The Summit of the Americas and the Crisis of US Hegemony

By Angel Guerra Cabrera [EDITOR'S NOTE: Union del Barrio and a coalition of other groups are holding a protest outside the Summit of the Americas Wed. June 8, 4 PM at Olympic & Figueroa when Joe Biden is scheduled to appear.] The chaotic political situation created by the US government in the face of the VIII edition of the so-called Summit of the Americas reflects, in the first place, the reluctance of [...]

Helen Yaffe, film on Cuba’s Example

Saturday, April 2. 4:30-7 PM reception & public meeting.  Film Tarea Vida, speakers, entertainment McCarty Memorial Church 4103 W Adams Blvd., LA, CA 90018 Yaffe Articles: International marine science magazine.https://sevenseasmedia.org/cuba-shows-how-to-take-action-on-climate-change/ Yaffe on Science Friday, 2/18 - discussing Cuba's vaccines & Covid response.  https://www.sciencefriday.com/person/helen-yaffe/ Yaffe on NBC news. Special short on Cuba vaccines. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u6uvNp5RPQ ​ ushandsoffcubacommittee.com     LA.US.Handsoffcuba@gmail.com END THE US EMBARGO OF CUBA. Normalize Relations.End the Trump/Biden sanctions, trade & travel bans. 

Book Review: Border Crossings by “Manuel Tiago” (Alvaro Cunhal), reviewed by Peter Lownds

‘Border Crossings’: Small episodes of the epic fight against fascism in Europe by Peter Lownds Local L.A. activist and writer Eric A. Gordon’s recent translation, Border Crossings (New York: International Publishers, 2021) is one of a series of fictional books written by Manuel Tiago, the nom de plume of Álvaro Cunhal (1913-2005), a beloved radical who held various posts in the Portuguese Communist Party, both before and after the fall of the [...]

Blood on their Hands

War in Ukraine: US, NATO Share the Blame with Putin by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA https://antiracist.org/blood-on-their-hands/ Putin's valid criticism of a US "Empire of Lies" and of NATO war-making and warmongering do not add up to a justification of the Russian invasion. Consortium News shares Putin’s rationale here: https://consortiumnews.com/2022/02/24/what-putin-says-are-the-causes-aims-of-russias-military-action/  I recommend reading it to understand Putin's rationale, not to support it. Much of Putin’s condemnation of US and NATO aggression since the [...]

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 [...]

Cisco Drake (Frank Giron) – presente!

The Herald Dispatch Newspaper in Los Angeles was an independent African American News Paper. A vanguard in its geopolitical reportage with an aggressive editorial format. But because of its unabashed model, it fell victim to much political attacks, the locale was even burglarized and bombed twice. Finally, after its publishing 20 year run from 1954 to 1974 it was forced to close operations. Its proud editors-in-chiefs: Mr. Samford Alexander and Wife Pat [...]

The Long Roots of Venezuela’s Communal Road to 21st Century Socialism

Excerpt from “Back to the Future” by Chris Gilbert https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/12/19/back-to-the-future-the-long-roots-of-venezuelas-communal-tradition/ (The full piece is behind a paywall). Despite the change-over from Trump to Biden, the US continues its financial, commercial and clandestine attacks on Venezuela, and its claims that the country is a dictatorship, even though the Chavista Socialist Party has won numerous free and fair elections. This article examines some of the historical and theoretical bases for the Venezuelan effort to [...]

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 [...]

Poetry Corner: Shallow Roots by Michael Novick

Shallow Roots by Michael Novick [excerpts] I have shallow roots in the blood-soaked soil of Turtle Island. My father arrived from Bialystok in the '30s, in his teens. There are no Americans in my genes and my genes are in no Americans. My non-biological grand-daughter was raised in Europe and has become a Swede, married to a Swede, with two lovely Swedish children. I am glad she didn't have to grow up [...]

Rural Teacher Pedro Castillo Poised to Write a New Chapter in Peru’s History

By Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores With his wide-brimmed peasant hat and oversized teacher’s pencil held high, Peru’s Pedro Castillo has been traveling the country exhorting voters to get behind a call that has been particularly urgent during this devastating pandemic: “No más pobres en un país rico” - No more poor people in a rich country. In a cliffhanger of an election with a huge urban-rural and class divide, it appears [...]

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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 [...]

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