Global May Day 2024 – #1World1Struggle

Call to Action - Global May Day 2024 - #1World1Struggle The ideology of continuous economic growth dictates everything. Landlords, factory owners and investors – as part of the ruling class – ensure that their own power and wealth is protected at the expense of people of the working class and the environment. Some examples: Save Our Sperrins, labor struggles at garment factories worldwide and people struggling with impacts of climate change particularly [...]

Big Contract Battles Ahead for Labor Unions in the New Year

Big Contract Battles Ahead for Unions in 2024 by Dan DiMaggio, Labor Notes Major contract fights in 2023 at UPS, the Big 3 automakers, and Hollywood studios set the tone for next year’s contract campaigns. Impressive gains and increased transparency got members of other unions asking, “Why can’t my union be like that?” The bar will be high. Many of the contracts expiring next year date from before the pandemic, and before [...]

UAW, LA Labor, Victorious on Several Fronts

UAW Victorious on Several Fronts Excerpts from Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes UAW President Shawn Fain announced a deal with Ford. The contract gains are substantial. Since 1979, union auto workers have endured round after round of concessions. That era is over. On Wednesday, the 41st day of the union’s Stand Up Strike against the Big 3, Auto Workers (UAW) President Shawn Fain announced a deal with Ford. The contract gains are substantial, [...]

Harry Belafonte, Anti-imperialist Human Rights Activist

Mainstream media obituaries of Harry Belafonte emphasize his breakthrough successes as a singer, actor, and producer of records, films, and television, but tend to limit their praise to his iconic public figure stature as an advocate of civil rights. In fact, Belafonte was an unreconstructed radical and socialist throughout his long life and career. Born in Harlem of West Indian immigrant parents in 1927, he lived in Jamaica with his grandmother from [...]

Victory for the Planet in Brazil

Lula Defeats Bolsonaro in Brazil Run-Off https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Is-Back-Says-Lula-After-Election-Victory-20221030-0017.html "Today, we are telling the world that Brazil is back and is too big to be relegated to the sad role of a pariah," Inacio Lula da Silva exclaimed in a victory speech after defeating incumbent right wing president Jair Bolsonaro. Globo reported that Bolsonaro would recognize Lula's victory. "What I hear the most in my international trips is that the world misses that sovereign [...]

Peoples Summit for Democracy 2022

Peoples Summit June 8-10 at LATTC, in the tradition of each Summit of the Americas since the 2005 Mar Del Plata Summit, we, unionists, activists, grassroots organizations and progressive people of the Americas are calling for a People’s Summit to counter the 9th “Summit of the Americas” to be held in the US for the first time, here in Los Angeles, CA. The People’s Summit will host three days of art, music, [...]

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 [...]

Assembly Defeats AB1400: CalCare – Guaranteed Health Care for All

by Maureen Cruise Health Care 4 All-Los Angeles Assembly Bill 1400 Guaranteed Health Care for All, otherwise known as Cal Care, was the 7th attempt at securing California single-payer legislation. The problem has not been policy or finance. Those are clearly achievable with very favorable results for our population's health and for the state’s economy. Twenty-two financial analyses of US single payer proposals over the past 30 years have concluded substantial savings [...]

Grassroots Community Radio Coalition candidates for KPFK LSB

-Paid Political Ad - Vote for Grassroots Community Radio Coalition Candidates for LSB Defend Democracy, Diversity, Accountability & Community Radio! Money Out of Pacifica Politics - Keep Pacifica Whole and Committed to Peace, Justice & Self- Determination! Grassroots candidates are predominantly Black, Indigenous & People of Color, and majority women, reflecting the community. In alphabetical order: Deidra Bynum, Marisol Cruz, Fernando S. Fernando, Kelly Flores, George Funmaker, Rob Macon, Jack Neff, Michael [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Labor Stops Work, Takes a Knee for Justice

The People’s Strike Supports ILWU, ILA and Teamsters’ Action in Honor of George Floyd, Fallen Brother of the Working Class by Frances Madeson On June 9, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters laid down their tools in a work stoppage for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the precise measure of time that George Floyd, handcuffed and helpless to [...]

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