Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks Out on Democracy at Pacifica: “Vote NO!” on Bylaws Revision

Given the history of Pacifica, Pacifica you know was founded for a specific purpose and it was to create something that was really quite remarkable in its time, and as we see, in today's time: to resist the corporatization of radio, and to give the freest expression for the people, a kind of radio democracy. And anything that challenges that, of course I and many people who think along those lines, would have to oppose it. So I would say if you're thinking about keeping Pacifica, as [...]

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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Letters to the Editor

To the editor, While the origins of COVID-19 are debated, it remains true that animal agriculture greatly increases our pandemic risk. That's why Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla should support federal funding for cultured-meat research. For readers who aren't familiar with the term, cultured meat is grown from cells, without raising and slaughtering livestock. "Both farmed and caged wild animals create the perfect breeding ground for zoonotic diseases," Liz Specht wrote for Wired. "Extraordinarily high population densities, prolonged heightened stress levels, poor sanitation, and unnatural diets [...]

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Poetry Corner: Silence for Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish

Silence for Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish [excerpt]   Gaza not the most beautiful of cities it is Its shore not bluer than these of other Arab cities they are And its oranges are not the most beautiful on the Mediterranean And Gaza is not the richest of cities And it is not the most progressive among cities But it is equal to a nation's history Because it is the ugliest in the enemy's eyes Poorer, more miserable and most ferocious Because it is the savage lesson for [...]

Joint Statement by Palestinians in North America on Nakba Day: May 15, 2021

https://palestinianyouthmovement.com/nakba-73 As we mark the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, we, the undersigned, join together to reaffirm our commitment to the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice, return, and liberation. We commemorate the loss experienced by Palestinians in 1948 when hundreds of thousands of our people were forced into exile and saw their homes and villages stolen or destroyed by Zionist militias. To this day, colonization and dispossession remain ongoing processes, where Palestinians continue to endure land theft and encroachments on their basic rights. Despite the multiple decades [...]

Could Sex Ed Halt Trans Homicides? Some Advocates Say Yes.

As transgender homicides surge, experts say teaching kids that an attraction to transgender people is OK could curb the crisis. https://19thnews.org/2021/05/could-queer-inclusive-sex-ed-halt-trans-homicides-some-advocates-say-yes/ by Kate Sosin, LGBTQ+ reporter   The sex education that KC Slack received at their Ohio high school in the early aughts was scant.  “My own experience of sex ed was like two days of health class, which were dedicated to making us afraid of STIs and telling us that we weren’t allowed to have sex until we were married,” Slack recalled. It wasn’t just a [...]

Biden Continues Trump’s Sanctions on Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua

Biden Keeps Trump Inhumane Policy on Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua Report from Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ) Venezuela MercoPress: Biden picks for Western Hemisphere career diplomat who favors sanctions against Venezuela  Biden’s candidate for the office of Undersecretary of the State Department for the Western Hemisphere, Brian A. Nichols, has said sanctions against the Nicolás Maduro regime must continue. Nichols also said that “the extensive efforts of Russia, China, Iran, Turkey and others to avoid sanctions are deeply concerning. We, who want to see democracy in Venezuela, must [...]

Trickle-Down Housing is a Failure

Trickle-Down Housing is a Failure. Here’s What You Need to Know. by Patrick Range McDonald, Housing Is a Human Right Trickle-down housing policy, pushed by the real estate industry and politicians, has been a colossal failure. It hasn’t built the affordable housing that’s needed for California’s housing affordability crisis, and it fuels gentrification in working-class communities, especially those of color. Activists have long used the term trickle-down housing, but not everyone knows what it is. Here’s an explanation. Trickle down is an economic concept that may have [...]

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 [...]

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal: The Treatment is Freedom

Mumia is now recovering from heart surgery, please contact Gov. Tom Wolf and prison authorities! Cite the UN's condemnation of the hospital shackling! On the morning of April 20, Mumia came out of surgery, and his lawyers were told that the procedure was successful. Later that evening, Mumia called his wife Wadiya, had a good conversation, and Wadiya says that he sounds strong! While Mumia recovers during the next few weeks, we must keep building public pressure to ensure that Mumia gets the best possible treatment. On [...]

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