Dick Gregory

[col. writ. 8/20/17] © 2017 by Mumia Abu-Jamal His name was Richard Claxton Gregory, born Oct. 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri. But the world knew him as Dick Gregory, comedian, human rights activist, social critic and presidential candidate. As a young man, he won an athletic scholarship as a runner, which took him to…

In Memoriam: KevinMichael Key

by John Malpede, Los Angeles Poverty Department Our dear friend and collaborator and Key LAPD staff member KevinMichael Key has passed on.  He died on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving children, brother, grandchildren and friends. Kevin is a big and loving presence in the Skid Row community, working as an advocate with…

Poetry Corner: Nearly

Nearly by Robert Sucher   Youth with its snap shots Of fugitive intimacy Its pornography of longing And misapprehension   Didn’t we sleep under bridges   Didn’t we betray one another Like starving mercenaries   The bowl was often empty Or nearly so   We each practiced posing As the most deserving of The remaining…

Solidarity with Charlottesville: Indivisible Facilitates a Sherman Oaks Galleria Flash Gathering

The Indivisible Movement Facilitates A Sherman Oaks Galleria Flash Gathering to Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville http://act.indivisibleguide.com/event/stand-in-solidarity-with-charlottesville/create/ Have you wondered how Indivisible groups are organizing?  They are mentioned on MSNBC and the national founders, including Angel Padilla, have been interviewed on several media outlets.  But, what is it like on the ground with everyday volunteers…

Facebook, Youtube, other tech giants launch joint, state-backed censorship programs

by Zac Corrigan – World Socialist WebSite (excerpts) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/08/24/face-a24.html The World Socialist Web Site has launched a campaign against state-corporate censorship of the Internet after a change in search algorithms announced by Google in April. In the guise of combating “fake news”, it resulted in a major drop in readership for leading progressive, anti-war and…

A Country of Immigrants

Excerpted from Justin Time: Autobiographical Stories from an American Spiritual Master By J. Jaye Gold (Published 2016 by Peradam Press) My ancestors come from Tiburda, a village in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia. Small and isolated, Tiburda had existed for hundreds of years on the slopes of Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Eastern…

Black August

Black August by blackgirlspeaks http://www.blackgirlspeaks.me/2016/08/black-august/ [Calendar of events follows article] Imagine if Black America set aside a period of time to reflect on and learn of its history, honor and mourn those we’ve lost violently and unjustly, like Mike Brown, and work to end mass incarceration and liberate those unjustly imprisoned.  If observed with reverence rather than…

August 2017 community calendar

Ongoing events & Peace Vigils See http://change-links.org/on-going-peace-vigils/ CLUE (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice) cluejustice.org is training trainers to train congregations, communities in nonviolent Civil Disobedience.  Contact grosco@cluejustice.org and erhea@cluejustice.org with your name, phone #, faith/denomination, congregation/community group, and a few words on your experience/interest. LA Tenants Union/Sindicato de Iniquilinos: To mobilize tenants diverse…

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