Saturday, 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
Eric Mann, Barbara Lott-Holland, Channing Martinez, Carlos “Elmo” Gomez, India Monet Tate
The Labor/Community Strategy Center is an urban experiment to root grassroots organizing focusing in Black and Latino communities with deep historical ties to the long history of anti-colonial anti-imperialist pro-communist resistance to the U.S. empire. We teach and study history of the Indigenous rebellions against the initial European genocidal invasions, the Great Slave Haitian Revolution of the 1790s, the Great Slave Rebellions that won the U.S. civil war for the racist north as explained in W.E.B. DuBois’ Black Reconstruction in America. We appreciate the work of the U.S. Communist Party especially Black communists Harry Hayward, the African Blood Brotherhood and Cyril Briggs, Paul Robeson, Claudia Jones, Du Bois, Ben Davis, William L. Patterson, and Lorraine Hansberry. We applaud the great work of the Black Panther Party, the American Indian Movement, Young Lords, Brown Berets, and the great revolutionary rainbow experiments of the 1970s. We also have roots in the new communist movement of the 1970s and 1980s especially the August 29th Movement, I Work Kuen, Congress of African People/Revolutionary Communist League (and Amiri Baraka) and their merger into the League of Revolutionary Struggle. Eric Mann, a member of the ATM and later LRS, was the lead organizer of the U.A.W. Campaign to Keep GM Van Nuys Open, a state-wide organizer for the Jesse Jackson for President Campaign in 1984 and 1988 and an elected leader of the UAW New Directions Movement led by Jerry Tucker.
Eric Mann is a veteran of the Congress of Racial Equality, Newark Community Union Project, Students for a Democratic Society, the United Auto Workers New Directions Movement, and now director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center and host of KPFK’s Voices from the Frontlines.
Barbara Lott-Holland: Associate Director, Labor Community Strategy Center, long-time South Los Angeles resident, NGO representative to the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference in Paris 2015, organizer Fight for the Soul of the Cities.
Channing Martinez: Producer of Voices from the Frontlines. Channing Martinez is a Black-Garifuna Queer Organizer with the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles. His also the producer of Voices from the Frontlines, on KPFK/Pacifica Radio www.voicesfromthefrontlines.com.
Carlos “Elmo” Gomez: Co-Lead Organizer, Fight for the Soul of the Cities, organizing at Roosevelt, Augustus Hawkins, and Ouchi O’Donovan High Schools
India Monet Tate is a graduate of Tougaloo College in Jackson Mississippi and the Strategy Center’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Summer Organizers School, she is now an organize with the Fight for the Soul of the Cities