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: Amber-Rose from CURB & Eric Mann on Abortion Rights
Channing Martinez in Conversation with Amber-Rose Howard on Closing 10 prisons
Eric Mann on Defending Women's Right to Live; the conversation on Abortion Rights
Aired Tuesday May 10th @3pm pst. on KPFK Pacifica 90.7fm
Today on Voices Radio Channing is in conversation with Amber-Rose, Executive Director of CURB CA (Californians United for a Responsible Budget. Amber-Rose speaks about her own history with the carceral state and how that helped to lead her to the work she’s leading now. CURB has spent years stopping the increase in funding toward prisons and in 2021 launched a campaign to close 10 CA prisons by 2025. More details on this campaign can be found in the People’s Plan for Prison Closure. Governor Gavin Newson has moved to close on institution in 2021; Deuel Vocational Institution.
In the second half of the show Eric begins the conversation on Voices around Women’s Rights. Given the Supreme Court’s “leak” of an upcoming initiative to strike down Roe V Wade there has been an up surge of attention to what’s next for abortions rights. Eric and Channing speak about the Democratic Parties weak organizing around the right for Women to live and control their own bodies. Eric reads from an article detailing updates around this leak. We plan to invite a guest from the frontlines next week to the show to speak about their work on abortion rights for women. Please feel free to reach out with any leads. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
VFTFL 2022 - 05 - 02 Why Is We Americans Mixdown
Join us for a dynamic conversation with Eric Mann, Channing Martinez, and Ayana Morris on the film Why is We Americans?
Ayana Morris is the Co-Director of Why is We Americans? along with Udi Aloni. The film is an exploration of the history of Newark through the eyes of the Baraka Family. From the 1967 Newark rebellion in which Black people were placed under martial law and lived under beyond oppressive conditions to the Black Radical Organizing Tradition of Amiri and Amina Baraka to the election of Ras Baraka as the current Mayor of Newark. Why is We Americans? explores various Black movement traditions from Black nationalism, Black communism, the Black power Movement all through Organizing, activism, art, spoken word and electoral politics.
Eric, Channing, and Ayana speak about all of the aforementioned themes as well as the production and editing of the film, great stories on the cutting room floor, and the beautiful process of working with the Baraka family to create a masterpiece.
On April 22nd the Strategy Center sponsored the showing of Why is We Americans at the 30th Annual Pan African Film and Art Festival. The Strategy Center is looking forward to working closely with Ayana to host a screening of Why is We Americans at the Strategy & Soul Film Theater. Stay tuned for an invite, but today, tune into a great exchange intellectual, cultural, and emotional chemistry.
2022 - 04 - 11 Babu And Pan African Film Festival Mixdown
Join Ayuko Babu, director of the Pan African Film Festival, Eric Mann, and Channing Martinez in conversation on the 30th Annual Pan African Film Festival.
The Pan African Film Festival will host a hybrid festival this year from April 19th to May 1st 2022.
Film Screenings will take place at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills
4020 Marlton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90008
There will be a an accompanying Artfest in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3650 MLK Jr. Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008
Tickets for films can be purchased online at paff.org
Voices from the Frontlines strongly encourages you to attend in person as much as you can.
Babu, Eric and Channing speak about what it means to host a Black film festival in 2022 in the mists of COVID 19, and during a international conflict between the U.S., Nato, Ukraine, and Russia.
Babu tells us of the history behind this conflict and speaks about how film is one of the most important mediums to speak about and learn about international struggles and national liberation movements across the African diaspora and beyond.
Films we speak about:
Cuba in Africa: The dramatic untold story of 420,000 Cubans– soldiers and teachers, doctors and nurses– who gave everything to end colonial rule and apartheid in Southern Africa.
Famadihana (Lève tes morts): In 1752 in La Reunion, Soa, a formerly enslaved Malagasy woman, thinks she has found a tunnel that would take her back to Madagascar. When her maroon village falls under the threat of slave hunters, Soa has to face an inevitable choice, abandon her family or flee to finally return home.
Fanon Yesterday, Today: Legendary Martiniquan intellectual Franz Fanon died in December 1961, but his thoughts and writings still reverberate throughout many social movements and struggles across today’s world. Through the testimonies of Fanon’s comrades and the people who knew him, Hassane Mezine explores Fanon’s eventful life, providing new insight into Fanon - the freedom fighter, the intellectual and the man.
Ferguson Rises: Before an explosive global uprising condemned the murder of George Floyd, there was a small town in Missouri that erupted in protest after the murder of Mike Brown Jr. It was this small town and its people that propelled Black Lives Matter to international prominence and inspired a new global civil rights movement....
Grandpa Was An Emperor: Follow Yeshi Kassa, great-granddaughter of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, as she embarks on a personal quest to discover what happened to her closest relatives during the coup of 1974....
Doctor Gama (Doutor Gama): Based on the biography of Luiz Gama, one of the most important characters in Brazilian history, a Black man who used laws and courts to free more than five hundred enslaved people....
Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story: (OPENING NIGHT FILM) An insightful look into the life and ascent of legendary, iconic, and mystic Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson. This film focuses on her search to balance her gift, love, and her activism during the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
Listen in on a deep conversation and introspection on Black film and revolutionary organizing using your favorite podcasting app. Then send your comments and reflections to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
In convo with Kamau Franklin, Channing Martinez, and Eric Mann on Black Liberation and More
Join Kamau Franklin, Channing Martinez, and Eric Mann in a great conversation about Black Liberation, Black Revolutionary Nationalism and Third World anti-imperialist movement strategy.
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The conversation goes all over the world back and forth through history. But the unique attraction of this conversation is all three are very successful organizers in the Atlanta and South Central L.A. communities. Kamau Franklin, is an organizer with Community Movement Builders in the Pittsburgh area of Atlanta’s Black community. His work spans Afrocentric political education, alternative institutions construction, and defending the Black community against police and gentrification assaults. Check out their very impressive website, www.communitymovementbuilders.org to learn more about their cutting edge work. Check out Kamau’s important article, An Ivory Tower Assassination of Malcom X, (Black Agenda Report April 11, 2011).
Channing Martinez speaks about the growing attacks on the social structure of the Black community especially Black bus and train riders suffering 50% of all tickets and arrests, so police occupation and brutality reinforce massive poverty and an epidemic of houselessness.
Eric Mann, a veteran of the Congress of Racial Equality, is the author of Playbook for Progressives: The 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer.
All three discuss a common view, building social movements independent and to the left of the Democratic Party—exciting ideas of building real revolutionary movements in the real world.
Eric Mann’s commentary on The U.S. NATO Russia, and the Ukraine.
The Russian invasion of the Ukraine is an attack on their sovereignty, sadly in the ugly traditions of the Soviet invasions of Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Russia must withdraw all troops from its invasion of the Ukraine.
NATO should disband—it is a U.S. dominated cabal of colonialists, NATO should cease its encirclement, attacks and provocations against Russia. NATO should pay reparations to the nations of Africa, Asia, and Latin America where they continue to carry out genocide and colonialism.
Joe Biden and the Democrats should be brought up on international human rights charges for demanding the removal of Russian President Vladimir Putin, hysterical escalation of war rhetoric, providing weapons to the Ukraine, the mass imprisonment of Black people, and the forced starvation of the people of Afghanistan. It is not just pathetic president Biden who is determined to destroy Russia and China. The U.S. people better look into the mirror to see how they are becoming fascists and warmongers. The majority are willing to risk nuclear war over a conflict that is being escalated rather than negotiated by the U.S. government with their active support and participation.
For peace activists, Black Liberationists, and anti-imperialists, the central contradiction is always the crimes of our own government and the mass complicity in the systematic genocide against the Third World. The call for Russian withdrawal from the Ukraine is imperative, The primary focus must be to oppose the war mongering of the U.S. white settler, one party state. Stand up to state run mass media and demand that CNN and CNBC register as official spokespeople for the U.S. CIA, Department of War, and State Department. Declining U.S. imperialism demands a Unipolar World because it can’t live in peace or effectively compete economically with Russia and China. No matter how small the voice, we need to put the primary focus on the crimes of the U.S.
REBROADCAST OF Internationalism as Defense against Fascism and Imperialism
Internationalism as Defense against Fascism and Imperialism
A reading from Eric Mann's The Ghosts, Dreams, Bones, and Lives of the Oppressed Peoples must shape the Nightmares and Hopes of The Revolutionaries in the oppressor nations
Tuesday March 29, 2022 | 3 PM PST
This week on Voices we present a rebroadcast of Internationalism as Defense against Fascism and Imperialism. Originally aired January 2021, we think this show is now even more relevant as ever given the US/Nato driven conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Take a moment to read the original text we sent and please send us your comments and reflections to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
In this episode of Voices from the Frontlines, Eric Mann reads from his article published as the introduction to the German edition of Playbook for Progressives:
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.”
Voices Radio: promoting The Walter Rodney Symposium March 26th 2022
Voices from the Frontlines presents a special broadcast on Instagram Live. KPFK will be covering the senate judiciary hearings until 4pm, pre-empting Voices from the Frontlines. In that the Walter Rodney Symposium is this weekend on March 26th @ 10am EST. It is very important for the show to go on!
Join us today on Instagram for a pre-recorded conversation with Eric Mann, Channing Martinez, and Charisse Burden-Stelly on the upcoming Walter Rodney Symposium and neocolonialism in the heart of South LA.
Charisse is a critical Black Studies scholar of political theory, political economy, intellectual history, and historical sociology. She is the author of the forthcoming book Black Scare/Red Scare and has co-authored and edited alongside Gerald Horne, Dr. Jodi Dean, and Aaron Kamugisha.
RSVP for the Walter Rodney Symposium on the Walter Rodney Foundation Website.
A True Movement Building Show!
This is an excellent show that creates a great platform for insightful political conversations. Would really recommend listening!
Not Good Enough
Could be better with more diversity and inclusion.
Worldwide communism now!