Urgent Appeal to So Cal’s Civil Society and Creative Communities

Urgent Appeal to So Cal’s Civil Society and Creative Communities on Behalf of KPFK by Michael Novick I am writing as the chair of the Local Station Board, a listener member elected to the governance of KPFK, listener-sponsored, non-commercial educational Pacifica free speech community radio (90.7 in L.A., 98.7 in Santa Barbara, 93.7 in San Diego, 99.5 in Ridgecrest/China Lake, and world-wide at kpfk.org). I am writing with a simple and immediate [...]

Support the A-G Ethnic Studies Requirement at the University of California

by the UC Ethnic Studies Faculty Council Starting in 1968, students at two public universities in California–first San Francisco State and then UC Berkeley–courageously led the way for the grassroots formation of ethnic studies by going on strike and shutting down their campuses despite police brutality and military repression. Well over half a century later, the University of California has at long last proposed an ethnic studies requirement that centers what has [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

THE BIGGEST LIE WE LIVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES

WHAT MOST AMERICAN PEOPLE DON’T KNOW and DON’T WANT TO KNOW By Frank Dorrel Publisher of ADDICTED To WAR: www.addictedtowar.com My name is Frank Dorrel. Along with AK Press, I publish and distribute the popular anti-war comic book titled: ADDICTED To WAR by Joel Andreas. What is this BIG LIE that I am talking about?  Well, it’s not Donald Trump claiming that he won the 2020 election for President. He got something like seven million fewer votes then Joe [...]

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 [...]

#EndPoliceAssociations

To Help End Racist Police Murders with Impunity #EndPoliceAssociations Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and their allies, especially family members of people who have been killed by the police and sheriff’s deputies, hold a vigil every Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM outside the LA Police Protective League (LAPPL), one of a number of local police associations that defend criminal and corrupt cops, and work to prevent any accountability for law enforcement killings. [...]

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 [...]

What the Monroe Doctrine Signifies to Latin America

By Prof. Cisco Drake For the people of Latin America, since December 2, 1823, when then U.S. President James Monroe established a Doctrine that would always identify its rule over the vast region then classified as Latin America, it is impossible to understand why the economic and political conditions in the Countries of Latin America have compelled so many to migrate to other lands, usually to the U.S., since this Doctrine was [...]

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 [...]

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