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 embody of the African-American neighborhood, verified within the unstable cauldron of California politics. here's a lifestyles replete with ambition, intelligence, grit, and good fortune. And here's a e-book with the intention 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 publication, go away an everlasting, eternal influence approximately the entire stable that may come from serving in public office."—*Kweisi Mfume, writer of No loose journey, and president/CEO, NAACP
"Activists who entertain the suggestion of operating for workplace might do good to snatch a replica of mendacity Down with the Lions, a superb new checklist of the political life."—John Nichols, The state
"People who mistakenly imagine that it really is very unlikely to be either principled and powerful as a member of Congress recognize not anything of the profession of Ron Dellums. He used to be in Congress a really powerful strength for social justice partially simply because his colleagues famous the intensity of his dedication. Dellums and Lee Halterman describe how this labored during this extremely important e-book a few vitally important career."—Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), writer of talking Frankly
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One spoke against. In this effort, I learned close-up how the political establishment could be made to respond to a wellorganized political effort on behalf of supposedly powerless people. You could bring the system to you; you could make things happen. Community organization had prevented the traditional ‘‘divide and conquer’’ tactics from succeeding. The politicians could no longer ignore the demands 33 lying down with the lions of the city’s low-income residents that they receive the full range of services enjoyed by more prosperous neighborhoods, because the previously divided communities—people of all colors—had stood united.
Life in the ‘‘poverty business’’ would never be the same. Very quickly, ‘‘the poor’’ realized that ‘‘maximum feasible participation’’ meant that they should control—not just inﬂuence—the distribution of millions of dollars to improve conditions in their communities. Excitement and hope rose among those who saw the potential of this mandate. 31 lying down with the lions In equally short order, community leaders came to realize that they did not have to conﬁne themselves to acting within the limitations of the various federal antipoverty programs but could also challenge existing institutions—governors, legislatures, mayors, school boards, city councils, and boards of supervisors—that had been remote from them and unresponsive to their needs.
He was in his mid- to late forties and had fallen through the cracks economically. My supervisors had assigned me the case, I think, because they believed he could better relate to me, a young black man, than to a white caseworker, that I might have greater success with him than had previously been achieved. It was very tough going. In the beginning I made very little apparent progress with him. His anger, hostility, and violence always simmered just below the surface of our interactions, making communication difﬁcult.