Local LA punk bands join the Subhumans from England in denouncing war and violence

by Greg Foisie — CSULA grad student and Change-Links/peace movement volunteer 50 years of counter culture and nothing to show for it? After fleeing suburbia for the hippie dream, being blessed with delayed adolescence and reincarnation as a peace punk for over a decade, and living communally for over 20 years in the process, I had become thoroughly disenchanted by our current state of affairs. It appeared that despite all efforts to the contrary, half a century of protest, alternative lifestyles, screaming, and ineffective organizing have done [...]

By |2015-12-04T02:58:29-05:00December 4th, 2015|Greg Foisie|0 Comments

LA Peoples Tribunal Reveals Violent, Criminal Actions of US Authorities

by Greg Foisie CSULA graduate student and volunteer with Change-Links, Arlington West Memorial, KPFK, Addicted to War, and Occupy Venice. The Peoples Tribunal Against Racist Police & State Terror established by local community groups including the International Action Center at the Herriot Tubman Center, the World Workers Party and the Los Angeles Workers Assembly was held over a two day period on Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015 at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC).  This event ñ ìby the people, for the peopleî [...]

By |2015-11-01T17:09:38-05:00November 1st, 2015|Greg Foisie, Los Angeles|0 Comments

LA’s Eska Mexicano Scene Cautiously Optimistic for Peace – 06-13-2015

I had the good fortune of attending the all-ages NO VIOLENCE IN OUR SCENE 2015 concert.  This Eska Mexicano (Mexican Ska) extravaganza was presented by Concrete Jungle Entertainment at Los Globos in Silverlake on Saturday, June 13th, 2015. Ska originated from Jamaica in the 1950s.  I enjoyed its 80s incarnation through British bands on corporate labels such as The Specials, Madness, and The English Beat.  A broad collection of bands and artists with Mexican connections I have previously enjoyed in Los Angeles such as Ozomatli, B-Side Players, [...]

By |2015-07-01T01:31:54-05:00July 1st, 2015|Music|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 are forced into debt to obtain what society demands, making education a cash cow for [...]

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 peace education. So I was surprised to learn that there was a peace certificate program [...]

By |2015-06-04T02:33:09-05:00June 4th, 2015|Greg Foisie, Peace|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 Trayvon Martin on February 26th, 2012 by George Zimmerman, a mixed Hispanic/white Neighborhood Watch captain [...]

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