Helen Polonsky

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Helen Polonsky

DSOC meeting

The New York Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, held its first annual convention, October 1979 in New York at the District 199, Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Center. A panel on politics and social change was led by Norman Adler, director of political action, D.C. local AFSCME, New York State Senator Olga Mendez and Helen Polonsky, chairman of the New Democratic Coalition.

A panel on orgaiuzing the un employed was led by Seymour Posner the commissioner of Workers Compensation and chairman of the New York State Assembly Labor Committee.

The panelists discussed the pros and cons of whether the Democratic Party was a "viable vehicle for progressive action in New York City."[1]


  1. Daily World October 23, 1979, page 4