Labor Party's founding convention set

Plans are proceeding toward the founding convention for a Labor Party, organized by Labor Party Advocates, to run June 6-9 in Cleveland.

LPA leaders have been encouraged by the response to the call for the convention. "Now that the founding convention is a reality," said organizer Tony Mazzocchi, "we're sensing that people are a lot more focused and serious about working with us to bring off a very successful convention."

LPA's goal is to attract at least 1,000 delegates representing upwards of one million people.

"We're encouraged and from everything I can see we're got a great chance to achieve our goals and give birth to a new, exciting, and most important, meaningful political movement in our country,:" said Mazzocchi.

The group will convene at 3 p.m. June 6 at the Sheraton Cleveland City Centre Hotel.

Endorsers include the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union, AFL-CIO; United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE); Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, AFL-CIO; International Longshoreman's and Warehousemen's Union, AFL-CIO; 35 union locals and area labor councils; and numerous union leaders.

LPA chapters must submit the names of delegates to the national office in application for credentials. Individual members of LPA wishing at-large delegate status must apply in writing to the national office for credentials.

For more information call Labor Party Advocates' Convention Information Line, (202) 234-5194.

New York Conference: Beyond Liberal and Conservative

Social Policy magazine and the Learning Alliance are planning a full-day conference June 15 in New York City to address the question: "Is there a politics beyond liberal and conservative?"

"We need to push beyond liberals, conservatives, and centrists to identify a new formulation of our political philosophy," said David Dyssegaard Kallick, Editor of Social Policy, in his call for the conference, which the Progressive Populist is co-sponsoring. "We can learn from the experience of the New Deal and the Great Society without either rejecting or uncritically accepting it. We can learn from the experience of 30 years of political movements. And we can build on the principles political writers have begun to articulate, beginning to shape a clear and bold post-liberal political framework."

The conference, which Kallick hopes will attract 200-300 participants, will feature break-out sessions, performances, and open discussions, as well as "a variety of people who represent truly mold-breaking thinking," Kallick said. "The day's sessions should bring a new dimension to our approach, putting us closer in touch with how Americans are thinking about politics today, and how we can craft a political philosophy that goes beyond the stifling confines of liberalism and conservativism."

To get involved, contact David Dyssegaard Kallick at Social Policy, 212-274-1139, or at Also check out the Social Policy web site at <HTTP://>. Co-sponsors include the Center for a New Democracy, Center for Democracy and Citizenship (Humphrey Institute), Center for Human Rights Education, Center for Living Democracy, City Limits, Environmental Action, Institute for Policy Studies, Institute for Women Policy Studies, National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives, The Neighborhood Works, the Progressive Populist, Third Force, The Union Institute's Office for Social Responsibility and Who Cares?