Open Letter to Pacifica Radio’s Elected Boards

We are members of Pacifica radio stations who endorse our organization’s mission of increasing understanding among groups through dialogue. We recommend that our local station and national board members put our Foundation’s message into practice by using internal discussion and dialog to resolve differences, instead of tactics that rely on external governmental entities such as the courts.   We urge all elected representatives to work for the survival and growth of all of our stations. That means the entire Pacifica network, and not only some parts. We [...]

Incarcerated Women Confront COVID, Forced Sterilizations

PBS recently released a documentary on the forced sterilization of women in CA prisons, as they struggle for accountability by the state and the CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the consequences of the practice, which went on for years. Although it has now been outlawed, there has been no justice or recompense for the hundreds of women who were affected. the PBS Independent Lens documentary is no longer available for streaming but the trailer is here: https://www.kpbs.org/news/2020/nov/23/independent-lens-belly-beast/ Initial press reports said 148 women had been [...]

L.A. County New Epicenter of COVID Crisis

Public Health Reports 44 New Deaths and 13,580 New Positive Cases of COVID-19 in LA County in a Single Day The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) today released the latest data on COVID-19. 13,580 new COVID-19 cases (719,833 cases to date) 44 new deaths due to COVID-19 (9,482 deaths to date); deaths are under reported due to holiday and weekend reporting delays 6,815 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 20% are in the ICU More than 4,600,000 individuals tested; 15% of all people tested [...]

Eisenhower’s Warning on Military-Industrial Complex More Apt than Ever

Eisenhower's Ghost Haunts Biden's Foreign Policy Team By Nicolas J. S. Davies   In his first words as President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, Antony  Blinken said, “we have to proceed with equal measures of humility and confidence.” Many around the world will welcome this promise of humility from the new administration, and Americans should too.   Biden's foreign policy team will also need a special kind of confidence to confront the most serious challenge they face. That will not be a threat from a hostile foreign country, but the controlling and [...]

Voting Rights in the Georgia Run-Off Elections

Georgia US Senate Run-Off Election Will Determine Control of US Senate   In just a few short weeks, Georgia voters will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. In January 5’s runoff elections, Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock will face Republican incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.  There is also a run-off for public service commissioner, who controls utilities. There are still a few days left to register to vote for people purged from the rolls in previous voter suppression efforts and new voters, [...]

Inside America’s Doll’s House

Everybody Knows the Fight Was Fixed © by Ed Curtin (and Leonard Cohen) [Excerpt] http://edwardcurtin.com/everybody-knows-the-fight-was-fixed/ At the end of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, A Doll’s House, Nora, the aggrieved wife, leaves her husband’s house and all the illusions that sustained its marriage of lies. She chooses freedom over fantasy.  She will no longer be played with like a doll but will try to become a free woman – a singular one.  “There is another task I must undertake first. I must try and educate myself,” she tells [...]

How L.A. Keeps the Poor, Poor

How Los Angeles Keeps the Poor, Poor by Gayle Fleury https://citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/los-angeles/20715-how-los-angeles-keeps-the-poor-poor Of the 15 Council Districts in the city of Los Angeles, there are a few that house the most homeless and have the poorest people. Those are Districts 3, 4, and 15, seeing a jump of from 45-53% in homelessness, while other Districts had an increase of 10-30% I live in CD 15, Joe Buscaino’s district. The Harbor and the Port are located here, one of the three big moneymakers for the City of LA. The [...]

KPFK Local Station Board virtual Town Hall Saturday 11/21, 1 PM

From: KPFK 90.7 FM Community Radio -Local Station Board Outreach Committee Hey KPFK Listeners – We Want to Hear From YOU –This is an invitation to connect with your Non-Commercial and Listener Supported Radio’s Virtual Town Hall Event, scheduled for 1PM, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. – We Want to Hear From YOU – The Town Hall will be via virtual platform through a FreeConferenceCall & Video. We seek the widest possible participation from our listening signal area and beyond… This “TOWN HALL” is so we can hear what YOU think. We’re always [...]

Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as the next president of the US! People all over this pandemic-infested, war-torn and poverty-stricken world were shocked by the brutality and racism of the Trump administration, and are anxiously wondering whether Biden’s presidency will open the door to the kind of international cooperation that we need to confront the serious problems facing humanity in this century. [Pictured above, Biden as V.P. with Pres. Obama meet Gorbachev. Will Biden learn lessons?] For [...]

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action Los Angeles https://antiracist.org/between-the-devil-and-the-deep-blue-sea/ This piece was written after midnight on last Thursday. As I wrote, the election of a president had still not as yet been accomplished, even though a clear and insurmountable majority of all the votes cast for the office has been won by one of the two major candidates. The election was finally called for Biden on Saturday by the media, but Trump has refused to concede, declared himself the winner, is bringing suit over his allegations of fraud, [...]

Pacifica Fightback Town Hall, Oct. 31 – Don’t Be Scared into Abandoning Democracy!

New Day's Pacifica Restructure - Trick or Treat? by Pacifica Fightback Why is democracy under attack at Pacifica and in the US? Is the NDP Petition a solution or part of the problem? There is a new Bylaws petition to restructure Pacifica circulating. Signing it amounts to signing away your rights to local elected representation or oversight and abolishing collective control of the Foundation’s destiny by Pacifica members. New Day Pacifica (NDP)  tried to scare people into eliminating democracy and diversity at Pacifica by raising the specter [...]

Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) Wins Big in Bolivia

The Socialist Triumph in Bolivia Marks a Turning Point in 2020 https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/The-Socialist-Triumph-in-Bolivia-Marks-a-Turning-Point-in-2020-20201020-0015.html Luis Arce’s win demonstrates that leftist candidates are capable of trouncing fascists at the polls, even when conditions for free and fair elections are absent. The victory of Luis Arce, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate, in Bolivia’s presidential election Sunday marks the dramatic end of a deadly year. Last November, a coup ushered into power a small group of openly fascist Bolivians who terrorized the overwhelmingly indigenous nation thanks to support from the [...]

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