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DSOC meeting

On May 18, 1974, DSOC organized a meeting in Washington DC. Attendees included Ruth Jordan, a freelance labor journalist, DSOC board member and former Socialist Party USA member.[1]

DSOC leader

In 1980 Ruth Jordan, was vice-chair of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and a leader of DSOC's Democratic Agenda coalition and the Coalition of Labor Union Women.[2]

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.

The event was Chaired by Ed Donohue and Ruth Jordan of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.[3]

Democratic Agenda/Socialist Caucus

For groups and organizations seeking radical social change within the Democratic Party, the National Convention of 1980 had at least one historic first - formation of a Socialist Caucus of delegates. Organized by the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and by the Democratic Agenda which was DSOC's cadre and supporters within the Democratic Party and was based in DSOC' s New York office and at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. Some 31 delegates and alternates from twelve states and Democrats Abroad attended the Socialist Caucus.

As a preliminary to the convention's Socialist Caucus meeting, , indeed as a "building event" and as a continued show of support for Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), the Democratic Agenda sponsored a convention rally at New York's Town Hall. The speakers included Herman Badillo, Julian Bond, Fran Bennick, Harry Britt, Cesar Chavez, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI}, Douglas Fraser, Murray Finley, Michael Harrington, Terry Herndon, Ruth Jordan, Ruth Messinger, Eleanor Smeal, Gloria Steinem and William Winpisinger.

DSOC works within the Democratic Party, said Harrington, because of the party's relationships with organized workers, blacks, feminists, environmentalists and other "progressive groups."

The Socialist Caucus circulated a list of convention delegates who were caucus members, including;[4]

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Halli Lehrer, NIC; Anne Hill, Cleveland NAM and SEIU; Ruth Jordan, Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee National Executive Committee and CLUW and John Haer, NIC and SEIU spoke on a mini-plenary entitled Building an Alliance Between the Labor Movement and the Women's Movement 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.[5]

New American Movement

In 1982 Ruth Jordan was a contributor to the New American Movement magazine Women Organizing[6].

DC Local

In 2004 Ruth Jordan was a member of the DC/MD/Northern VA. Democratic Socialists of America local.[7]

DSA North Star


In 2018 Ruth Jordan was an original signatory of the DSA North Star founding principles statement.



  1. Washington Post , Austin Scott, 100 at socialist public affairs forum, May 19, 1974
  2. Information digest, April 18, 1980, page 124
  3. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 372
  4. Information Digest, Septemer 19, 1980, p 333
  5. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  6. Women Organizing, Winter 1982
  7. Washington Socialist, Volume lO, Number 12- September 1989