Introducing Neal

My name is Neal Meyer and I got my start in politics and organizing doing labor solidarity work in college with Harvard's Student Labor Action Movement. We worked on two major campaigns while I was a member: an anti-layoffs campaign right after the recession and a "Sustainable Foods, Sustainable Jobs" campaign to support the dining hall workers' contract negotiations. I also studied American labor history, and I wrote my thesis on why it mattered that the CIO organizing campaigns of the 1930s relied so heavily on organizers who came out of the socialist movement.

After I graduated two years ago I worked with UNITE HERE in Boston on a campaign to unionize Harvard Law School's cafeteria workers. Our organizing team consisted of three students, three dining hall workers, and a union staffer. In a little more than four months we built a strong, multiracial and gender balanced worker organizing committee and won union certification with more than 90% support.

More recently I’ve been working as a voter file manager for progressive community organizing groups, unions, and civil rights organizations in Massachusetts. I help our partner organizations develop field plans in order to increase voter turnout and the political power of low-income communities. I serve on Boston DSA’s executive board and I have been an active member of our local for a little more than a year. I also help out on national DSA’s social media team, with a focus on our Facebook page.

I’m very excited to get started as YDS’s national organizer this summer, and I'm excited too to meet everyone in DSA I still have yet to meet at the October national convention!

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
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Join DSA members Eric Brasure and Brendan Hamill to discuss the British film Pride (2014). It’s 1984, British coal miners are on strike, and a group of gays and lesbians in London bring the queer community together to support the miners in their fight. Based on the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The film is available for rent on YouTube, Amazon, and iTunes. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
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Join DSA member and labor historian Susan Hirsch in discussing Union Maids (1976). Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary follows three Chicago labor organizers (Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki, and Sylvia Woods) active beginning in the 1930s. The filmmakers were members of the New American Movement (a precursor of DSA), and the late Vicki Starr (aka Stella Nowicki) was a longtime member of Chicago DSA and the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. It’s available free on YouTube, though sound quality is poor. 8ET/7CT/6MT/5PT.