- Communist and longtime anti-war activist
- Co-founder of Women Against Military Madness
Born in November 1919, Polly Mann is a co-founder of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), an anti-war group from the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. This group calls itself “a nonviolent feminist organization that works in solidarity with others to create a system of social equality, self-determination, and justice through education and empowerment of women, [by]… dismantl[ing] systems of militarism and global oppression.” Notably, WAMM directs its accusations of injustice and oppression exclusively at the United States. To this end, the group has opposed everything from the U.S.-led War on Terror, to U.S.-enacted sanctions aimed at isolating hostile nations, to any “U.S. foreign policy that uses military action to respond to world conflicts.”
An octogenarian communist, Mann has spent the past four decades denouncing U.S. foreign policies and military conflicts, beginning with Vietnam and continuing through the War on Terror. “I love it when people give me a call and want to talk about the issues facing our country, especially the younger people,” says Mann. “And it’s even more pleasant watching them take action and shar[e] my beliefs and goals for a more just society.” Mann traces the roots of world disharmony and militarism to what she calls “rampant capitalism, more commonly known as the economic system or corporate globalization.”
Mann is still active with WAMM, disseminating her Communist rhetoric at WAMM protest rallies and through the organization’s newsletter.