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New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 John Katz, East Bay NAM; Judy Johnson and William Johnson, Mobile New American Movement and Mel Pritchard, San Diego NAM led a workshop entitled Organizing Against Racist Violence 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.

Pritchard also spoke alongside Abby Cassin, South Jersey NAM; Penny Schantz and Joseph Schwartz of Democratic Socialists Organizing Committee and Peg Strobel, Co-Chair, Campus Commission led a workshop entitled Campus Organizing Strategies.[1]

Democratic Socialists of America Anti-Racism Commission

In 1982 the Democratic Socialists of America Anti-Racism Commission/Hispanic Commission, was co-chaired by:[2]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Mel Pritchard was a San Francisco, California delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[3]

DSA National Convention

Speakers at the Democratic Socialists of America 2nd National Convention, in 1985 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.[4]

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.[5]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[6]

Globalization What are the implications for labor and the left of the scientific and technological revolution and globalization of capital and labor?

CoC training school

According to Georgia Wever the first Leadership Training School ever organized by the Committees of Correspondence took place during July 1998 , at a woodland location in upstate New York. For almost a week, the 24 participants - who came from Northern California, Chicago, North Carolina, South Carolina, and the New York metropolitan area - "talked, challenged, sang, learned, swam, disagreed, feasted, danced, camped, and asked questions."

The curriculum was planned by a committee composed of Mael Apollon, Robin Busch, Leslie Cagan, Pat Fry, Bobby Greenberg, Mel Pritchard, Roque Ristorucci and Zach Robinson. In the follow-up to the Leadership Training School, the curriculum planning committee became the National Education and Literature Committee. It is co-chaired by Bob Greenberg and Mel Pritchard.

Interactive sessions were led by Timothy V. Johnson and Shirley McClain.


  1. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  2. DSA Keylist newsletter, July 1982
  3. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  4. Dem Left, Jan/Feb 1986, pages 9-11
  5. Conference program
  6. 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)