Mickey Flacks

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Mickey Flacks is the wife of Dick Flacks

Democratic Agenda/Socialist Caucus

For groups and organizations seeking radical social change within the Democratic Party, the National Convention of 1980 had at least one historic first - formation of a Socialist Caucus of delegates. Organized by the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and by the Democratic Agenda which was DSOC's cadre and supporters within the Democratic Party and was based in DSOC' s New York office and at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. Some 31 delegates and alternates from twelve states and Democrats Abroad attended the Socialist Caucus.

As a preliminary to the convention's Socialist Caucus meeting, , indeed as a "building event" and as a continued show of support for Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), the Democratic Agenda sponsored a convention rally at New York's Town Hall. The speakers included Herman Badillo, Julian Bond, Fran Bennick, Harry Britt, Cesar Chavez, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI}, Douglas Fraser, Murray Finley, Michael Harrington, Terry Herndon, Ruth Jordan, Ruth Messinger, Eleanor Smeal, Gloria Steinem and William Winpisinger.

DSOC works within the Democratic Party, said Harrington, because of the party's relationships with organized workers, blacks, feminists, environmentalists and other "progressive groups."

The Socialist Caucus circulated a list of convention delegates who were caucus members, including;[1]

Progressives for Obama

In 2009 Mickey Flacks Housing Advocate was listed as a signer of the Progressives for Obama website.[2]

"Leftist VIPs"

Wrote Santa Barbara blogger Paul Rivas;

April 4 2011, "The eight-man Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro de Cuba killed it last night at Campbell Hall, whipping a crowd of high-paying white people into a rhythm-less frenzy".

The performance earned the Don Francisco de Goleta seal of approval, the highest honor that a Latin American musical act can hope to garner on a visit to Santa Barbara. Don Francisco was especially impressed with the singer who took over the microphone in the second half of the show, remarking, "He's playing the fuck out of the maracas, too." Goleta's other musical genius was also excited to see such impressive use made of the Cuban tres, a guitar-like instrument with six steel strings strung in pairs that sounds like a harpsichord.

It was great to see local leftist VIPs Dick and Mickey Flacks, Nick Welsh, Marty Blum and Salud Carbajal in attendance, but let's remember one thing: anybody can shell out to show solidarity when high-profile Cubans come to town, but it takes a real subversivo to rock a Cuba hoodie on the regular.[3]


Thirty activists gathered in the home Dick Flacks & Mickey Flacks. What brought them together was desire: some of them had a passion for social justice; others were environmental activists. They sought a place where progressive activists in Santa Barbara County could plan, dream, and join social and environmental justice issues within one organization. “For example,” Dick Flacks remembers, “we wanted to work for affordable housing as a priority, and use a community planning process that both protected the natural environment while promoting people of all socio-economic classes.”

In that initial meeting of 2001, the group determined that if they could get 100 activists to commit $250 each toward this effort, they would launch an organization. By January 2002, they had exceeded their goal and moved forward with incorporation. SBCAN (Santa Barbara County Action Network) was founded in 2002 “to bring together environmental activism and social justice in Northern Santa Barbara County,” said Ken Hough, the 2015 SBCAN Executive Director. The Fund for Santa Barbara has provided seed funding and ongoing support to the organization since 2002. [4]

Committee Members

Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County Central Committee, as of January 2018;[5]