Poetry Corner: IF…

IF © by john william brown 12 August 2014   If you use bombs that when exploding spray A thousand darts called flechettes, overhead, Knowing that such will obviously flay The skin from flesh of children who have fled From homes you phoned to say, “Go! Run away! We’re targeting your house but can’t say why!” If you wipe out whole towns within a day, Destroy civilian lives then spread the lie, That you can’t help it, they were human shields. Then you’re less than the swine [...]

Disband LA Schools Police Department

The Struggle for No Police in the Los Angeles Schools: a Great Leap Forward and Victory is in Sight by ERIC MANN, Labor Community Strategy Center On Tuesday, June 23, in Los Angeles, the decade’s long struggle for No Police in the Schools had a major breakthrough. Los Angeles School Board member Monica Garcia introduced the most structural and hopeful motion to make “defund the police” a reality. Her motion, expressing gratitude to the national Black uprising, called for cutting the $70 million budget of the Los [...]

The Power of the People is the Force of Life

The Power of the People is the Force of Life by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) I was sent the following link to a piece worth reading by Henry Giroux: A searing and penetrating essay by Henry Giroux: https://truthout.org/articles/racist-violence-cant-be-separated-from-the-violence-of-neoliberal-capitalism/ Giroux is a powerful critic of fascist trends based on white supremacy and capitalism. But I don't know exactly why he often has a failure of nerve, or of something, when he draws towards solutions. For example in this piece, after the searing indictment, he [...]

Poetry Corner: Two Poets, Two Poems

More than Enough by D.O.T. Marceo   So just a bit of time we will insist To talk about a living, life and lore: But must the poor here be and to exist? The roles are set. But can we change the score?   The worthy say the heart will bring success: If no support, the will can never fail. Thus all is fair for everyone unless Misfortune hits the rich—his right to wail,   Though willfully obstructs a poor man’s steps That tread so far and [...]

By |2019-11-28T23:37:17-05:00November 28th, 2019|D.O.T. Marceo, People, Poetry Corner, Steve Varalyay|0 Comments

Death Rate Soars for Unhoused People in L.A.

Alarming Death Rate Among Unhoused People in LA County Homeless Mortality Prevention Initiative Launched The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released a mortality study that provides new and alarming data on deaths among people experiencing homelessness in LA County. Not only have the number of homeless deaths doubled, from 536 in 2013 to 1,047 in 2018, but the death rate, which accounts for increases in the total number of homeless people, increased by over a third during that same period. Drug and alcohol overdose was [...]

Cuba – Que Linda Es Cuba!

Cuba, Que Linda Es Cuba by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA I went to Cuba for the first time, as part of the 50th Venceremos Brigade, for two weeks in July and August, along with over 150 others, the largest solidarity delegation in many years. The visit was eye-opening about the on-going revolutionary process and humanitarian values of their socialist society. It inspired us to oppose the US embargo/blockade against Cuba, and to organize to demand that the US recognize and respect Cuban sovereignty and dignity, stop [...]

Making Capitalism History

Making Capitalism History by Faramarz Farbod To perish or to radically transform the way we relate to one another and to nature, that is the question humanity has never had to face until now. The evidence backing the above assertion is strong and accumulating. Nevertheless, there remains a stubborn problem of awareness as many who understand the perils facing humanity fail to connect them to its source: the capitalist organization of planetary life. Failure to address this problem will only guarantee that the predictable future characterized by [...]

Center-Left Candidate Reaches Guatemala Run-Off Election

Guatemala: Center-Left Sandra Torres Wins 1st-Round Vote, Goes to Runoff httpss://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Guatemala-Center-Left-Sandra-Torres-Wins-1st-Round-Vote-Goes-to-2nd-Round-20190617-0006.html Guatemala's presidential election was headed for a runoff as results Monday gave center-left candidate Sandra Torres a clear lead but far short of the outright majority needed to avoid a second round against a conservative rival. With votes tallied from 94 percent of polling stations, preliminary results from Sunday's election gave former first lady Torres 25.27 percent of the vote, followed by conservative Alejandro Giammattei with 14.08 percent, the electoral tribunal's website said. Torres said she [...]

By |2019-07-04T20:19:42-05:00July 4th, 2019|Elections, Latin America, News, People, Politics, Women|0 Comments

WAR: Murder Incorporated/America’s Favorite Pastime

MURDER INCORPORATED Book Two: America’s Favorite Pastime (Spoiler alert -- It’s WAR!) "empire\genocide\manifest destiny" by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria, foreword by S. Brian Willson, Afterword by David Swanson; Prison Radio, POB 411074 San Francisco CA, 2019, $20 ISBN: 978-0-9989600-6-7 Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA This second volume of a distinctly non-academic 3-book history of US imperialism by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and film-maker Stephen Vittoria makes it clear that "endless war" is not just a phenomenon of the 21st Century and the Bush-Obama-Trump trifecta, but [...]

Unsung Memorial Day Hero: Smedley Butler

A Likely MIA Name over Memorial Day Weekend Smedley Darlington Butler. It is a name you’re not likely to hear mentioned this Memorial Day Weekend. Who is he? A four-star USMC General who served 33-plus years in the US Marine Corps, won two Congressional Medals of Honor and is, at least arguably, the most beloved Marine of all time. Why won’t you hear his name? Butler became outspoken and politicized the moment he retired in 1931. The following quote will give you some insight: “I spent 33 [...]

Defend Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange

Veterans For Peace Stands with Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange   httpss://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/position-statements/veterans-peace-stands-chelsea-manning-and-julian-assange   The People Have the Need to Know: Veterans For Peace Stands with Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange   Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are both in jail right now.  They are being persecuted by the very elite who are pursuing regime change wars around the globe and who do not want the people to know the truth about what they are up to. Curiously, Assange has been charged with conspiring with Chelsea Manning to [...]

Paid Ad: The Fate of KPFK Is In Your Hands

Vote For Grassroots Community Radio Coalition Candidates for KPFK LSB   The fate of KPFK and Pacifica Radio is in your hands. You can choose mission-driven, unfettered free speech and community oriented programming that amplifies the voices of grassroots resistance and struggles for peace, justice and international solidarity, by voting for the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition candidates for the Local Station Board (LSB): Michael Novick, Reza Pour, Tyan Schesser, and Jeff Silberman. Or you can settle for gentrification of the airwaves, voter suppression, violations of the Pacifica [...]

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