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 [...]

Grassroots Community Radio Coalition candidates for KPFK LSB

-Paid Political Ad - Vote for Grassroots Community Radio Coalition Candidates for LSB Defend Democracy, Diversity, Accountability & Community Radio! Money Out of Pacifica Politics - Keep Pacifica Whole and Committed to Peace, Justice & Self- Determination! Grassroots candidates are predominantly Black, Indigenous & People of Color, and majority women, reflecting the community. In alphabetical order: Deidra Bynum, Marisol Cruz, Fernando S. Fernando, Kelly Flores, George Funmaker, Rob Macon, Jack Neff, Michael Novick, Lydia Poncé, Rocío Rivas, Jeanine Rohn This ad doesn’t represent Pacifica, KPFK or any [...]

On the Recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom

by DSA-LA Electoral Committee, Aug. 12, 2021 On September 14, voters will decide whether to remove Gavin Newsom as governor. As socialists, we are no fans of Gov. Newsom. We'd much prefer the option of replacing him with a socialist. However, this isn't the election we're faced with. Instead, we’re looking at a fascist, reactionary, capitalist rebellion against the belief that government has any responsibility or right to improve living conditions. Newsom getting replaced by a Republican would be deleterious to our mission, and would destroy momentum [...]

I Am an Afghan Woman

I am an Afghan woman. My family fled the US-backed proxy war against the Soviet Union. You have been told it is a civil war - we Afghans have killed each other but mainly on the bankroll of foreign governments who divide to conquer. The Afghanistan you see today has its roots in the British occupation of India, exacerbated by the USSR & USA. Regional powers like Pakistan, Iran, China and Gulf Arab states have all co-conspired with imperialists to reach their hands under my land for [...]

Afghan Crisis Must End the US Empire of War, Corruption and Poverty

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies People have been shocked by videos of thousands of Afghans risking their lives to flee the Taliban’s return to power in their country - and then by an Islamic State suicide bombing and ensuing massacre by U.S. forces that together killed at least 170 people, including 13 U.S. troops. Even as UN agencies warn of an impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the U.S. Treasury has frozen nearly all of the Afghan Central Bank’s $9.4 billion in foreign currency reserves, [...]

Evictions Wrongfully Proceeding in LA Courts

Evictions Proceeding in LA Courts Despite COVID, Moratorium By Ray Jones and Michael Novick Earlier this year, Public Counsel filed suit on behalf of itself and numerous LA-area legal aid organizations, to demand the LA Superior Court shut down, rather than continuing civil trials on traffic citations and “unlawful detainer” – eviction – proceedings. Their claim is that the needless court actions endanger the health of the poor people being dragged into court needlessly, and the attorneys who represent them. “This lawsuit highlights how perfunctory rules and [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal on the (Crocodile) Tears of Empire

The Tears of Empire © 8/2021 by Mumia Abu-Jamal With the dramatic fall of Kabul, through the forces of the Taliban, the alligator tears of the political class are falling. Decrying the costs of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. What has been thoroughly forgotten, however, is the unprecedented mass protests of February, 2003, before the [Iraq] war began. When the earth shook with antiwar, fervor and countries across the globe. Then-president George W. Bush would ignore these protests as a mere focus group, his words, focus. In the [...]

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 [...]

NATO in “Latin” America

by Rick Rozoff https://antibellum679354512.wordpress.com/2021/07/14/natos-800-mile-border-with-south-america/#comments The website of NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium featured a story on Bastille Day in which it interviewed a French officer with the SHAPE military police.  SHAPE had been based in France until Charles de Gaulle evicted it in 1967 when he withdrew from NATO’s integrated military structure. The interview was unremarkable until the Frenchman was asked what were some aspects of France that outsiders (and perhaps not a few insiders) might not know. He said that France [...]

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 [...]

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