Letter to the Editors: Social Security Cuts

Dear Editor, In 2023, the annual Cost of Living adjustment for Social Security was an increase of 8.7% . But it's 5.5% less in 2024!  In 2024, the actual C of L adjustment this year is only 3.2% (that's barely 1/3 of the increase last year). For instance, for my mother’s SS monthly benefit for 2024, that means a  $681.60 monthly loss. Representing less purchasing power, more hardship all around for tight [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Free the Uhuru Three

© 10/2023 by Mumia Abu-Jamal “Free The Uhuru 3!”  -- Dismiss all charges.   Three major radical figures are in the crosshairs of the U.S. government allegedly for “unregistered foreign agents of a foreign government” – Russia. They are Chairman Omali Yeshitela, head of the African People’s Socialist Party, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, and two of his assistants: Penny Hess and Jesse Nevel. The three are charged with being unregistered agents because they [...]

No Place for Old Men

No Place for Old Men ©2023 by Mumia Abu-Jamal Quite recently during the height of the ravaging COVID-19 crisis, an American health care agency announced a series of projects and programs designed to ease human suffering and indeed to advocate for the abolition of the systems of mass incarceration. The American Public Health Association, known as APHA, watching the harrowing number of deaths in prisons, is determined that the age of abolition [...]

Constant Lockdowns Are Having a Devastating Effect on Leonard Peltier’s Health, Cousin Says

Constant Lockdowns Are Having a Devastating Effect on Peltier’s Health, Cousin Says Excerpts from TruthOut   Paulette D’Auteuil-Robideau, Peltier’s cousin, lives in Gainesville, Florida, not far from Coleman. She serves on the board of the new Leonard Peltier Ad Hoc Committee, as well as of the Jericho Movement to Free All Political Prisoners. D’Auteuil-Robideau has traveled across the world to talk to audiences about Peltier and the plight of political prisoners, the [...]

In Memoriam: Bruce Barthol

Bruce Barthol was the resident songwriter for the Tony Award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe for over three decades. His songs have been recorded by Country Joe and the Fish, the SF Mime Troupe, the Human Condition, Ozay Fecht, the Edlos, the Funky Nixons and the Original Country Joe Band. Bruce wrote for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Borderlands Theatre (Tucson), the Working Theater (NYC), the Curious Theatre (Denver), San Francisco State [...]

“Cracks in the Abode of Death”

“Cracks in the Abode of Death” by Mumia Abu-Jamal https://www.prisonradio.org/commentary/cracks-in-the-abode-of-death/ Few people really know the nature of death rows. It is used as a political prop by politicians and is thus a stepping stone to their gateway of power. But Death Row is really far more than that. It is a place where men and women and until recently even juveniles were sent to live and die in aching loneliness and despair. [...]

Harry Belafonte, Anti-imperialist Human Rights Activist

Mainstream media obituaries of Harry Belafonte emphasize his breakthrough successes as a singer, actor, and producer of records, films, and television, but tend to limit their praise to his iconic public figure stature as an advocate of civil rights. In fact, Belafonte was an unreconstructed radical and socialist throughout his long life and career. Born in Harlem of West Indian immigrant parents in 1927, he lived in Jamaica with his grandmother from [...]

Poetry Corner: Age is Creeping Up by Norman Molesko

AGE IS CREEPING UP By Norman Molesko https://www.lapoetsociety.org/norman-molesko I write about aging reality, my reality and the realities of those I meet and know. For me it is human to share, whether walking or in a wheelchair.   Various seniors and oldies feel similar in many ways, jaw boning at a market place, complaining in a doctor’s office, letting hair down over the phone.   They relate twinges and pains, illnesses and [...]

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