Nettie Shulman
July 28, 1922 – November 23, 2020
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Thoughts and Words by Nettie Shulman

These are pieces of writing by Nettie Shulman, illuminating a marvelous window into her expressions and experiences of the world. This small selection represents choice passages dear to both herself and impactful to those around her.

A Day of Promise

A Moment of Oneness


Scrabble on the Beach

Self Awareness

True To Oneself



Emergency Room


To the NYC Labor Chorus

To the NYC Labor Chorus

It is at night, all the way uptown, a long way from Coney Island; no—it is too much for me.

But maybe I should. I went.

The tension of the packed audience excited me. These people are my people. One, by one, the chorus members stepped onto the stage, filling it.

The performance began. Songs I had sung on many, many May Days, marches of protests, rallies for causes, transported me to a place of energy, of beginning, and of resistance.

The magnificence of the voices, the messages, and finally, the joining of the chorus members with the audience. We all stood, held hands, swayed back and forth, singing with a hypnotic sense of oneness. The poem of belief that we shall, we will, we must 'overcome'.

My life is being'part of' until my last breath.
Labor Chorus, you gave me the rest of my life.

I treasure you.

Nettie Shulman(retired social worker, 1199 union member, 95 years of age)

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