David McReynolds is a civil rights activist on socialist and pacifist issues, retiring in 1999.
David McReynolds has been one of the leading voices in progressive politics since the 1950s. He has been affiliated with the War Resister's League, the Peace and Freedom Party, and the Socialist Party USA. In his lifetime, David has run for president twice, once in 1980 and again in 2000. He has twice placed bids for the U.S. House of Representatives, once in 1958 and again in 1968. In 2004, he ran against Chuck Schumer to represent New York in the U.S. Senate. He is also a member of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.
War Resisters League
Norman Thomas lecture
In March 1979, the New York radical magazine the Guardian issued an emergency appeal to funds in an effort to save the publication.
Over fifty supporters endorsed the appeal including David McReynolds
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. Sponsors of the event included David McReynolds.
Opposing loans to Chile
In 1987, Joanne Landy, Thomas Harrison and Gail Daneker, Directors, Campaign for Peace and Democracy/East and West, New York, circulated a statement Against Loans to Chile calling upon the Reagan Administration to oppose all loans to Chile.
It has been signed by leading "peace, labor, human rights, religious and cultural figures from the United States, Western Europe and Latin America." They were "joined by a large number of activists and writers from the USSR and Eastern Europe, many of whom have been persecuted in their own countries for work in independent peace and human rights movements."
David McReynolds endorsed the call.
Socialist Scholars Conference 1990
After the Cold War
- Sponsor: Socialist Dialog
- Moderator: Leslie Cagan Co-Chair NCIPA
- Jim Haughton, Director, Harlem Fightback
- Ann Schwartz, National Executive Committee, Frontline
- David McReynolds, Socialist Party USA, War Resisters League
In the mid 1990s McReynolds wasa contributing editor to Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.
Key CrossRoads supporters
CoC National Conference endorser
In 1992, David McReynolds, national co-chair Socialist Party USA, New York endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.
Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s
The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.
Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:
Socialist U.S. Toward a Socialist United States? Reshaping the vision and charting a path. Is it possible? On what basis?
- Dr. Keith Baird, DSA
- Barry Cohen, CoC Implementation Committee, NY
- Matthew Hallinan, DSA, No CA
- David McReynolds, national co-chair, Socialist Party USA, NY
- Denise Young, Rochester CoC, NY
- Anne Mitchell, organizer, Writer's Union, NY
Socialist Scholars Conference
David McReynolds, Co-Chair, Socialist Party USA, Sara Bowling, Labor Organizer, Socialist Party USA, Karen Kubby, Councilperson, Iowa City and John Martin Winter, Socialist Party USA were speakers on the Socialism in Our Time: Where is the Socialist Party Now? panel sponsored by the Socialist Party USA at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City
He spoke alongside Ethan Young, CrossRoads; Gil Green, Committees of Correspondence; Barbara Ehrenreich, Democratic Socialists of America and Paul Robeson Jr. were speakers on the Democracy in the Left panel sponsored by Socialist Dialogue.
McReynolds also spoke alongside Max Elbaum, CrossRoads, Carl Bloice and Judith Pasternak, Committees of Correspondence and Annette Rubinstein, New York Marxist School were speakers on the Crisis and New Directions of the Organized Left panel sponsored by CrossRoads and Socialist Dialogue.
Hiroshima Day, 1993
On August 6 1993, a rally to commemorate Hiroshima Day was held at the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Park, New York. The rally was designed "to kickoff a national campaign to collect a million signatures supporting a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, commend president Clinton for extending the nuclear testing moratorium, urge renewal of the Non Proliferation Treaty, urge swift and complete nuclear disarmament."
- Leslie Cagan, Cuba Information Project
- Elizabeth Holtzman, NYC Comptroller
- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
- David McReynolds, War Resisters League
- Ruth Messinger, Manhattan Borough President
- Congressman Jerrold Nadler
- Sonja Ostrom, Metro New York Peace Action Council
- Congressman Major Owens
- Congressman Charles Rangel
- Congressman Edolphus Towns
- Lloyd Wallisch, World Court Project, U.S. branch
- Alyn Ware, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
Socialists Urge End of Fragmentation
96-06-26 an email was sent from David McReynolds and several other socialists, headed "Socialists Urge End of Fragmentation"
- The following open letter has been sent to the organizations listed below.
- The letter was drafted by Ethan Young, who has been connected with Crossroads, in consultation with a number of concerned individuals in all of the groups listed.
- David McReynolds, member, Socialist Party USA, New York City, June 26, 1996
To: The National Convention of the Committees of Correspondence
- The National Convention and Summer School of Solidarity
- The National Political Committee of Democratic Socialists of America
- The National Committee of Freedom Road Socialist Organization
- The National Steering Committee of the National Committee for Independent Political Action
- The National Committee of the Socialist Party USA
- As members of the groups listed above, we have joined together out of concern for the future of the organized socialist left. We have two concrete proposals that are being submitted to all of our groups simultaneously, so that they might be discussed and, if accepted, acted on as soon as possible.
- 1. We propose that joint regional meetings of our six groups be organized for members and invited individuals, as outlined in the June 1996 issue of CROSSROADS.
- 2. We propose that organizing begin immediately for a national conference of socialist youth in Fall 1997, initiated by the youth members and affiliates of the six groups, but open to co-sponsorship by other agreed-upon groups and individuals.
- Giuliana Milanese - COC, Bay Area
- Mel Rothenberg - COC, Chicago
- Eric Vega DSA, Sacramento
- Daraka Larimore-Hall - DSA, Chicago
- Jon Liss - FRSO, D.C.
- Carl Pinkston - FRSO Sacramento
- Sabina Virgo - NCIPA Los Angeles
- David McReynolds - SPUSA, New York
- Margaret Phair - SPUSA, Los Angeles
- Tim Marshall - Solidarity, Bay Area
- Joanna Misnik - Solidarity, Nashville
Saul Mendelson's funeral
The service was MC'd by a retired colleague, Bob Clark. Carl Shier of DSA, spoke first and was followed by Saul's friend Deborah Meier, "a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient who is now starting a new school in Boston". Amy Isaacs, National Director of the Americans for Democratic Action, spoke of what "Saul had meant on foreign affairs to the ADA".
Other speakers included Communist Party USA aligned Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, State SenatorBarack Obama, Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie and "a good friend from New York", Myra Russell.
The concluding remarks were made by an old friend, Harriet Lefley, a former Trotskyist with Saul Mendelson in the 1940s, who was then Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami Medical School.
Both Brisben and McReynolds are also members of Democratic Socialists of America.
Individual endorsers of the event included David McReynolds.
Socialist Party USA Involvement
He was the Socialist Party USA presidential candidate in 1980 with a Catholic nun as his Vice Presidential runningmate. He was the first openly gay person to ever win a party's Presidential nomination.
DSA support in 2004
In 2004 Democratic Socialists of America targeted local races where control of state houses were up for grabs and where statewide electoral-vote outcomes hinged on successful local district turnouts.
- NYDSA activists are also backing David McReynolds in what the local views as a spirited and needed educational campaign for U.S. Senate against centrist incumbent Democrat Charles Schumer, who faces token Republican opposition. McReynolds, a DSA member, longtime peace activist, staff member with the War Resisters League and a Socialist Party leader, is running on the Green Party ticket. In Albany County, incumbent Democratic District Attorney Paul Clyne is a notorious champion of the punitive New York State Rockefeller drug laws unrevised.”
- We reported on the candidates that DSAers were supporting in the last issue of Democratic Left. How did they do?
- New York State looks like politics as usual on the surface... Longtime left labor advocate Frank Barbaro, who took on a challenging congressional district; Socialist Green David McReynolds, whose longshot campaign was really about educating for a more peaceful and wiser foreign policy; and labor activist Dan Cleveland, who made a state senate bid in rural Republican western New York, all lost..
Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Left Forum 2011
Then and Now: Is the Gay Rights Movement Radical?
- Amber Hollibaugh – Queers for Economic Justice, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
- David McReynolds — Socialist Party USA
- Joseph Huff-Hannon — All Out
- Kenyon Farrow – Queers for Economic Justice
- Martin Duberman – Founder, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate School
Left Forum 2013
- Matt Meyer, Chair War Resisters League
- David McReynolds, Socialist Party USA; War Resisters League
- Ellen Barfield , Veterans for Peace; WILPF; War Resisters League
- Bob Brown, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party
- Tarin Gonzalez, WESPAC Foundation
- [http://juliusspeaks.blogspot.co.nz/2011/01/interview-with-david-mcreynolds.html Julius Speaks, January 15, 2011 Interview with David McReynolds]
- Guardian March 2 1979
- Tribute to Ben Dobbs program, June 7, 1981
- New York review of books, Vol 34, Number 10, June 11, 1987
- Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
- Crossroads March 1996
- Re: [Marxism Line of March from [Ethan Young]Date, Wed, 15 Sep 2010]
- CCDS Background
- Conference program
- Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
- SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
- Peoples Weekly World, June 31, 1993
- Memorial Service program
- Mail Archive website: Communist Manifestivity Conference Schedule, Oct. 28, 1998
- Democratic Left, Fall 2004, Beyond Kerry: DSAers Back Local Candidates, By Theresa Alt and Michael Hirsch
- Dem. Left,Winter 2004/2005