Ira Arlook

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Ira Arlook

Ira Arlook is the Washington DC based managing director of Fenton Communications. He has been the partner of Karen Nussbaum.

An Open Letter to the New New Left From the Old New Left

An Open Letter to the New New Left From the Old New Left.

Now it is time for all those who yearn for a more equal and just social order to face facts.

By Former leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society. April 16, 2020.

On April 13, 2020, Senator Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee, former vice president Joe Biden. Writing as founders and veterans of the leading New Left organization of the 1960s, Students for a Democratic Society, we welcome Bernie’s wise choice—but we are gravely concerned that some of his supporters, including the leadership of Democratic Socialists of America, refuse to support Biden, whom they see as a representative of Wall Street capital. Some of us are DSA members, but do not believe their position is consistent with a long-range vision of democracy, justice, and human survival....

We salute Bernie Sanders and our friends and comrades in DSA and in the diverse movements for social justice and environmental sanity that enabled them to rise. We look forward to joining together to build on and defend our accomplishments. And now we plead with all: Get together, beat Trump, and fight for democracy—precious, fragile, worth keeping.

The signers of this letter were founders, officers, and activists in Students for a Democratic Society between 1960 and 1969.

Signers included Ira Arlook.

Democratic Agenda

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.

Workshops included "What Can We Do About Plant Closings " - Ira Arlook, Cleveland Robinson, Shelley Metzenbaum[1]

Institute for Policy Studies connections

Ira Arlook, Director Ohio Public Interest Campaign was listed[2]among those participating in the Institute for Policy Studies affiliated Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies {CASLP} Bryn Mawr August 3-5 1979.

In 1979 Ira Arlook of Ohio Public Interest Campaign served on the steering committee of the Institute for Policy Studies initiated Conference on Alternative State and Local Public Policies[3]

Campaign for America's Future

In 1996 Ira Arlook, New Economy Communications was one of the original 130 founders of Campaign for America's Future.[4]


  1. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 370/371
  2. Information Digest August 24 1979
  3. Information Digest August 24, 1979
  4. CAF Co-Founders