Marjorie Phyfe

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Marjorie Phyfe

Marjorie Phyfe is a veteran socialist activist.

Institute for Policy Studies connections

Marjorie Phyfe, International Association of Machinists, was listed among those participating in the Institute for Policy Studies affiliated Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies (CASLP) Bryn Mawr August 3-5 1979.[1]

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 "The Platform Process & Political Action Committees - Frank Wallick, moderator; Bill Dodds, Elaine Kamarck, Leon Shull, Marjorie Phyfe".[2]

DSOC national officers

Following a convention decision to expand the number of at-large seats on the national board and to elect eight men and eight women to those seats, a serious political campaign to win those seats took place. Harrington termed this development .. a sign of the growing political strength of Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee. The at-large members of the new board will form its executive committee, which also includes DSOC's national officers.

Elected to at-large seats were: (men) Greg Akili (San Diego), Harry Boyte (Minneapolis), Jim Chapin, Jack Clark and Frank Lugovina (New York City), Roger Robinson (Detroit), Jim Wallace (Washington, D.C.), and George Wood (Champaign-Urbana); (women) Jeanne Kettelson and Mary Roodkowsky (Boston), Nancy Kleniewski (Philadelphia), Nancy Lieber (Sacramento-Davis), Marjorie Phyfe (New York City), Trudy Robideau (San Diego), Nancy Shier (Chicago) and Cynthia Ward (Stony Brook, Long Island) . [3]

DSOC 1981 Convention

At the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee 1981 conference, gay activist Harry Britt was elected Vice Chair, as were Trudy Robideau, Marjorie Phyfe and Rosemary Ruether. Others elected included Mike Rivas, Chair of DSOC's Hispanic Commission and William Winpisinger, head of the Machinists Union.[4],

Democratic Socialists of America founding conference

Marjorie Phyfe, associate political director IAM, spoke at the day one "Democratic Agenda:Fighting back Inside the Democratic Party" 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[5].

DSA Labor Commission

In 1982 the Democratic Socialists of America Labor Commission, was co-chaired by:[6]

DSA Tribute to Ruth Messinger

1983 NYC DSA tribute to Ruth Messinger

Marjorie Phyfe was amongst the endorsers of a March 1983 New York City Democratic Socialists of America tribute to DSA member Ruth Messinger.

DSA vice chair

In 1984 Democratic Socialists of America vice chairs were Harry Britt, Ron Dellums, Dorothy Healey, Irving Howe, Frances Moore Lappe, Manning Marable, Hilda Mason, Marjorie Phyfe, Christine Riddiough, Rosemary Ruether, Edwin Vargas Jr, William Winpisinger[7].

DSA Feminist Commission

In 1985, Ex Officio members: Barbara Ehrenreich, Dorothy Healey, Frances Moore Lappe, Hilda Mason, Marjorie Phyfe, Christine Riddiough, Rosemary Ruether, Maxine Phillips and Esmeralda Castillo were listed on the National Officers and Staff of the Feminist Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America.[8]

In 1986 she was listed as a member of the Commission.[9]

Maine Women's Fund

The Maine Women's Fund, was founded circa 1990. Founding board members included Margot Milliken, Destry Oldham-Sibley, Mary Hillas, Jean Evans, Ellen Wells, Nancy Herter, Phoebe M. Whipple, Deborah Johnston, Jacquelin Libby, Carol Ward, Minnette Cummings, Nancy Anderson, Geraldine Dorsey, Tracy Booth, Beth Edmonds, Lucinda Lang, Gloria Milliken, Marjorie Phyfe, Anne Zill.[10]

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

Marjorie Phyfe Maine, supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[11]

Maine Democratic Socialists of America Public Facebook Group

Members of Maine Democratic Socialists of America Public Facebook Group, as of May 12, 2017, included Marjorie Phyfe.[12]

Early comrades

Harlan Baker November 22, 2016:

Our Democratic Socialists of America organizing meeting at Portland City Hall. There were 100 people in attendance. — with Burt Wartell, Marjorie Phyfe, Sarah Rawlings, Jeremy Mele, Tim Goodwin, Nate LeClair, Chris Cavanaugh, Cynthia Adair Grier Handlen, Chris Hafford, Barney McClelland, Diane Russell, Seth Berner and Bob Murray.


DSA comrades

Harlan Baker January 15, 2018


With Jaigene Kang, Marjorie Phyfe, Cynthia Adair Grier Handlen, Chris Trevet, Mike Sylvester and Seth Berner.

DSA North Star


In 2018 Marjorie Phyfe was an original signatory of the DSA North Star founding principles statement.



  1. Information Digest August 24 1979
  2. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 370/371
  3. [1]
  4. NAM Discussion Bulletin no 35, Spring 1981 page 38
  5. Conference program brochure
  6. DSA Keylist newsletter, July 1982
  7. DSA membership letter Oct 24 1984
  8. DSA Feminist Commission Directory, 1985
  9. 1986 DSA Feminist Commission Directory
  10. Maine Women's Fund, Monthly Newsletter, December 2014
  11. [2]
  12. [3]