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 [...]

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 [...]

In Memoriam: Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz

Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz Biography/Obituary   Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz was born in Yorkshire, England on July 7, 1950. A stalwart of the progressive anti-war community, he died on January 19, 2022, at Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, California, at the age of 71. He is survived by his loving, devoted and beautiful wife, Lili Etezady Kaskiewicz, as well as three siblings. After earning his graduate degree in classical physics, Paul’s career began with a stint in Princeton, New Jersey [...]

Rest in Power: Glen Ford

Rest in Power Glen Ford November 5, 1949-July 28, 2021 from https://www.blackagendareport.com/about-us In the fall of  2006, Glen Ford, Bruce Dixon, Margaret Kimberley and Leutisha Stills of CBC Monitor left Black Commentator, which Ford had co-founded and edited since 2002, and launched Black Agenda Report. The son of famed disc jockey Rudy “The Deuce” Rutherford, who was the first Black man to host a non-gospel television show in the Deep South – [...]

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, [...]

In Memoriam: Gina Peterman

It is with much sorrow that we inform you that Gina Peterman, a well-loved and well-liked teacher and longtime activist in the Peace and Justice movement around Los Angeles, passed away at 2:45 AM, July 1 2021. Gina was an avid reader and had likely read her entire library of several thousand books. She was a person of vast knowledge and passion in the areas of history and all things peace and [...]

By |2021-08-01T02:14:42-05:00August 1st, 2021|In Memoriam, Obituary, Politics, Solidarity|0 Comments

New Definition of Antisemitism Distinguishes it from Anti-Zionism

Leading Jewish scholars say BDS, one-state solution are not antisemitic by Arno Rosenfeld Boycotting Israel and calling for an end to its Jewish majority is not inherently antisemitic, according to a new definition of antisemitism released Thursday by a group of more than 200 scholars of Jewish studies. The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism represents the latest salvo in the debate over how to define anti-Jewish bigotry and is the most permissive of [...]

Elaine Budin Presente – August 23rd, 1933 – January 21st, 2021

Elaine Budin was born in Philadelphia. Before coming to Los Angeles, she was active in a union organization in Chicago. She was a kindergarten teacher for 35 years in an inner city school in Los Angeles. She worked closely with Theresa and Blase Bonpane as a volunteer for The Office of The Americas from 1992 to 2010. She has two nieces. Her niece Jeanie Budin Smithers has three sons, Elaine's great nephews; [...]

By |2021-01-30T04:12:56-05:00January 30th, 2021|Activism, Heroes and Whistleblowers, Obituary, Peace, Women|0 Comments

Jack Lieberman will live forever in the hearts of the Cuban people

Jack Lieberman will live forever in the heart of the Cuban people By Carlos Rafael Dieguez Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews. https://walterlippmann. com/jack-lieberman-siempre/ Jack Lieberman has just died physically in Fort Lauderdale and continues to live forever in the heart of the Cuban people and the world. Fervent revolutionary, as one of his close friends Camillo Coco remembers him: “Our brother Jack Lieberman passed away. The South Florida activist [...]

In Memoriam: Mimi Soltysik

Mimi Soltysik, a committed socialist with the Socialist Party USA, passed on June 28, 2020 from fatal liver cancer. Born September 30, 1974 in Reading, PA, he was the son of Mark S. and Beverly M. (Camilli) Soltysik. His loving wife and partner of 13-1/2 years is Lynn M. Lomibao. Mimi was a 1992 graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School. He received his BS in Political Science from Troy University, Troy, Alabama [...]

In Memoriam: Frank Lieser Hill

FRANK LIESER HILL by Sheila Goldner and Steve Goldman Frank Lieser Hill, partner of Sheila Goldner, died on June 2, 2020 at the age of 86. He had been ill for some time, having been diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in November of 2016. When discovered, the cancer was also in his bones and lymph system. His oncologist in Los Angeles discovered that he also had Stage IV kidney disease. At one [...]

Obituary: Marta Harnecker Presente!

Marta Harnecker, The Fighter by Farooque Chowdhury Comrade Marta Harnecker has passed away. Comrade Marta died on June 15, 2019, of cancer in Canada. A relentless fighter, comrade Marta Harnecker (1937 – 2019) made valuable contributions in the areas of theory related to revolution for socialism in the broader Latin American perspective. Her struggle was for a humane world. Marta Hernecker’s was not an adventurist-head and not an adventurist-voice, which made her [...]

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