


  1. Minutes of the Meeting of the Expanded National Interim Committee, January 2-4, 1976 Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Information Digest August 24, 1979 p261
  3. NAM National Council meeting notice Dec 12 1980
  4. NAM Commission Chairs list, 1980 - 1981
  5. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  6. Tribute to Ben Dobbs program, June 7, 1981
  7. NAM Discussion Bulletin No 5, Spring 81, page 1
  8. Conference program brochure
  9. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  10. Institute for Policy Studies 30th Anniversary brochure
  12. Rosenberg Fund for Children Letterhead June 19 2003
  14. Commonwealth Institute, accessed Jan 4, 2012