Peter Camejo with Ray Markey and Victor Nieto, had advanced an innovative proposal for the 1981 New York City elections—that the Socialist Workers Party attempt to initiate a broad “united front electoral campaign by those willing to break with bourgeois politics now,” geared at drawing together left-wing (non-Stalinist and non-Social Democratic) forces, particularly those “in the labor movement, Black and Latino organizations, etc.” A campaign of violent denunciation was unleashed by Barnes against this proposal, and Camejo suddenly found himself isolated. Shaken, he requested a leave of absence in the summer of 1981 and went to spend some time in Venezuela, where he had spent much of his childhood. The SWP leadership then asserted that he had “resigned” and refused to “re-admit to membership” such an “irresponsible” element. After returning to the United States, Camejo drifted away from the Trotskyist movement—seeking to draw together a grouping of ex-Trotskyists, ex-Maoists, and others into a nonsectarian, Fidelista-oriented “North Star Network” in 1984, which soon collapsed. (Camejo also maintained close ties with the Australian Socialist Workers Party, which walked out of the Fourth International in 1985.)
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.
Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:
Standing Together - Community Standing together and showing support. How to respond to racism, sexism and anti-immigrant prejudice and other divisions among our communities? How to build solidarity and links among nationally oppressed an other communities?
- Laura Head, Professor of Black Studies, SF State University
- Ray Markey, president, NY Public Library Guild Local 1930, AFSCME, NY
- Carmen Rumbaut, worker and immigrant rights attorney, San Antonio
Committees of Correspondence
At the Committees of Correspondence conference, Berkeley California, July 17-19, 1992, Ray Markey was a candidatefor the CoC National Coordinating Committee-from New York, president American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), local 1930
Center for the Study of Working Class Life
- Conference program
- 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)
- CoC official ballot paper
- CoC Corresponder November 1996/January 1997 Page 2
- CCDS membership letter Dec 20 2002