Socialist and journalist Carl Bloice dies at 75

Carl Bloice focused his daily and weekly and monthly journalistic production on economics, on the struggle for equality, on youth, especially African American, Latino and Asian youth in his hometown, on internationalism.


Labor stalwart Lonnie Nelson dies at 83

She was 83 years old and was active in the people's movements and in her Communist Party club until stricken by a stroke a few days before her death, Feb. 12.


A tribute to Philip Levine, poet laureate of workers

Philip Levine has just completed his year-long term as the U.S. poet laureate.


The Occupy Wall Streeters have it!

"They" are You and Me, our representatives who call for peace with justice, jobs, the living wage that all deserve, and an end to greed of the corporations of Wall Street.


Poem of the week: "Allegiances" in troubled times

As if written for today's headlines, William Stafford's poem "Allegiances" reflects that we will have to take care of each other; we will be our own protection.


Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron

A tribute to a singular musician and poet, Gil Scott-Heron.


Poem of the week: Marge Piercy and workers of the world

Marge Piercy's writing almost always focuses on working class women and wide-ranging social concerns including a lifelong commitment to progressive social change.


Poem of the week: Emily Dickinson and the Republicans

The Republican takeover of the House of Representatives can be viewed, almost poignantly, as a death in the neighborhood, and Emily Dickinson provides a  commentary.


Poem of the week: Pat Mora's "Legal Alien"

This poem, "Legal Alien," captures an important quality of our evolving and emerging multi-national, multi racial and multi-ethnic culture.


Communism at the opera

Communism has taken over the stage at the Los Angeles Opera, and soon will be occupying opera houses in Vienna and Paris!

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