Bob Niemann

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Bob Niemann died in Los Angeles in 2015.

The Movement

In 1968, Bob Nieman of Los Angeles was part of the editorial group of The Movement-a newspaper affiliated with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Students for a Democratic Society, consisted of[1];

New American Movement

In the late 1970's Bob Nieman was a Venice, California, contact for the New American Movement.[2]

Tribute to Ben Dobbs

On Sunday, June 7, 1981, the Los Angeles Chapter of the New American Movement sponsored a Tribute to Ben Dobbs for "His lifelong commitment to socialism". The event was held at the Miramar-Sheraton Hotel, Santa Monica, California. Sponsors of the event included Bob Nieman.[3]

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Glenn Scott, Chair, Anti-racism Committee; Rose Brewer; Brenda Eichelberger, National Alliance of Black Feminists and Bob Nieman, LA New American Movement spoke on a mini-plenary entitled Racism and Reaganism at the 10th Convention of the New American Movement. The convention was held in a union headquarters in Chicago and ran from July 29 - August 2, 1981.[4]

DSA Contact

Circa early 1980s Bob Nieman, Westside Branch was listed as a branch contact for the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America. At the bottom of the list was the statement, "Change the USA, work with DSA!".[5]

In the early 1980's Robert Niemann was a leading member of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America[6].

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Robert Niemann was a Los Angeles, California delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[7]

Los Angeles DSA Executive Board 1989

According to Los Angeles Left October 1989, Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America's Executive Board consisted of Ben Dobbs, Brad Jones, Barbara Hooper, Claire Kaplan, Bob Niemann, Paul Schimek, Harold Meyerson, Steve Tarzynski.

Rent Control Board

In 1990, Santa Monica Democratic Socialists of America supported two members Jay Johnson and Bob Niemann, in their campaigns for the Santa Monica Rent Control Board. The pair were also endorsed by Santa Monica for Renters Rights. they were successful.[8]

California DSA “Key” list

In 1993 Bob Nieman of Santa Monica , California was on a list of “Key’ California Democratic Socialists of America contacts.[9]


  1. The Movement February 1968 Vol. 4 Number 2 page 3
  2. undated NAM contacts list Tarzynski papers Southern California Library for Social Change
  3. Tribute to Ben Dobbs program, June 7, 1981
  4. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  5. DSA contacts sheet
  6. LA DSA membership list, undated Steve Tarzynski papers
  7. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  8. DL November/December 1990, page 5
  9. CA DSA Key list January 24 1993