Daily Archives: June 4, 2015

Student Debt: The New Indentured Servitude

by Greg Foisie, CSULA grad student Education is a human right according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the US voted in favor of in 1948 as a UN member state, but the US student loan industry is a system that takes advantage of this right and this need of youth, making them…

Pacifica Delegate Elections Getting Underway at KPFK

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. KPFK is heading into an election for listener and staff delegates to compose the local station board (LSB) amid turmoil. Controversies among listeners, staff, management and governance have been a regular feature at listenersponsored Pacifica, but recent personnel changes and an ongoing financial crisis have intensified matters. Listeners who have…

Fascism, American-Style (FAST)

by Y. B. Normal FAST is the 1% controlling the 99%; is a military budget almost equal to all the rest of the world’s combined; is governmental surveillance; is the government persecuting whistleblowers instead of honoring them; is the school-to-prison pipeline for people of color and the poor; is having more than 25% of the…

If the SHU Fits: Prisoners Speak from Solitary Against Torture

by Andy Griggs, LA Laborfest If the SHU Fits – Voices from Solitary Confinement will be presented during Torture Awareness Month at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena 91103, on Tuesday, June 23, at 7 pm. The play, staged as a multi-media dramatic reading, features stories, letters, and commentaries from…

Peace Perspectives Merge

by Greg Foisie Post–secondary peace programs are few and far between in Southern California, despite the fact that academic disciplines such as Peace and Conflict Studies and Peace Education have been established around the world for decades. Some educators suggest that peace programs are even being supplanted by other approaches professing to have the capacity…

Poetry Corner: Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victory

by Michael Novick Amilcar Cabral’s famous epiphany, Cabral directed with great sagacity At self-proclaimed fighters for liberty. Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victory Is an evident people’s tautology. Even defeats are only achieved expensively, Their costly lessons extracted only with tenacity. Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victory! Imagine imposing Cabral’s dictum with temerity…

NGOs as a Shadow State

by Ron Spriestersbach A non-governmental organization (NGO) is an organization that is neither a part of a government nor a conventional for-profit business. NGOs may be funded by governments, foundations, businesses, or private persons. This discussion will consider especially articles in two recent editions of Monthly Review, “The Nonprofit Corporate Complex” by Efe Can Gurcan…

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