A People’s Vaccine Against a Mutating Virus and Neoliberal Rule

by Nicolas J. S. Davies Photo credit: UNICEF Teachers and students were able to return to school in Lao Cai, Viet Nam, in May 2020 A recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that worries about the COVID pandemic in the United States are at their lowest level since it began. Only half of Americans are either “very worried” (15%) or “somewhat worried” (35%) about the virus, while the other half are “not very worried” (30%) or “not worried at all” (20%). But the news from around the world [...]

Rural Teacher Pedro Castillo Poised to Write a New Chapter in Peru’s History

By Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores With his wide-brimmed peasant hat and oversized teacher’s pencil held high, Peru’s Pedro Castillo has been traveling the country exhorting voters to get behind a call that has been particularly urgent during this devastating pandemic: “No más pobres en un país rico” - No more poor people in a rich country. In a cliffhanger of an election with a huge urban-rural and class divide, it appears that the rural teacher, farmer and union leader is about to make history by defeating--by [...]

The People’s Budget for Los Angeles 2021-2022

https://peoplesbudgetla.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/peoplesbudgetreport2021_firstedition.pdf [Excerpts] The People’s Budget LA Coalition, led by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, undertook an urgent public process of participatory budgeting to solicit input from Angelenos about their priorities for the city and how they would like public resources to be invested. This participatory project exposes the secretive and undemocratic processes that shape Mayor Eric Garcetti’s draconian spending plans year after year. We know that budgets are moral documents. Despite this, the mayor’s budget routinely drains unrestricted revenues to resource an already-bloated police budget. Against this backdrop, [...]

June 2021 Community Events Calendar

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Joint Statement by Palestinians in North America on Nakba Day: May 15, 2021

https://palestinianyouthmovement.com/nakba-73 As we mark the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, we, the undersigned, join together to reaffirm our commitment to the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice, return, and liberation. We commemorate the loss experienced by Palestinians in 1948 when hundreds of thousands of our people were forced into exile and saw their homes and villages stolen or destroyed by Zionist militias. To this day, colonization and dispossession remain ongoing processes, where Palestinians continue to endure land theft and encroachments on their basic rights. Despite the multiple decades [...]

Could Sex Ed Halt Trans Homicides? Some Advocates Say Yes.

As transgender homicides surge, experts say teaching kids that an attraction to transgender people is OK could curb the crisis. https://19thnews.org/2021/05/could-queer-inclusive-sex-ed-halt-trans-homicides-some-advocates-say-yes/ by Kate Sosin, LGBTQ+ reporter   The sex education that KC Slack received at their Ohio high school in the early aughts was scant.  “My own experience of sex ed was like two days of health class, which were dedicated to making us afraid of STIs and telling us that we weren’t allowed to have sex until we were married,” Slack recalled. It wasn’t just a [...]

HomeBoy Industries Partners with LA County to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

L.A. County Public Health Partners with Homeboy Industries to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations New PSAs talking about the importance of getting vaccinated, overcoming hesitancy, and the impact the virus has had on the community. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) and Homeboy Industries partnered together to promote the COVID-19 vaccinations in new public service announcements (PSAs) showcasing Father Greg Boyle and employees speaking about the importance of getting vaccinated, overcoming hesitancy and understanding the impact the virus has had on the community. Public Health, [...]

Calling on the Squad to Downsize Biden’s Military & Nuclear Budget

Squad & Co: Unite as a Bloc to Downsize Biden’s Military Budget   Medea Benjamin and Marcy Winograd    Photo credit: ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)   Imagine this scenario:   A month before the vote on the federal budget, progressives in Congress declared, “We’ve studied President Biden’s proposed $753 billion military budget, an increase of $13 billion from Trump’s already inflated budget, and we can’t, in good conscience, support this.”   Now that would be a show stopper, particularly if they added, “So we [...]

Which Way KPFK? Neo-Liberal “Professionalism” or Free Speech Community Radio?

Which Way KPFK? by Michael Novick, KPFK Local Station Board chair Listener-sponsored, free-speech community radio for southern California, Pacifica Foundation's KPFK 90.7 FM is currently in the midst of another fund drive. Even more critically, the station and the rest of the Foundation's stations face a fundamental choice, as a Bylaws revision comes up for a membership vote beginning on June 7. (You must have become a member during the year ending April 7 in order to qualify to vote.) The replacement Bylaws would strip any local [...]

March on May Day – International Workers’ Day!

On Saturday, May 1, Los Angeles will honor the contributions of immigrants, workers, and those who fight to create a more just society for all. This year, will mark a new era of possibility in a time of desperately needed change. Our work continues under the new Administration as we enter into what looks to be the winding down of the COVID-19 pandemic. If it was not clear before, it is clear now that the  problems that existed before the pandemic have been exacerbated because of it. [...]

Baldwin Hill Elementary Magnet School Parents Declare a “Charter-Free” Zone

Baldwin Hills Elementary School Parents Won a Resolution from West Adams Neighborhood Council Declaring their School a “Charter Free Zone https://michaelkohlhaas.org/wp/2019/03/24/baldwin-hills-elementary-school-parents-present-resolution-to-west-adams-neighborhood-council-declaring-school-a-charter-free-zone-co-locating-privatizers-from-new-los-angeles-charter-scho/B [Edited excerpts] Since January 2019, I’ve been following the story of New Los Angeles Charter Elementary School and its forcible colonization of Baldwin Hills Elementary Pilot and Gifted Magnet School. I was inspired by the UTLA strike and a fine article by Daniel Hernandez of LA Taco. After a relatively minimal amount of fuss, I managed to obtain a small cache of emails that revealed a [...]

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