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 [...]

Rural Teacher Pedro Castillo Poised to Write a New Chapter in Peru’s History

By Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores With his wide-brimmed peasant hat and oversized teacher’s pencil held high, Peru’s Pedro Castillo has been traveling the country exhorting voters to get behind a call that has been particularly urgent during this devastating pandemic: “No más pobres en un país rico” - No more poor people in a rich country. In a cliffhanger of an election with a huge urban-rural and class divide, it appears that the rural teacher, farmer and union leader is about to make history by defeating--by [...]

Juneteenth is Now a Federal Holiday

Juneteenth now a Federal Holiday by Rob Macon Juneteenth, commemorating the emancipation of African-American slaves, is now a federal holiday in the United States. Celebrating African-American culture annually in the U.S. since 1865, it originated in Galveston, Texas. President Joe Biden signs bill declaring June 19th as Juneteeth, marking the end of slavery. June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter decreed that June would be Black Music Month, an annual celebration for nearly 40 years, acknowledged African- American music in the United States. Black music has shaped and [...]

Is a Network of Major Donors Neutralizing Activism in The Peace Movement?

Peace-Washing: Is a Network of Major Donors Neutralizing Activism in The Peace Movement? With Democrats in Power (for now), Powerful Funders May Be Trying To Tame or Silence Progressive Peace Activists By Dave Lindorff Peace-washing: Is a network of major donors neutralizing activism in the peace movement? Salon - June 2, 2021 During the four years of the Trump administration, resistance and even revolutionary talk were in the air as organizations with names like The Resistance and Our Revolution brought together liberals, Democrats of all stripes and Sandernistas, all opposed to President Donald Trump and to Trumpism in [...]

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 [...]

The People’s Budget for Los Angeles 2021-2022

https://peoplesbudgetla.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/peoplesbudgetreport2021_firstedition.pdf [Excerpts] The People’s Budget LA Coalition, led by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, undertook an urgent public process of participatory budgeting to solicit input from Angelenos about their priorities for the city and how they would like public resources to be invested. This participatory project exposes the secretive and undemocratic processes that shape Mayor Eric Garcetti’s draconian spending plans year after year. We know that budgets are moral documents. Despite this, the mayor’s budget routinely drains unrestricted revenues to resource an already-bloated police budget. Against this backdrop, [...]

The Status of Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Status of Mumia By Mumia Abu-Jamal I don't normally do this, that is, I don't write about myself. I find it much more interesting to tell other people's stories, the spinning balloon we live in, stories generated by the fragile human condition and the liberation struggles of humanity. But I divert from the topic, uncomfortably. This is a commentary on the commentator. Several weeks ago I underwent a medical procedure known as open heart surgery, a double bypass after it was known that there were obstacles [...]

The Emperor’s New Rules

The Emperor’s New Rules by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The world is reeling in horror at the latest Israeli massacre of hundreds of men, women and children in Gaza. Much of the world is also shocked by the role of the United States in this crisis, as it keeps providing Israel with weapons to kill Palestinian civilians, in violation of U.S. and international law, and has repeatedly blocked action by the UN Security Council to impose a ceasefire or hold Israel accountable for its [...]

KPFK 90.7 FM is Seeking a Visionary, Collaborative General Manager

Calling on the Squad to Downsize Biden’s Military & Nuclear Budget

Squad & Co: Unite as a Bloc to Downsize Biden’s Military Budget   Medea Benjamin and Marcy Winograd    Photo credit: ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)   Imagine this scenario:   A month before the vote on the federal budget, progressives in Congress declared, “We’ve studied President Biden’s proposed $753 billion military budget, an increase of $13 billion from Trump’s already inflated budget, and we can’t, in good conscience, support this.”   Now that would be a show stopper, particularly if they added, “So we [...]

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 [...]

Ramsey Clark, Presénte!

Ramsey Clark, Presénte! December 18th, 1927 - April 9th, 2021   Human Rights Lawyer & Former Attorney General of The United States under President Lyndon Johnson – (1967-1969) “Ramsey Was One of The Most Important Truth-Tellers in The History of This Country”. - Frank Dorrel   We have lost a powerful, yet humble and gentle giant! Our dear brother, Ramsey Clark, a friend of Catholic Workers, a great defender of Plowshares anti-nuclear activists, a defender of Palestine, Cuba and Nicaragua, (to name a few) and defender of [...]

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