Emily Neuman’s first introduction to social justice came with the onset of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars while in high school. Along with several other students, she helped found “SLUJ” (pronounced “sludge”), “Students of Lexington United for Justice”.
Through this and participation in her high school’s Gay Straight Alliance, she was involved in economic and justice related issues throughout high school. She continued this through involvement at the College of Wooster both in a Queer group as well as Ice Cream Socialists (Young Democratic Socialists).
After her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2010, Emily realized that her primary justice orientation needed to be focused on the Climate Crisis. She became involved in a Quaker young adult climate working group as well as 350Mass for several years.
After burning out and attending grad school, Emily was invigorated by the news of the Sunrise Movement sit in of Nancy Pelosi’s office in November and got involved a week later.