Patrick Lacefield

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Patrick Lacefield

Patrick Lacefield is a socialist activist and the husband of Dinah Leventhal. He was married to Linnea Capps. He is a native of Arkansas who grew up in Missouri, now living in in Potomac.


In 2007 Lacefield was the new director of the Office of Public Information, Montgomery County, Maryland, where he had served for the past eight years as spokesman for the County Council. Lacefield previously coordinated communications for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and was press secretary and speechwriter for Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California.[1]


Lacefield holds a B.A. degree in American History from the University of Missouri and a Spanish language degree from Universidad de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico.[2]


Patrick Lacefield joined the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee in 1974.[3]

El Salvador connection

Patrick Lacefield met Guillermo Ungo on his first trip to El Salvador in 1979, only months before the young officers coup that would elevate him to the governing junta in October of that year.

When, after three months, he saw that hard-line elements in the military were determined to carry on the repression and stonewall any significant reforms, he resigned and stepped into the opposition.[4]

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.

Constituency meetings included Health and Socialism (Organizing meeting for Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee Health Care Task Force) - Patrick Lacefield, chair .[[5]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Pat Lacefield was a New York delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[6]

DSA National Director

While also an active member of the Socialist Party USA, Patrick Lacefield was named as National Director of Democratic Socialists of America in the late 1980s.[7]

Socialist International

In 1988, Democratic Socialists of America NEC member Skip Roberts and organizational director Patrick Lacefield were DSA delegates to the Socialist International meeting in Caracas, Venezuela.[8]

Lacefield was United States representative to Socialist International meetings in Madrid, Guatemala, El Salvador and Egypt. He was a member of the SI's observer team for the March, 1989 presidential elections in El Salvador. [9]

Democratic Socialists of America

As at August 5, 1989, Patrick Lacefield, Newy York, New York, was listed as a possible California Local Representative for the Democratic Socialists of America.[10]

Memorial service

In September 1989, in New York, a memorial service to commemorate the life of Natalie Fleischman. Several Democratic Socialists of America members spoke, including Organizational Director Patrick Lacefield, Henrietta Backer, Eleanor Shatzkin and Fay Bennett Watts.[11]

El Salvador writing

In 1990 Lacefield left the DSA national office now to write a book on El Salvador.[12]

In 1990, Patrick Lacefield , was an editor of "El Salvador:Central America in the New Cold War" .[13]

Latin American Relations

In 1991, Lacefield, a "longtime DSAer", was Associate director of the Commission on U.S. - Latin American Relations.[14]


  1. [1] Montgomery County bi, accessed July 24, 2010
  2. [2] Montgomery County bi, accessed July 24, 2010
  3. Democratic Left, May/August 1987, page 13
  4. DEMOCRATIC LEFT MAY/JUNE 1991, page 16
  5. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 372
  6. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  7. [] David Hacker's Manifesto On the Social Democrats, USA, accessed July 25, 2010
  8. Democratic Left, Jan./Feb. 1988, page 7
  9. DEMOCRATIC LEFT 3 JULY- AUGUST 1990, page 13
  10. Possible national Rep. for August 5, 1989 Palo Alto Meeting
  11. Democratic Left, Jan./Feb. 1990, page 12
  12. DEMOCRATIC LEFT 3 JULY- AUGUST 1990, page 13
  13. Democratic Left, Jan./ Feb. 1990, page 22
  14. Democratic Left, May/June 1991, page 17