KPFK: Under New Management

and Open to the Community KPFK – Under New Management By Michael Novick, KPFK interim General Manager Change Links has carried many articles with my byline before, but this one is unique. I am writing to you as the new unpaid interim General Manager of KPFK. I was recently appointed to that position by the Pacifica Executive Director, Stephanie Wells. She and the Pacifica National Board determined that there was no money [...]

Involuntary Servitude in Prison is Slavery

They Killed ACA3 But Prison Slavery Continues in CA by SF BayView Editor Nube Brown https://sfbayview.com/2022/08/they-killed-aca3-but-slavery-still-lives/ Last month [SF BayView] ran an article about the killing of ACA3, The End Slavery in California Act. To be clear, just because legislators allowed themselves to be strong-armed against their better nature and fear-mongered by the governor to ensure the bill didn’t make it to the floor for a last and final opportunity to [bring [...]

Manufacturing Dissent to Contain a Compatible “Left”

US National Security State Censoring Anti-imperialists By Stansfield Smith https://popularresistance.org/us-national-security-state-censoring-anti-imperialists-to-control-compatible-left/ During the first cold war, the CIA poured money into funding and cultivating a pro-imperialist, anti-communist “compatible left.” Today, the US government uses social media to censor anti-war news outlets and activists. The oligarchic rulers of the United States use many tools to disrupt and disorganize the anti-war and anti-imperialist left. This article addresses three tactics: corporate control of the news media, [...]

Poetry Corner: #HaikusAgainstSolitary #HaikusForSolidarity

Haikus Against Solitary Confinement #HaikusForSolidarity curated by Delores Chalmers Keystone Decarceration Bloc – Presentation by e_parsons315 https://www.canva.com/design/DAFC4NcV5ZY/yHJlMg8ZL0SJydHkxNgB9w/view   A rose cannot bloom Bleeding hearts can not flower If kept in darkness   --Cas Miller, 15 years old, SCI Muncy, They/Them pronouns   I wrote these while thinking of my own isolation. In the county jail. my cell had no windows. I went two weeks without seeing the outside. It was the hardest [...]

KPFK Seeking a General Manager

KPFK 90.7 FM, Pacifica's listener sponsored free speech community radio for all of Southern California, is seeking a new General Manager. The job announcement is at https://pacifica.org/jobs_kpfk.php. According to the job description: "KPFK is the strongest FM signal west of the Mississippi, broadcasting at 112,000 watts of power, serving most of Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego, webcasting at KPFK.org, with an eclectic mix of public affairs, talk, news, culture, [...]

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Is Ukraine a Prelude to US War with China?

Scott Ritter & Ray McGovern on Ukraine, Russia, China By Ray McGovern https://raymcgovern.com/2022/05/28/scott-ritter-ray-on-ukraine-russia-china/ Scott and I focused initially on President Biden’s just-completed Excellent Adventure in the Far East and the U.S. effort to woo countries away from China or, at least, pre-empt closer bilateral ties. I again posed the question (see my brief talk Thursday, embedded in https://raymcgovern.com/2022/05/27/why-is-win-win-a-no-no/ ), Why must China’s “win-win” approach be dismissed out of hand — especially when [...]

Urgent Appeal to So Cal’s Civil Society and Creative Communities

Urgent Appeal to So Cal’s Civil Society and Creative Communities on Behalf of KPFK by Michael Novick I am writing as the chair of the Local Station Board, a listener member elected to the governance of KPFK, listener-sponsored, non-commercial educational Pacifica free speech community radio (90.7 in L.A., 98.7 in Santa Barbara, 93.7 in San Diego, 99.5 in Ridgecrest/China Lake, and world-wide at kpfk.org). I am writing with a simple and immediate [...]

Casualties of War

Casualties of War: Truth, Journalism and Critical Thought by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA While forces on the right loudly lament so-called cancel culture, the real censorship is coming from the corporate and even so-called progressive media and the state. Consider the recent decision by the British to allow the extradition of Julian Assange, after years of house arrest and incarceration, to stand trial in the US on charged related to his [...]

From Mosul to Raqqa to Mariupol, Killing Civilians is a Crime

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Americans have been shocked by the death and destruction of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, filling our screens with bombed buildings and dead bodies lying in the street. But the United States and its allies have waged war in country after country for decades, carving swathes of destruction through cities, towns and villages on a far greater scale than has so far disfigured Ukraine. As [...]

War and Human Rights

By Ajamu Baraka, Black Alliance for Peace https://blackagendareport.com/ukraine-war-and-challenge-human-rights-united-states-and-beyond Excerpt: War and Economic Deprivation: The Systemic Contradictions of the Western colonial/capitalist Project. The war being waged against global humanity by the U.S./EU/NATO Axis of Domination is a hybrid war that utilizes all the tools it has at its disposal – sanctions, mass incarceration, coups, drugs, disinformation, culture, subversion, murder, and direct military engagement to further white power. The Eurocentrism and “White Lives Matters [...]

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