Nathan Newman

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Nathan Newman

Template:TOCnestleft Nathan Newman received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and has written extensively about public policy and the legal system in a range of academic and popular journals[1].

He is also a regular columnist for The Progressive Populist and author of the book, NET LOSS: Internet Prophets, Private Profits and the Costs to Community, published by Penn State Press in 2002. He lives in Harlem in New York City.

Early activism

In Newman's first year in college he became involved in the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group in a leadership position and spent summers canvassing door-to-door for both MASSPIRG and Mass Fair Share.

Later in California, he worked with a range of organizations, including Californians for Justice, the California Network for a New Economy and the Committees of Correspondence and spent two years in the leadership of the National Lawyers Guild, as well as on the board of the Organizers Collaborative.

Labor activism

Newman's labor experience dates back to working as a staff organizer in Las Vegas for the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees (HERE) International Union starting in 1988, then serving on the Executive Board of UC-Berkeley's Association of Graduate Student Employees (AGSE/UAW) in the early 90s, serving as an appointee to the Berkeley City Labor Commission for a number of years, organizing a labor-environmental network (the California Network for a New Economy), organizing community support for labor struggles in Northern California and serving in the national legal department of the Communication Workers of America.[2]

In the mid 2000s Nathan Newman worked in a union-side labor firm in New York City.

Committees of Correspondence

In July 1994 Nathan Newman {N Calif.) was appointed as one of several youth reps to the National Co-ordinating Committee of Committees of Correspondence at CoC's founding conference in Chicago. [3]

In July 1996 Newman was a member of the National Co-ordinating Committee of Committees of Correspondence. [4]

Internet activism

Early in the 1990s, Nathan Newman began training union and community activists in use of the Internet. As early as 1994, he helped design a community Internet site, sponsored at UC Berkeley, the Economic Democracy Information Network, which was named one of the "Highlights of the Internet" in 1995.

The same year, an immigrant rights email list he established was cited by The Nation and USA Today as one of the earliest electronic networks being used for national protests and organizing. Much of this work was sponsored by the UC-Berkeley Center for Community Economic Research, which Newman co-founded and oversaw from 1992 to 1996[5].

Budget and revenue advice

In January 1996, Nathan Newman was interviewed on C-SPAN during the Clinton-Gingrich standoff and government shutdown to discuss the online National Budget Simulator he had helped design to allow people to interactively understand the budget conflict - a site that to this day is used by economics and political science classes in colleges and high schools across the country.

Newman also published in 1995 the first national report "Prop 13 Meets the Internet" that highlighted the coming challenge of untaxed Internet commerce for local government finances. He was asked to consult with the California State Association of Counties and the Association of Bay Area Governments on the issue and was widely interviewed on television and newspapers on the subject[6].


In 1997 Newman was hired as Project Director for NetAction, a consumer technology advocacy group, which had begun agitating for antitrust action against Microsoft. From 1997 to 1999, he wrote a series of widely cited research reports on the danger of Microsoft to innovation, reports that described as "probably the most comprehensive and well-researched anti-Microsoft studies.[7]"

DSA’s Cuba Letter

Nathan Newman signed an April 2003 Statement on Cuba, initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.[8]

“a statement circulating among democratic left/socialist folks, largely by members of Democratic Socialists of America, condemning the recent trials and convictions of non-violent dissenters in Cuba”.

The petition criticized Cuba's poor human rights record, but shared the blame for Cuba's problems with reactionary elements of the U.S. administration...

The democratic left worldwide has opposed the U.S. embargo on Cuba as counterproductive, more harmful to the interests of the Cuban people than helpful to political democratization. The Cuban state's current repression of political dissidents amounts to collaboration with the most reactionary elements of the U.S. administration in their efforts to maintain sanctions and to institute even more punitive measures against Cuba.

Many of the petition's 120 odd signatories were known members of DSA.

Nathan Newmam was Associate Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, Program Director of the NetAction Consumer Choice Campaign, co-director of the UC-Berkeley Center for Community Economic Research, and a labor and employment lawyer[9].


In the mid 2000s Newman served as Policy Director for the Progressive Legislative Action Network[10].

He was also invoved with Labor Blog ( features, and was a leader in the 2004 Florida referendum that raised the minimum wage there.[11]

Writing and commentary

Nathan Newman has written numerous articles and reports on the economy, politics and technology, with minor media celebrity at points, from being quoted in the New York Times, WiredNews and The Nation to appearing on C-SPAN and WebTV. His book Net Loss, based on my Ph.D. research, details the role of government policy in shaping the Internet and regional economies and how the rise of the networked economy has increased inequality in our society.[12]

Center for Working Families

In 2008 Nathan Newman, Progressive States Network served on the advisory board of Center for Working Families.[13]

Knew Van Jones

Nathan Newman, wrote an article for the Daily Kos on September 4 2008, on the media attacks on Obama "Green Jobs" Czar Van Jones "Defending Van Jones from the McCarthyites"[14];

Disclosure-I knew Van (Jones) pretty well back in the early 90s when we were both involved in community organizing efforts, including involvement in a variety of left-leaning groups.

Progressive States Network

In 2009 Nathan Newman was Policy Director at the Progressive States Network.[15]

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

Nathan Newman New York, supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[16]

Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

We Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a 2018 letter signed by several Democratic Socialists of America members mainly from the DSA North Star in response to attacks on Ocasio-Cortez over remarks she made on Palestine.

A recent petition circulated by some DSA members criticizes Ocasio-Cortez for supporting a two state solution to the Palestine-Israel question and not aligning with a long list of demands regarding Palestine and Israel. Should Ocasio-Cortez fail to agree with this list of demands, the petitioners are calling for DSA to revoke her endorsement. These attacks on Ocasio-Cortez have come despite the fact that she has staked out positions which will make her one of the strongest advocates of Palestinian rights and self-determination in Congress.
We stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The position she has taken on Israel and Palestine are principled stances, worthy of a democratic socialist, in its recognition of both Palestinian humanity and rights and Israeli humanity and rights. On this issue, as many, she will be a voice for the voiceless in Congress.

Signatures included Nathan Newman.[17]

DSA North Star


In 2018 Nathan Newman was an original signatory of the DSA North Star founding principles statement.

Toward Radical Democracy

Toward Radical Democracy was a 2018 "Proposal for Internal Voting Reform in Boston DSA".

If you would like to sign on in support of this proposal, please click here. To date, over 100 members of Boston DSA have endorsed it. We also welcome support from DSA comrades in other chapters.

Signatories also included non Boston comrades such as Nathan Newman.

Endorsing Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams

The Case for Endorsing Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams (And How To Do It Strategically) was a letter Drafted by: Danya Lagos (CBK/Labor), and circulated among New York Democratic Socialists of America members in July 2018.[1]

CoSigners, as of July 23 2018 were: Nathan Newman.

Socialist Majority Caucus

DSA's Socialist Majority Caucus signatories list as of April 25 2019 included Nathan Newman of New York City Democratic Socialists of America.