The original Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee publication was called Newsletter of the Democratic Left. Those listed as helping produce the October 1973 issue were David Bensman, Henry Bayer, Gretchen Donart, David Gaberman, Tom Kramer, David Kusnet, Jon Ratner, Ronnie Steinberg Ratner, Mark Schaeffer, Nancy Shier.
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.
Constituency meetings included How to Raise Feminist Issues in 1980: Jone Johnson, DSOC Feminism Commission, chair; Mildred Jeffrey, past chair, National Women' s Political Caucus; Nancy Shier, executive director, Chicago NOW.[
In 1986, several Chicago Democratic Socialists of America members, including Roberta Lynch, Steve Culen, Paul Booth, Nancy Shier, Hank Scheff and Bob Lawson were involved in AFCSME's contract negotiations with the City of Chicago, which included an "historic breakthrough on the issue of comparable worth".
- Heather Booth President
- Nancy Shier Treasurer