Monkeypox Transmission Locally in L.A. County

Public Health Confirms Community Transmission of Monkeypox in LA County; Details Vaccination Efforts   Public Health has confirmed local transmission of monkeypox in LA County, as some of the more recent of the 22 cases of monkeypox in LA County thus far have no history of international or out-of-state travel. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths.   Anyone can get and spread monkeypox, but some of the recent cases identified have [...]

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, [...]

Memorial Vigil Against Gun Violence: Where Do We Go From Here?

Memorial Day Vigil in L.A. to End Gun Violence: Where Do We Go From Here? by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. On Memorial Day May 30, 2022, from 10am until a little past 12 noon, the Black Jewish Justice Alliance (BJJA), Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), SCLC, BEND THE ARC along with Clergy 4 Black Lives & NAACP-SFV held an Ecumenical and Interfaith community vigil to Honor the Lives [...]

30th Anniversary of Pan African Film Festival

https://paff.eventive.org/films It's a virtual film festival at first this year because of continued COVID restrictions, as the Omicron spike slowly ebbs, but they are having a phenomenal 30-year anniversary retrospective for Black History Month. They ae planning for a hybrid in-person and on-line festival in late April and early May at the Directors' Guild Theater and the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw mall (including the art display). See details below. https://www.paff.org/ PAN AFRICAN FILM AND [...]

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 [...]

Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Support KPFK & Pacifica

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART), KPFK LSB Chair 2021, 2022 Some people are advocating cutting off donations to KPFK and Pacifica., in particular to support the claims and efforts of New Day Pacifica. This is a counter-productive and destructive proposal. KPFK and Pacifica need and merit our support to maintain and build the independence and impact as democratic media of free speech, non-commercial listener-sponsored community radio, a [...]

The Reincarnation of the Westside’s UnUrban Coffee House

by Greg Foisie - staff writer and distributor, Change-Links There are few businesses that exist to selflessly serve the needs of the community.  One of those is the extraordinary UnUrban Coffee House, recently reopening in the midst of the COVID-19 Omicron pandemic and struggling to regain an economic footing during these difficult times for all of us.  While stalwarts like the Talking Stick and Café 212 Pier have unfortunately departed, the UnUrban [...]

Keep Cops Out of the MLK Day Commemoration This Year

Martin Luther King Day Organizers Say No Cops in the Commemoration The reckless killing of Valentina Orellana-Peralta, a 14-yr-old struck down by an LAPD stray bullet from an assault rifle shot in a crowded store has further steeled the determination of a coalition of community and grassroots organizations to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy not be tarnished by any further inclusions of police, ICE or military contingents on the day of his [...]

#EndPoliceAssociations

To Help End Racist Police Murders with Impunity #EndPoliceAssociations Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and their allies, especially family members of people who have been killed by the police and sheriff’s deputies, hold a vigil every Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM outside the LA Police Protective League (LAPPL), one of a number of local police associations that defend criminal and corrupt cops, and work to prevent any accountability for law enforcement killings. [...]

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 [...]

Interview with the General Manager: On the Future of KPFK

THE FUTURE OF LISTENER-SPONSORED KPFK Change Links Exclusive: Interview with new KPFK General Manager Miquel Calçada Listener sponsored free speech community radio station KPFK 90.7 FM, part of the Pacifica Foundation, is a unique democratically governed media institution. After an extensive search, a new General Manager was recently hired and started his tenure in mid-September. Change Links got a chance to conduct this interview with him to give our readers more of [...]

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