Joanne Landy has been active in democratic socialist organizations since the 1950s. She is Co-Director with Thomas Harrison of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, and a member of Democratic Socialists of America.
According to Harrison;
Joanne and I were both part of this group in Berkeley, the Independent Socialist Club, in the 1960s. When I came on the scene in 1966, we were very soon heavily involved in defending left-wing oppositionists Jacek Kuron and Karol Modzelewski in Poland.
Joanne Landy: Both of us were “third camp socialists,” which meant we were for neither Washington nor Moscow, neither capitalist imperialism nor the oppressive Communist systems in Eastern Europe. And because I’m older than Tom, I also started doing this many years before Tom did—in the late 1950s actually. Then, in 1980, two things simultaneously burst upon the scene: the Western peace movement against the missiles in Western Europe and Solidarnosc in Poland.
Opposing loans to Chile
In 1987, Joanne Landy, Thomas Harrison and Gail Daneker, Directors, Campaign for Peace and Democracy/East and West, New York, circulated a statement Against Loans to Chile calling upon the Reagan Administration to oppose all loans to Chile.
It has been signed by leading "peace, labor, human rights, religious and cultural figures from the United States, Western Europe and Latin America." They were "joined by a large number of activists and writers from the USSR and Eastern Europe, many of whom have been persecuted in their own countries for work in independent peace and human rights movements."
- TYR, June 2013, page 6]
- New York review of books, Vol 34, Number 10, June 11, 1987