Amazing Success Story: 20th Anniversary for a Social Cauldron of Creativity, The UnUrban Coffee House

by Greg Foisie The unlikely continuity of the UnUrban Coffee House on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica may be due to a combination of illogical persistence, fierce determination, and the hopeful dedication to idealism of its owner.  In the face of hard times, this people-centered, down-to-earth and charming gathering place has become a jewel amid unbridled West-side development that threatens to rip the soul out of neighborhoods.  Its bohemian atmosphere champions freedom, [...]

By |2015-08-03T01:12:16-05:00August 2nd, 2015|Features, Greg Foisie, Venues|0 Comments

Student Debt: The New Indentured Servitude

by Greg Foisie, CSULA grad student Education is a human right according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the US voted in favor of in 1948 as a UN member state, but the US student loan industry is a system that takes advantage of this right and this need of youth, making them accessible as commodities only to those who can pay for them. Currently 67+% of students seeking BAs [...]

Peace Perspectives Merge

by Greg Foisie Post–secondary peace programs are few and far between in Southern California, despite the fact that academic disciplines such as Peace and Conflict Studies and Peace Education have been established around the world for decades. Some educators suggest that peace programs are even being supplanted by other approaches professing to have the capacity to establish harmony, including global studies, leadership, and conflict mediation, the latter being just one aspect of [...]

By |2015-06-04T02:33:09-05:00June 4th, 2015|Greg Foisie, Peace|0 Comments

GI Rights

by Greg Foisie - volunteer for Change-links, KPFK, Addicted to War, and the Arlington West Memorial Santa Monica operated by Veterans for Peace Los Angeles GI "Rights" Are Not Rights - A review of human and labor rights, with an introduction to GI "rights" and related provisions in the context of militarism.   Synopsis - The necessity for the fulfillment of basic human needs are what are generally identified as being human [...]

By |2014-10-02T16:14:38-05:00October 2nd, 2014|Greg Foisie, Veterans|0 Comments

Recent Murders Awaken the US to the Reality of Its Violence, Racism, and Police Brutality

by Greg Foisie - Change-links volunteer Over the past few years, ongoing news coverage related to instances of the murders of unarmed black youth by white men have galvanized local communities resulting in large, nationwide protests over these tragic deaths.  They include the cases of an unarmed and subdued Oscar Grant killed on January 1st, 2009 by Johannes Mehserle, a white BART subway police officer in Oakland, CA; the murder of unarmed [...]

By |2014-10-02T15:59:05-05:00October 2nd, 2014|Greg Foisie, Human Rights|0 Comments

Result of the Occupy Movement ?

Danny Glover at the Los Angeles Occupy What Will Be the Result of the Occupy Movement ? By Greg Foisie   It’s the end of Saturday, October 15, 2011.  After spending the past two days and nights at Occupy L.A., which now boasts hundreds of tents completely surrounding downtown Los Angeles City Hall with a wish list including 50+ tent requests to date, I have driven 15 minutes south to the oasis [...]

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