A People’s Vaccine Against a Mutating Virus and Neoliberal Rule

by Nicolas J. S. Davies Photo credit: UNICEF Teachers and students were able to return to school in Lao Cai, Viet Nam, in May 2020 A recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that worries about the COVID pandemic in the United States are at their lowest level since it began. Only half of Americans are either “very worried” (15%) or “somewhat worried” (35%) about the virus, while the other half are “not very worried” (30%) or “not worried at all” (20%). But the news from around the world [...]

Democracy Hangs in the Balance at KPFK & Pacifica

Dual Elections at KPFK in June Reveal Dueling Futures for Pacifica Radio by Michael Novick, KPFK Local Station Board Chair June 1 opens the regularly scheduled election process for listener and staff delegates to the KPFK Local Station Board (LSB), under the Bylaws that make Pacifica radio a unique democratically governed national media institution. June 7, a separate special costly election process begins on a revision of those Bylaws which, if it passes, would eliminate the election of LSB delegates and take away any power of locally [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Poetry Corner: The Legacy by James Connolly

The Legacy by James Connolly "Thy father is a poor man," -- mark well what that may mean, On the tablets of thy memory that truth write bright and clean, The father's lot it was to toil from earliest boyhood on, And know his latent energies for a master's profit drawn. Or else, ill-starred, to wander round and huckster-like to vend His precious store of brain and brawn to all whom fate may send Across his path with gold enough to purchase labor's power, To turn it [...]

Radical Queer Organizing Against Racist Police Terror

Radical Queer Organizing Against Racist Police Terror https://outfm.org/liberation/index.php/home/internship-application/464-queer-resistance-in-minneapolis-to-police-terror (Excerpts) I'm Bob Lederer. We're recording this segment on April 18, as the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd moves to a conclusion and perhaps a verdict may be announced by the time this program airs. Community resistance grows in the nearby suburb of Brooklyn Center in response to the outrageous murder of Daunte Wright. It's critical to speak to local activists on the ground in Minneapolis. We're joined by two guests via zoom. First, [...]

The Intellectual Property on Covid-19 Should Be Shared as Rapidly and Widely as Possible

The Intellectual Property on Covid-19 Should Be Shared as Rapidly and Widely as Possible byJeffrey D. Sachs https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/04/29/intellectual-property-covid-19-should-be-shared-rapidly-and-widely-possible [Excerpt] Published on Thursday, April 29, 2021 by Project Syndicate Intellectual Property must serve the global good, rather than humanity serving the interests of a few private companies. And in the case of Covid-19, the global good is not in doubt: rapid worldwide immunization, in order to save lives, prevent the emergence of new variants, and end the pandemic. The governments of South Africa, India, and dozens of other [...]

Paid Ad: Nicaragua Support Fund U.S.A. International

--paid advertisement-- Nicaragua Support Fund U.S.A. International [In Spanish, Fondo de Apoyo a Nicaragua USA-Internacional (FAN)] 1226 N. Alvarado Street Los Angeles, California 90026      Since late 2014, our organization has been collecting voluntary tax payments, to be forwarded to the National Budget of the Government of Nicaragua. We have not yet forwarded any of the payments, because we’re still working on getting more people on board. At the present time, our project bank account has $8,508.00. This year, 2021, is an election year in Nicaragua. And [...]

Lolita Lebron: Paragon of the Puerto Rican Independence Struggle

https://carlitoboricua.blog/2021/02/28/lolita-lebron-a-bold-fighter-for-puerto-rican-independence/ Lolita Lebrón, A Bold Fighter for Puerto Rican Independence February 28, 2021 By Carlito Rovira Throughout Puerto Rican history, women have played an exemplary and leading role in the struggle against colonialism and oppression. Political and military leaders like Mariana Bracetti, Lola Rodríguez De Tío, Juana Colón, Blanca Canales and many others, have been models of courage and devotion to the struggle for independence and self-determination. One of the most widely known and respected women from the 20th century Puerto Rican liberation struggle is Lolita Lebrón. [...]

International Women’s Day: Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world

International Women’s Day 2021 UN theme: Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world      British proto-Feminist Mary Wollstonecraft published her book A Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792. It was a commentary on the unjustifiable behavior of both men and women that were responsible for the marginalization of women. Wollstonecraft wrote the book as a rationalist and realist and told women  they should not ask for rights and independence unless they stop depending on men in their daily business. “My own [...]

Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet

Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet   Book review: Entangled Life: How Fungi Change Our Make Our World, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures, by Merlin Sheldrake, Random House   https://getpocket.com/explore/item/fungi-s-lessons-for-adapting-to-life-on-a-damaged-planet   EXCERPT:   Merlin Sheldrake’s new book Entangled Life looks at the complex world of fungi, its adaptive ability, and its interconnectedness with all other forms of life. He spoke with Robert Macfarlane,author of Underland, (see below reference) about his relationship to fungi and its strategic lessons on growth in the [...]

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