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.
One of the many workshops at the Manifestivity was;
The Kopkind Colony Honorary Board , as of 2015; The Kopkind Colony Honorary Board, as of 2015; Tariq Ali, Mandy Carter, Alexander Cockburn, Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, (in memoriam) Jewelle Gomez, Tony Kushner, Maria Margaronis, Neil Miller, Victor Navasky, Katha Pollitt, Edward Said (in memoriam), Ben Sonnenberg, Calvin Trillin, Patricia Williams
Alexander Cockburn Obituraries
A large-sized obituary for Alexander Cockburn, appeared in the July 22, 2012 edition of the Washington Post, p. C7, by Matt Schudel. Schudel wrote a reasonably balanced "look" obituary, quoting sources from across the political spectrum about Cockburn, his political ideology and his writings. Cockburn had been a longtime writer for the once moderately leftist Village Voice newspaper, from about 1972 through his suspension in 1984 "for accepting a $10,000 grant from an organization with Arab ties". He then began writing for the hardcore Marxist publication The Nation until the time of his death on July 21, 2012. According to the obituary, Cockburn also was a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Harpers, and the Atlantic magazine, "and since the 1990s, Counterpunch", a hardcore leftist online publication.
He had two brothers, Andrew Cockburn of Washington, D.C. and Patrick Cockburn of Canterbury, England, both on the Left, and a half-sister Sarah Caudwell who passed away in 2000. Obit writer Schudel wrote that "His father, Claud Cockburn, was a well-known British journalist and avowed member of the Communist Party of Great Britain.
- Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 370/371
- Mail Archive website: Communist Manifestivity Conference Schedule, Oct. 28, 1998
- Kopkind board, 2015
- Kopkind board, 2015