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March 1 ● Saturday

Political Action: Fukushima

No Nukes LA Residents, a small but determined group, will deliver a letter to the Japan Consulate at 350 South Grand Ave., Suite 1700, LA. Time TBD. Contact <isamukay@gmail.com>. Many other events this month for the third anniversary of the continuing nuclear accident: <fukushimathirdanniversaryevents.blogspot.com>.

Political Action: Climate Action March/Fair

8:30 AM, Great March for Climate, kickoff & rally at Wilmington Waterfront Park, Wilmington, RSVP: <j.mp/GreatMarchRSVP> (must be upper/lowercase as shown). The march continues toward Downtown LA/ USC & many marchers will continue to Washington DC to deliver the message that we need immediate legislative and executive action to solve the climate crisis. 11 AM – 1:30 PM, Climate Action Fair, Wilmington Athletic Complex, 1650 Figueroa St,, Wilmington. <j.mp/GreatMarchWU> (must be upper/lowercase as shown), <facebook.com/events/1391559771106634>, <facebook.com/events/346178145521585>.

Political Action: Great March for Climate Action

Join together for the largest coast-to-coast (Port of LA to Washington DC) climate march in American history! Kickoff & Rally. 9 AM. Wilmington Waterfront Park, Wilmington, CA. <wilderutopia.com>, search for “great march.”

Political Meeting: Military Families Speak Out

MFSO Orange County Chapter. 1st Saturdays monthly. 10 AM. Contact them for location, etc. (562) 833-8035. <socal.mfso.org/contact-us/>, <mfsooc.org>.

Classes: Ecovillage Tours

History, context, accomplishments, pitfalls, transitions, plans and visions for this central city demonstration ecovillage neighborhood-in-process and its intentional community. Mar 1, 15, 29, Apr 12, 26. 10:30 AM – 1 PM. $10 sliding scale; $20 with vegetarian lunch. RSVP. LA EcoVillage, 117 Bimini Place, LA. (213) 738-1254. <crsp@igc.org>. <laecovillage.org>.

Political Action: March Against Corruption

Raise awareness about the corrupting influence of money and special interests in governance and public policy making. Bring signs, drums, noisemakers, friends! Meetup 2 PM. City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., LA. <facebook.com/events/213436725502955>.

Political Action: NSA Protest Rally

Join us as we speak out against the invasions of our privacy and against the growing police state. Inform the public. Talk to passer-bys, hand out flyers, and make sure they are informed. 3 PM. City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., LA. <facebook.com/events/429831517140095>.

Political Meeting: SF Valley Socialists

Meetings usually 1st Saturdays monthly. 3–5 PM. Room 268, Sierra Hall, west side of CSU Northridge. <ccrittenden@csun.edu>.

Community Event: Pete Seeger Tribute

Performances, and Sing-a-longs by: The Lefteous Sisters, Ross Altman, Gary Gordon & more.

4-7 PM. $10 suggested donation, no one turned away. The Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. <facebook.com/events/604057206344952>.

Talk: Michael Parenti

“Capitalism: Lost Prosperity, False Democracy.” 5 PM reception, 6 PM welcome & guest speaker. Donations requested but all are welcome! Sponsored by IAC-LA, SOAW-LA, Frank Dorrell & others. Echo Park United Methodist Church, 1226 N. Alvarado St. (at Sunset), LA. (323) 679-5023. <alise@theory.org>.

Community Event: It Came from Venice

Art, music, poetry, dance celebration. 6-10 PM. Mar 1, 8 & 15. Free.  Sponto Gallery, 9 Dudley Ave., Venice. (310) 306-7330.

March 2 ● Sunday

Political Action: Arlington West Memorial

Volunteers desperately needed to keep the memorial going. Continuing every Sunday. Santa Monica. 6 AM – 4 PM. (323) 934-3451. <arlingtonwestsantamonica.org>.

Talk: Stop Jail Expansion

“Jail Expansion in L.A. County: How you can help to stop it.” & The Upcoming Sheriff Election. Noon potluck; 1-3 PM presentation. Sanctuary of Change. The Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. <facebook.com/events/274456919385136>.

Art: Cuban Five

“I Will Die the Way I Lived.” Featuring 15 watercolor paintings by Cuban Five prisoner Antonio Guerrero, who learned to paint and draw from fellow inmates. Celebrate the scheduled release from prison of fellow political prisoner Fernando González. The Cuban Five a.k.a. “Los Five Cubanos” were unjustly convicted 15 years ago for preventing terrorist attacks against Cuba. Opening reception & program today, 2-4 PM. Exhibit runs thru Mar 30, Tue-Thu 10 AM – 4 PM, Fri/Sat Noon-8 PM. Coffee & Crepes, 4545 Cesar Chavez Ave. (Just E of the 710), East LA. (323) 263-4544, (323) 661-1980. <nortonsandler@att.net>. <thecuban5.org>.

Political Meeting: OC Greens

March Speaker: Donald Craig, OC NAACP.  Normally 1st Sundays monthly. 2-3 PM general meeting; 304 PM County Council. Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine. (949) 559-7336. <tiritilligreen@sbcglobal.net>, <mrl@greens.org>. <ocgreens.org>, <facebook.com/events/493720534082740>.

March 3 ● Monday

Political Action: Fullerton 14 Court Support

The ten people arrested at the Kelly Thomas rally Jan 18 (mostly unlawfully) & charged with failure to disperse are in court today. 8 AM. North Justice Center, 1275 N. Berkeley Ave., Fullerton. Video on the rally: <youtube.com/watch?v=xLNnKBmd28I>. <facebook.com/events/1454699788083144>.

Political Action: Statewide Student March

To demand fulfillment of student needs including sustaining ethnic studies and increasing student & staff/faculty racial diversity. 10 AM – Noon. From 400 Ballpark Dr, W. Sacramento to CA State Capitol, 1315 10th St., Sacramento. <facebook.com/events/433723686759521>.

Political Action: Fukushima Commemoration & Peace Walk

Third Anniversary Commemoration, 5:30-7:30 PM, free & open to the public,  University Club of Santa Barbara, 1332 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara. Peace Walk for a Nuclear Free World, March 4-11, Santa Barbara to Diablo Canyon NPP, ending with an all day vigil. Followed by Fukushima Commemoration, 7 PM, Steynberg Gallery, San Luis Obispo, details: <mothersforpeace.org>.

Film: “Blockadia Rising”

A documentary about the direct ation group Tar Sands Blockade fighting construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Followed by a discussion. Films for Flight film series screening a soclai justice themed film 1st Mondays monthly. The movie will start at 7:00PM but feel free to come earlier. Animal Farm collective house, San Diego. Contact for the address via <facebook.com/maiadac> or <hummingbirdhuddle.wordpress.com/contact-us>.  <facebook.com/events/287300448089256>.

Talk: ImaginAction

We use theatre to create rituals, allowing participants to recreate themselves and the community around them. Co-sponsors: SOAW, Program for Torture Victims (PTV) & others. $25. RSVP: Call or send checks to “ImaginAction,” 788 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre CA. 91024. Venue: Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. (310) 345-4883, (310) 940-7303. <sandrasdelmundo@gmail.com>. <imaginaction.org>.

March 4 ● Tuesday

Stand in Peace

Stand in Peace Tustin Common Ground is a spiritual community. Several members hold signs reading “Imagine Peace.” Every Tuesday. 4-5 PM. Tustin Common Ground. Prospect Ave. (at Irvine, NW Corner), Tustin. (714) 961-5439. <camarshall7@sbcglobal.net>. <embracehumanity.com>.

Books: McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club

1st Tuesdays monthly. 6-8 PM. Free. Marina Del Rey Library, 4533 Admirality Way, MDR. (310) 821-3415. <laughtears.com>.

Community Event: Transgender Social Support Group

For transgender people of all stages and gender variance or questioning gender identity and for friends & family. Not a dating, romance or singles group. Every Wednesday. 7-9 PM. Suggested donation $5; no one turned away. South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550, (310) 217-9202. <thecenter@southbaycenter.org>. <southbaycenter.org>.

March 5 ● Wednesday

Political Meeting: Counter Recruitment

Regular monthly meeting of Glendale Education/Social Justice Advocates. Working to encourage GUSD to provide balanced information about military recruiting & other social issues. Students, parents, community members are invited. Usually 1st Wednesdays monthly. 6-8 PM. Pacific Park Library, 501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale. (818) 248-4967. <gesja_email@yahoo.com>.

Film: “Kangamba”

Kangamba is a small Angola town where a 1983 battle between Angolan soldiers & Cuban allies against paramilitaries aligned with apartheid South Africa’s government. The greatly outnumbered Angolan & Cuban forces were ultimately victorious. The film also covers the battle’s larger consequences on the African independence struggle and against apartheid.  The Cuba in Revolution film series continues with more films every Wednesdays thru Apr 9. 7 PM. ANSWER office, 135 E. 3rd St., Downtown LA. (323) 394-3611. <answerla@answerla.org>. <answerla.org>.

Political Meeting: DFA-OC

Monthly meeting of Democracy for America Orange County. February speakers on “It’s Women’s History Month – So Where Are We After All This Time?” Normally 1st Wednesdays monthly. Social 6:15 PM; program 7:15 PM. Karl Strauss Brewery, Metropointe Shopping Center, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa. <sckopicki@gmail.com> or contact form at <meetup.com/dfa-oc>.

March 6 ● Thursday

Political Meeting: Long Beach Greens

1st Thursdays monthly. A local group of activists working for a fair economy, a just society & a sustainable future. 7 PM. Contact them for location and to verify meeting time. <longbeach (at) greens.org>. <cagreens.org/longbeach>.

Film: Peace & Justice

March film: “Chisholm ‘72: Unbought & Unbossed.”  Usually 1st Thursdays monthly. Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition. 7-9 PM. St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. (NE corner @ Wardman St.), Whittier. (562) 587-6270, (562) 233-8579. <whittierpeace.org>.

Political Meeting: ACLU Orange County

Usually 1st Thursdays monthly. 7:30 PM. (714) 956-5037. Call for location. <quetzalcoatl38@aol.com>.

March 7 ● Friday

Community Event: LGBT Chat Night

7-10 PM. Suggested donation $5; no one turned away. Refreshments included. South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550, (310) 217-9202.

<thecenter@southbaycenter.org>. <southbaycenter.org>.

Film: TPA Film Night

March film: “Fear Not the Path of Truth: A Veteran’s Journey After Fallujah.” Please bring a vegetarian pot luck snack or non-alcoholic drink to share.  Topanga Peace Alliance. Usually 1st Fridays monthly. Doors open at 7 PM, screening at 7:30 PM sharp. Parking under the library. Topanga Library, 122 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga. (310) 795-1373. <debbieinla@outlook.com>. <topangapeacealliance.org>.

March 8 ● Saturday

Community Event: Mujeres de Maiz

A Season of spiritual artivist happenings to honor Womyn in mind, body and spirit. Programming, including over 14 events is in collaboration with various collectives & organizations across the Eastside. Mar 8 – May 18. <mujeresdemaiz.com>.

Classes: Intro to Documentary Filmmaking

Learn storytelling, interview technique & other fundamentals. No previous filmmaking experience necessary. All equipment and materials provided. Eight Saturdays starting Mar 8. 10 AM – 12:30 PM. Limit of 6 students. $250. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St. (at  Sunset), LA. (213) 484 – 8846. <info@echoparkfilmcenter.org>. <echoparkfilmcenter.org>.

Community Event: Fukushima

“Love to Nippon 2014 – Lessons Learned from the March 11 th Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.” 1-4 PM, interfaith service & prayers, flower & incense offerings, booths . 3-5 PM, memorial program. Memorial program seating limited; RSVP. Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, LAPD HQ, 100 W. 1st St., LA. <jas-socal.org>.

Community Event: Intl. Women’s Day

“Women against Repression & Occupation – Rock, Rap & Speakout vs Poverty, Prisons & War.” Concert & Speakout. Local musicians, performing artists, poets & people speaking on issues of vital interest and concern to women and to our communities. With people’s art show, children’s activities, food & more. Part of global actions are called by Global Women’s Strike. Gather at 2 PM. MacArthur Park, Wilshire Blvd. (between Alvarado & Park), LA. (323) 276-9833. <la@allwomencount.net>. <globalwomenstrike.net>, search for “los angeles.”

Community Event: Intl. Women’s Day

Socialist Party LA Local International Women’s Day community outreach. The LA Local & friends are meeting at the Hauser office to deliver flowers to the women of the community surrounding the office. Please join us to make this a truly special day for the women of our community! 2 PM. 2617 Hauser Blvd., LA. <facebook.com/events/1460550200829788>.

Books: Revolution Books Book Club.

2nd Saturdays monthly. 2 PM.  Revolution Books/ Libros Revolución, 5726 Hollywood Blvd, LA. (323) 463-3500. <revolutionbooksla@gmail.com>. <revolutionbooksla.blogspot.com>.

Media: Ross Altman

Interview with the folk singer. MESS. 2nd Saturdays monthly. 4 PM. Free. Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056. <laughtears.com>.

Film: “Race & Space in Los Angeles

Shorts about race and place in Los Angeles, featuring 16mm films about the coming of Dodger Stadium to Chavez Ravine in the 1950s, growing up in Watts in the 1960s, and the black community in Venice. Introduction & discussion by Dr. Marsha Gordon (NC State University) and Dr. Allyson Nadia Field (UCLA). Projection by Dino Everett (USC). Prints provided by UCLA and USC. 8 PM.  Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N Alvarado St. (at Sunset) Los Angeles. (213) 484 – 8846. <info@echoparkfilmcenter.org>. <echoparkfilmcenter.org>.

March 9 ● Sunday

Political Meeting: Humanist Association of LA

Usually 2nd Sundays monthly. 11 AM. Contact them to check. Colorado Center, Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 479-2236. <larry-a-taylor (at) att (dot) net>. <hala.org>. For other locations, click on “Southern California Freethought groups.”

Community Event: Judy Abdo’s Brother Celebration of Life for SM activist Judy Abdo’s brother Richard James Ulrich. 4-6 PM. The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica.

March 10 ● Monday

Film: Tiffany Shlain

“ Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death, & Technology” and short films by her.

Film & interview. Plus 8 PM, sneak preview/test screening of new political health film. Documental. 2nd Mondays monthly. 6-10 PM. Free. Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056. <laughtears.com>.

Film: Ruben Salazar

“Ruben Salazar: Man In The Middle.” Examines the life & death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar, killed under mysterious circumstances by a law enforcement officer in 1970 in the aftermath of the National Chicano Moratorium protest march against the Vietnam war in East LA. 7-10 PM. Free. CSULB University Theatre, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. <facebook.com/events/456520081142923>.

Political Meeting: Three Strikes

Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes (FACTS). 2nd/4th Mondays monthly. Help them amend Three Strikes to apply to violent felonies only. 7 PM. Other chapters on the website. Chico’s Justice Center, 1137 E. Redondo Blvd., Inglewood. (213) 746-4844. <facts1.net>.

Political Meeting: SF Valley Greens

2nd Mondays monthly. Open & free to the public. 7 PM. Free. 8847 Penfield, Northridge. (818) 380-1252, (818) 515-8541.

March 11 ● Tuesday

Film: “Metamorphosis”

By Jun Hori. Hori is a noted Japanese television journalist & commentator. His documentary video explores the Japanese citizen reaction to the Fukushima reactor meltdowns, and public opposition to government proposals to reopen Japan’s remaining 50 reactors. “Metamorphosis” also explores several nuclear accident sites in the United States, including Three Mile Island. Also, an ongoing photographic art exhibit at the gallery thru Apr 26, “Silent but Deadly: Chernobyl- Fukushima- San Onofre.” 7 PM. BC Space Gallery, 235 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach. (949) 497-1880, (949) 697-5237. <bcspace.com>.

Forum: Women’s Rights

Addressing gender & racial inequities in education, wages, health services access, provision and consumption of care, poverty rates from childhood through retirement, immigrant reunification/detention/deportation, criminal incarceration, and recidivism. Free & open to the public; RSVP recommended. 7-9 PM. Hollywood United Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. <aclusocal.org/womensrightsforum>, <facebook.com/events/285737091576156>.

Film: “Surviving Japan”

A powerful film about the tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster’s aftermath. 7:30-9:35 PM. Advance ticket purchase at their website. Laemmle’s Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd, West LA. (310) 478-3836. <tugg.com/titles/311-surviving-japan>, <survivingjapanmovie.com>.

March 12 ● Wednesday

Political Meeting: United Nations Women

LA Chapter general meeting. Formed to promote the status of women worldwide. 2nd Wednesdays monthly. 7 PM. National Council of Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax, LA.  (310) 450-3396. <chillman@la.unwomen-usnc.org>, <socal@unwomen.usnc.org>, <la@unwomen-usnc.org>. <unwomen-usnc.org/greaterla#>.

Music: Suzy Williams

2nd Wednesdays monthly. 7-10 PM. Free.  Dannys, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 450-6052. <laughtears.com>.

Talk: Where’s Edward Snowden?

“Civil Liberties in the National Security Era: What Happened to Edward Snowden?” Sponsored by Caltech “Y” Social Activism Speaker Series & ACLU of Southern CA. 7:30 PM.Beckman Institute Auditorium, Caltech, 1200 E. California Blvd, Pasadena. Park in Caltech parking structures; meters free after 5 PM. (213) 977-9500.

March 13 ● Thursday

Political Action: Long Beach Peace Vigil

Long Beach Area Peace Network organizing to stop the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan and to promote social justice in our community. 2nd Thursdays monthly. 7 PM. Catalyst Meeting Space, 430 E. First St., Long Beach. <naidatushnet62@verizon.net>.

Film: Conscientious Projector

March film: “Elemental: Three Stories. Three Continents. One Commitment to Change” (<elementalthefilm.com>).  Special Ten Year Anniversary meeting. Usually 2nd Thursdays monthly. 7 PM. (310) 782-4738, (626) 792-4941. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Ave.,  Pasadena. <conscientiousprojector.wordpress.com>, <facebook.com/group.php?gid=53883487201>. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)

Political Meeting: Healthcare For All LA

Screening the documentary “Got Healthcare?” with the 2009 protests around Healthcare reform proposals then being developed, lobbied and legislated by Congress. Filmmaker/producer Jon Raymond hosts a Q&A after the showing. Film clips: <gothealthcaremovie.com>. 7-9 PM. Don White Meeting Room, Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, Parking lot and entrance behind the building. Press 22 at the door. (310) 459-9763. <mcruised@aol.com>. <healthcareforall.org> (click on “local chapters,” then on “los angeles county”).

Political Meeting: Healthcare For All SFV

San Fernando Valley chapter meeting. Advocating for Improved Medicare (single-payer health care) for All Californians. 7:30 PM.  Switching to: 2nd Thursdays monthly. New Location: Plaza del Valle Community Room/ Salon Comunitario, 8610 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City. In plaza behind Wells Fargo Bank; plenty of free parking. (818) 766-7318. <info@hca-sfv.org>. <healthcareforall.org> (click on “local chapters” then on “san fernando valley”), <facebook.com/hcasfv>. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)

March 14 ● Friday

Submit: ARE Scholarships                     

For undocumented HS & college students. Deadline today. <razaeducators.org>.

Political Action: Vandenberg

“Vandenberg’s Role in US Global Domination: Implications of US ‘Pivot’ into the Asia-Pacific.” Global Network 2014 Space Conference, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. Mar 14-16. Santa Barbara, CA. With vigil at Vandenberg AFB. (207) 443-9502. <globalnet@mindspring.com> . <space4peace.org>.

Community Event: LGBT Game Night

A night of games, puzzles, conversation and refreshments. Also Mar 28. 7-10 PM. Suggested donation $5; no one turned away. South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550, (310) 217-9202. <thecenter@southbaycenter.org>. <southbaycenter.org>.

March 15 ● Saturday

Submit: What is Anarchism?

500 word essay contest. Prizes to $25 AK Press gift card. Pulbication in Black Flag. Multiple submissions welcome. Email <omarhussein@gmail.com> or <catullus1984@riseup.net> to submit or for more information. Deadline *tonight* at midnight.

March 16 ● Sunday

Discussion: “The Nation”

Magazine readers’ group. 3rd Sundays monthly. 2:30 PM. (310) 398-2428.

Political Meeting: Jericho

3rd Sundays monthly. 4 PM: letter writing to prisoners. Followed at 5 PM by the monthly general meeting of the Inter-Communal Solidarity Committee. Left Side Lounge, 1905 Rodeo Road between Western and Arlington. 4 PM. (310) 495-0299. <jerichoamnestylosangeles@gmail.com>. <thejerichomovement.com>.

March 17 ● Monday

Community Event: PFLAG

Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays. 7 PM. Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw, Rolling Hills. (310) 831-2967.

March 18 ● Tuesday

Political Action: OC Code Pink Vigil

3rd Tuesdays monthly. 5:30-7 PM. Plaza Square Park, Traffic Circle at Glassell & Chapman, Orange. (562) 833-8035. <mfso-oc@earthlink.net>. <mfsooc.org>.

March 19 ● Wednesday

Media: 2014 Homeless Marathon

If anyone is interested in working on street interviews or segments, contact Jeremy Alderson at <radio@lightlink.com> well in advance of the event.

Film: “The Greening of Cuba”

After the imposition of capitalism on Eastern Europe in the early 90s, Cuba lost trading partners & allies. Lacking vital imports of fertilizers & petroleum, the Cuban people waged a titanic and successful campaign to revolutionize their agriculture, creating the only large-scale renewable agricultural system on the planet. 7 PM  Answer Office, 135 E 3rd St, Downtown LA. (323) 394-3611. <answerla@answerla.org>.

Political Meeting: LA Greens

3rd Wednesdays monthly. 7 PM. Call them for the meeting location (the Peace Center has moved). (323) 651-5539. <losangelesgreens.org>.

Media: MOM

Meditations On Media. Gerry Fialkas stimulating soiree stirs up discussion to reveal the hidden effects of what humans have invented. 3rd Wednesdays monthly. 7-10 PM. Free. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. <laughtears.com>.

Discussion: “Monthly Review”

Readers’ discussion group. 3rd Wednesdays monthly. 7:30 PM. Yahoo Colorado Center, Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 390-0306.

March 20 ● Thursday

Political Meeting: SFV Atheists United

Usually 3rd Thursdays monthly (Feb 20), 6:30 PM, Kountry Folks Restaurant, 8501 Sepulveda Blvd., North Hills, (818) 988-2806 (after 5 PM), <atheistsunited.org>. Also other chapters. (866) GOD-LESS, (323) 666-4258. <atheistsunited.org>.

Political Meeting: Peace & Freedom Party

Open to all Peace & Freedom Party registrants. Normally 3rd Thursdays monthly. 7 PM. 2617 S. Hauser Blvd, L.A. (323) 960-5036. <pfplosangeles (at) peaceandfreedom.org>. <peaceandfreedom.org>. See other local chapters on the website (click on contact, local organizations): Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bern., San Diego, SLO & Ventura Counties.

Poetry: Fightin Words

Open Mic to Stop Police Brutality. Hosted by Oct. 22 Coalition. 3rd Thursdays monthly. Call to be sure its happening. 8-11 PM. Chuco’s Justice Center, 1137 E. Redondo Blvd., Inglewood. (323) 235-4243 , (323) 446-7459. <youth4justice.org>.

March 21 ● Friday

Film: LGBT Center Movie Night

Movie selection determined by those present. 7 PM. Suggested donation $5; no one turned away. Refreshments. South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550, (310) 217-9202. <thecenter@southbaycenter.org>. <southbaycenter.org>.

March 22 ● Saturday

Classes: Tijuana Maquiladora Tour

Come to learn about Tijuana communities and workers’ conditions and struggles! Passport or other documentation needed. $30. 9 AM – 3 PM. Tour registration & info: <sdmaquila.org>.

Community Event: Tia Chucha’s 13th Anniversary

With live art, cultural tianguis, food vendors, community fandango, & many more surprises. Noon – 6 PM. Free. Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore, 13197 Gladstone Ave., Unit A, Sylmar. <facebook.com/events/231254737055157>.

Community Service: Fair Chance Project

A free legal clinic especially created for those impacted by the prison system. Usually 4th Saturdays monthly. 1:30-3:30 PM (contact them to verify date/time). Chuco’s Justice Center, 1137 E. Redondo Beach Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 677-7445. <gerifacts@sbcglobal.net>. <fairchanceproject.com>.

March 23 ● Sunday

Political Meeting: LA Atheists United

4th Sundays monthly. 11 AM – 2 PM. Center for Inquiry West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 666-9797. <jimu@cfiwest.org>. Also other chapters. (866) GOD-LESS, (323) 666-4258. <atheistsunited.org>.

Film: Natasha Maidoff Live Cinema

Venice artist Maidoff’s work-in-progress. The Sleepwalker magically merges live dance and video projection performance to expand the viewing experience. Also, Curator Lance Richter screens rare experimental films. 7 Dudley Cinema. 4th Sundays monthly. Free. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. <laughtears.com>.

March 25 ● Tuesday

Political Meeting: Police Victims Support

Have you or a family member been brutalized by the police? SPIRIT (Support & Partnership In Respect & In Trust). Regular meetings last Tuesdays monthly. 7-9 PM. Contact them to verify info. Youth Justice Coalition/ Chuco’s Justice Center, 253 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., LA. (323) 369-9662, (323) 235-4243. <kruti222@yahoo.com>.

March 26 ● Wednesday

Community Meeting: Activist  Support Circle

Program TBD. Call to verify. 6:30 PM refreshments; 7 PM program. Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard Street, Santa Monica. (310) 399-1000. <activistsupportcircle@earthlink.net>. <activistsupportcircle.org>.

March 27 ● Thursday

Film: Coastal Convergence Society

Free video night. Meet local peace & justice neighbors for free food, video & discussion. You can bring your own video. Last Thursdays monthly. 7 PM. Contact them for directions.  Huntington Beach. (714) 964-2162. <ccshbca@aol.com>.

Film: Miko Revereza

Revereza was born in Manila and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. A screening of his work created in LA AIR’s artist-in-residence program utilizing EPFC resources in creating new work over a 4 week period. 8PM. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N Alvarado St. (at Sunset), LA. (213) 484 – 8846. <info@echoparkfilmcenter.org>. <echoparkfilmcenter.org>.

March 28 ● Friday

Political Meeting: Center for Inquiry Dinners

Atheists, freethinkers, secular humanists, skeptics, nonbelievers, agnostics & inquiring minds welcome. Hosted by Rachel Sene and Jay Johnson. 4th Fridays monthly (not 5th Fridays). 6:30 PM dinner; 7:30 PM discussion followed by unstructured socializing. WLA Grill, 11407 Santa Monica Blvd., West LA. (310) 780-7363, (310) 488-7431. (Dial *82 to unblock if you want a callback.) <cfiwest.org>.

Political Meeting: Change-Links

Regular monthly mailing meeting for this newspaper. Noon. Contact us for location and to verify time. (818) 782-1412, (818) 681-7448. <change@pacbell.net>. <change-links.org>.

Upcoming:

April 2

Film: “De Cierta Manera – One Way or Another”

A 1974 Cuban film that depicts life in poor neighborhoods in Cuba shortly after the revolution. The Cuba in Revolution film series continues with more films every Wednesdays thru Apr 9. 7 PM. ANSWER office, 135 E. 3rd St., Downtown LA. (323) 394-3611. <answerla@answerla.org>. <answerla.org>.

April 4

Conference: Labor Notes

Apr 4-6. Chicago, IL. (718) 284-4144. <labornotes.org>, click on events.

April 6

Community Event: Beyond Baroque Awards Dinner

Honoring poet/educator/publisher, William Mohr, and poet/publisher Rick Lupert. 6 PM. Advance tickets required: <4thbbawards.eventbrite.com>. The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. (310) 822-3006. <carlye@beyondbaroque.org>. <beyondbaroque.org>.

OnGoing:

Please call all Ongoing events to confirm and let us know about any updates.

Alternate Calendar sources:

LA County: Dick & Sharon’s LA Progressive. <laprogressive.com>, look under “events.” Orange County: Orange County Democracy for America (DFA): <dfa-oc.org/calendar>. Orange County Peace Coalition (separate calendar): <dfa-oc.org/wordpress/calendar-html>. San Diego County: Activist San Diego, <activistsandiego.org>, click on “Calendar;” Occupy San Diego Calendar, <copswiki.org/Common/OccupySanDiegoCalendar>. Santa Barbara County: Join listserve via <sbprogcoalition-subscribe@yahoogroups.com> or <groups.yahoo.com/group/sbprogcoalition>.

Classes:

March 1

Tenants Rights

The Coalition for Economic Survival, with 27 years in working for tenants rights and other issues. Two meetings weekly to help tenants. Every Wed. 7 PM & every Sat. 10 AM. Plummer Park, Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood. (213) 252-4411, (323) 656-4410. <contactces@earthlink.net>. <cesinaction.org>.

March 6

Acting Workshop for Vets

To train actors for performance & to help individuals heal, grow & learn via “drama therapy.” Donation, register online. Contact them for location and to see whether classes are in session. The Veterans Project. 7-10 PM. Every Thursday. Also community theater & interpersonal communication skills workshops. 3916 Sepulveda, LA. (310) 842-8794. <roy@theveteransproject.org>. <theveteransproject.org>.

Young Warriors

“For youth by youth” program guiding them into meeting the challenge of their own struggle, Everyone has something to offer to better our future! Contact them for time and place.

(818) 913-1968, (818) 939-3433. <youngwarriors_souls@yahoo.com>, <young.warriors.yw@gmail.com>. <tiachucha.org>, <facebook.com/YoungWarriors2007>.

Media:

Alternative Radio

Weekly hour-long ongoing series. Featuring speakers like Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Chris Hedges & Howard Zinn. <alternativeradio.org>.

l.a. activist

LA activism journal. <laactivist.com>.

Left Wing Radio Stations

<leftwingradiostations.com>.

Progressive AM Talk Radio

Randi Rhodes (<therandirhodesshow.com>), M-F, Noon – 3 PM. Mike Malloy (<mikemalloy.com>; also <tunein.com>: search for “malloy”) Thom Hartmann (<thomhartmann.com>), radio & TV.

Progressive Podcast

The Rational Radical. Long time activist and subscriber to Change Links, Jerold Block hosts a popular progressive Podcast. <rational@roadrunner.com>. <therationalradical.com>.

Progressive Radio

From Matt Rothschild of The Progressive magazine. <progressive.org/radioweekly>.

Raza Press & Media Association

“The only Mexican-Raza journalist organization consistently advancing and building revolutionary anti-imperialist media.” <razapressassociation.org/blog>.

Vegan Radio

“Go Vegan with Bob Linden.” Broadcast stations & show times on website (frequent changes). Also archives & podcasts. <bob@goveganradio.com>. <goveganradio.com>.

Fridays

Michael Slate

Fridays, 10-11 AM, KPFK 90.7 FM. <kpfk.org>.

Political Action/Meetings:

Vigils, Meetings & Demonstrations: Due to space constraints we may not list all of these in our print edition but they are on our website.

March 2

RAC Food Program

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities Food Program, a mutual-aid project organizing & distributing food in its home neighborhoods. Volunteers needed. Usually every Sunday. 10 AM – 5 PM. MacArthur Park, SW Corner of Wilshire  Blvd. & Park View Ave. <rac-la@lists.riseup.net>. <revolutionaryautonomouscommunities.blogspot.com>.

March 4

Occupy Fights Foreclosures

(323) 696-0596. <o.f.f.homedefense@gmail.com>. <occupyfightsforeclosures.org>, <facebook.com/OccupyFightsForeclosures>.

March 4

Occupy Venice

General Assembly. Continuing every Tue/Thu. 7 PM. 1354 Abbot Kinney (on the back patio), Venice. <facebook.com/occupyveniceca>, <twitter.com/occupyvenice>.

March 6

GA Drone Demonstrations

Weekly demonstrations at General Atomics in Poway.  GA makes the Predator Drone. Contact them to verify details. San Diego Veterans For Peace. Thursdays. 4–6 PM. Poway CA. (760) 207-9139. <dpatterson998@yahoo.com>.

Women Organizing for Justice

A leadership development program seeking to increase the participation of formerly incarcerated and other women in the struggle for social justice. Focusing on criminal justice reform. (323) 563-3575. <susan@anewwayoflife.org>, <info@anewwayoflife.org>. <anewwayoflife.org>

Volunteer Opportunities:

Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs (FNB) shares free vegan food with the homeless and all others in need in protest against the effects of capitalism & military spending. All FNB collectives need volunteers. Global directories: <foodnotbombs.net> (click on “find your local chapter”). Group updates may be sent to: <menu@foodnotbombs.net> and the worldwide listserve (subscribe at: <lists.riseup.net/www/info/fnbnetwork>). Always verify that FNB serving listings are up to date.

Sharing Food

Michael Hubman and others run “Right to Share Food” bringing food & water to the folks living on LA’s Skid Row. (714) 227-2217. <waterman@watercorps.net>. <righttosharefood.org>, <watercorps.net>. (These websites may not be up to date.)

Announcements:

Community Services:

Bartering Groups

Get goods and services without cash; trade without banks or a money system. Local community based finance groups are listed at <timebanks.org>. Click on Membership then Membership Directory in the drop-down menu. Use “los angeles” for a search phrase.

Car-Free Living

Auto-Free Orange County: <autofree.net>. Car-Free Santa Barbara: <byrdm@sbcapcd.org>. <santabarbaracarfree.org>. Also, a worldwide network of car-free resources: <worldcarfree.net>. And we’d like to know about local sites for other regions in SoCal.

Free Fruit

A free fruit treasure map of your neighborhood. Map locations you know about; visit places others have posted. This is potentially a *worldwide* resource. <ediblecities.org>.

Homeless & Hungry

“Peoples Guide.” How to get food, money, housing, health care & other help from government programs and community services if you live in LA County and need help in hard times. Online or order printed copies. Hunger Action LA (HALA). <orders@hungeractionla.org>. (213) 388-8228. 2012 version is online at <hungeractionla.org>. New 2013-2014 editions now available.

Homeless Resources

“Street Lawyer: A WIKI to End and Prevent Homelessness,” <wiki.nlchp.org>. Westside Live Food Calendar: <hopemakingchange.org>, click on “iEat.” Or go to <weho.org>, search for “food programs in west hollywood” then find the document in the list (document dated 2012-02). “Los Angeles Homeless Resource Wiki,” <lahomeless.org> (try clicking on the logo on the upper left to access content). And many other online local resources can be found by searching for “los angeles homeless resources” (change the locale if necessary).

iEat

Santa Monica/Venice Food Programs. Westside LIVE Food Calendar. <hopemakingchange.org>, click on “iEat;” current calendar is at bottom.

LA Intentional Community Networking

Many alternative housing options. <laecovillage.org/Intentionalcommunitynetworking.html>.

Market Match Program

Helping boost buying power for seniors and low income families at many SoCal farmers’ markets. CalFresh, WIC and SSI participants get $5-10 weekly to spend at the market. <hungeractionla.org>,  see “market match” at top of website.

Radical Guide to LA

From the 2011 Anarchist Bookfair. Places to eat, drink, visit, radical history, places to stay, links to radical organizations, etc. <laanarchist.org>, click on

Search & Seizure Law

Updated 2012-09. <or.fd.org>, click on the “Case Documents” tab & look for “Search and Seizure.”

Unemployed Resources

An online LA Indymedia article lists a number of resources for those who are struggling in our economy: <la.indymedia.org/news/2011/02/244433.php>. (You may choose to click through a “site warning”; if so, “buyer beware.”)

Women’s Non-Violence Centers

<justicewomen.com>, then “Help for Victims,” then “How To Start an Independent Advocacy Center to End Violence Against Women … and Why.” Also other info helping women help themselves.

Jobs:

Sustainable Living & Farming Jobs

And other “short term job opportunities.” <backdoorjobs.com>.

Military & Draft:

Conscientious Objectors

Linking up with one of the following groups is the first step recommended for obtaining CO status: Center on Conscience & War (CCW) <centeronconscience.org>, Courage to Resist (CTR) <couragetoresist.org> or GI Rights Hotline <girightshotline.org>.

Counter Recruitment

Palisadians for Peace conducts High School campus visits weekly when schools are in session. Usually early morning (onsite about 7 AM). They also canvass other events and distribute information pamphlets in commercial & residential areas offering alternatives and factual information countering relentless military campus recruitment. Volunteers needed. (310) 573-1901. <ulisandra.paz@verizon.net>. (This email address may be bad– “over quota.”)

Counter Recruitment

National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth. Retains resources & pamphlets and a list of organizations involved in CR work on their website. Check out their “Alternatives to the Military” (its on the left side of the page) that lists job resources for those who feel that the military is their only option. <nnomy.org>. Resources for Educators to Stop the War: <educatorstostopthewar.org>, click on “Counter-Recruitment.” Project YANO (Youth and Non-military Opportunities), <projectyano.org>.

Counter Recruitment.

OC Recruitment Awareness Project. New volunteers urgently needed. If you can spare 90 minutes at 7 A.M. once a month during the new school year, please contact us immediately. (949) 492-0571. <bmartin125@comline.com>. <oc-rap.org>,  <facebook.com/pages/OC-RAPOrange-County-Recruitment-Awareness-Project/351358901637094>.

GI Rights

Hotlines: (800) 394-9544 & (877) 447- 4487. Email them for sample info cards & stickers with a price list: <jimhabersf@yahoo.com>. <girightshotline.org>.

Opt-Out

The Pentagon, in violation of the Privacy Act, has compiled and put into use a mega-database of private information on 30 million 16-25-year-olds. Even if you have opted your child out of the lists public schools turn over to local military recruiters, you or your child must also contact the Pentagon directly to get off this new national military recruiting list. More information on their website. Leave My Child Alone. <themmob.org/lmca>.

PTSD Resources

The Wounded Warrior Call-Center: (877) 487-6299, a hotline for injured, wounded or ill former and current Marines, Sailors & their family members. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255). SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education): <save.org>. Vets 4 Vets: (520) 319-5500, <vets4vets.us>, a peer support group for recent vets. National Veterans Foundation: (888) 777-4443, <nvf.org>. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injuries (DCoE): <dcoe.health.mil>, <facebook.com/dcoepage>. Licensed mental health professionals who offer free psychological treatment to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan: <thesoldiersproject.org>. We do not vouch for any of these being *progressive* resources. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)

Recruiter Abuse Hotline (877) 688-6881.

 

<tomjoad.org>.

Underground War Resisters

House a soldier/resister on the way to Canada. The War Resisters Support Campaign has been inundated with requests considering emigration. (416) 598-1222, (647) 393-3096. <resisters@sympatico.ca>.

Police & Migrant Issues:

Checkpoint Response

To report a checkpoint from local news or your observation, or to receive text alerts, please email: / Para divulgar un punto de comprobación de noticias locales o de su observación, o recibir alarmas del texto, envíe por correo electrónico por favor: <noretenes@gmail.com>. Also see: <facebook.com/policeretencheckpoint>.

CopWatch

Useful for people who have been brutalized, harassed, or had family members murdered by the police. (877) 4-LA1992, (877) 8NO – COPS. Look on their website for a police activity and ICE raids mobile phone alert service. Report a Cop and Copwatch LA Radio online; also text alerts. Many other features. <copwatchla@riseup.net>. <copwatchla.org>, <copwatchlosangeles.blogspot.com>. Also RTF National Mobile Cop Watch Network; info: <raisethefist.com/copwatch>.

Police Brutality

CopWatch LA: see above. October 22 Coalition LA, <tiahstarr@hotmail.com> or NY Central office at <mediocremustard@optonline.net> and ask for a referral to Oct 22 LA. CAHRO (California Association of Human Relations Organizations), 320 West Temple St., #1184, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 974-7601, <cahro.org>. LA County Human Relations Commission, (213) 737-7463. Idris Stelley Foundation (ISF, SF Bay area) 24 HR Bilingual Crisis line at (415) 595-8251 for referrals, <mysite.verizon.net/vzeo9ewi/idrissstelleyfoundation>, <myspace.com/isfoundation>. (Sites on myspace may require membership.)

Security Culture for Activists

A free e-book provided by the Ruckus Society. <ruckus.org/article.php?id=789l>.

Slavery & Trafficking

Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), 5042 Wilshire Blvd., #586, LA CA 90036. (213) 365-1906. <castla.org>.

Undocumented Students

Student Rights: <maldef.org>, click on education, public policy then AB540. Scholarships: Association of Raza Educators (ARE) sponsors a continuing project (donations & applications, <razaeducators.org>, click on “scholarship donate.” <razaeducators@yahoo.com>).

 

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The Perils of Progressive Media

Posted on 31 January 2014 by John Johnson

by John Johnson

Last month we got an email from the Getty Foundation. They demanded $350 from Change- Links, claiming that we used one of their photos on a page from our Website from about three months ago. On it, we’d ran an article about a homeless families. To illustrate it I chose a photo I found on the Web of a homeless family.

A number of years ago the Getty empire started buying up all the photos they could, especially ones with news value, then charging for their use. Many artists and others waged a large campaign to stop this monopolization of art but so far it hasn’t stopped them.

Change-Links continues to eke itself out without any corporate or think tank support. We’re one of the few remaining examples of genuine public media. And one of the very few progressive publications still in operation. It’s a lot of work to get out.

It’s also critical at this time for us to build a more organized progressive movement in the US. Occasional progressive and radical outbreaks, like the Occupy movement, infuse us with hope, but they don’t last. We no longer have the base of college movements that were once a vital source of energy and continuity to keep things moving.

During the Seventies we tried to build a working class movement, focusing on both community and the work place. But we couldn’t sustain it after a few years. And by then the student actions were already ebbing.

Today corporations dominate the country and our lives. Wall Street rakes in billions in exchange for ruining the lives of untold poor and working class families. Corporations work hand in glove with government officials to bilk and funnel massive amounts of taxpayer money into their own pockets.

Not that it ever existed, but democracy is next to dead in this country. And it’s pretty much the same throughout the rest of the world, worse in some places, better in others. Dictators have figured out that fraud works better than brute force to keep the population in tow, though they don’t hesitate to use both.

The best news sources on broadcast media are Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now,” and Thom Hartmann. Rachael Madow can be good, but we took a big hit when they got rid of Keith Obermann.

The corporations and the government are not going to establish a fair and balanced public broadcast or print media, much less a progressive one. We’ve got to do it ourselves. Amy Goodman gets a lot of support, and can always use more. But Change-Links is hanging by a thread that gets more frayed with every issue. If you value the news and information we provide, we need your donations and/or volunteer time. Now!

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The Left Pushes Back

Posted on 09 October 2013 by John Johnson

by Thom Hartman

We’re witnessing a 3-act play in America, and it’s called “The Great Rejection of the Reagan Revolution.”

For more than 30 years, we’ve witnessed failed policy after failed policy, executed by both Democrats and Republicans, which have done nothing to help working class Americans, and everything to increase the power of corporate America and of the wealthy elite.

As result, Americans have figured out the truth behind the Reagan Revolution: Whether practiced by Republicans or Democrats, the Reagan Revolution is one giant scam.

In Act One of “The Great Rejection of the Reagan Revolution,” we’ve seen the rejection of Reagan-inspired Grenada-like Bush-era policies of pre-emptive strikes, and just about every aspect of the so-called “Bush doctrine.”

A decade of violence, bloodshed and death in Iraq and Afghanistan have helped to wake us up, and caused us to question the “shoot first ask questions later” policies of the Bush administration, that were directly responsible for the loss of thousands of American lives.

Over the past few weeks, the lessons learned from the Bush era have played out in the Syria crisis.

Rather than go into another armed conflict behind questionable intelligence and heated rhetoric, the American people have overwhelmingly spoken out against military involvement in Syria, opting instead for a non-violent diplomatic solution.

When it comes to foreign policy and the potential for armed conflicts, the American people said loud and clear that Reagan-era policies are not the way.

In Act Two of “The Great Rejection of the Reagan Revolution,” Americans have rejected the Reagan Revolution policy of “deregulating the gangsters” that have allowed Wall Street big banks to grow out of control, and that caused the financial collapse of 2008.

Americans have said no to Reaganomics policies like the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and Commodities Futures Modernization Act, both of which were signed by President Clinton.

During the last few months of the Clinton presidency, Phil Gramm’s Commodities Futures Modernization Act became law.

It allowed banks for the first time to participate in commodities markets, and to create their own completely unregulated commodities markets that had never before existed.

In November of 1999, just months before the Commodities Futures Modernization Act became law, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act became the law of the land.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley gutted the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, by removing barriers in the banking business that had previously prevented traditional checking and savings commercial banks from acting as stock-brokering investments banks and vice versa.

Because Reagan stopped enforcing the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, when Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act was passed, commercial banks were allowed to merge with investment banks to form the massive “too big to fail” banks that dominate Wall Street today and that have dealt near death-blows to our economy.

To close out Act Two of this play, Americans rejected both of these Reaganomics mainstays, and also repudiated one of their principal cheerleaders, Larry Summers.

Summers withdrew from the running to be the next Secretary of the Treasury on Sunday, after realizing that there was no way that Americans were going to endorse more failed Reaganomics policies.

With Act One and Act Two of “The Great Rejection of the Reagan Revolution” on the books, now we’ll hopefully see Act Three: The repudiation of so-called “global free trade” deals – like NAFTA, CAFTA, and the WTO (supported by President Clinton).

Right now, the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP, another one of those so-called free trade deals, is in the works.

The TPP, which is being discussed behind closed doors between the United States and a group of Pacific nations, is being written in secrete by giant transnational corporations.

According to Public Citizen, the TPP would offshore millions of American jobs, allow corporations to attack environmental and safety regulations, and effectively ban “Buy America” policies that are crucial for rebuilding our economy.

And negotiations on the TPP are so secretive that even members of Congress don’t have information on it, which makes it all the more dangerous that when the TPP reaches Congress, it’s likely that it will be fast-tracked.

Back in 1974, President Nixon hatched a plan called “Fast Track.”

Fast Track does away with key checks and balances insured by the Constitution, skirts Congressional review and amendments, and lets the President directly submit legislation for a vote.

It also gives the executive branch the power to force votes within 60-90 days of submitting the implementing legislation to Congress, and overrides normal voting rules by limiting debate and banning amendments.

If the TPP is allowed to reach the floor of Congress, and is indeed “fast-tracked,” it will become the latest tool of global corporations to screw over America and destroy the middle-class.

Hopefully Act 3 of this 3-act play will be a final rejection of the Reagan Revolution, with a resounding defeat of the TPP.

Then we can begin undoing the damage of 32 years of the Reagan Revolution and begin putting America back together again.

This article was first published on Truthout and any reprint or reproduction on any other website must acknowledge Truthout as the original site of publication.

 

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When You’re in a Fourth Estate Situation

Posted on 09 October 2013 by John Johnson

By Jay Rosen

As things stand today, the Fourth Estate is a state of mind. Some in the press have it, some don’t. Some who have it are part of the institutional press. Some, like Ladar Levison and Edward Snowden, are not.

“I think if the American public knew what our government was doing, they wouldn’t be allowed to do it anymore.”

“The Fourth Estate is really a state of mind. Some in the press have it, some don’t. Some who have it are part of the press. Some, like Ladar Levison and Edward Snowden, are not.”

Those are the poignant words of Ladar Levison, founder of Lavabit, a secure email service that he voluntarily shut down when faced with some sort of demand from the U.S. government to reveal user information. The precise nature of that demand he cannot talk about for fear of being thrown in jail, perhaps the best example we now have for how the surveillance state undoes the First Amendment. But we know that Lavabit was used by Edward Snowden to communicate with the outside world when he was stuck in the Moscow airport. So use your imagination!

If the public knew what the government was doing, the government wouldn’t be allowed to do it anymore… is a perfect description of a “Fourth Estate situation.” That’s when we need a journalist to put hidden facts to light and bring public opinion into play, which then changes the equation for people in power operating behind the veil. If it doesn’t happen, an illegitimate state action will persist. “My hope is that, you know, the media can uncover what’s going on, without my assistance,” Levison said. He’s like a whistleblower who will go to jail if he actually uses his whistle. All he can do is give truncated interviews that stop short of describing the pressure he is under.

At least one thing is clear: Snowden’s determination “to embolden others to step forward,” which I wrote about in my last post, is starting to work. Ladar Levison is proof.

This week the New York Times magazine published an amazing account of the Fourth Estate situation that Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald found themselves in, once they were contacted by Edward Snowden. The author, Peter Maass, included this:

Poitras and Greenwald are an especially dramatic example of what outsider reporting looks like in 2013. They do not work in a newsroom, and they personally want to be in control of what gets published and when. When The Guardian didn’t move as quickly as they wanted with the first article on Verizon, Greenwald discussed taking it elsewhere, sending an encrypted draft to a colleague at another publication. He also considered creating a Web site on which they would publish everything, which he planned to call NSADisclosures. In the end, The Guardian moved ahead with their articles. But Poitras and Greenwald have created their own publishing network as well, placing articles with other outlets in Germany and Brazil and planning more for the future. They have not shared the full set of documents with anyone.

The idea of the press as the “fourth estate” is usually traced to English historian Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881.) Here he is, writing at a time when journalists were newly arrived on the political stage:

Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important than they all. It is not a figure of speech, or a witty saying; it is a literal fact. Printing, which comes necessarily out of Writing, I say often, is equivalent to Democracy: invent Writing, Democracy is inevitable. Whoever can speak, speaking now to the whole nation, becomes a power, a branch of government, with inalienable weight in law-making, in all acts of authority. It matters not what rank he has, what revenues or garnitures: the requisite thing is that he have a tongue which others will listen to; this and nothing more is requisite.

Whoever can speak to the whole nation becomes a power. It used to be that the only way to “speak to the whole nation” was through the major media channels that reached everyone. The Fourth Estate became the editors and reporters who worked in Big Media newsrooms. But as Peter Maass pointed out, Poitras and Greenwald don’t operate that way. They make alliances with the press establishment to get their stories out. If necessary, they will go it alone. Greenwald raises his own money from readers who support what he does, as he explained in a June 4th column in The Guardian:

Ever since I began political writing, I’ve relied on annual reader donations to enable me to do the journalism I want to do: first when I wrote at my own Blogspot page and then at Salon. Far and away, that has been the primary factor enabling me to remain independent – to be unconstrained in what I can say and do – because it means I’m ultimately accountable to my readers, who don’t have an agenda other than demanding that I write what I actually think, that the work I produce be unconstrained by institutional orthodoxies and without fear of negative reaction from anyone. It is also reader support that has directly funded much of the work I do, from being able to have research assistants and other needed resources to avoiding having to do the kind of inconsequential work that distracts from that which I think is most necessary and valuable.

For that reason, when I moved my blog from Salon to the Guardian, the Guardian and I agreed that I would continue to rely in part on reader support. Having this be part of the arrangement, rather than exclusively relying on the Guardian paying to publish the column, was vital to me. It’s the model I really believe in.

This was the last thing he wrote for the Guardian before the Snowden story took over his life, but he dropped a hint of what was coming. “I’ve spent all of this week extensively traveling and working continuously on what will be a huge story: something made possible by being at the Guardian but also by my ability to devote all of my time and efforts to projects like this one.”

The point I’m driving at is not that the institutionalized press is no longer needed, or no longer powerful. Greenwald clearly benefits from being a Guardian journalist. The Guardian has other reporters it can put on the story. It has editors to save writers from errors and misjudgments. It pays for plane tickets and lawyers. It has global reach. These are huge advantages.

But people who find themselves in a Fourth Estate situation — “If the public knew what power was doing, power would not be allowed to do it anymore” — have power themselves now. If they have the goods, if they have the will, if they have “a tongue which others will listen to,” they can speak to the nation. And some will! The Fourth Estate is really a state of mind. Some in the press have it, some don’t. Some who have it are part of the press. Some, like Ladar Levison and Edward Snowden, are not.

A Fourth Estate situation has its own strange and radiating power. People caught up in one will take enormous risks. They will sacrifice their freedom. They will crash the company they spent years building. They will defy the state. They will do a lot to bring the hidden facts to light. Working together, sources, journalists and readers may soon publish a blockbuster story without the institutional press being involved at all.

Again, I’m not saying we don’t need The Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Der Spiegel, El País, O Globo, the BBC, the CBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. We definitely do. But they are not the Fourth Estate. If the public knew what the government was doing, the government wouldn’t be allowed to do it anymore. Everyone who tries to act on that tense situation: they, together, are the Fourth Estate. (Senator Ron Wyden, for example.)

 

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Inspiring and Courageous

Posted on 04 June 2013 by John Johnson

Inspiring and Courageous: Popular Resistance Percolates Throughout the Land 

By http://www.truth-out.org/author/itemlist/user/48090” Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Every week we are inspired by the many people throughout the country who are doing excellent work to challenge the power structure and put forward a new path for the country. The popular resistance to plutocracy, concentrated wealth and corporatism is decentralized, creative and growing.

One growing series of protests has been the “Moral Monday” demonstrations in North Carolina.  They do not have ‘one demand’ but rather are challenging the systemic corruption, undermining of democracy and misdirection of a state government that puts human needs second to corporate profits – which they have dubbed ‘Robin Hood in Reverse’. This week 49 of 200 protesters inside the capitol  http://october2011.org/blogs/margaret-flowers/nc-moral-monday-demonstrations-bring-49-arrests were arrested singing, chanting and echoing many of the same concerns that demonstrators have for the past three Mondays.  Last week there were 30 arrests, the week before 17.  Among those http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/83-year-old-specator-retired-minister-vernon-tyson-arrested-nc-general-assembly arrested was an 83 year old retired minister, Vernon Tyson, who was merely a spectator, but he gave a great interview cheering on the protests after his release. And, http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/north-carolina-historians-jailed-protesting-voting-rights-abuses-regressive-polici a group of historians were among those arrested who put these protests in the context of US history.

Another courageous protest involved seven undocumented immigrants  http://october2011.org/blogs/margaret-flowers/seven-undocumented-illinois-immigrants-block-broadview-detention-center  who blocked the Broadview Detention Center where immigrants are being incarcerated.  They blocked the doors to the detention facility, linking arms together using pipes, chains, and locks. They were protesting the record-high deportations under President Obama, and the lack of leadership from Illinois representatives to call for a suspension of deportations. On the West coast, the always creative Backbone Campaign supported allied faith communities with a giant banner lift over the private for-profit immigration detention center asking http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/who-would-jesus-support “Who Would Jesus Deport?” and an inflatable lady liberty exposing the unjust policies that break up families.

There was a recent  http://october2011.org/blogs/margaret-flowers/victory-seattle-teachers-win-battle-standardized-test-boycott” victory for Seattle teachers and students that resulted from their citywide protests against standardized testing. The school district announced that testing in the high schools would not occur next year.  The teachers said they will keep protesting until the tests are banned from lower grades as well.

We hope the Chicago teachers, who  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/public-schooling-why-support-chicago-teachers” won a major battle with Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this year when they went out on strike, have great success this weekend when three days of marches  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/three-days-marches-against-school-closings-planned” are held against the mass school closings in Chicago.  The teachers union has developed a great organizing strategy that unites teachers with students, parents and communities.  This battle is one of many across the country to stop the thinly veiled HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/occupy-doe-push-democratic-not-corporate-education-reform” corporatization of education.

In another education protest, the students @FreeCooperUnion continue HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/free-cooper-union-continues-occupy-presidents-office-one-week-so-far”  to occupy the office of the president after one week.  They are painting the walls black until he agrees to step down, and are highlighting his $750,000 annual salary.  They are protesting a plan to begin to charge tuition at the university; this plan will not affect these students, but future students who attend Cooper Union.

The heart of the conflict faced in the United States is the inequity of an unfair economy supported by a corrupt two party system.  This week there was a  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/world-s-richest-man-carlos-slim-taunted-kazoos” very creative protest in New York City against the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim of Mexico.  He’s made his billions with the help of government allowing a monopoly on phone service resulting in Slim gouging the public.  Now he gives a small percentage of that wealth back in philanthropy and people applaud him.  But, the protesters were very effective, laughing out loud whenever he spoke. They responded when someone asked “Why is everyone laughing?” with “Because Slim’s philanthropy is a joke!” and followed with mocking kazoos.

In contrast to the world’s wealthiest was the Poor People’s Campaign  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/poor-peoples-campaign-marches-baltimore-washington-dc” which marched from Baltimore to Washington, DC ending at Freedom Plaza.  The march occurred on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign and raised issues of poverty, police violence, unfair economy and non-responsive government.   HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/margaret-flowers/decarcerate-pa-announces-march-philly-harrisburg” Another march was announced in Pennsylvania from Philadelphia to Harrisburg from May 25 to June 3 to stop spending on prison construction and instead invest in building communities.  Also, from Philadelphia the  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/march-operation-green-jobs-philadelphia-washington-dc-beginning-may-18th” ‘Operation Green Jobs’ March from Philadelphia to Washington, DC will begin on May 18 and is organized by the Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign.

A campaign that is growing every week is the fast food worker strikes. The  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/largest-fast-food-strike-yet-workers-walk-out-michigan” largest fast food walk out was held  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/fast-food-strike-wave-spreads-detroit” in Detroit last week, even the scabs walked out, and this week the strikes  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/fast-food-strikes-hitting-fifth-city-milwaukee” spread to their fifth city, Milwaukee, WI.  It is great to see these workers, who no doubt saw themselves as powerless, standing up and demanding fairness.  If you eat at fast food restaurants, this would be a good time to stop, and let them know why – you support the workers who are demanding a living wage.

US Empire and imperialism continue to cause protest. Obama’s Asia Pivot, moving 60% of the US Navy to the Asian Pacific is causing a lot of distress.  On  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/fighting-survival” Jeju Island people are fighting for their survival against a massive Navy base.  Jeju is the “Peace Island” that was  HYPERLINK “http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/14813-north-korea-and-the-united-states-will-the-real-aggressor-please-stand-down” harshly abused during the US occupation of South Korea after World War II before the Korean War.  And, South Koreans, who regularly protest against the US military, are  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/south-korean-people-oppose-continued-us-nuclear-war-games-demonstrators-arrested-s” protesting the US war games that are practicing dropping nuclear bombs on North Korea and invading it.

Protests are mounting in the United States against the abusive Guantanamo Bay prison where more than 100 of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo are participating in a hunger strike and two-dozen are being brutally force fed. These prisoners have been held without trial for over 10 years, and even though 88 have been approved to leave, they remain.  The Green Shadow Cabinet  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/100th-day-guantanamo-hunger-strike-friday-steps-obama-and-public-should-take-close” came out with a statement describing how Obama could close the prison (and why Congress is not an excuse) and  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/100th-day-guantanamo-hunger-strike-friday-steps-obama-and-public-should-take-close” what you can do on the 100th day of the hunger strike this Friday.  Show solidarity with these prisoners who are being abused by the US government.

Diane Wilson, a shrimper from the Gulf Coast who works with CODE PINK and Veterans for Peace, is  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/diane-wilson-10th-day-hunger-strike-arrested-protesting-guantanamo-white-house” on her 15th day of an open-ended solidarity hunger strike in Washington, DC.  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/why-i-am-hunger-strike-shut-down-guantanamo-bay-prison” She explains why she is taking the extreme step of a hunger strike to support the Guantanamo prisoners. And S. Brian Willson is joining Diane in hunger strike.

Another protest related to US Empire occurred in Oak Ridge, TN where Transform Now Plowshares activists HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/nun-83-and-two-other-activists-guilty-intent-injure-national-security-nuclear-comp”  protested nuclear weapons by cutting through four chain-link fences and spray-painting biblical messages of nonviolence on a building that warehouses an estimated 400 tons of highly enriched uranium, the radioactive material used to fuel nuclear weaponry. This week an 83 year old nun, Sister Megan Rice, and two other activists were found guilty of damaging government property.  As the jury left the courtroom the people in the courtroom sang to them “Love, love, love, love. People, we are made for love.”  Sentencing is several months away and they face a potential 30 years in prison.

Environmental protests are boiling up throughout the United States.  When President Obama came to New York for a fundraiser (where he raised $3 million), protesters  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/protesters-welcome-obama-new-york-city” greeted him with signs calling for him to “End the War on Mother Earth” and opposing the KXL pipeline.

Protesters from the Appalachian Mountains  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/appalachia-rising-protests-epa-over-dirty-water-and-mountaintop-removal” came to the EPA in Washington DC to protest polluted water caused by Mountaintop removal for coal.  The protesters displayed the dirty, opaque water in jars in front of the EPA.  And Climate Justice activists from CoalIsStupid.org  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/lobster-boat-vs-coal-freighter-climate-activists-blockade-power-plant-0″ blocked a freighter delivering coal in Boston with two men on a lobster boat on May 15th.

But more and more Americans are realizing that while we protest the extraction of oil, gas, uranium and coal, the reality is that the root of the problem is in the American Way of Life (AWOL).  One activist from Portland made the point that  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/tar-sands-starts-our-driveways” the Tar Sands starts in our driveways and we need to change the AWOL in order to truly combat it.  We agree that our strategy has two prongs: protest and build i.e. Stop the Machine and Create a New World.

In addition to how much energy we each use, we need to look at where our food comes from. An Occupy group in Berkeley,  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/more-100-occupy-farm-protesters-return-university-california-owned-gill-tract” Occupy the Farm, made that point this week when they took over University of California land to grow farm for the community locally.

Another area where we are seeing continued growth in the movement is in thinking through how we do our work and in developing strategy to achieve our goals.  We published a  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/streamer-journalist-code-ethics” live streamer “Code of Ethics” developed by people who work in the citizen’s media. Note the high ethics and cooperative approach they take to getting the media out.

Many are thinking about strategy to make the movement more effective.  Gar Alperovitz, a political economist who has been writing about alternatives to big finance capitalism in the United States has a new book out focused on strategy, “What then Must We Do,” and we published a review of the book by Sam Pizzigati of Inequality.org entitled:   HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/promising-path-pummeling-plutocracy” A Promising Path for Pummeling Plutocracy.

Upcoming actions:

May 17th,  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/100th-day-guantanamo-hunger-strike-friday-steps-obama-and-public-should-take-close” Support the Guantanamo hunger strikers on the 100th Day of their hunger strike with phone calls and tweets to the White House and protests in DC, NY, Chicago and other cities.

May 18th,  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/march-operation-green-jobs-philadelphia-washington-dc-beginning-may-18th” ‘Operation Green Jobs’ March from Philadelphia to Washington, DC organized by the Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign.

May 18th to 23rd, the  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/home-defenders-league-week-actions-may-18-23″ Home Defenders League Week of Action against the banks and foreclosures in Washington, DC.

May 18th to 20th, there is a  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/three-days-marches-against-school-closings-planned” weekend of protests against the closure of schools in Chicago.

May 22nd,  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/join-stop-frack-attack-s-people-s-forum-dc-may-22nd” Stop the Frack Attack People’sForum in Washington, DC.

May 25th,  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33602bebba8fb7dd6e71fb413&id=7323777ff7&e=387b4a1bb3″ \t “_blank” Protests against Monsanto everywhere

May 25th to June 3rd,   HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/margaret-flowers/decarcerate-pa-announces-march-philly-harrisburg” March from Philadelphia to Harrisburg against prison spending.

June 1st,   HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/get-bus-bradley-court-martial-trial-june-1st” Get on the Bus For Bradley Court Martial Trial  with buses leaving from Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, New York City and Willimantic, CT.

June 14th to 16th,  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/trade-justice-action-camp” Trade Justice Action Camp in Bellingham, WA by the Backbone Campaign

June 24th to 29th is the beginning of “ HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/fearless-summer-begins-june-24-29-unites-front-line-environmental-just-activists-a” Fearless Summer” that starts “ HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/fearless-summer-begins-june-24-29-unites-front-line-environmental-just-activists-a” an epic summer of actions.”

You can order or print  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=33602bebba8fb7dd6e71fb413&id=faf6cc0275&e=387b4a1bb3″ \t “_blank” OccuCards to bring with you to these actions. There are cards for all of the issues being protested above and new cards are being created.

And watch for the transformation of October2011/Occupy Washington DC into Popular Resistance, daily news and resources for effective activism, coming in June.  HYPERLINK “http://october2011.org/pledge” Sign up here if you want to be notified of the launch.

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Well the elections are over and all is safe again. Well not exactly.

Posted on 05 December 2012 by John Johnson

Sorry the Web page version is late.

On Monday, I suffered a shortage of breath.  A serious one.  I called a friend who lived in Echo Park 12 miles away, the closest I could get.  He picked up my girlfriend and they came by.  I told them I didn’t want an ambulance. As I layed in bed, they clean my house.  Finally after a couple hours I came back to what passes for normal.

 It had happen a few years ago when I knock my head on a bookcase. I called my doctor and made a appointment for the next day.  By then I was back to normal but he gave me a number of tests and medications which I got done.

This brings up a major issue with Change Links.  That is not enough volunteers especially for distribution.  We have about 8 but need more to cover the area I have to.  Pasadena, downtown, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Hollywood and the Valley.  Most place we get are libraries.  And it would be good to have a back up person for layouts.  I use Adobe Indesign

 

 

Well the elections are over and all is safe again.  Well not

exactly.

 

By John Johnson

 

The heroes of the election were the 100,000’s who went to defy the corporate agenda to fix the vote.  To deny so many, with so many devious tactics, the right to vote.

Putting up billboards in Ohio, saying everyone need an ID to vote when courts had ruled against that, sending out voter information to African American’s with the wrong date.  Cutting back on days and hours for voting, etc.   So in Ohio, Florida, etc., we saw massive lines where people waiting for 10 hours to vote.

 

Of course we still have a Republican Congress but that’s mainly because the Republicans Gerrymandered the district so they would get a majority. It will take Democratic majorities to reverse that.  Good luck on that.

 

On our side, we have an Afghan War into its 2nd decade.  With at least 10,000’s of dead Afghan and thousands of US troops.  The Afghans have  fought off most major powers in it’s history and their aiming for one more.

 

We have a banking system, a mortgage industry and Wall Street who have bankrupted the entire globe, right out in the open, yet they are stilled untouched by most governments.  Their booty all stashed away in some off shore bank.  But I guess there’s nothing we can do or is there.

 

Locally we have the case of Niko Black. A Apache Women terminally ill with cancer who is illegally being evicted from her home in Garden Grove.

 

The Orange County Sheriff’s department violation of the federal court order posted on her front door and in her possession during the home invasion. In addition to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department damaging her property, one Sheriff stuck a gun her in face indicating she would be leaving. When she called the Garden Grove police on 10/10/12, the Garden Grove police refused to talk to her that day and they did not take a police report. Subsequently, the Garden Grove, CA police department has repeatedly refused to take a police report from Niko Black as of 10/21/12.

 

She has own the home for many years, all debts paid for.  Wells Fargo and Keefe Roberts & Associates are the “prime movers” setting in motion the eviction process of Niko Black. If fact, people dressed in civilian clothes entered Niko Black’s home on 10/10/12 along with the Orange County Sheriff’s department according to her testimony.

Due to Niko Black’s deteriorating health, her home is the only medically sanctioned environment where she can live. Each day outside her home could result in her experience of moving beyond the physical world in an expedited manner – caused by Wells Fargo, its partner or agents, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and others who supported and continue to support her eviction.

 

Due to press coverage she has gotten support.  Even Governor Brown has weighted in.

http://www.kfiam640.com/pages/DavidCruz.html?article=10529287

http://www.ktlkam1150.com/pages/DavidCruz.html?article=10536310

 

Nike is an example of the massive transferring wealth to of course those who already have most of it.   The entire mortgage crisis was a part of this effort.  There is a campaign to privatize  social security.  Right wingers try to assert that it’s a give away, not the funds deducted from everyone’s salary.

 

Trillions of dollars Wall Street, the mortgage companies and the banks are sitting in off shore accounts, immune from taxes.  Many are demanding that they do get taxed.  Some Democrats are lobbing for this in battles in Congress.  These funds could but the economy back on track (and yes the same capitalist economy which of course is still very very bad for most of us).  What will Obama do?

 

I wanted to mention a film I saw on cable a few weeks ago.”Once”  I wanted to see it when it first came out but missed it.  On TV I missed the first 10 minutes or so but by the end I found it to be one of the loveliest, humane films I ever have seen.  I bought the DVD from Amazon and got to watch it fully without commercials

 

“Once is a 2006 Irish musical film written and directed by well known director  John Carney. Set in Dublin, the naturalistic drama stars musicians Glen Hansard (of the Irish folk rock band The Frames) and Markéta Irglová as musicians. Collaborators prior to making the film, Hansard and Irglová composed and performed all of the original songs in the movie. Neither were actors.  Both are continuing their singing.

 

Shot for only $160,000), the film was successful, earning substantial per-screen box office averages in the United States.  It received enthusiastic reviews and awards such as the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for best foreign film. Hansard and Irglová’s song “Falling Slowly” received a 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the soundtrack as a whole also received a Grammy nomination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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