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 [...]

Crenshaw Mall Quietly Sold to Failed Developer, not Black Community

The Battle For The Crenshaw Mall Continues by Downtown Crenshaw We have confirmed the Crenshaw Mall was quietly sold to the corrupt, racist and failed developer David Schwartzman of Harridge Development Group. This is of course disappointing. At its root, the decision by the sellers of the mall (public pension funds and Deutsche Bank/DWS) to sell to Schwartzman instead of the Black community illustrates that systemic and generational racism in real estate remains alive and well over 70 years after the landmark Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court [...]

Fauxgressives on Neighborhood Councils: Liberal Slogans Encasing Developers’ Agenda

Fauxgressives on the march, winning recent Neighborhood Council elections By Dick Platkin* https://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/los-angeles/22421-fauxgressives-on-the-march-winning-recent-neighborhood-council-elections Planning Watch: Lately my in-box has included emails from local community activists dealing with “progressives” who won recent Neighborhood Council elections.  One email included a recent on-line article from Knock-LA, written by an LA Forward organizer who spearheaded these successful election campaigns.  This article, however, revealed little about what these winners hope to achieve through LA’s Neighborhood Councils. Do the newcomers support the Peoples Budget and its shift of the LAPD’s enormous budget to [...]

Victory for Democracy and Diversity at Pacifica

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA      The outcome of the recent Bylaws referendum at Pacifica, allowing the Local Station Board elections of listener and staff delegates to go forward, is a victory for democracy, diversity, accountability and a commitment to mission-driven, community-based radio.       The New Day bylaws change, according to the same rules that governed the previous Bylaws referendum, in accordance not just with Pacifica's existing Bylaws, but with the California Corporations Code governing non-profit membership organizations, required the separate approval of two classes of members -- [...]

KPFK Local Station Board Listener and Staff Delegate Elections Are Underway

If you were a member of KPFK, listener-sponsored free speech non-commercial Pacifica radio in Los Angeles and Southern California, as of June 30, you will be able to vote for delegates to the Local Station Board, which has oversight over local management, budget, and compliance of station programming with the Pacifica mission. Here is the timeline from the National Election Supervisor; there is also a local election supervisor for KPFK itself, whom you can reach at LES-kpfk2021@pacifica.org. There is lots more information at https://elections.pacifica.org, and stay tuned [...]

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, who had just been released from relocation camps. She challenged the discriminatory standards that enrolled [...]

Mike Hall of Venice was murdered June 25

A houseless man was murdered on Venice Beach. There's more that needs to be said about what’s happening there. by Peggy Lee Kennedy Mike Hall, a 49 year-old Venice local, was murdered on Dudley hill next to the Venice Boardwalk on June 25. He was previously living in a vehicle by Electric and Venice Blvd.. His RV got towed and he came to the boardwalk because he heard people were getting housing from there. A man whose street-name is “Midget Mike,” who is short and not technically [...]

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The COVID Pandemic Is Still A Public Health and Economic Threat

Although upwards of 70% of adults in LA County have now received at least one vaccine shot, and a generalized re-opening is taking place. COVID-19 remains a threat to public health, and to economic well-being, with thousands facing eviction as restrictions and moratoria are lifted and rent subsidies expire. The spread of the more highly contagious Delta variant, whose symptoms are also particularly deceptive and less likely to show the tell-tale loss of sense of smell and taste, is growing nationally, particularly among unvaccinated individuals, who are [...]

Which Way KPFK? Neo-Liberal “Professionalism” or Free Speech Community Radio?

Which Way KPFK? by Michael Novick, KPFK Local Station Board chair Listener-sponsored, free-speech community radio for southern California, Pacifica Foundation's KPFK 90.7 FM is currently in the midst of another fund drive. Even more critically, the station and the rest of the Foundation's stations face a fundamental choice, as a Bylaws revision comes up for a membership vote beginning on June 7. (You must have become a member during the year ending April 7 in order to qualify to vote.) The replacement Bylaws would strip any local [...]

Baldwin Hill Elementary Magnet School Parents Declare a “Charter-Free” Zone

Baldwin Hills Elementary School Parents Won a Resolution from West Adams Neighborhood Council Declaring their School a “Charter Free Zone https://michaelkohlhaas.org/wp/2019/03/24/baldwin-hills-elementary-school-parents-present-resolution-to-west-adams-neighborhood-council-declaring-school-a-charter-free-zone-co-locating-privatizers-from-new-los-angeles-charter-scho/B [Edited excerpts] Since January 2019, I’ve been following the story of New Los Angeles Charter Elementary School and its forcible colonization of Baldwin Hills Elementary Pilot and Gifted Magnet School. I was inspired by the UTLA strike and a fine article by Daniel Hernandez of LA Taco. After a relatively minimal amount of fuss, I managed to obtain a small cache of emails that revealed a [...]

Corporate Landlords Are Taking Over L.A.

Corporate Landlords Are Taking Over L.A. Will Politicians Do Anything About it? by Patrick Range McDonald https://www.housinghumanright.org/corporate-landlords-are-taking-over-l-a-will-politicians-do-anything-about-it/ A new, must-read report by Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) has made one thing eye-poppingly clear: corporate landlords are taking over Los Angeles. With that, SAJE points out, L.A. renters are increasingly dealing with predatory practices — such as sudden evictions and unfair, excessive rents — that turn their lives upside down. The question now is, will Mayor Eric Garcetti and the L.A. City Council do anything about [...]

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