Buffalo Racist Massacre: Black Love Resists in the Rust

Black Love Resists in the Rust Responds to Racist Mass Murder in Buffalo Members of Black Lives Matter-LA have gone to Buffalo in the wake of the racist murders there, and are returning for a national conclave shortly to chart out national next step to upend and uproot white supremacy. Black organizations have been working to get resources to the Buffalo shooting victims’ families. Phylicia Brown, executive director of Black Love Resists [...]

Another Life, Another Loss – by Mumia Abu-Jamal

“Another Life, Another Loss.” by Mumia Abu-Jamal https://www.prisonradio.org/commentary/another-life-another-loss/ They came to America to escape from inter-ethnic wars in the DRC, the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Central Africa. Like many refugees of war, they thought that America was the land of peace. The Lyoya family settled in Grand Rapids, MI and began living their lives as refugees have done for generations.   But something as small as a traffic incident revealed the [...]

In Memoriam- Joe Maizlish

https://www.committeetobridgethegap.org/2022/03/21/in-memoriam-joe-maizlish-war-resister-gentle-soul-dear-friend/ Joe Maizlish—war resister, gentle soul, and dear friend of Bridge the Gap—died March 16, 2022. While a graduate student in history at UCLA in 1968, to protest the Vietnam War, Joe gave up his draft deferment and publicly refused induction. He served 2 ½ years in various federal prisons, a substantial amount of the time in solitary confinement. In the decades since, he worked diligently against war and injustice. He helped [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

In Memoriam: Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz

Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz Biography/Obituary   Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz was born in Yorkshire, England on July 7, 1950. A stalwart of the progressive anti-war community, he died on January 19, 2022, at Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, California, at the age of 71. He is survived by his loving, devoted and beautiful wife, Lili Etezady Kaskiewicz, as well as three siblings. After earning his graduate degree in classical physics, Paul’s career began with a stint in Princeton, New Jersey [...]

bell hooks, feminist icon: presente!

bell hooks: feminist icon: presente! © 12/21/21 by  Mumia Abu-Jamal She was born Gloria Watkins 69 years ago in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on September 25th, 1952. But the world knew her by pen name, bell hooks, and readers recognize that name by its distinctive use of lowercase letters. Why lower case? Two principal reasons: one, to remind readers it wasn’t about her but about her work, and two, it was a tribute to [...]

Cisco Drake (Frank Giron) – presente!

The Herald Dispatch Newspaper in Los Angeles was an independent African American News Paper. A vanguard in its geopolitical reportage with an aggressive editorial format. But because of its unabashed model, it fell victim to much political attacks, the locale was even burglarized and bombed twice. Finally, after its publishing 20 year run from 1954 to 1974 it was forced to close operations. Its proud editors-in-chiefs: Mr. Samford Alexander and Wife Pat [...]

Rest in Power: Maggie Phair

Rest in Power Maggie Phair https://maggiephairinstitute.org/maggie-phair-obituary/ Maggie Phair passed away on June 29, 2021, at the age of 91.  Maggie was born just before the stock market crash of 1929 and she grew up in the shadow of the Great Depression in southern California. Maggie’s activist career began at San Fernando High School when she brought the director of the Urban League to challenge racial slurs made by a teacher against Japanese, [...]

In Memoriam: Gina Peterman

It is with much sorrow that we inform you that Gina Peterman, a well-loved and well-liked teacher and longtime activist in the Peace and Justice movement around Los Angeles, passed away at 2:45 AM, July 1 2021. Gina was an avid reader and had likely read her entire library of several thousand books. She was a person of vast knowledge and passion in the areas of history and all things peace and [...]

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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

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