In 1979 Bill Dodds, Political Director of United Auto Workers and Director of Progressive Alliance served on the steering committee of the Institute for Policy Studies initiated Conference on Alternative State and Local Public Policies.
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.
- Information Digest August 24, 1979
- Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 370/371