The All-Peoples Congress was H.Qed at 19 West 21st Street. N.Y., N.Y. 10010.
On August 29, 1983-The newly-formed National Coordinating Board of the All-Peoples Congress adopted plans in a meeting in New York, to bring thousands of delegates to Detroit's Cobo Hall in mid-October "for a popular representative body that will launch National Days of Resistance to overturn the Reagan program of budget cuts, increased military spending, racism, and sexism."
Over 130 people representing 70 organizations and 22 states met at the Sloan House YMCA and adopted a coordinating structure for the All-Peoples Congress that will guarantee the fullest participation of those most victimized by the reactionary Reagan program.
Many diverse constituencies joined forces in this grassroots effort. Present at today's meeting were groups representing welfare recipients, trade unionists, veterans, seniors, the disabled, women, lesbians and gay men, and the undocumented, as well as anti-draft, anti-war, and anti-nuclear activists, and organizers from Black, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Native, and Asian community groups. There were also representatives of Haitian, Salvadorean, and Palestinian refugees living in North America.
Virginia Bowers of the Illinois Welfare Rights Coalition reminded the gathering that "by October first, people wil be cut off food stamps and a lot more. They'll be ready to come to Detroit for the All-Peoples Congress."
Larry Holmes of the Peoples Anti-War Mobilzation, which organized a demonstration of 100,000 at the Pentagon May 3rd, urged that "the Congress shouldn't just be a talkathon. It should mandate mass action on a national level that can bring out huge numbers of people in National Days of Resistance to overturn the Reagan program."
Trade unionists from locals of the United Automobile Workers, AFSCME, the United Steelworkers of America, and other labor groups who have endorsed the Congress pledged to publicize it at upcoming Labor Day marches and at the September 19 Solidarity Day called by the AFL-CIO. Lynda Clendenning, President of Local 1072 and Vice President of Maryland State Employees Council 92 AFSCME of
Washington, D.C., described how trade unions in her area that have rallied to the support of the PATCO strikers are also organizing for the All-Peoples Congress. Committing her organization to actively build for the Congress, Vicki Freeman-Roberts of Philadelphia Welfare Rights, one of the largest organizations of welfare recipients in the country, told the meeting, "We've got nothing to lose by fighting, because we've got nothing in the first place."
Peggy Barnett of the American Indian Movement lined the increasing economic attacks against poor people to the vast increase in the military budget. "Our people can't take a steady diet of bullets and neutron bombs," she said.
The two sessions of the board meeting were chaired by Gwendolyn Rogers-Weindling of Dykes Against Racism Everywhere and Sahu Barron of Afro-Americans for Justice and Peace in EI Salvador.
Imaginative ideas on local organizing and fund-raising were discussed, and preliminary suggestions made on the agenda and format of the Congress itself, as well as concrete action proposals for the National Days of Resistance. A structural proposal was adopted establishing eight organizing regions covering the Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South East, South Central, Southwest, North Rocky Mountain, and Western states.
The first National Coordinating Board meeting of the All-Peoples Congress wound up its work by electing an Interim Steering Committee, made up of 25 organizations in 8 cities, to carry forward its decisions.
National Coordinating Board
- JoNina Abron, San Francisco
- AFSCME Local 1072, Maryland
- AFSCME Local 2435, Detroit
- AFSCME Region 1. District Council 35. P.E.O.P.L.E. Comm.. Detroit
- American Indian Movement
- Arizona Farmworkers Union
- Association of Haitian Workers, New York
- Atlanta Welfare Rights Council
- Bill Ayers, BJ's Kids Daycare Center, New York
- Eleanor J. Bader, New York Metropolitan Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights
- Sahu Barron, Afro Americans for Justice & Peace in El Salvador
- Victor Besson, Citywide Tenants, New York
- Black and White Men Together, New York
- Black Veterans for Social Justice
- Bill Bowers, Progressive Student Network
- Louise Brookings, President, Pennsylvania Welfare Rights
- Vera Brown, Scattersight Tenants Association, Buffalo
- Bob Bruton. September 19 Coordinator. Southern Region. UAW
- Josephine Butler, D.C. Statehood Party
- Caribbean Peoples Allance
- Casmarah Mani, Peoples Community Hall, Mobile.. AL
- Annie Chambers, Welfare Rights organizer, Baltimore
- Chicago Area Veterans
- Chilean Trade Unionists in Exile
- Lynda Clendenning. V.P. District Council 92. AFSCME, Md.
- Coalition Against Reagariism; Atlanta .
- Coalition for a United Elizabeth, Elizabeth, NJ
- Coalition for Basic Human Needs, Boston
- Coalition for Human Rights for Sexual Minorities, S.C.
- Columbus Welfare Rights
- Comité Farabund0 Marti en Solidiridad con El Salvador, Tucson
- Committee of Black Gay Men, Chicago
- Committee to Save Cook County HospitaL, Chicago
- Community Coalition for a Fair Budget,Wilmington. DE
- Concemed Citizens Committee, Jersey City
- Nelle Cuellar, Chairperson, Detroit Chapter National Council on Black Aging
- Disabled Peoples Liberation Front
- Robert K. Drinan, President; Society of Legal Aid Professionals, District Council 65, United Automobile Workers, AFL-CIO
- Dykes Against Racism Everywhere
- Ethnic Coalition for a Fair Mass Media, Toledo
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee, Toledo
- Bob Femandez, New Jersey CISPES
- Vicki Freeman Roberts, President,Philadelphia Welfare Rights
- First American Civil Rights Organization
- Sharon Garner, LIFE Inc.; Toledo
- Gay Student Union, SUNY at Stonybrook
- Betsy Gimbel. Disabled in Action, New York
- Mike Gimbel, Central Labor Council Deleg, Local 375. AFSCME.NYC
- Teresa Gutierrez, San Antonio Coalition Against the Klan
- Robert Guy, Joyce Clash, Co-chairs; Coalition to End Police Brutality; Battle Creek,Ml
- Frank Guzman, National Chicano Alliance
- Haitian Refugee Center, Miami
- Loretta Head, Vice President, Michigan Federation of Teachers
- Nathan Head, Labor Studies Center, Wayne State University
- Joseph Heflin, Fellowship of Reconciliation, San Antonio
- H.U.MA.N., Yellow Springs. OH
- International Brotherhood of General Workers, Local 301 Los Angeles
- International Coordinating Committee in Defense of the Rights the Undocumented
- Illinois Welfare Rights Coailition
- Iranian Students Association O.S. (Supporters of OIPFG)
- John Jay College Students Against War Society
- Debbie Johnson, Welfare Advocates, Michigan
- Michio Kaku, Professor of Nuclear Physics, CCNY
- Kercheval-McClellan Citizens District Council, Detroit
- Steve Kircshbaum, September 19,coordinator, District 1. United Steelworkers of Amrica, AFL-CIO
- Key Martin, Unit Chainnan, Time, Inc, Newspaper' Guild. NYC
- Dorothea Manuela, Executive Director, District 40, Community Education and Social Agency Employees, Dorchester, MA
- Pancho Medrano, Mexican-Amer ican Local Organizations,(MALO), Detroit
- Jim Miler. President, Local 205, Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers Union, AFL-CIO, CLC Milwaukee
- Movimiento por il Socialism en Argentina, MASA
- Larry Murdock; East Orange Tenants Organization, Orange, NJ
- National Anti Draft Network
- National Black Communications Coalition
- National Black United Front
- National Immigration and Refugee Network
- National Tenants Union
- New Alliance Party
- New Ark School, Newark
- Newark Coalition of Neighborhoods
- Rev. Mangedwa Nyathi, Hartford Ave. Baptist Church, Detroit
- Carol Oliver, Brooklyn Women's Center
- Pakistan Committee for Democracy and Justice
- Palestine Congress of North America
- Angela Parker, Women's Bookstore Collective, Ann Arbor
- Peace and Equal Rights Committee of Monmouth County, NJ
- Leonard Peltier Support Group
- Pennsylvania State Welfare Rights
- Peoples Anti-War Mobilization
- People's Energy Committee, Rochester
- Bob Plemmons. Publicity Director. Local 525, United Food and Commercial Workers; Ashevile, NC
- Red Balloon Collective, Long Island
- Alex Rose, Local 235, United Steel Workers of America. Youngstown; OH
- Salsa Soul Sisters/Third World Womten, Inc.
- Dave Schultz. Hartford Coalition for Peace and Justice in El Salvador
- Science for the People, Ann Arbor
- Tony Serratta, Louisiana ACLU
- Isaiah Singletary, Harambi Student Union, Univ. of N.Carolina
- Spirit of Life Ensemble, Jersey City .
- Student Association of the State University of New York
- Students Against Miltarism Western Massachusetts
- Omari Tahir. Seattle
- Toledo Welfare Rights
- Magda Elicia de la Torre. Chicano Student Network, TX
- Alviri Turner, President, Daycare AFSCME Union, D:C. 1707 Local New York
- Union of Patriotic Puerto Ricans
- United Automobile Workers, .Local 900 CAP Comm.. Wayne,MI
- Estella Vasquez, Latin American Solidarity Coordinating Committee, New York
- Westchester Peoples Action Coalition
- John Zirinsky, New York Lawyers Guild 
National Advisory Board
- Bella Abzug WOMEN. U.S.A.
- Isaiah Bennett President. A. Philip Randolph Institute. South Carolina President, Local J5A., Retail.Wholesale and Department Store Employees Union.
- Josephine D. Butler Chairperson. D.C. Statehood Party
- Reverend Victor Carpenter , Senior Minister, Arlington Street Church
- Ramsey Clark, Former U.S: Attorney General
- Lynda Clendenning, Vice President; AFSÇME Maryland State Employees Council
- Emile D'Antonio, Film Director
- Dick Gregory
- Dr. Michio Kaku Prfessor of Nuclear Physics. City College, of New York.
- Corita Kent, Artist
- Paul O'Dwyer Former President. New York City Council
- Margaret Ratner, Attorney
- Jewel Ryan White, President, National Black Communications Coalition President. Local 5011, Communications Workers of America
- Wilard Uphaus, World Fellowship of Faiths
- George Wald, Nobel Prize Laureate, Harvard University
- Quentin Young, M.D.
Individual Identified as APC Members From Various Sources
- Lydia Bayoneta - Notice in the Guardian, March 5, 1986, Page 8, about an All-Peoples Congress/PAM and Philippines Support Committee special forum program, New York City, March 7, "No Vietnam in the Philippines", at the Taller Latinoamericano, 19 w. 21st Street.
- All-Peoples Congress press release, 1983
- All-Peoples Congress press release, 1983
- All-Peoples Congress press release, 1983