Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful OrganizerAn organizing manifesto for the twenty-first century, Playbook for Progressives is a must-have for the activist’s tool kit. This comprehensive guide articulates pragmatically what is required in the often mystifying and rarely explained on-the-ground practice of organizing. Here, Eric Mann distills lessons he learned from over forty years as an organizer, as well as from other organizers within the civil rights, labor, LGBT, economic justice, and environmental movements.
“We desperately need change. We need to reclaim and rebuild real democracy. The skills of organizing that Eric Mann shares in Playbook for Progressives are the life blood of democracy, human rights, social and economic justice, and planetary survival.”
-Vandana Shiva, author, Soil Not Oil and Earth Democracy
“Eric Mann has written an essential field guide for community organizers. His voice is crisp and clear, and his footsteps on the pavement are sharp. A pragmatic primer for all radicals.”
-Vijay Prasad, author, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World
“Eric Mann is a bridge builder, a gifted organizer who unites Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and whites in the fight for social justice and change. Playbook for Progressives is the Rules for Radicals for the twenty-first century.”
-Rodolfo Acuña, author of Occupied America: A History of Chicanos
Eric Mann is Director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center and founder of the Bus Riders Union. He is the author of seven books and has worked extensively with many organizations, including the Congress of Racial Equality, Students for a Democratic Society, and the United Auto Workers. He lives in Los Angeles.