Bernard Demczuk

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Bernard (Bernie) Demczuk

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 Crime and the Economy - Bernard Demczuk, Ron Hampton, Michael Kroll, Lloyd Raines, Jeffrey Reiman.[[1]


Washington DC Area New American Movement contacts in 1981 included:[2]

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Gene Vanderport, Danville NAM; Bernie Demczuk, DC NAM; Andrea Gunderson, Cleveland NAM; Paul Schrade, LA NAM and Judy Gregory, Cleveland NAM led a workshop entitled Labor in the '80's 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.[3]


Frontline December 19 1988

In 1988 Bernard Demczuk was a labor adviser and organizer with the National Rainbow Coalition.

Was a member of Democratic Socialists of America.[4]

National Rainbow Coalition 1990 conference

In May 3-6, 1990 the National Rainbow Coalition held a successful conference in Atlanta, attended by over 1,000.

Bernie Demczuk, national labor coordinator of the Rainbow, organized a contingent. Jack Sheinkman, president of the ACTWU, hosted a labor breakfast.

California Assemblywoman Maxine Waters, has been the strongest leader in the California Rainbow, also attended, as did Leslie Cagan, a Rainbow board member.[5]


  1. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 372
  2. 10th Anniversary Booklet for the New American Movement, 1981
  3. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  4. [1]
  5. Our Struggle/Nuestra Lucha. Vol. 8, No 2-3, summer 1990