Michael Germinal Rivas

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Michael "Mike" Germinal Rivas

Democratic Agenda

More than 1,200 people attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee initiated Democratic Agenda Conference held November 16-18, 1979, at the International Inn and Metropolitan AM Church in Washington 1 DC. The conference focused on "corporate power'; as the key barrier to "economic and political democracy," concepts many Democratic Agenda participants defined as "socialism.'

The Democratic Agenda meetings attempted to develop anti-corporate alternatives" through influencing the direction of the Democratic Party during the period leading to the July 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York.

Workshops included "Disarmament: The Economic Issues - Michael Germinal Rivas, moderator; Richard Greenwood, Sanford Gottlieb".[1]


In 1982, Rivas was a vice chair of Democratic Socialists of America.[2]

DSOC 1981 Convention

At the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee 1981 conference, gay activist Harry Britt was elected Vice Chair, as were Trudy Robideau, Marjorie Phyfe and Rosemary Ruether. Others elected included Mike Rivas, Chair of DSOC's Hispanic Commission and William Winpisinger, head of the Machinists Union.[3],

DSA "Greetings"

In 1990, 39 people, plus "Seattle Democratic Socialists of America" and the "San Diego local", signed a "Greetings" ad in Democratic Left, September/October, 1990, page 23. Most signatories were known members of Democratic Socialists of America. Signatories included Michael G. Rivas.]].

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Michael Rivas of Montclair, NJ signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[4]


  1. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 370/371
  2. DSA Western Reg. Newsletter Oct. 4 1982
  3. NAM Discussion Bulletin no 35, Spring 1981 page 38
  4. Open Letter to Obama on Iran