Economy

Oscar Lopez Rivera Tour a Resounding Success

Lays the basis for on-going solidarity with Puerto Rico, political prisoners by Michael Novick Oscar Lopez Rivera, Puerto Rican former political prisoner and lifelong activist for sovereignty for his homeland, toured southern California last month to thank supporters and to raise funds for urgent grassroots community recovery and rebuilding work in Puerto Rico. He was…

Decolonization, Hurricanes & Solidarity with Puerto Rico

Oscar Lopez Rivera Tours Southern California Feb 5-9 by Lawrence Reyes, Puerto Rican Alliance As Puerto Rico faces its most severe, existential crisis after 120 years as a militarily-occupied colony of the United States, Oscar Lopez Rivera, a recently-released Puerto Rican political prisoner held by the US, is coming to southern California to discuss Puerto…

Poetry Corner: The War in America

The War In America by Bill Crossman I didn’t see the war in America when I was four dressed in my soldier suit posing for photos on my Dad’s shoulder at the Carolina Base my eyes drawn past the barracks at Black men in stripes and shackles stumbling off the flatbed truck at the edge…

Trump Tax Plan Robs from the Poor to Give to the Rich

Reverse Robin Hood: Trump Tax Plan Robs from the Poor to Give to the Rich Data and text from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) [Editor’s notes in brackets] https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/reconciliationrecommendationssfc.pdf The combined distributional effect of the provisions estimated by …CBO, thus representing the total distributional effect of the bill, was calculated by subtracting the estimated…

Do the Homeless Deserve Dignity?

By Nia Asante There are 10 million residents in Los Angeles County. At least 45,000 people are homeless. I was one such person. Can you remember your first encounter with a homeless person?  I can. It was 1974,  I was 4 years old.  Our family vacation that summer was spent in Philadelphia and while strolling downtown…

In Memoriam: KevinMichael Key

by John Malpede, Los Angeles Poverty Department Our dear friend and collaborator and Key LAPD staff member KevinMichael Key has passed on.  He died on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving children, brother, grandchildren and friends. Kevin is a big and loving presence in the Skid Row community, working as an advocate with…

Which Vision for Los Angeles: Updated General Plan or Real Estate Bubble?

Which Vision for Los Angeles: Updated General Plan or Real Estate Bubble? by Dick Platkin http://citywatchla.com/index.php/los-angeles/13622-which-vision-for-los-angeles-an-updated-general-plan-or-another-real-estate-bubble By now most of us know what ails Los Angeles. To cite some of the city’s most imminent emergencies: Expanding housing crisis resulting in evictions, homelessness, overcrowding, and long commutes to distant suburbs with affordable housing. Climate change barreling…

Input wanted: Where Has the Dignity Gone?

Coming in July: A 4-part conversation daring to ask: Where Has the Dignity Gone? by Nia Asante Do homeless people in L.A. deserve dignity? We will attempt to define and dissect dignity in order to determine if indeed dignity has a place in the homeless society. Does it? If you think “yes,” then this conversation…

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