Weiss, Myra Tanner

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Myra Tanner Weiss was born May 17, 1916. She joined the Socialist Workers Party in 1935 while attending the University of Utah. She moved to Los Angeles in the 1940s, at which time she organized agricultural and cannery workers. She also helped establish the SWP in Los Angeles where she met another party organizer, Murry Weiss [born Morris, in Chicago, September 9, 1915, son of Joseph and Freida; died December 26, 1981] whom she later married. Tanner Weiss ran for mayor of Los Angeles in 1945 and 1949. The Weisses moved to New York City in 1953 where Murry Weiss edited the Socialist Workers Party’s newspaper The Militant . Running with Presidential candidate Farrell Dobbs, Myra Tanner Weiss was the Socialist Workers Party’s Vice Presidential candidate in 1952, 1956, and 1960. Together with her husband she organized the School for Marxist Education in New York. Tanner Weiss left the SWP in the early 1960's because she thought the party had undergone a ‘gross bureaucratization’. According to records of the New York local branch of the SWP Myra Tanner Weiss would no longer be considered a member of the Party as of October 1966. She did however remain politically active and became involved with the New York Socialist Feminists and the Committee for a Revolutionary Socialist Party (CRSP). Tanner Weiss received a masters degree in political science from New York University in 1972. She subsequently worked as a proof reader. She died on September 13, 1997.

From the guide to the Myra Tanner Weiss Papers, Bulk, 1952-1963, 1933-1997, (Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive)

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creatorOf Socialist Workers Party records, 1914-1980 Minnesota Historical Society
Socialist Workers Party records, 1914-1980 Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Socialist Workers Party records, 1914-1980 Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Guide to the Oral History of the American Left Collection, 1940-2011 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Myra Tanner Weiss Papers, Bulk, 1952-1963, 1933-1997 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Chester, Robert, 1912-1975. Papers, ca. 1944-1976. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
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associatedWith Breitman, George person
associatedWith Cannon, James P. (James Patrick), 1890-1974 person
associatedWith Chester, Robert, 1912-1975. person
associatedWith Dobbs, Farrell person
associatedWith Socialist Workers Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Socialist Workers Party. Minnesota Section. corporateBody
associatedWith Socialist Workers Party. Minnesota Section. corporateBody
associatedWith Swabeck, Arne. person
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Trotskaia, Nataliia Ivanovna, 1882-1962 person
associatedWith Weiss, Murry person
associatedWith Young People's Socialist League. corporateBody
associatedWith Young Socialist Alliance (U.S.). corporateBody
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Women and socialism
Women socialists
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Active 1964

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