Fernando Velazquez, ¡Presente!

by Rose Mary Elizondo and others Fernando Velazquez was born on September 22, 1948, in Sinaloa, Mexico. He passed to the ancestors on February 12, 2022 of a brain aneurysm, a tragic loss for the peoples' movements globally and locally. He was born into a large family.  His mother was a true Matriarch. Fernando was a very hardworking person. He started working at a young age. He managed to obtain an education [...]

Askia Muhammad – Black Journalist by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Askia Muhammad - Black Journalist by Mumia Abu-Jamal https://www.prisonradio.org/commentary/askia-muhammed-black-journalist He was known as Askia Muhammad. And in his 76 years of life, he was principally known, and indeed renowned, as a Black journalist. But he was also a poet, a photographer, and hosted a radio program in Washington DC's Pacifica station, WPFW. He was a senior editor and correspondent for the Final Call, the weekly journal of the Nation of Islam. He [...]

Poetry Corner: The Banning of the 1619 Project

The Banning of "The 1619 Project" by Tyrece Jefferson   There's no "patriotic education" But to enslave Black lives. We knew before "Ruby Bridges" Where the fact lies. Tell us the truth, not a bunch of lies. We still see segregated Black kids in school lunch lines. The world still racist No matter how they may screen. We have known brutal oppression Since the Confederacy of 1619.   Is this ban gonna [...]

30th Anniversary of Pan African Film Festival

https://paff.eventive.org/films It's a virtual film festival at first this year because of continued COVID restrictions, as the Omicron spike slowly ebbs, but they are having a phenomenal 30-year anniversary retrospective for Black History Month. They ae planning for a hybrid in-person and on-line festival in late April and early May at the Directors' Guild Theater and the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw mall (including the art display). See details below. https://www.paff.org/ PAN AFRICAN FILM AND [...]

In Memoriam: Ronald Spriestersbach

Rest in Power Ronald Spriestersbach, 1928-2021 Ron Spriesterbach, who passed away recently at age 93, was a warm friend and good comrade, an anti-racist and anti-imperialist to the core and to the last. Ron is pictured above on the right with his comrade Reza Pour. Like Reza, Ron was a former member of the KPFK Local Station Board and active with the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition as a manifestation of his lifelong [...]

Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Support KPFK & Pacifica

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART), KPFK LSB Chair 2021, 2022 Some people are advocating cutting off donations to KPFK and Pacifica., in particular to support the claims and efforts of New Day Pacifica. This is a counter-productive and destructive proposal. KPFK and Pacifica need and merit our support to maintain and build the independence and impact as democratic media of free speech, non-commercial listener-sponsored community radio, a [...]

Poetry Corner: Boricua en la Luna – Puerto Rican on the Moon

Boricua en la luna Por Don Juan Antonio Corretjer   Desde las ondas del mar que son besos a su orilla una mujer de Aguadilla vino a New York a cantar Pero no, solo a llorar un largo llanto y morir. De ese llanto yo nací como la lluvia una fiera. Y vivo en larga espera de cobrar lo que perdí.   Por un cielo que se hacía más feo más volaba [...]

Black History Month Spotlight: MAYA ANGELOU

By Rob Macon, KPFK Local Station Board Member The U.S Mint will roll out the first image of a Black woman on a quarter replacing George Washington. It depicts Maya Angelou, an American author, poet and civil rights activist. Born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, Angelou rose to international prominence in 1969 with her renowned publication of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” It illustrates how to overcome [...]

Keep Cops Out of the MLK Day Commemoration This Year

Martin Luther King Day Organizers Say No Cops in the Commemoration The reckless killing of Valentina Orellana-Peralta, a 14-yr-old struck down by an LAPD stray bullet from an assault rifle shot in a crowded store has further steeled the determination of a coalition of community and grassroots organizations to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy not be tarnished by any further inclusions of police, ICE or military contingents on the day of his [...]

Faith-Rooted Network on Ending Systemic Racism

By Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace On Sunday, January 23 at 4 PM, Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace (ICUJP) is hosting a zoom working meeting of faith-based groups committed to ending systemic racism. This effort builds on three successful events last year, two with Dr. Melina Abdullah and D.A. George Gascón, and a follow-up conversation about how to build a network to take effective action. ICUJP has been [...]

#EndPoliceAssociations

To Help End Racist Police Murders with Impunity #EndPoliceAssociations Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and their allies, especially family members of people who have been killed by the police and sheriff’s deputies, hold a vigil every Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM outside the LA Police Protective League (LAPPL), one of a number of local police associations that defend criminal and corrupt cops, and work to prevent any accountability for law enforcement killings. [...]

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