Centrality of Race
Plenary with Eric Mann, Margaret Prescod, and Channing Martinez
SATURDAY November 4th - 10:30am - 11:45am
KPFK, Labor/Community Strategy Center
Eric Mann is a civil rights, anti-Vietnam war, labor, and environmental organizer with CORE, SDS, and UAW. He is the author of 7 books, including The Seven Components of Transformative Organizing, and the forthcoming Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer (Beacon Press), as well as two films - most recently on the legacy of Katrina. He worked on auto assembly lines for 8 years and was lead organizer in the campaign to Keep GM Van Nuys Open. Currently, he is co-host of the weekly radio show, Voices from the Frontlines, on KPFK Pacifica 90.7FM in Los Angeles, director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles and co-founder of the Bus Riders Union.
Sojourner Truth Radio Show KPFK - http://www.sotrueradio.org/
As an early teen, Margaret Prescod emigrated along with her family from Barbados in the Caribbean, to the US and immediately became involved in the civil rights movement. After moving to Los Angeles she was an active supporter of the efforts of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 132 in their successful effort to win pay equity for woman Gas Company workers. It was the first such victory in private industry in the United States.In the mid-1980’s, in response to police reports of the serial murders of Black Women in South LA, Margaret founded the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders which resulted in the establishment of a reward by LA City and an LAPD task force to investigate the murders. Her work was reflected in the recent HBO film about the murders entitled “Tales of the Grim Sleeper.” The Nick Broomfield film was short listed for an Academy Award in the documentary category. Margaret was active in the UN women’s decade where she coordinated the lobbying efforts that succeeded in getting governments to agree to measure and value unwaged work in the home, on the land and in the community in national accounts. Margaret Prescod is the host and producer of “Sojourner Truth” a popular nationally syndicated drive-time public affairs program on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK in Los Angeles, WBAI in New York City and WPFW in Washington DC as well as several other stations including in Atlanta, Olympia Washington, Portland Oregon, where she has interviewed key figures including Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Toni Morrison, four time Grammy winner Ben Harper and others. Margaret was named by the LA Weekly as the best radio personality in Southern California. She is the author of Black Women Bringing It All Back Home, which was published in the UK.
Producer of Voices from the Frontlines, on KPFK/Pacifica Radio www.voicesfromthefrontlines.com
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