Yearly Archives: 1975

1975-1982: Palestine Solidarity Committee

From 1975 through about 1982 or so, Sheila led the Palestine Solidarity Committee, a pro-Palestinian organization in New York City.

(In the mid 1980s, years after the PSC shut down, the name Palestine Solidarity Committee was adopted by an unrelated group, the November 29th Committee for Palestine, which was associated with the Workers World Party, but despite some surface similarities, the two groups were unrelated.)

Camping and Canoeing

When the kids were young, Sheila convinced George to go on a canoe camping trip. Although she had never been canoeing, she had read a few books and was confident they’d be able to figure it out. Sure enough, they did, and the entire family went camping and canoeing nearly every summer for the next four decades.


1969-1985: 200 Claremont Avenue

When Sheila first moved to New York in the summer of 1968, she shared an apartment with another young woman in the movement, but several months later she moved in with George.

George had been sharing an apartment at 200 Claremont with a few other Columbia students for several years, and then some LNS folks, but in the years that followed, the roommates left and the apartment was filled up with Sheila and George’s children instead.

During the 1970s, in response to the abusive behavior and neglect of the building by the landlord, Sheila worked to organize the tenants, and helped lead them to cooperate on rent strikes, to take legal action against the landlord, and eventually to take control of the building themselves when the landlord was forced to abandon it to City ownership.

Eventually the building at 200 Claremont completed the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board’s Tenant Interim Lease Program and became an HDFC cooperative, allowing the tenants to buy their apartments for a nominal sum.