- Penn Kemble was the organizer of the "Gang of Four"--four young Democrats who became contra supporters in the mid-1980s. Kemble and his crew played a key behind-the-scenes role in obtaining congressional support for aid to the Nicaraguan contras. (35) Kemble was the co-founder and president of the board of the Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America (PRODEMCA). (42) PRODEMCA received funding from a conduit for money and arms in Ollie North's Iran-Contra network. (35) It also received major funding from NED for support of La Prensa and other anti-Sandinista political and media groups inside Nicaragua. (2,13,14) Kemble was co-founder of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), an organization with the goal of "restoring democratic values" to churches. (43) IRD targeted progressive religious organizations active in third world countries and charged them with aiding communism. (44) IRD has received funding from the U.S. Information Agency. (43) Kemble was a founder of the CDM.
- Penn was a “great coalitionist,” says Georgetown University professor Roy Godson, “decade in and decade out, actually bringing diverse leaders, groups, parties, and sometimes even governments together to multiply their effectiveness and to advance freedom and decency across the globe.” While others committed themselves to careers or engagement with major institutions or movements such as organized labor, Penn was a consummate networker.
- Young People's Socialist League
- Social Democrats USA
- League for Industrial Democracy
- Coalition for a Democratic Majority
- Institute on Religion and Democracy
- Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America
- Foundation for Democratic Education
- New Economy Information Service
- National Democratic Institute
- Community of Democracy Initiative
- United States Information Agency
- Transatlantic Democracy Network
- Democracy Digest - Co-editor
- Stephen Miller, Penn Kemble, 64, Fighter for Democracy and Civil Rights, New York Sun, 18 october 2005.
- Ben Watteberg, Passing of A Patriot, Washington Times, 23 October 2005, archived at socialdemocratsusa.org