Nancy Shier

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Nancy Shier

Nancy Shier is the daughter of the late Chicago socialist and unionist Carl Shier.

DSOC supporter

The original Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee publication was called Newsletter of the Democratic Left. Those listed as helping produce the October 1973 issue were David Bensman, Henry Bayer, Gretchen Donart, David Gaberman, Tom Kramer, David Kusnet, Jon Ratner, Ronnie Steinberg Ratner, Mark Schaeffer, Nancy Shier.[1]

DSOC national officers

Following a convention decision to expand the number of at-large seats on the national board and to elect eight men and eight women to those seats, a serious political campaign to win those seats took place. Harrington termed this development .. a sign of the growing political strength of Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee. The at-large members of the new board will form its executive committee, which also includes DSOC's national officers.

Elected to at-large seats were: (men) Greg Akili (San Diego), Harry Boyte (Minneapolis), Jim Chapin, Jack Clark and Frank Lugovina (New York City), Roger Robinson (Detroit), Jim Wallace (Washington, D.C.), and George Wood (Champaign-Urbana); (women) Jeanne Kettelson and Mary Roodkowsky (Boston), Nancy Kleniewski (Philadelphia), Nancy Lieber (Sacramento-Davis), Marjorie Phyfe (New York City), Trudy Robideau (San Diego), Nancy Shier (Chicago) and Cynthia Ward (Stony Brook, Long Island) . [2]

Democratic Agenda

More than 1,200 people attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee initiated Democratic Agenda Conference held November 16-18, 1979, at the International Inn and Metropolitan AM Church in Washington 1 DC. The conference focused on "corporate power'; as the key barrier to "economic and political democracy," concepts many Democratic Agenda participants defined as "socialism.'

The Democratic Agenda meetings attempted to develop anti-corporate alternatives" through influencing the direction of the Democratic Party during the period leading to the July 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York.

Workshops included "The Struggle over Taxation" -Nancy Shier, moderator; Miles Rapoport, Jonathan Rowe[3]

Constituency meetings included How to Raise Feminist Issues in 1980: Jone Johnson, DSOC Feminism Commission, chair; Mildred Jeffrey, past chair, National Women' s Political Caucus; Nancy Shier, executive director, Chicago NOW.[[4]

DSA member

In 1986, several Chicago Democratic Socialists of America members, including Roberta Lynch, Steve Culen, Paul Booth, Nancy Shier, Hank Scheff and Bob Lawson were involved in AFCSME's contract negotiations with the City of Chicago, which included an "historic breakthrough on the issue of comparable worth".[5]


In 1988, Nancy Shier was vice president[6]of PROCAN (Progressive Chicago Area Network), an oganization which included several prominent Democratic Socialists of America members.

Midwest Academy

The 2009 Midwest Academy board of directors consisted of[7];



  1. [1] Newsletter of the Democratic Left, October 1973, page 7
  2. [2]
  3. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 370/371
  4. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 372
  5. Democratic Left, March/April 1986, 12
  6. PROCAN meeting notification letter April 27 1988