Katherine Pritchard

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Portland New American Movement

In August of 1976, as part of an outreach drive, theleaders of the Eugene chapter of New American Movement, which predated the Portland chapter, organized a potluck picnic in Laurelhurst Park in Portland for people to learn about NAM. It was publicized in the Scribe, Portland’s underground newspaper.

A study group ran for about a year and, at the end of it, Richard Healey came through town, and Rhys Scholes and Katherine Pritchard and Beverly Stein said, “Well, we don’t know if we really want to start a chapter of NAM, but let’s put out a call and just see if people come.” A whole bunch of people came, and so we did it. Scholes: There were maybe twenty people to begin with, and Beverly Stein was the key leader.

The Portland chapter of the New American Movement formed in 1977, four years after NAM held its inaugural meeting. It was a lively and nationally-renowned NAM chapter, and when the merger between NAM and the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee took place, a majority of its members remained active in the new organization, (Democratic Socialists of America) and, through it, successfully engaged in regional and national politics.[1]

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Katherine Pritchard led a workshop entitled Resources for Reproductive Rights Organizing 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]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Katherine Pritchard was a Portland, Oregon delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[3]

Portland DSA

In 1983 Katherine Pritchard was a member of Portland Democratic Socialists of America.[4]

DSA Feminist Commission

In 1985[5] and 1986,[6] Katherine Pritchard of Washington was listed as a member of the Feminist Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America.


  1. Victor Cohen, Interview with Portland NAM Members, 2008
  2. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  3. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  4. [DSA membership list, 11 4 83]
  5. DSA Feminist Commission Directory, 1985
  6. 1986 DSA Feminist Commission Directory