Lisa Neeley

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Lisa Neeley

Lisa Neeley is Dean at Met Film School.'


  • Studied Theater, Film & Television Producer's Program at UCLA
  • Studied History at Stanford University
  • Went to Head-Royce School

Old comrades


Steve Phillips May 5, 2013;

Can't believe it's been 13 YEARS since Lisa Neeley moved to England! So great to see her. Where does the time go? Lisa went to high school with Susan, then college with both us. #goodfriends — with Lisa Neeley and Susan Sandler.

Origins of Peoples Platform

Letter to the Stanford Daily, Volume 189, Issue 39, 10 April 1986;

As members of the Third World/Progressive Alliance, we would like to protest the handling of this year's election by Jim McGrath, the elections hearing commissioner. We spent weeks developing the Peoples Platform, a document intended to build an atmosphere of respect for all peoples here at Stanford, in our community and throughout the world. Because we want the 1986-87 ASSU to be responsive to our needs, we have been especially careful not to disqualify the candidates for ASSU Senate who are running to uphold the principles of the Peoples Platform. Since the end of last quarter, we have continuously met with the members of the ASSU Elections Committee to stay within the bylaws of the elections handbook for our campaign to promote The Peoples Platform, and those candidates who have stated their support for the platform.
Jim McGrath has made it especially difficult for these candidates to campaign by overturning his publicity decisions after they accommodated them. McGrath has been making arbitrary interpretations of the bylaws specifically against these candidates. McGrath has treated the candidates who endorse our platform as a slate regardless of the fact that they have constantly insisted that they are running as individuals. For example, he has forced these candidates to check that none of their fliers "appear" (to him) similar in design. He has also ridiculously stated that the candidates cannot share certain words (which he has defined as "buzz" words), phrases, logos or even the same color flier, despite the fact that they all do agree with principles of the platform. Would McGrath ask that congressional candidates not run under the principles of the U.S. Constitution? We do feel that the just bylaws to any election are necessary and ensure a fair campaign. However, we do object to the fact that McGrath is forcing the candidates to waste time emphasizing differences rather than allowing them to express their own chosen principles for their own campaigns.

Lisa Neeley - Stanford American Indian Organization, Ed Gilliland - Stanford Central American Action Network, Jinny Shinsato - Asian American Student Association, Michael J. Schmitz- Stanford Out of South Africa, Derek Miyahara - Asian American Student Association, Amanda Kemp - Black Student Union, Gina Hernandez - MEChA, Elsa Tsutaoka- Third World Women's Caucus.

Public rally

Chanting a poem by Mirrielees Resident Fellow Keith Archuleta, students involved in the Peoples Platform spread their message to other Stanford students during a rally in White Plaza April 8 1986. The platform outlines a series of issues that members of progressive and I hird World student groups feel should be the pivotal ones for the upcoming ASSU elections. Yesterday's noon rally "was designed to make students aware of the Peoples Platform existence and the things we stand for," said Lisa Neeley, one of the platform's organizers and a member of the Stanford American Indian Organization. The rally drew a small but supportive crowd of about 60.

The Peoples Platform was formulated by a coalition of "progressive and Third World" students early last March. Issues that the platform supports include University divestment from companies doing business in South Africa, the sanctuary movement and expansion of the Western Culture program to a World Culture program. The platform says the current Western Culture program is "severely deficient and must be fundamentally restructured to include the vital contributions of women, blacks. Latinos, Asians and Native Americans."

The platform also encourages increased relations with and commitment to the East Palo Alto community, especially in the area of education, and increased responsibility for ethnic theme houses. Bill King, a sophomore majoring in biology and an ASSU Senate candidate, said, "The Peoples Platform is just an agenda we want the ASSU to address. In the past, elections have been based on personalities and individuals. We want this one to address issues." Neely said, "The original purpose of our getting together (platform organizers) was to have a frank discussion about what we felt the just and democratic role this University should follow. We were acting in response to what we felt was a general disrespect for our interests." However, Neeley denied that the platform was trying to force all candidates to take stands on the issues that the platform raises. "People on the committees involved in forming the platform decided to run because they care about the issues, but we are not trying to force those who don't want to take a position."[1]


In 1988 Lisa Neeley, was a contributor to League of Revolutionary Struggles' Unity.


In 1990 Lisa Neeley, African/Black Statewide Student Alliance, Stanford University ,Carol Finis, La Raza Student Organization, San Francisco State University, Erich Nakano Asian Student Union UC Berkeley, Michael Schmitz, urban planning UCLA, UCLA Bruin Democrats, and California Progressive Student Alliance contributed to the April 16 student supplement issue of Unity, newspaper of the League of Revolutionary Struggle.

Unity LA

In 1991, Lisa Neeley, a student affairs officer at UCLA, and Greg Brown, a community worker in South Central Los Angeles, were both members of Unity Los Angeles, the local branch of Unity Organizing Committee.[2]

Unity LA


Guest editors of Unity, newspaper of the Unity Organizing Committee, June 1992, were Mike Murase , co-chair of Unity Los Angeles, and Lisa Neeley, vice chair of programs of Unity Los Angeles.


  1. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 189, Issue 38, 9 April 1986]
  2. [Unity March 18, 1991]