ICUJP Marks 20th Anniversary of 9-11 with Regas Peace & Justice Awards

ICUJP Marks 20 Years of Struggle for Peace & Justice by Steve Rohde & Grace Dyrness Twenty years ago, only days after the devastating 9/11 attacks, the late Rev. George F. Regas brought together Christians, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, humanists and people of many other faiths and beliefs to found Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP). Acutely aware that such a dire moment posed a grave threat to peace and justice, George knew that peacemakers needed to create a place to gather, organize, pray, and act [...]

Rest in Power: Glen Ford

Rest in Power Glen Ford November 5, 1949-July 28, 2021 from https://www.blackagendareport.com/about-us In the fall of  2006, Glen Ford, Bruce Dixon, Margaret Kimberley and Leutisha Stills of CBC Monitor left Black Commentator, which Ford had co-founded and edited since 2002, and launched Black Agenda Report. The son of famed disc jockey Rudy “The Deuce” Rutherford, who was the first Black man to host a non-gospel television show in the Deep South – Columbus, Georgia, 1958 – Glen was reading newswire copy on-the-air at age eleven. Glen’s first [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks Out on Democracy at Pacifica: “Vote NO!” on Bylaws Revision

Given the history of Pacifica, Pacifica you know was founded for a specific purpose and it was to create something that was really quite remarkable in its time, and as we see, in today's time: to resist the corporatization of radio, and to give the freest expression for the people, a kind of radio democracy. And anything that challenges that, of course I and many people who think along those lines, would have to oppose it. So I would say if you're thinking about keeping Pacifica, as [...]

The Status of Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Status of Mumia By Mumia Abu-Jamal I don't normally do this, that is, I don't write about myself. I find it much more interesting to tell other people's stories, the spinning balloon we live in, stories generated by the fragile human condition and the liberation struggles of humanity. But I divert from the topic, uncomfortably. This is a commentary on the commentator. Several weeks ago I underwent a medical procedure known as open heart surgery, a double bypass after it was known that there were obstacles [...]

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, [...]

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. [...]

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal: The Treatment is Freedom

Mumia is now recovering from heart surgery, please contact Gov. Tom Wolf and prison authorities! Cite the UN's condemnation of the hospital shackling! On the morning of April 20, Mumia came out of surgery, and his lawyers were told that the procedure was successful. Later that evening, Mumia called his wife Wadiya, had a good conversation, and Wadiya says that he sounds strong! While Mumia recovers during the next few weeks, we must keep building public pressure to ensure that Mumia gets the best possible treatment. On [...]

Poetry Corner: The Legacy by James Connolly

The Legacy by James Connolly "Thy father is a poor man," -- mark well what that may mean, On the tablets of thy memory that truth write bright and clean, The father's lot it was to toil from earliest boyhood on, And know his latent energies for a master's profit drawn. Or else, ill-starred, to wander round and huckster-like to vend His precious store of brain and brawn to all whom fate may send Across his path with gold enough to purchase labor's power, To turn it [...]

Judge Orders Video Surveillance of CA Prison Guards

Federal Judge Orders Video Surveillance in 5 CA Prisons to stop abuse of imprisoned men & women with disabilities by Celeste Fremon https://witnessla.com/federal-judge-orders-video-surveillance-body-cams-in-5-ca-prisons-to-stop-abuse-of-men-women-with-disabilities/ On Thursday, March 11, Senior U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken handed down a  blistering ruling that ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to institute a series of changes with which the judge hopes to put a stop to what she describes as a pattern of systemic abuse of incarcerated people with disabilities at five of the state’s prisons. The abuse and various [...]

Lolita Lebron: Paragon of the Puerto Rican Independence Struggle

https://carlitoboricua.blog/2021/02/28/lolita-lebron-a-bold-fighter-for-puerto-rican-independence/ Lolita Lebrón, A Bold Fighter for Puerto Rican Independence February 28, 2021 By Carlito Rovira Throughout Puerto Rican history, women have played an exemplary and leading role in the struggle against colonialism and oppression. Political and military leaders like Mariana Bracetti, Lola Rodríguez De Tío, Juana Colón, Blanca Canales and many others, have been models of courage and devotion to the struggle for independence and self-determination. One of the most widely known and respected women from the 20th century Puerto Rican liberation struggle is Lolita Lebrón. [...]

Save the AFIBA Center

PRESS CONFERENCE AND PROTEST “Gentrification Strikes Again “ A Historical Community Center in the Black Community The SECRET closing of a well-known center in the black community located in the Crenshaw District has been targeted for a project that Called “Destination Crenshaw”, feeds no one, houses no one, and assists no one. They wait until Black History Month, in order to slap the community in the face yet again, by the taking of more services. In 2018 AFIBA Center members joined with others in the community and [...]

Commemorating the #RadicalKing

by BLMLA Black Lives Matter and Clergy 4 Black Lives celebrate the radical legacy of our beloved ancestor, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His courageous example of sacred resistance, for which he paid the ultimate price, guides us forward in today’s Black freedom struggle. Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community compels us to build the conditions of Black flourishing that demand the abolition of white supremacy, anti-Blackness, and racism through nonviolent, direct action. We move in the spirit of radical love that our most powerful [...]

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