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 [...]

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 [...]

THE BIGGEST LIE WE LIVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES

WHAT MOST AMERICAN PEOPLE DON’T KNOW and DON’T WANT TO KNOW By Frank Dorrel Publisher of ADDICTED To WAR: www.addictedtowar.com My name is Frank Dorrel. Along with AK Press, I publish and distribute the popular anti-war comic book titled: ADDICTED To WAR by Joel Andreas. What is this BIG LIE that I am talking about?  Well, it’s not Donald Trump claiming that he won the 2020 election for President. He got something like seven million fewer votes then Joe [...]

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 [...]

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