Eric Mann is an environmental, civil rights, anti-war, labor-union activist and organizer. He is the host of www.voicesfromthefrontlines.com on Pacifica Radio's 90.7 FM KPFK, in Los Angeles. Eric is also the director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles and a co-founder of the Bus Riders Union.
Voices Radio: Jonah Raskin and NO MTA Police Expansion
In this episode of Voices from the Frontlines, Eric Mann talks with Jonah Raskin, a long-time comrade and friend, marijuana author and advocate. Raskin is a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, the Ban the Bomb Movement, the environmental movements, the anti-imperialist movements. Eric and Jonah were both active with the Weather aboveground organization and discuss the lessons from their own perspective in support of Black Liberation and against the Vietnam War and U.S. imperialism. Jonah wrote “Out of the Whale: Growing up in the American Left and Eric wrote Comrade George: An Investigation into the Life, Political Thought, and Assassination of George Jackson.
Eric Mann also discusses the Bus Riders Union's organizing actions to stop the LA Metro Board's anti-Black proposal to expand the police budget by $110 million. Due to public pressure, led by the BRU, the MTA Board vote has been postponed until March 2021.
"We frame a lot of our work around two kind of framing slogans: We want the Social Welfare State, not the police state. We want the Climate Justice State, not the warfare state. And that allows us to deal with pretty much everything. Because the United States is a police state. It is a warfare state. And it is a climate criminal."
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"We want a world without cars, without police pretty much. With a lot of Black and Latino people being able to breathe politically and biologically, as well.""
Voices Radio: Fred Hampton and #FundBlackFutures
In this episode of #VoicesfromtheFrontlines, Channing Martinez discusses the struggle for Black Futures today at the LAUSD Board. Eric Mann reviews Judas and the Black Messiah, a great film, and reflects: "I was there at Fred Hampton's funeral."
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Voices Radio: Reddit Wall Street Bets Your Anti-Imperialist Investment Advisor
Tune in to your Anti-Imperialist InvestmentAdvisor as Eric breaks down piece by piece an understanding of the Stockmarket, the role of shorts, what it means to squeeze shorts, hedge funds, and the importance of Black and Latinx working class investment in the Stock Market.
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Voices Radio: Internationalism as Defense against Fascism and Imperialism
In this episode of Voices from the Frontlines, #EricMann reads from his unpublished #article:
"The Ghosts, Dreams, Bones, and Lives of the Oppressed Peoples must shape the Nightmares and Hopes of The Revolutionaries in the oppressor nations"
This article is the author's introduction of "Road for Revolutionaries: the 16 Qualities of the Transformative Organizer", the German translation of Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer, by Eric Mann.
In this episode, Eric urges for more internationalism, as both perception and praxis, as he grapples with Europe's, specifically Germany's, history of fascism, #imperialism, #colonialism, and #racism and the undeniable parallel within the United States.
“If we’re trying to understand why 74 million people voted for Donald Trump … the roots between the Germans and the United States whites, the so called founding fathers, where they both had a theory of being a master race. As did the Spanish, as did the Portuguese. The role of Christianity, the role of whiteness, the role of perceiving the world as populated by people that were simply pre-German or pre-Portuguese, you know they were just there until the chosen people of their God will annihilate them."
Eric situates the contemporary revolution of anti-Fascists and anti-Imperialists within the history of European colonialism, and presents internationalism as a necessary factor for true liberation. We must acknowledge and understand the atrocities committed under the rule of imperialism, the highest form of capitalism, both globally and locally.
“We have the rise of fascism in Germany. We have the rise of fascism in every European country, and God knows we’ve had this close to a fascist seizure of power in the United States. But please don’t read me stories about genocide, I want to have a more pleasant day.”
Eric Mann provides archival and anecdotal evidence, and lays down the framework to enhance one's capabilities to be a truly transformative organizer.
"It’s the moral responsibility of Germans, and people all over the world to make sure that the German genocide in Africa is not lost in the so-called exalted silence of eternity, and to ensure the ghosts, dreams, bones and lives of the oppressed people must shape the nightmares and hopes of revolutionaries in the oppressor nations."
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Originally aired 1/26/21.
Voices Radio: Eric Mann Reflects on Martin Luther King Jr.
On this episode of #VoicesRadio #EricMann reads his latest Counterpunch article: "Dr. #MartinLutherKing's challenge to the #movement as the Fascists Storm the #Capitol."
For the past 5 years, Eric Mann has been reflecting, re-publishing, and re-establishing the legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“This year as with every year, we work to protect and expand Dr. King’s legacy from those who would bury it in a grave. We celebrate Dr. King as one of the great revolutionaries in U.S. and world history whose challenge to all of us shapes our work and should shape yours. Every year I reframe and publish this essay with the goal of expanding the discussion and debate about a Black and Third World led anti-racist, anti-imperialist, climate justice united front.”
Take #action as we continue to fight for #BlackLiberation, and #rights to the left of the #Democrats.
#Directaction organizing is what we need. Agreement, trust, and willingness to fight is what we need. #You are who we need.
"... as our government practices "civil liberties" for the whites and mass round ups of the Blacks,, I urge readers from veterans of the #civilrightsmovement to the #young, #gifted, and #Black, #Latinx, #Indigenous leaders, to drill deep into Black #revolutionary history to present our choices."
TOMORROW, Thursday, January 21st, The Strategy Center will host it's first #virtualevent of 2021. Join us as Eric discusses, elaborates on, improvises from, and experiments with key ideas from this important article. We host movement #conversations to move us all to #action.
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- Read the full article on Counterpunch here:
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Originally aired 1/19/21.
Voices Radio: Eric on The Struggle against white fascists
It's time that the Civil Rights Movement once again confronts the Democrats and leads the fight against white fascists.
"So let's get it straight. Armed white fascists can protest, but the Civil Rights Movement cannot "counter-protest?" So much for painting Black Lives Matter on the street if the Black movement is barred from marching."
Eric reads from his latest Counterpunch article, and proposes a people's movement against Fascism.
"As I watch the fascist mobs with their white power confidence, I am asking myself how much more fight do I have in me? ... And yet, I want to fight. I want to push myself to put my body back on the line because I do not want the fascists and neoliberals to keep getting away with murder." - Eric Mann
Read the full article on Counterpunch here: https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/01/08/its-time-for-the-civil-rights-movement-to-once-again-confront-the-democrats-and-lead-the-struggle-against-the-white-fascists/
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Originally aired 1/12/21.
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