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 implications of a Stagflation Economy for Socialist Organizing - Bill Thomas, chair, Oregon Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee; Jim Chapin, DSOC National Director
New American Movement 10th convention
In 1981 Jim Chapin, Past National Director, DSOC and Bill Thomas, Oregon DSOC led a workshop entitled Building the Democratic Agenda: State and Local Perspectives at 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.