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Bill Thomas

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 implications of a Stagflation Economy for Socialist Organizing - Bill Thomas, chair, Oregon Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee; Jim Chapin, DSOC National Director[1]

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.[2]

Portland DSA

1982 Portland Democratic Socialists of America Steering Committee members , Beverly Stein, Bill Thomas, Nancy Becker, Judi Watts, Pat Hayes, Rhys Scholes, Natasha Beck, Fred Heutte, Gretchen Kafoury[3]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Bill Thomas was a Portland, Oregon delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[4]


  1. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 372
  2. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  3. [Portland DSA report to National DSA July, 1982]
  4. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update