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In 1975, Rick Kunnes, Ann Arbor New American Movement), wrote an article for the New American Movement Discussion Bulletin, No 10, June/July 1975, "Rightest Ascendancy and Declining NAM Democracy"[1]

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

RIC representatives -Ellen Sugg (Port City Chapter, Industrial Heartland Region), Mel Tanzman (Brooklyn Chapter, Northeast Region), Joni Rabinowitz (Pittsburgh Chapter, Industrial Heartland Region), Noel Ignatin (Sojourner Truth Chapter, Midwest Region), Rick Kunnes (Ann Arbor Chapter Industrial Heartland Region), Dorothy Healey ( L.A. #4, Southwest Region), John Judis (East Bay Chapter, Northwest Region), Lee Holstein (Haymarket Chapter, Midwest Region), Laura Burns (Radcliffe/Harvard Chapter, Northeast Region), Dan Marschall (East Bay Chapter, Northwest Region), Glenn Scott (Austin Chapter, Southern Region), Alice Allgaier (St. Louis Chapter, Midwest Region), Dave McBride (Austin, Southern Region), Mark Cohen (Southern Region, Hal Adams ( Iowa City, Midwest Region);

Staff - Dave Ranney[2]

In 1980, the three editors of New American Movement magazine Moving On, were Bill Barclay, Rick Kunnes and Halli Lehrer[3].

In 1980 Rick Kunnes (Political Committee), was a delegate to the December 12-14 Chicago, National Council meeting of the New American Movement[4].

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Rick Kunnes welcomed delegates to 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.

Kunnes spoke alongside Heidi Tarver, National Coordinator for the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador and Carl Marzani in a semi-plenary entitled International Movements.

Kunnes also spoke alongside Dorothy Healey, LA NAM; John Cameron, Co-Chair, Energy Commission and Susie Deter Shank, Detroit NAM on a mini-plenary entitled National Strategies, National Coalitions.[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 Rick Kunnes.[6]

Democratic Socialists of America founding conference

Rick Kunnes moderated 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[7].

DSA Health Commission

In 1982 the Democratic Socialists of America Health Commission, was co-chaired by:[8]

Nurses caucus:



  1. NAM Discussion Bulletin, No 10, June/July 1975
  2. Minutes of the Meeting of the Expanded National Interim Committee, January 2-4, 1976 Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Moving On Feb/March 1980 p 2
  4. NAM National Council meeting notice Dec 12 1980
  5. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  6. Tribute to Ben Dobbs program, June 7, 1981
  7. Conference program brochure
  8. DSA Keylist newsletter, July 1982