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The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: Les Leopold at Red Hill Books

Monday, January 14, 2008
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Type:
Tina Heringer
401 cortland Ave.
Location Details:
Red Hill Books
401 Cortland Avenue
Bernal Heights
San Francisco, Ca

Another Inspiring Evening at Red Hill Books!!

Join us at Red Hill Books Monday night as Les Leopold
recounts the life of the great Tony Mazzocchi.
Mazzocchi's struggle to address the unconscionable
toxic exposure of tens of thousands of workers is a
dramatic story with plenty of relevance towards led to
the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
and included work alongside nuclear whistleblower
Karen Silkwood.

"Tony Mazzocchi is one of the unsung, unnoticed heroes
of the American working class, and Les Leopold's
biography gives us the gift of his extraordinary
life--from the battlefields of World War II to the
present-day struggle for workers' rights. In that
struggle, Tony Mazzocchi was brilliant, bold,
imaginative, and fearless. He loved life, food, fun
and I believe his story can inspire a new generation
of activists to work for peace and economic justice."
--Howard Zinn, author, A People's History of the
United States

One of our strengths is actually the ability to
synthesize lessons of the past into our evolving
counter-narrative of the current political landscape,
and we're well aware of the need to work together with
the labor movement both to strengthen it and organize
around issues of progressive change. Tony Mazzocchi's
story, his vision and his experiences have many
important lessons we can extract in that quest, and
Les Leopold has written a strong and compelling book
recounting them.
And it's extremely entertaining. No bitter medicine
--Jane Hamsher, Fire Dog Lake

"Les Leopold has vividly brought to life an
extraordinary man--an incorruptible fighter for the
rights of labor--an historic figure who should never
be forgotten. Whether leading the charge for the
Occupational and Health Safety Act, protecting workers
from toxic exposures, traveling the country to argue
for health insurance, testifying before Congress, or
inspiring a generation of student activists,
Mazzocchi's fiery passion for social and economic
justice was revealed in every action he took. And in
Leopold he has found an equally passionate and
dedicated biographer. This is an important work in the
annals of labor history."
--Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize Winning

We can learn from him, however, as I did from my
reading of Leopold's book, to never succumb to
bitterness after a defeat. Time and again he picked
himself up and often won over old enemies in the
course of fighting a new battle.
--Jon Flanders, Monthly Review, former president of
IAM LL 1145

Please welcome Les Leopold to Red Hill Book January
14th, Monday evening at 7pm.
401 Cortland Ave.
Bernal Heights, San Francisco
Cortland at Bennington, 94110

To read a recent article by Les Leopold for Alternet:

Added to the calendar on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 2:30PM
§Les Leopold
by Tina Heringer
Author Les Leopold will be in conversation about his dramatic account of Tony Mazzocchi.
§Red Hill Books
by Tina Heringer
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