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Guide to the International Socialists Records TAM.088

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Historical/Biographical Note

International Socialists (IS), a Third Camp-oriented group with historical and organizational roots in American Trotskyism and the Young People's Socialist League, was founded in 1969, as the result of the merger of several Independent Socialist Clubs (the first was formed in Berkeley, California in 1964). IS concentrated on work in the labor movement, playing an important role in the Teamster reform movement, and the monthly periodical Labor Notes, 1979- (established and directed by IS members), along with its annual conference, have become a leading center for militant labor officials and rank and file unionists. Other IS periodical titles were:  International Socialist(1969-70),  Workers Power(1970-79), and  Changes(1979-85). In 1984 IS merged with Workers Power (itself the 1979 result of one of several 1970s splits from IS) and Socialist Unity to form Solidarity, a revolutionary socialist organization. For more information, see "Independent Socialist Clubs/International Socialists," in Encyclopedia of the American Left (1998) pp. 348-351.