Eric Mann has been a civil rights, anti-Vietnam war, labor, and environmental organizer with the Congress of Racial Equality (field secretary), Students for a Democratic Society (New England regional organizer, national officer), and the United Auto Workers (ten years on auto assembly lines, coordinator of the UAW Campaign to Keep GM Van Nuys Open.)
Upon the death of George Jackson, author of Soledad Brother, Mann wrote his first book, Comrade George: An Investigation into the Life, Political Thought, and Assassination of George Jackson published by Harper and Row.
His most recent book, Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer is an organizing manifesto for the 21st century that is a must-have for the activist’s tool kit. Mann has written six other books: Comrade George, Taking On General Motors, LA’s Lethal Air, Dispatches from Durban, The 2004 Election, Katrina’s Legacy.
Eric Mann is the host of the weekly radio show, Voices from the Frontlines, which airs Tuesdays at 4 on KPFK Pacifica 90.7FM in Los Angeles. He has published more than 200 articles that have appeared in the New York Times, L.A. Times, Boston Globe, Boston After Dark, Worldwatch, Socialist Register, Black Agenda Report, Black Commentator, AhoraNow, and The Nation.
Mann was a delegate to the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. He was chosen by the NGO’s to address the world governments at the summit to challenge U.S. policies.
He is the director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles and a co-founder of the Bus Riders Union.