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Series III. Campaign Involvement, 1981-2008

Scope and Content Notes:

This series documents Rabinowitz's involvement in local, regional, and national political campaigns throughout the 1980s and 1990s as well as local political action organizations like Project Vote and Voter REP, The Rainbow Coalition, and the Rainbow Political Action Committee. The series is divided into four subseries. The folders of each subseries are organized alphabetically, excluding "campaigns" which are organized in chronological order. Some of what is included are campaign materials, campaign volunteer recruitment materials, records concerning voter registration, and internal business records from the organizations Rabinowitz was a member of.

Subseries 1. Campaigns, 1981-2008

Scope and Content Notes:

Organized chronologically, this subseries documents the many local, regional, and national political campaigns Rabinowitz was involved in as a campaign volunteer, director, and organizer and includes campaign materials, volunteer materials, correspondence and press.

Folder 35 John Zingaro for City Council, 1981
Folder 36 District Election Campaign, 1981
Folder 37 Jonathan Robinson for City Council, 1982-1983
Folder 38 Jim Young for Congress, 1984
Folder 39 Richard Adams for State Representative, 1984
Folder 40 Election Day, 1985
Folder 41 Jim Ferlo for City Council, 1985
Folder 42 Allen Kukovich for Governer, 1985-1986
Folder 44 Bob Edgar for Senate, 1986
Folder 43 Coalition for District Elections, 1985-1987
Folder 45 Bob Edgar for Senate Phone Bank, 1986
Folder 46 Bob Edgar for Senate Volunteers, 1986
Folder 47 Bob Edgar for Senate, Personal Notebook, 1986
Folder 50 Organizing and Campaigning, 1986
Folder 49 Election Day Volunteer Assignments, 1986
Folder 51 Campaign Volunteers List, 1987
Folder 52 Doris A. Smith Election for Judge of Commonwealth Court, 1987
Folder 53 Cynthia Baldwin Primary Election for Court of Common Pleas, 1987
Folder 54 NRC National Convention, Personal Notes, 1987

Box 5
Folder 1 Jesse Jackson Campaign Correspondence, 19871988
Folder 2 Jackson Campaign, Personal Notebooks, 1987-1988
Folder 2a Election Day, 1986
Folder 3 Jackson and the Jewish Vote, 1987-1988
Folder 4 Jackson Presidential Primary Materials, 1987-1988
Folder 5 Jackson Campaign, Local Delegates, 1988
Folder 6 Jackson Campaign Phone Bank Volunteers, undated
Folder 7 Labor for Jackson, 1988
Folder 8 Jackson Post-Election Analysis, 1988
Folder 9 Primary, Pittsburgh Wards, 1988
Folder 10 Rick Adams for City Council, 1989
Folder 11 Terry Chalich for State Legislature, 1990
Folder 12 Lynn Yaekel for Senate, 1992
Folder 13 Rick Adams for City Council, 1994
Folder 14 Allen Kukovich for Senate, 1996
Folder 15 14th Ward Primary, 1997
Folder 16 Rabinowitz and Haer for Democratic Committee People, 1998
Folder 17 Local Primary, 1999
Folder 18 Local Elections, 1999
Folder 19 Allen Kukovich for Lt. Governor Phone Bank, 2001-2002
Folder 20 Allen Kukovich for Governor Primary, 2002
Folder 21 John Kerry for President, 2004
Folder 22 May Primary Elections, 2005
Folder 23 May Primaries and Ward Chair Election, 2006
Folder 24 Presidential Election, 2007-2008

Subseries 2. Project Vote and Voter Registration in Pittsburgh (REP), 1983-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

Organized alphabetically, this subseries documents Rabinowitz's involvement in the voter registration activities of two related organizations, Project VOTE! and Voter REP (Registration, Education, and Participation). Voter REP was a local affiliate of Project VOTE!, a national organization based in Washington, D.C. Due to the related goals and relationship between the two organizations, many of the materials in this subseries are mixed.

Formed in 1986, Voter REP was a nonprofit charitable and educational organization committed to registering voters and increasing the political participation of blacks, women, low-income areas, youth, and disabled peoples. Rabinowitz worked for Voter REP as a coordinator. The organization was located in the offices of the Hunger Action Coalition and grew out of prior Pittsburgh organizations committed to voter registration like the Alliance for Voter Registration. Materials include records pertaining to internal functions of the organization, volunteer recruitment, voter registration drives, newsletters, workshops, and press. Also included are records pertaining to the organization's fight against welfare and unemployment offices who refused the entry of volunteers in order to register people, a fight which eventually led to court.

Folder 25 Accounting, 1986
Folder 26 Campaign Analysis, 1983
Folder 27 Correspondence, 1984
Folder 28 Freedom Summer Voter Registration Campaign, 1984
Folder 29 Grant Administration, 1986
Folder 30 History of Organization, 1988
Folder 31 Job Descriptions, 1984
Folder 32 Letter to Thornburgh Regarding Voter Registration, 1986
Folder 33 Logbook, 1984
Folder 34 Meetings, 1984
Folder 35 Monthly Schedules, 1986
Folder 36 Newsletters, 1986
Folder 37 Newspaper Clippings, 1984
Folder 38 Original Proposal for the Organization, 1986
Folder 39 Phone Banks, 1984-1986
Folder 40 Political Workshops, 1984-1994
Folder 41 Pre-District Election Campaign, 1986
Folder 42 Press, 1986
Folder 43 Project Vote Instructions, 1986
Folder 44 Public Service Announcements and Media, 1986
Folder 45-46 Suit and Injunction, 1983-1986
Folder 47 Volunteer Recruitment, 1986
Folder 48 Voter Registration Campaign, 1984
Folder 49 Voter Registration Activities, 1983
Folder 50 Voter Registration for Non-Profits, 1983-1984
Folder 51 Voter Registration Report, 1986
Folder 52 Voter Registration Statistics, 1986
Folder 53 Voters with Disabilities, 1984

Subseries 3. The Rainbow Coalition and The Rainbow Political Action Committee, 1985-1990

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents The National Rainbow Coalition (NRC), now the Rainbow Push Coalition, and The Rainbow Political Action Committee (Rainbow PAC). Arranged alphabetically, it includes meeting minutes, by-laws, mailing lists, and national NRC materials. The Rainbow Coalition grew out of Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign. The coalition was and still is a national organization committed to social justice, civil rights and political activism. It was founded in order to help support candidates for public office dedicated to improving the lives of the powerless. Rabinowitz helped run the Rainbow PAC which functioned as a political action committee based on progressive politics and committed to social justice, democracy and solidarity. Although the Rainbow PAC was inspired by the NRC, they remained unconnected to the National Rainbow Coalition and free from the rules of the NRC.

Folder 54 Annual Meeting of Rainbow PAC, 1989
Folder 55 By-Laws of Rainbow PAC, undated
Folder 56 Candidate Endorsements for Primaries, 1989
Folder 57 Fundraising Letters and Lists, 1988
Folder 58 Mailings, 1987-1988
Folder 59 Mailing List, 1988
Folder 60 Meeting Attendance, 1988-1989
Folder 61 Meeting Minutes, 1987-1988
Folder 62 National Materials, 1987-1990
Folder 63 Questionnaire Developed for Local Primary, 1989
Folder 64 The Rainbow Report, 1989-1990
Folder 65 State Convention of the Pennsylvania Rainbow Coalition, 1988

Subseries 4. 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club, 1985-2008

Scope and Content Notes:

Documented in this subseries is the 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club, of which Rabinowitz was an active participant and member of the board. Materials are organized alphabetically and include the constitution and by-laws, board business, correspondence, events, newsletters and mailings. The organization was founded in 1980 in order to support progressive politics and the principles of the Democratic Party. The club also held forums and discussions in order to help solve community problems. Additionally, the club also worked to endorse and support candidates committed to the same principles established by the club, distributing voters guides before primaries and elections in order to help inform community members.

Folder 66 Board Business, 2000-2007
Folder 67 Campaign for Kerry, Edwards, and Hoeffel, 2004
Folder 68 Constitution and By-Laws, 2006
Folder 69 Correspondence, 2005-2008
Folder 70 Events, 1998-2007
Folder 71 Meetings, 2005
Folder 72 Member Lists, 2004-2007
Folder 73 Newsletters and Mailings, 1985-2006