Jim Jacobs

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Jim Jacobs was a DSA member and a longtime activist in Detroit. He was formerly active in the Organizing Committee for an Ideological Center, a party-building group.[1]

"An Open Letter to the Party Building Movement"

This open letter is signed by past and current members of the Organizing Committee for an Ideological Center (OCIC), and others in the party building movement who have had close contact with the OCIC. As a result of important recent events in the OCIC, we want to make known our urgent concerns regarding the line and practice of the Steering Committee (SC) of the OCIC and its impact on the party building movement as a whole.

Signatories included Jim Jacobs.

Frontline staffer

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Jim Jacobs was a Detroit, Michigan delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[2]

DSA National Convention

Speakers at the 1985 Democratic Socialists of America 2nd National Convention, in Berkeley California, included: Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, Fr. Miguel D'Escoto, Mpho Tutu, daughter of SA Anglican Bishop, Desmond Tutu, Marta Petrusewicz, Barbara Ehrenreich, Rep. Ron Dellums, Elinor Glenn, Michael Harrington, Harold Meyerson, Paulette Pierce, David Plotke, Jim Shoch, Beverly Stein, Mel Pritchard, Jim Jacobs, Dolores Delgado Campbell, Guy Molyneux, Cornel West, Gail Radford.[3]


  1. FEBRUARY 22, 1984—GUARDIAN-19
  2. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  3. Dem Left, Jan/Feb 1986, pages 9-11