Records of a group organized in 1965 by a coalition of leaders in the peace, civil rights, student, and independent political movements to forge ways in which to work together toward their common political objectives. The processed portion of the collection consists of announcements, resolutions, rules, speeches (by Donna Allen, James Forman, Martin Luther King, Jr., William F. Pepper, and Benjamin Spock), and press releases for the conference "New Politics - '68 and Beyond," August 31-September 4, 1967; also including a file of miscellaneous mailings, 1966-1968.
The processed portion of this collection is summarized above. There are additional accessions which appear to be the files of convention organizer Michael P. Wood, and pertain primarily to the organization of and preparation for the conference. Included are resolutions, policy statements, position papers, proposals, budgets, lists and information on attendees, press kits, press credentials, memoranda, reports, minutes from the Executive Board and the Convention Steering Committee, press releases, and registrant information. There are drafts of several documents produced by the organization as well as by outside groups such as the W.E.B. Du Bois Clubs, Cambridge Vietnam Vote Group, SNCC, and the We Won't Go Committee (Milwaukee, Wis.). The file on platform drafts and position papers includes a paper by Michael Eisenscher, "Absolute Curfew in Milwaukee," about the civil disturbances in that city. Other topics of papers in that file include local political organizing, and Vietnam and the anti-war movement.
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