ICUJP Marks 20th Anniversary of 9-11 with Regas Peace & Justice Awards

ICUJP Marks 20 Years of Struggle for Peace & Justice by Steve Rohde & Grace Dyrness Twenty years ago, only days after the devastating 9/11 attacks, the late Rev. George F. Regas brought together Christians, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, humanists and people of many other faiths and beliefs to found Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP). Acutely aware that such a dire moment posed a grave threat to peace and justice, George knew that peacemakers needed to create a place to gather, organize, pray, and act [...]

KPFK Local Station Board Elections Underway

by Michael Novick, KPFK LSB Chair The elections for listener and staff delegates at KPFK and other Pacifica stations, no longer threatened by a Bylaws replacement effort that would have eliminated elected local oversight of station management, finances and programming policy and fairness, are now underway. Listener-sponsor and staff members, in separate elections, will choose nine listener and three staff delegates to serve for three years on the Local Station Board (LSB). [Full disclosure: the author is a candidate for re-election to the LSB.] Voting has opened [...]

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 Novick, Lydia Poncé, Rocío Rivas, Jeanine Rohn This ad doesn’t represent Pacifica, KPFK or any [...]

Afghan Crisis Must End the US Empire of War, Corruption and Poverty

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies People have been shocked by videos of thousands of Afghans risking their lives to flee the Taliban’s return to power in their country - and then by an Islamic State suicide bombing and ensuing massacre by U.S. forces that together killed at least 170 people, including 13 U.S. troops. Even as UN agencies warn of an impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the U.S. Treasury has frozen nearly all of the Afghan Central Bank’s $9.4 billion in foreign currency reserves, [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal on the (Crocodile) Tears of Empire

The Tears of Empire © 8/2021 by Mumia Abu-Jamal With the dramatic fall of Kabul, through the forces of the Taliban, the alligator tears of the political class are falling. Decrying the costs of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. What has been thoroughly forgotten, however, is the unprecedented mass protests of February, 2003, before the [Iraq] war began. When the earth shook with antiwar, fervor and countries across the globe. Then-president George W. Bush would ignore these protests as a mere focus group, his words, focus. In the [...]

Fauxgressives on Neighborhood Councils: Liberal Slogans Encasing Developers’ Agenda

Fauxgressives on the march, winning recent Neighborhood Council elections By Dick Platkin* https://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/los-angeles/22421-fauxgressives-on-the-march-winning-recent-neighborhood-council-elections Planning Watch: Lately my in-box has included emails from local community activists dealing with “progressives” who won recent Neighborhood Council elections.  One email included a recent on-line article from Knock-LA, written by an LA Forward organizer who spearheaded these successful election campaigns.  This article, however, revealed little about what these winners hope to achieve through LA’s Neighborhood Councils. Do the newcomers support the Peoples Budget and its shift of the LAPD’s enormous budget to [...]

Victory for Democracy and Diversity at Pacifica

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA      The outcome of the recent Bylaws referendum at Pacifica, allowing the Local Station Board elections of listener and staff delegates to go forward, is a victory for democracy, diversity, accountability and a commitment to mission-driven, community-based radio.       The New Day bylaws change, according to the same rules that governed the previous Bylaws referendum, in accordance not just with Pacifica's existing Bylaws, but with the California Corporations Code governing non-profit membership organizations, required the separate approval of two classes of members -- [...]

Coolants Making the Planet Hotter

Refrigerants a Priority to Address Climate Change by Terrie Brady Drawdown by Paul Hawken rates refrigeration as the number one driver of climate change. These refrigerants are ubiquitous. They are in our air conditioners, in our homes and cars. They are in our refrigerators in our homes and in the refrigerators in grocery stores, restaurants and the transport chain for refrigerated goods. The problem with these appliances is the chemicals in them leak out during repairs and the worst leaks occur at the end of use. The [...]

Genocide Schools

“Genocide Schools” by Mumia Abu-Jamal © 07/02/21 While most of us think of schools as a social good, in the history of some people, that has not been the case. Among Canada’s indigenous people, those we have come to call “Indians,” schools have become a place of pain, sorrow, and loss. For the better part of a century these schools, called residential schools, were where indigenous children came to be whipped, punished, and traumatized for the sin of not being white. First run by the government, later [...]

Rest in Power: Glen Ford

Rest in Power Glen Ford November 5, 1949-July 28, 2021 from https://www.blackagendareport.com/about-us In the fall of  2006, Glen Ford, Bruce Dixon, Margaret Kimberley and Leutisha Stills of CBC Monitor left Black Commentator, which Ford had co-founded and edited since 2002, and launched Black Agenda Report. The son of famed disc jockey Rudy “The Deuce” Rutherford, who was the first Black man to host a non-gospel television show in the Deep South – Columbus, Georgia, 1958 – Glen was reading newswire copy on-the-air at age eleven. Glen’s first [...]

Mike Hall of Venice was murdered June 25

A houseless man was murdered on Venice Beach. There's more that needs to be said about what’s happening there. by Peggy Lee Kennedy Mike Hall, a 49 year-old Venice local, was murdered on Dudley hill next to the Venice Boardwalk on June 25. He was previously living in a vehicle by Electric and Venice Blvd.. His RV got towed and he came to the boardwalk because he heard people were getting housing from there. A man whose street-name is “Midget Mike,” who is short and not technically [...]

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 here, steeped in misogyny and corruption. My roots are shallow in this blood-soaked land of [...]

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