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By Ronald V. Dellums

"Compelling, selection interpreting in addition to an enormous consultant to our cherished democracy."* "Here is a guy raised within the protecting include of the African-American neighborhood, proven within the unstable cauldron of California politics. here's a lifestyles replete with ambition, intelligence, grit, and good fortune. And here's a ebook on the way to shock, tell, and pleasure readers of each political stamp and of all races and religions."—Maya Angelou
"Ron's astute management and tireless commitment, so aptly and engagingly defined in his ebook, depart an everlasting, eternal impact approximately all of the stable which can come from serving in public office."—*Kweisi Mfume, writer of No loose trip, and president/CEO, NAACP

"Activists who entertain the proposal of operating for place of work may do good to snatch a duplicate of mendacity Down with the Lions, a good new checklist of the political life."—John Nichols, The kingdom

"People who mistakenly imagine that it's most unlikely to be either principled and powerful as a member of Congress comprehend not anything of the occupation of Ron Dellums. He was once in Congress an incredibly powerful strength for social justice partly simply because his colleagues famous the intensity of his dedication. Dellums and Lee Halterman describe how this labored during this extremely important booklet a couple of vitally important career."—Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), writer of talking Frankly

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Dr. Louis Watts, educated at Brandeis University. Brought in from Brandeis as director of the Youth Opportunity Center, Watts assumed enormous stature within the larger organization. The pride I felt, and the esteem in which I held this man, are beyond my words. One day, word was sent to the community center where I worked that he wanted to see me at the headquarters office. Still at the point of gaining confidence, I was nervous over what I might have done to merit his attention. With trepidation I went to his office.

Waiting for the doorbell to ring, I explained to my wife what was up, and that I’d be back by nine-thirty or ten. I had gotten involved in East Bay politics during the run-up to the previous year’s election, to replace California State Assemblyman William Byron Rumford, who had retired. Rumford, the author of California’s controversial Fair Housing Act, was a legendary civil rights leader, only the second black person elected to the state legislature. Two young ‘‘broth38 Sit Down, Man—We’re Going to Win This ers’’ had vied for the seat: the victor, a young attorney named John Miller; and the candidate I’d supported, the same Otho Green who was dragging me to this meeting.

23 lying down with the lions I brought these hundreds of marines right up the parade field to the MP company and went in to demand that they release the man they had unfairly arrested. They refused, so I went to the officer of the day. Seeing that a riot was almost at hand, they let the guy go. Without having thought about the possibility that mutiny charges could have been brought against me (the authorities apparently did think about it for a while), I was determined to oppose such blatant racist behavior and brutality—and I felt that the Corps should have known it was not well served by such conduct.

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