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Dispatches from Durban is a book of firsthand commentaries by long-term organizer and movement strategist Eric Mann written during the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. Mann, a front line organizer for CORE, SDS, the United Auto Workers and the LA Bus Riders Union, analyzes the U.S. walkout at WCAR, the strategic significance of the Reparations Movement and the Palestine struggle for self determination, the South African Left’s lessons for a reconstructed U.S. Left, the United Nations and NGOs as sites for international movement organizing, an organizer’s assessment of the current challenges of U.S. imperialism, and Post September 11 movement strategies to challenge the Bush & Democrats’ War Against the World.
Mann has been a major voice on the U.S. Left and movement organizer for nearly four decades. He is the author of Comrade George: An Investigation into the Life, Political Thought, and Assassination of George Jackson; Taking on General Motors: A Case Study of the UAW Campaign to Keep GM Van Nuys Open; and L.A.’s Lethal Air: New Strategies for Policy, Organizing and Action.
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From the Foreword to Dispatches from Durban by Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams
"Dispatches from Durban is a strategic document, framing a broader vision of politics that takes the U.S. Left on an international journey. Eric Mann, a major voice on the Left for nearly four decades, is an organizer first and foremost. Dispatches was largely produced in Durban, South Africa, during his participation in the historic World Conference Against Racism. Marching in the streets of Durban with African workers in solidarity with the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Mann recognized immediately that the South African Left has many lessons to teach radicals in the United States about building strategic alliances.
"Mann imagines a Left capable of blocking U.S. intervention in Third World countries, battling corporate globalization, and defending the rights of oppressed nationalities here in the ‘belly of the beast.’ He highlights the Reparations Movement’s revolutionary potential to expose the relationship between the development of capitalism, racism, colonialism and slavery, and to strike directly at the World Bank, the IMF, the G8 nations, and the U.S. itself. Mann envisions a renaissance for the Left. There is a refreshing, at times startling, realpolitik optimism running throughout this book."From the Inside Flap:
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