About the Author

Eric Mann is director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center and member of the Bus Riders Union Planning Committee in Los Angeles. He has been a civil rights, anti-Vietnam war, labor, and environmental organizer with the Congress of Racial Equality, Students for a Democratic Society, and the United Auto Workers, including eight years on auto assembly lines. In 2001 he was a delegate to the U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa where he participated in the protests against the U.S. government’s walk out. He returned to South Africa in 2002 as part of a Strategy Center delegatation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. He is the co-host of the weekly radio show, Voices from the Frontlines, on KPFK Pacifica in Los Angeles.

He is the author of six books, including

Comrade George: An Investigation into the Life, Political Thought, and Assassination of George Jackson (Harper and Row)

Taking on General Motors: Insurgency in a United Auto Workers Local Local (UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations)

L.A.’s Lethal Air: New Strategies for Environmental Organizing (Strategy Center Publications)

Dispatches from Durban: Firsthand Commentaries on the World Conference Against Racism and Post-September 11 Movement Strategies (Frontlines Press)

The 2004 Elections: A Turning Point for the U.S. Left