Open Letter to Pacifica Radio’s Elected Boards

We are members of Pacifica radio stations who endorse our organization’s mission of increasing understanding among groups through dialogue. We recommend that our local station and national board members put our Foundation’s message into practice by using internal discussion and dialog to resolve differences, instead of tactics that rely on external governmental entities such as the courts.   We urge all elected representatives to work for the survival and growth of all of our stations. That means the entire Pacifica network, and not only some parts. We [...]

Incarcerated Women Confront COVID, Forced Sterilizations

PBS recently released a documentary on the forced sterilization of women in CA prisons, as they struggle for accountability by the state and the CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the consequences of the practice, which went on for years. Although it has now been outlawed, there has been no justice or recompense for the hundreds of women who were affected. the PBS Independent Lens documentary is no longer available for streaming but the trailer is here: https://www.kpbs.org/news/2020/nov/23/independent-lens-belly-beast/ Initial press reports said 148 women had been [...]

Poetry Corner: Green Corn Rebellion

Green Corn Rebellion by Oso Blanco   Ogalahomi farmer, raise your axe, Cherokee and Black farmer, rise up and go to D.C. August 1917, home grown revolution. The boys and Uncle Danny blast down the bridge. Stand us together on John Spears's farm, Power of D.C. "used against us", as well as destruction of MOTHER EARTH, Is only the power of man. Green Corn rebellion, green corn rebellion, Come forth again. Green corn rebellion rise from within ...  From deep in the heart of every Cherokee Nation [...]

Fear of Socialism — Again

[column written 12/09/2020 © 2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal]   As joblessness and deep hunger creeps across America, politicians have pulled out the fear card: socialism, to insure that voters stay in their place.   Astonishingly, for almost a century, this ploy has worked, and almost worked when President Herbert C. Hoover ran against Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal”, which Hoover decried as socialism, and a threat to the American way.   Roosevelt won in a landslide, for the country was still in the grips of the Great [...]

Black Lives Matter LA Boycotts Amazon

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. https://bds-la.org/2020/12/19/black-lives-matter-la-boycotts-amazon/ On Saturday, December 19, Black Lives Matter L.A. held its final protest of the year 2020. Their recent victories include driving D.A. Jackie Lacey from office for her adamant refusal to prosecute killer cops, and blocking LA Mayor Eric Garcetti from a position in Joe Biden's cabinet because of his horrible record on dealing with LA's houseless population, which is disproportionately Black, his terrible record on promoting gentrification and displacement, and his appointment of the rubber stamp Police Commission that functions [...]

Open Letter: Social Housing with Supportive Services

Los Angeles City Council members L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso Chief Administrative Officer Richard Llewellyn Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) Director Ann Sewill Subject:  Social Housing - Council File: 20-0197 The End Homelessness Now-LA Campaign and the endorsers listed below are deeply concerned about the plight of the unhoused and low-income residents in our community. Today, L.A.’s homelessness catastrophe is compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to be plagued by systemic racism, and will greatly worsen when hit with a tsunami of [...]

Nina Simone – Tomorrow Will Be the 22nd Century

I don't know how I was completely unaware of this incredible song by Nina Simone, whose music I have always loved, but it's mind-blowing and I can't resist sharing it.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYcgCiWAv8c

COVID is No Hoax

Cases Spiking: Masks, Socially Responsible Physical Distancing, Mutual Aid Help by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA, https://antiracist.org As this issue was going to press, the US hit a record 200,000 news cases of  COVID-19, only three weeks after hitting 100,000 new cases a day in early November. COVID is real and deadly serious. Hospitals are already being stretched to the limit in many places, and the promised vaccines are still months away for all but a few high priority recipients. Yet the same forces that propelled Trump to [...]

Voting Rights in the Georgia Run-Off Elections

Georgia US Senate Run-Off Election Will Determine Control of US Senate   In just a few short weeks, Georgia voters will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. In January 5’s runoff elections, Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock will face Republican incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.  There is also a run-off for public service commissioner, who controls utilities. There are still a few days left to register to vote for people purged from the rolls in previous voter suppression efforts and new voters, [...]

Native Nations Reaffirm Paris Accord

Native Nations Condemn US Withdrawal from Paris Accord, Reaffirm Commitment      The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) condemns the United States’ decision today to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Agreement – a global accord designed to reduce the risks and impacts of climate change – features roughly 200 countries as signatories; the United States today becomes the first country to formally withdraw from it. In response, NCAI, the largest and oldest national organization comprised of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and [...]

Closer to Justice for Juveniles in L.A. County

L.A. County Moves A Step Forward in a New Approach to Juvenile Justice © by Jeremy Loudenback https://imprintnews.org/justice/juvenile-justice-2/l-a-county-moves-a-step-forward-to-a-new-approach-to-juvenile-justice/49716 [Excerpt] Supporting radical changes to its juvenile justice system, the Board of Supervisors in Nov. endorsed a sweeping plan that would move 100s of young people out of juvenile halls and detention camps run by the Probation Department. Under the plan, a new county department would be charged with providing therapeutic care to youthful offenders in their communities and in facilities that would be called “safe and secure healing [...]

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action Los Angeles https://antiracist.org/between-the-devil-and-the-deep-blue-sea/ This piece was written after midnight on last Thursday. As I wrote, the election of a president had still not as yet been accomplished, even though a clear and insurmountable majority of all the votes cast for the office has been won by one of the two major candidates. The election was finally called for Biden on Saturday by the media, but Trump has refused to concede, declared himself the winner, is bringing suit over his allegations of fraud, [...]

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