Jim Berland

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Jim Berland

Communist youth conference

After the Conference of Socialist Youth in March 1964, it was decided to hold the next convention in Chicago, and there form a new national youth organization. The Coordinating Committee determined to switch the meeting place to San Francisco, however, and to hold it on June 19 through 21, 1964. The New organization was named the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America and would serve as the youth wing of the Communist Party USA.

Those who signed the “call” for this June 1964 convention, as set forth on page 15 of The Convener No. 4, included James Berland of the Community Senate, Reed College, Portland, Oregon.[1]


The Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee organized a DEMOCRACY '76 conference within the Democratic Party conference in Los Angeles in 1976.

Are there concrete programs that progressives can work for in this election year which could begin to democratize our social and economic institutions? D.S~O.C. thinks that there are . . . and has initiated a nationwide series of conferences to discuss the DEMOCRACY '76 program.
Already endorsed by political and union leaders - including George McGovern - DEMOCRACY '76 calls for a greater reliance on the public sector in creating genuine full employment - for a more progressive tax system - for increased social control of the corporate structures which increasingly control our lives - for democratic and public, rather than corporate, planning of our national future.

Workshop panellists included (Partial List): Jim Berland, Public Affairs Director, KPFK; Tim Brick, Coordinator, CAUSE; Paul Bullock, Director of Research, Institute of industrial Relations, UCLA; Rev. Peter Christiansen; Art Forcier ,Political Director, So. Calif. ADA; Jim Gallagher, Coordinator, Labor Studies, UCLA; Otis Graham, Prof. of History, UCSB; Jonathan Lewis, Director, California Tax Reform Association; Nancy Lieber, Prof: of Political Science ~ UCD; Jim Lowery, Director, Citizens' Committee Against Redlining; Jim Pino, Friends Committee on Legislation; Derek Shearer, economist/writer, West Coast Editor, Working Papers; Tom Thompson, author/publisher.[2]

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 Jim Berland.[3]

KPFK Staff

The staff of leftist Los Angeles radio station KPFK as at March 1983 were: General Manager, acting Program Director Jim Berland. Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator: Akinyele Umoja. Development Director: Miya Iwataki. Operations Director: Sherry Novick Music: Kwaku Lynn. Co Director, Andrea Enthal Co-Director News and Public Affairs: Marc Cooper, Directors; Tony Cauin, Cynthia Hamilton, Roberto Naduris, Fernando Velazquez, Exec. Prod. Traffic: Roy Tuckman, Production: Lezlie Lee, Dir. Sylvester Riuers, Mgr. Margaret Fowler, Raffaello Mazza, Chief Eng.: Don Wilson, Maint Eng.: Bob Reite, Friends Co-ord.: Suzi Weissman, Folio: Susan Tewes, Sheri Weinberg, Circulation: Ahna Armour, Dir. Community Events: Mario Casetta, Dir. Bookkeeper: Jenny Hubbard[4].