- 1 Background
- 2 New American Movement
- 3 New American Movement
- 4 NAM leadership
- 5 New American Movement 10th convention
- 6 Tribute to Ben Dobbs
- 7 Crossroads Fund
- 8 Chicago Political Economy Group
- 9 DSA convention
- 10 Defending the Public, Our Families, and Our Communities
- 11 DSA 2011 Conference
- 12 National Member Organizer
- 13 Endorsing Fetonte
- 14 Democratic Socialists of America Unity
- 15 Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- 16 DSA North Star
- 17 References
Bill Barclay is a Chicago based socialist and partner of Peg Strobel. He is formerly VP Strategy, Chicago Stock Exchange.
In 1962 Barclay graduated from Raleigh’s all-white Broughton High School; in 1963 he walked out of the all-white White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Race was the constant subtext of growing up in Raleigh.
- My mother worked as a nurse in a doctor’s office with “white” and “colored” waiting areas; we – like most middle income white families – had an African American maid once a week. It was probably the fight at the church that had the biggest impact. Our young adults’ class proposed a series of actions to challenge religious segregation; all were rejected by church elders. Our last idea was that our church members and their black counterparts attend each other's services. Also rejected. In response, a young woman a year older than I, stood up and said, “I guess the church will be the last segregated institution in the South.” She walked out; we followed.
New American Movement
New American Movement
In 1981 the Lucy Parsons Chapter of the New American Movement and friends honored Milt Cohen and Vicky Starr for their many years of activity in the causes for people's progress and democracy. The members of NAM listed were: Alba Alexander, Bill Barclay, Dan Gilman, Roger Gilman, Debby Holdstein, Rob Persons, Miriam Rabban, Ralph Scott, Julie Skurski, Peg Stroebel, Monty Tarbox and Ed Kucinsky. The friends of NAM listed were: Florence Green and Ben Green, Bob Reed of Seattle, Judy MacLean of San Francisco, Max Gordon of NYC, Quentin Young and Ruth Young of Chicago, Clarence Lipschutz and Peggy Lipschutz of Evanston, Miriam Bazell, Florence Gibbon of Chicago, Bronwen Zwirner of New Bedford, Leonard Lamb and Constance Lamb of Astoria, Helene Susman and Bill Susman of Great Neck, Corinne Golden of Chicago, Robert Havighurst and Edythe Havighurst of Chicago, Sara Heslep, Sandy Barty, Clara Diamont, Pete Seeger, Steve Nelson, Hannah Frisch, Sue Cohen, Gil Green of NYC, Joan Powers, Clarence Stoecker and Rebecca Hobbs of Chicago, James Bond of Oakland, Pat McGauley, Gabby Rosenstein of Santa Monica, Karl Cannon and Fay Cannon of Camarillo, Loriel Busenbard and Steven Starr, Daniel Starr, Beth Starr and Bob Starr (children of Vicky Starr) were listed as friends of the Lucy Parsons Chapter of the New American Movement.
In 1981 the NAM national interim committee consisted of;
Bill Barclay (PC), Laura Berg (Portland NAM), Holly Graff (PC), John Haer (Pittsburgh NAM), Rick Kunnes (PC), Halli Lehrer (Chicago Northside NAM), Christine Riddiough (Blazing Star NAM), Glenn Scott (Austin NAM), and Steve Tarzynski (Los Angelos NAM), Robert Shaffer (New York NAM).
New American Movement 10th convention
In 1981 Bill Barclay, Political Secretary; Beverly Stein, Portland NAM and Jim Shoch, San Francisco NAM led a workshop entitled Chapter Strategies and Coalitional Work 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.
Tribute to Ben Dobbs
On Sunday, June 7, 1981, the Los Angeles Chapter of the New American Movement sponsored a Tribute to Ben Dobbs for "His lifelong commitment to socialism". The event was held at the Miramar-Sheraton Hotel, Santa Monica, California. Barclay was a sponsor of the event and his name was listed in the Program under the list of activities for the evening.
- Ali Abuminah
- Bill Barclay, Co-Chair
- Harry Chandler
- Demetris Giannoulias
- Neena Hemmady, Co-Chair
- Barbara Kemmis, Board Development Chair
- Omar McRoberts (on leave)
- Chirag Mehta, Program Chair
- Lisa Marie Pickens, Strategic Planning Chair
- Barbara Ransby
- Gabe Rodriguez, Development Chair
- Ellen Schumer
- K. Sujata, Treasurer
- Tom Wilson, Secretary
- Martha Wright
- Susana Vasque
Chicago Political Economy Group
In 2009 Chicago Democratic Socialists of America member Bill Barclay was a member of the Chicago Political Economy Group Other members of CPEG include Ron Baiman, Sidney Hollander, Haydar Kurban, Joe Persky, Elce Redmond and Mel Rothenberg.
In November 2009, at the Democratic Socialists of America national convention in Evanstown, Illinois, Saturday’s plenary session featured Bill Barclay (Chicago), John Cameron (AFSCME), and Michele Rossi (NPC, East Bay) continuing the theme of crisis in the U.S. and global capitalism and our fight for equality. They highlighted the need to rein in the financial sector; establish a permanent jobs program and a national industrial policy; defend public services; and address gender, class and racial inequality through a revived public sector. Barclay, along with a group of Chicago activists and social scientists, is developing a national full employment project that DSA will incorporate into its economic justice project.
Defending the Public, Our Families, and Our Communities
A forum "Defending the Public, Our Families, and Our Communities" was held Saturday, April 9, 2011, Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington, Chicago.
- Join progressive leaders and activists to discuss strategies for defending our rights to earn, learn, and live in dignity. In the wake of the all-out attack against workers' rights and against programs that help our communities, it is more important than ever to come together across movements and push to realize a vision of FDR's "Second Bill of Rights." Panelists will discuss a roadmap to fight back and push for progressive priorities including ending wars and militarism; enhancing workers' rights; and developing economic policies that promote jobs and communities instead of corporate profits.
Opening Remarks: Jesus Garcia Cook County Commissioner, 7th District
- Adrienne Alexander Policy & Legislative Specialist, AFSCME Council 31
- Bill Barclay Chicago Political Economy Group
- Judge William Cousins (ret.) Member of the Board, South Side NAACP
- Bamshad Mobasher United for Peace & Justice, Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice
DSA 2011 Conference
National Member Organizer
In 2013, the DSA National Political Committee appointed Bill Barclay as DSA's new National Member Organizer. His volunteer job duties include welcoming new members through a monthly “new member orientation” conference call.
- He is also a co-chair of the NPC Program Committee, which works with the leaders of DSA locals in carrying out our national priorities. Bill has a special emphasis on mentoring new DSA organizing committees as they do the hard work of starting new DSA groups in their communities.
Democratic Socialists of America Unity
Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
We Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a 2018 letter signed by several Democratic Socialists of America members mainly from the DSA North Star in response to attacks on Ocasio-Cortez over remarks she made on Palestine.
- A recent petition circulated by some DSA members criticizes Ocasio-Cortez for supporting a two state solution to the Palestine-Israel question and not aligning with a long list of demands regarding Palestine and Israel. Should Ocasio-Cortez fail to agree with this list of demands, the petitioners are calling for DSA to revoke her endorsement. These attacks on Ocasio-Cortez have come despite the fact that she has staked out positions which will make her one of the strongest advocates of Palestinian rights and self-determination in Congress.
- We stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The position she has taken on Israel and Palestine are principled stances, worthy of a democratic socialist, in its recognition of both Palestinian humanity and rights and Israeli humanity and rights. On this issue, as many, she will be a voice for the voiceless in Congress.
Signatures included Bill Barclay.
DSA North Star
In 2018 Bill Barclay was an original signatory of the DSA North Star founding principles statement.
- DSA website, The Civil Rights Movement's Impact on Our Lives: Part 2DSA activists remember how their lives were impacted by Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.
- Moving On Feb/March 1980 p 2
- NAM National Council meeting notice Dec 12 1980
- 10th Anniversary Booklet for the New American Movement, 1981
- NAM Discussion Bulletin No 5, Spring 81, page 1o
- NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
- Tribute to Ben Dobbs program, June 7, 1981
- Atlanta DSA newsletter, Jan. 2010
- [ http://www.chicagodsa.org/ngarchive/ng135.html, New ground 135, March -- April, 2011]
- New Ground 138, Sep./Oct. 2011
- Democratic Left • Summer 2013, page 12
- [https://www.Facebook.com/notes/austin-dsa/support-danny-fetonte-for-npc/1917815435143506/Support Danny Fetonte for NPC AUSTIN DSA·SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017]