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Testing, Testing Can You Hear Us ? (tags)

Los Angeles Marches With The World Against Monsanto and Agri-Tech Practices Photo Set 3 of 3

Testing, Testing Can You Hear Us ? (tags)

Los Angeles Marches With The World Against Monsanto and Agri-Tech Practices Photo Set 2 of 3

Testing, Testing Can You Hear Us ? (tags)

Los Angeles Marches With The World Against Monsanto and Agri-Tech Practices

Harvest of Empire, the Untold Story of Latinos in America (tags)

Movie Night benefit for the Freedom Socialist newspaper, the Voice of Revolutionary Feminism. This fascinating 90 minute documentary will be followed by a discussion chaired by author Yolanda Alaniz.

Idle No More – Los Angeles (tags)

A common sentiment expressed by speakers was, “if we won't do it, who will?”

Sign the Petition for Trayvon Martin: Arrest the Killer George Zimmerman (tags)

The horror of racism in this backward country is again front and center with the 2/26/12 killing of an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Florida, by an obviously criminally insane self-appointed vigilante, George Zimmerman, who has not yet been arrested for obvious murder, and the lack of notification of next of kin of Martin's death until his relatives filed a Missing Person Report. Please sign the petition to the district attorney, attorney general, police chief and Attorney General Eric Holder to have George Zimmerman arrested.

LA Book Tour: DN!'s Juan Gonzalez and Joe Torres:News For All the People (tags)

Democracy Now! co-host and award-winning journalist Juan Gonzalez?s new book, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, co-authored with Joseph Torres of the media reform group Free Press, is being launched with a national book tour, starting in NYC on Thursday, October 20th, with multiple stops in California, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Washington, DC. "News For All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media" is a landmark narrative history of American media that puts race at the center of the story.

Carlos Montes Arraignment and Protest in Alhambra, California (tags)

Six More Felony Charges are filed against the Los Angeles Peace Activist while demonstrations occur across the U.S. Citing FBI Harassment Policies Photo Set 2 of 2

Carlos Montes Arraignment and Protest in Alhambra, California (tags)

Six More Felony Charges are filed against the Los Angeles Peace Activist while demonstrations occur across the U.S. Citing FBI Harassment Policies Photo Set 1 of 2

at privatized public debate, Green Party candidate arrested for "trespassing" (tags)

The Green Party candidate for governor, Laura Wells, was cited for trespassing and ordered to appear in court on election day.

2 Days to Vote: Yes on 19, 21, 24, 25, Peace & Freedom or Green (tags)

US ranking in life expectancy has gone from 5th in 1950 to 49th today, thanks to the expensive and for millions, unaffordable, private insurance racket proudly promoted by the Democrat-Republicans instead of the socialized medicine that exists in the rest of the industrialized world, and now at 49th, we are also behind many non-industrialized countries. That is why you should vote Peace & Freedom or Green, the two parties that support socialized medicine and oppose insurance companies.

The UC8 Reporter: A Personal Account of Police Abuse of Power Against a Free Press (tags)

It's hard to know where to start. I'm not used to writing stories about myself. Usually, I am the one sharing news about other people through recordings and words. I cover events and publish reports to Indybay. I often report on street demonstrations, some more rowdy than others. And while I recognize the privilege my skin-tone grants me in our society and that I have not taken the types of risks war reporters do, I know enough from having seen what's happened to other journalists over the years that I am not immune from abuses by law enforcement authorities.

Ben Carnes on the film "Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier" (tags)

In advance of his appearance this week at an L.A. screening of "Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier," Ben Carnes of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee discussed that film, Leonard Peltier, and a variety of other Native American issues.

Dr. Helen Caldicott Speaks in San Diego (tags)

Dr. Helen Caldicott, a powerful international activist against nuclear weapons and nuclear power for over a quarter-century, spoke at the First Unitarian-Universalist Church in San Diego October 23 and painted a picture of global warming as an imminent apocalypse that requires immediate action to develop alternative energy sources and stop using fossil fuels. She also denounced the public-relations campaigns aimed at convincing people that global warming isn't a threat, and said climate-change deniers like Rush Limbaugh directly threaten the survival of the earth and therefore should not be allowed to broadcast.

Indymedia Los Angeles 10th Anniversary Event! (tags)

On Saturday, November 14th, 2009, Los Angeles Indymedia will celebrate 10 years since the first Independent Media Center (IMC) opened its doors in Seattle to cover and support the demonstrations against the meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO). LA IMC is hosting an all day event, open to the public, encouraging current and former IMCistas to come out. There will be workshops, food, music, and community groups sharing their knowledge.

In His Mother’s Footsteps: LA Man Jailed for 5 Days After Sit-In at Blue Cross Office (tags)

On Thursday, Sam Pullen was arrested at the Los Angeles offices of the insurance giant Blue Cross. He refused to give his information to police and vowed to remain in prison until Blue Cross agreed to hear demands that it stop denying doctor-recommended medical treatment to seriously ill patients. www.mobilizeforhealthcare.org

No More Police Murders! No More Stolen Lives! (tags)

October 22nd is the National Day of Protest to STOP Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. It is the day to begin to stand up and resist the outrage of police brutality and police murder. FIGHT BACK! WEAR BLACK!

Luchando para Recuperar El Primero de Mayo (tags)

Este Primero de Mayo, los desempleados, los destituidos y los inmigrantes llevaran sus demandas a las calles.

Free Gaza Activists Welcomed Home as Heroes, then Join Protest Against Israeli War (tags)

After spending six months in Gaza and Cyprus working tirelessly to defy the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory and defend Palestinians from military attacks, two San Jose residents found upon their return that the protests that they had helped start had mushroomed a hundred-fold in response to Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

KPFK: SECRET DEALS AND CHICKEN THIEVES: THE RAID ON KPFK (tags)

A WELL FINANCED LIBERAL FACTION HAS BOUGHT CONTROL OF THE KPFK BOARD AND IS USING ITS POWER TO SHOCK THE NETWORK INTO ACCEPTING A SUB-PRIME LOAN ON THE KPFK BUILDING, AND TO PROMOTE CORPORATE UNDERWRITING OF WHICH WILL LEAD TO THE MAINSTREAMING OF PACIFICA PROGRAMMING

KPFK Talk Show Host Lila Garrett Used Air Time to Propagandize Slate Mailer Faction (tags)

Controversial KPFK Talk Show Host Lila Garrett praised and claimed major KPFK progress by the slate mailer Local Station Board faction. Faction opponents disagree and dispute the propriety of her using air time to promote faction candidates.

Checking the Non-Profit Industrial Complex (tags)

Checking the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

Mon 6/9 Jeremy Scahill Returns to LA, As So-Cal Continues to Battle Blackwater on Border (tags)

As So-Cal Battles Blackwater Training Facility on Cal-Mex Border, Jeremy Scahill is VISITING LOS ANGELES for talk, discussion, and book signing for the release of the fully updated paperback edition: WHEN: MONDAY, JUNE 9TH AT 7:00 PM WHERE: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Westminster Chapel 3300 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010 (@Berendo Street, 2 blocks west of Vermont Ave.)

New Blackwater Controversy on the U.S.-Mexico Border (tags)

A proposed project run by the private military contractor Blackwater Worldwide is once again kicking up political hay on the US-Mexico border. Earlier rebuffed in its attempt to open a large training camp in the rural San Diego County community of Potrero, Blackwater now finds itself in a battle over the company's bid to open a training facility for the US Navy. Like Potrero, the latest controversy has pried open a Pandora's Box of thorny issues ranging from border relations to the Iraq war. The current dispute centers on Blackwater's plans to manage a 48-student school in San Diego County's Otay Mesa on the US-Mexico border and just down the road from US Border Patrol offices. According to Blackwater's plans, the site will offer indoor shooting instruction and simulated ship training to improve the anti-terrorist skills of naval personnel.

May Day Strike Against the War Shuts Down All U.S. West Coast Ports (tags)

On May 1, every port on the West Coast of the United States was shut down to demand an end to the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. The historic May Day walkout by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is the first time ever that an American union has struck against a U.S. war. The union ranks defied the rulings of an arbitrator, who twice ordered them to go to work. They overcame the capitulations of the ILWU leadership, which didn't want the work stoppage in the first place, tried to water it down and cowered before the threats of legal action while waving the flag. The employers' Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) declared the May 1 port shutdown an "illegal strike." But after all the huffing and puffing from the bosses' mouthpieces, the dock workers pointed the way to defeating the imperialist war by mobilizing working-class power. In the end, it was more than a work stoppage. The dock workers' May Day strike against the war was a first step, a show of what it will take to bring down the warmongers in Washington. Their "symbolic" action was felt all the way to Iraq, where dock workers in two ports stopped work in solidarity with the ILWU. But it was only a beginning. What is needed is not only industrial action but a political offensive against the Democrats and Republicans, the partner parties of American imperialism, to build a class-struggle workers party.

DN! Blackwater on the Border (tags)

Just two months after local opposition thwarted its effort to build a massive outdoor training facility near San Diego, the private military company Blackwater USA is being accused of secretly trying to build a new one just blocks from the US-Mexico border. Blackwater received approval for the 61,000 square-foot indoor facility in Otay Mesa, California, by filing for permits using the names of two subsidiaries.

Amy Goodman: The Single-Payer Solution (tags)

As the media coverage of the Democratic presidential race continues to focus on lapel pins and pastors, America is ailing. As I travel around the country, I find people are angry and motivated. Like Dr. Rocky White, a physician from a conservative, evangelical background who practices in rural Alamosa, Colo.

Film Night at Flor y Canto: March 2003-September 2005 (Part 2 of 2) (tags)

To mark the five-year anniversary of the Eagle Rock Peace Vigil, here is a list of films shown at Flor y Canto over a two-and-a-half year period. These almost-weekly screenings were an outgrowth of the Eagle Rock Vigil. (Links to the rest of this list can be found below in "comments.")

"What Would Jesus Buy?" (review) (tags)

What Would Jesus Buy not only documents Reverend Billy’s street theater activism as he crosses the country, but it also features interviews with shoppers, retail employees, Christmas historians, and authorities on human rights. Additionally, there is footage of sweatshop conditions in Bangladesh--making a compelling call, even for people already aware of the evils of consumerism, to at least cut down on buying for the holidays. And “if we were able to change Christmas, we would change the whole year,” says the Reverend.

Battle of the Board at KPFA in Northern CA (tags)

from KPFA in Northern California. Two letters on the election for the Local Station Board at KPFA

Fri 11/16 & Sat 11/17: Authors Scahill & Jamail- Blackwater & Beyond the Green Zone (tags)

Two Evenings with Two of the Most Dynamic Voices of the New Generation of Independent Unembedded Journalists: Dahr Jamail and Jeremy Scahill: Appearing Together in LA Area For Two Nights - Book Signing to Follow Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th

The Hate Equation:Targeting Migrant Children in LA (tags)

The May 1 police riot in Mac Arthur Park sent a deliberate political message and was part of a larger pattern of attacks targeting Brown children and families.

As Opposition to 'Blackwater West' Grows, Author of Bestseller Blackwater Tours CA (tags)

As Local Residents and Their Congressman Move to Block Plans for ‘Blackwater West’ in California, Jeremy Scahill Author of NY Times Bestseller Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army Launches Book Tour Across State April 26th – May 5th

Amy and David Goodman at Scripps College on 9/25 (tags)

Amy and her brother David Goodman speaking at Scripps College at Claremont on 9/25.

KPFK off the air, tech problems (tags)

At 2:25 pm 7/7/06 KPFK has been of the air since about 6:30 AM

Mexican Concentration Camps (tags)

How will the American government deport 4 million illegal immigrants?

LA Times Dumps Liberal Columnist (tags)

Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Scheer was fired on November 11 after nearly 30 years at the paper, the last 13 as one of its most progressive political columnists. In a published statement announcing op-ed page changes (11/10/05), the Times insisted that it is dedicated to "provid[ing] readers with a wide range of voices and perspectives," but in dumping Scheer, the paper has gotten rid of one of the few prominent progressive columnists in the country.

TUES NOV. 15: LA Times Readers to Protest Firing of Popular Columnist Scheer (tags)

LA Times Readers/Subscribers to Picket Outside Times Building To Protest Controversial Firing of Popular Columnist Robert Scheer "I've been a punching bag for Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh for years and I think the paper finally collapsed" -- Robert Scheer, Friday, Nov. 11th

MON. 11/14: Robert Fisk to Speak at UCLA on The War for the Middle East (tags)

Robert Fisk Middle East Correspondent for The Independent of London will speak on 'The War for the Middle East: History Unlearned' WHEN: Monday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. WHERE: UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom

9/5 Hurricane Katrina Alert: Calls For Progressive Emergency Supports! (tags)

ActionLA Coalition and several other progressive organizations, will launch a national call for a donation drive to supports New Orleans areas progressive agencies for the humanitarian-aid efforts. Detail will coming soon and please donate generosity!

Thurs. 3/31: Pablo Paredes & Javier Couso Join Amy Goodman Live in LA (tags)

Javier Couso Joins Amy Goodman Live in LA Brother of Jose Couso, the Spanish cameraman killed when a US military tank fired on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad nearly two years ago. Javier is in the United States to call for an independent investigation into the death of his brother and the prosecution of those responsible.

HAITI SPEAKING TOUR (tags)

Come see Journalist Kevin Pina speak and show clips from his new documentary "Haiti: The Betrayal of Democracy". Kevin broke the story of the U.S. kidnapping and coup of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February of 2004 and has been on Pacifica Radio's "Democracy Now" numerous times.

Preserving a Living History: A Day for the Pacifica Radio Archives (tags)

Preserving a Living History: A Day for the Pacifica Radio Archives' All-Day (13-hour) National Simulcast Broadcast on Thursday, December 2, 2004 on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles from 6AM- 7PM

SAT Sept 18 at 5PM: Cornel West LIVE in Hollywood (tags)

CORNEL WEST, professor of religion and African-American studies at Princeton University, West is a critic of culture, an advocate of social justice and an analyst of post-modern art and philosophy. He has written and co-authored numerous books on philosophy, race and sociology. His new book is Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism.

INN on Air in LA (tags)

INN is HERE!

Border Blaster Continues to Interfere with kpfK Signal (tags)

Yesterday afternoon power failed on Mount Wilson and Pacifica's kpfK ceased transmission for over one hour. Most LA listeners tuned to 90.7 FM could clearly hear classical musical being broadcast from Tijuana station XLNC.

Actor Mike Farrell on Politics and Hollywood: M*A*S*H Couldn't Be On TV Today (tags)

We now turn to an actor who knows a lot about Hollywood--not only did he he grow up here but he has been very active with the Screen Actors Guild. We are joined by Mike Farrell. Perhaps he is best known for his role as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt in the popular TV-series MASH. But Farrell is also known for his social justice activism. In the lead-up to the Iraq war, he was one of a number of actors who very publicly called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis

Behind the Scenes at “Democracy Now!” (tags)

Sonali Kolhatkar interviews Amy Goodman and David Goodman on “Uprising”, KPFK. Produced by Thatcher Collins. Monday, April 19th, 2004 KPFK studios, Los Angeles, CA. Subjects covered: Amy's early academic work, her approach to journalism, coverage of insiders turned dissidents, Mumia, Michael Moore, collectively run media, and sleeping.

WEDNES. 7 PM APRIL 21: Amy Goodman's 60 City Book Tour Hits LA (tags)

An Evening with Amy Goodman Host of Democracy Now! Presentations By Amy and her brother David Goodman with a Book Signing for their NEW Book The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them written by Amy Goodman acclaimed host of Pacifica Network’s Democracy Now! with David Goodman

2/29 4-6 p.m. PST Haiti News on Pacifica Nationwide (tags)

Right now, for 2 hours, Pacifica radio stations and their affiliates are carrying Democracy Now/Flashpoints special on the US coup d'etat in Haiti today. Listen to KPFK, 90.7 FM.

TODAY 4 PM-6 PM: Crisis In Haiti - Democracy Now! Special Broadcast (tags)

Pacifica Radio Special Broadcast - Haiti in Crisis Co-produced by Democracy Now!, the WBAI Haiti Show and Flashpoints Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004 4-6 PM EST

Riverside Protest Against Cooper Execution (tags)

In the heart of the conservative Inland Empire, hardy activists braved a cold, wet night to argue against the execution of Kevin Cooper. Speakers included local clergy, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and actors Mike Farrell and James Cromwell.

TODAY NOON: Stop Arnold Protest Outside Wiesenthal Center (tags)

Jews, Women, Immigrants and African Americans Call on Arnold to Atone For His Sins on Yom Kippur Have Been Targets of His Degrading Comments and He Has Publicly Praised Three Fascists Leaders

A Critical Look at the KPFK Emergency Summer Fund Drive (tags)

A Critical Look at KPFK's summer Fund drive reveals that new programming raised half as many funds per hour as regular programming.

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