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March 2014 Calendar

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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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More Than 46 Million Americans Still in Poverty

Posted on 01 October 2012 by John Johnson

More Than 46 Million Americans Still in Poverty

Salvatore Babones

15 percent of the US population lives in poverty. The poverty rate for children remains more than 20 percent for the third year in a row.

As state anti-poverty programs around the country confront severe budget cuts, today’s report indicates income inequality has reached an all-time high.

According to Census Bureau figures released today, 15 percent of the US population lives in poverty. In 2011, more than 46 million Americans lived below a poverty line that was set more than four decades ago, in 1969.

The poverty rate for children remains more than 20 percent for the third year in a row. More than one-third of black children and Hispanic children live in poverty.

In the words of Rep. Mike Honda (D-California), co-chair of the Congressional Out-of-Poverty Caucus, these figures are “a stark reminder that, although we are the wealthiest nation the world has ever known, far too many children are going to bed hungry.”

In fact, the USDA reports that more than 16 million American children are “food insecure.”

Today’s census report also contained bad news on incomes.

Median household income (adjusted for inflation) was down an additional 1.5 percent from the already-low levels of 2010. Median income is now 8.9 percent lower than it was in 1999.

Income inequality, as measured by the Gini index - the degree of income inequality, with 0 representing total equality and 100 representing total inequality – reached a new record high of 47.7 percent. A Gini index of 50 would be equivalent to half of the population receiving all of the country’s income, while the other half got nothing.

All this bad news comes against a backdrop of extraordinarily low employment rates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, just over 58 percent of the adult population has any kind of job at all (full or part time), the lowest figure in 30 years.

Only 64 percent of adult men have a job of any kind, the lowest figure ever.

Today’s official poverty rate of 15 percent is among the highest of the past 40 years. When the poverty line was first adopted in 1969, the poverty rate was just 12.1 percent.

The poverty line we use today was officially set on August 29, 1969. It represented a 1969 consensus of the basic minimum standard of living for American families in 1969. Other than adjusting for inflation, it has not been updated since.

In the technical discussions that preceded the official determination of the poverty line, experts considered a methodology that “would have resulted in poverty thresholds that were 25 percent to 30 percent higher than the existing thresholds,” according to research published in the Social Security Bulletin.

In essence, 15 percent of Americans today live in what would have been considered poverty in 1969, more than 40 years ago. Had our standards gone up over the past 43 years, even more Americans would now be identified as poor.

In many ways, poor Americans are even worse off than they have been in the past. For example, a record low 69.3 percent of Americans are now covered by private health insurance. Nearly 10 percent of children have no health insurance coverage at all.

And state anti-poverty programs around the country are facing severe budget cuts.

According to figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, America’s total economic output per person is now more than twice as high as it was in 1969 (adjusted for inflation).

With twice the resources, today’s America is much better placed to end poverty than was the America of 43 years ago.

Today’s Census Bureau report offers little cause for hope. After 43 years with no progress, poverty is now endemic in America. But we do have the financial means to reverse it, should we ever garner the political will.

Salvatore Babones (@sbabones) is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).

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News and Opinions

Posted on 01 July 2012 by John Johnson

News and Opinions

By John Johnson

 

We are highlighting Sociopaths this issue. They aren’t getting enough attention lately.

First a short definition:

Sociopaths do not consider other people’s wishes, welfare or rights. They think nothing of lying for pleasure or profit. They may default on loans, fail to provide child support, or adequate care for other dependents.

People with antisocial personality disorder perceive the world differently than most people do, and lack the range of feelings that others have, including a conscience. Because they cannot relate to others, they have no trouble violating their rights in order to get what they want. Some are very charming and adept at manipulating others, while others use violence or intimidation to achieve their goals. They see the rest of us as marks to be exploited. Kindness and mercy are to them a sucker’s game.

Remind you of anyone?

I’ve been absorbing the news for about fifty years, and I know many of you feel sorry for me, but it’s the job.

I started around my senior year in high school with such magazines as “The Nation,” “The Progressive,” “The New Republic,” Paul Krassner’s “The Realist,”  “Minority of One,” and IF Stone’s Weekly.” Later, SDS’s “New Left Notes.” Only Walter Cronkite’s CBS shows seemed worthwhile on TV. There were five daily papers in LA at one time. The  “Times”,  the “ Hearld”, the “Examiner”,  the “Mirror” and “Daily News” was the only slightly liberal paper. Later came KPFK.

Around 1966 Art Kunkin’s “Free Press” made its debut. I worked there for a couple of months. I take credit for lobbying to run the first risqué movie ad. Later came a bunch of sexually orientated Weeklys ruining that whole realm.

The next socially focused media came in the form of the BBS. Folks would host a computer that was linked to nationwide networks. You could post and the next day get a response.

In the Nineties the Internet took off. We now have a hugely diverse source of news and views. Many great progressives sites, like Common Dreams, AlterNet, etc. Then email list servers came. So today I get about 400 messages a day. Sorry I can’t read them all. We do have cable news now, the dreadful CNN, the slightly better MSNBC and now Current TV. There are two real progressive stations,  “Free Speech” and “LinkTV.” I check out everything I can. Hours of news and opinions daily.

A few years ago if you traveled around the country, most radio would only carry right wing stations, three in a small town at times. Then a group started Air America radio network. Soon they banished the more leftist commentators, not long afterwards they folded. Some of those stations still exist including KTLK in LA. It was Thom Hartman in the morning, Randi Rhodes in the afternoon. Thom moved on and is only on Free Speech TV from Noon to 3. The best guy there is Mike Malloy. Live from his web site 3 to 6 PM and on KTLK for just 2 hours 8 to 10 PM. Last month he gave a great promo for Change Links, (I send him copies).

Most of my life these days is spent watching, listening to and reading enormous amounts news and mostly left wing news and opinions. Maybe I need an intervention.

But LA is down to one newspaper, the diluted Times, most TV is crime, fires and happy talk.  A small group of criminals have wreaked the world’s economy,  unemployment is over 20 percent, much more in the third world.  Most politicians have been bought off.  The world’s ecology is sinking fast, vast pollution is occurring.  Climate change and the heating up of the planet is in full swing.  So everyone should be digging into the news and opinions and most importantly get active.  Dancing into hell is not a pretty thing.

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May 1st Events in Los Angeles

Posted on 29 April 2012 by John Johnson

MAY 1 GENERAL STRIKE and other events:

6:00 AM SEIU-USWW strike action at LAX

7:00  Occ Pas rally at Lake Avenue overpass to the 210, followed by a march to the Lake and Colorado bank cluster.

8:00 AM Occupy SFV/OLA “North Wind” march from 7915 Van Nuys Bl., Van Nuys/Panorama City: Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional to Van Nuys Civic Ctr.

9:00 AM Rise Up LA youth march from Florence and Normandie to Central Ave.

10:00 AM People’s Power ’4 Winds’ Car/Bike Caravans and convergence:

From CSU Dominguez Hills, N. on Central Ave. to MLK, W. on MLK to Figueroa, N. on Figueroa to Washington. Park and march to Staples, convergence at 6th and Main

Rallies at Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center, Central & 108th

Ted Watkins Park, 103rd & Central

41st & Central: Honor survivors from Black Panther Party and memory of Somayah and Geronimo

Take MLK to Figueroa & proceed north past Expo park, USC to Washington/Figueroa

2:00 Park in vicinity of LA Trade Tech, march north on Fig to Staples, east on 11th to Main/convergence

(SEIU LAX action and Rise Up LA youth march will converge with this wind)

From Ocean & Wilshire Santa Monica, e. on Wilshire

Rallies at Veterans Administration Federal & Wilshire by Vets for Peace 11:00,

Flash occupation “Let them Eat Cupcakes” Rodeo Drive & Wilshire, BH, noon

B of A protest by Queer Affinity Group, Wilshire & LaBrea, 12:30

1:30-2:00 pm Park near MacArthur Park and march on 6th St. to downtown convergence

From Atlantic & Cesar Chavez Ave. East L.A., with rallies at Belevede Park 11:15,

Obregon Park at noon (education as a human right)

Plaza Mariachi at 1:00 PM (health care as a human right); take Gold Line

2:00 meet up with OSFV, north wind at Plaza Olvera, march to convergence

10:30 Occ Pas meets at Orange Grove Friends Mtg House carpools to the American Reclamation recycling facility.

11:00 AM SEIU-USWW labor solidarity rally at LAX  civil disobedience planned

11:00 AM, County Fed. Of Labor action at American Recycling 4560 Doran Street, LA (near LA Zoo).

“No Somos Basura”  OLA, OSFV, Occ Pasadena will send people here

12 noon Central Convergence sets up at at 6th & Main downtown, welcome table and wellness tents, etc.

1:00 PM Official Start time for May 1 Coalition (Full Rights for Immigrants, CHIRLA, MIWON, etc.) immigration reform march from Olympic & Broadway

2:00 PM marches north to Broadway and 1st St., rallies, then returns s. on Hill to

Pershing Square, approx. 4 PM

2:30 OLA Four Winds Peoples Power caravans converge at 6th & Main; financial district protest.

4:00 Southern CA Immigration Coalition Immigrant Rights March, Olympic & Broadway

March up Broadway to Bway and 1st St. OLA will head to Pershing Square  (6 PM).

6:00 PM possible “Justice for Janitors” SEIU-USWW strike. If so, people will help solidify picket lines.

7:30 PM General Assembly @ Pershing Sq. to discuss international solidarity, “Next Steps”

For info: www.occupymay1st.org, 323-250-MAY1, or occupymay1st@gmail.com

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The Official website: http://occupylosangeles.org/

The official Twitter: @OccupyLA

The official FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/occupyLA

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We are all being watched

Posted on 29 April 2012 by John Johnson

We see you   -  so be careful

 

John Johnson

We had more computer problems after barely getting out the last issue. This time we had to call a guy who fixes most problems but charges $300 for a home visit and $130 for a new hard drive.

We received a donated hard drive for the laptop, so it’s now functional, but we lost some install disks so its not yet usable.

Last month one of our mailing label sheets partially cut off the Zip codes. Mailing volunteers wrote them back in. Most were copies that go to various media and politicians and others.

A few days later about thirty came back to us with a notice that the addresses were wrong. I re-mailed some after taking them to the Post Office and being told they should have been delivered. I couldn’t help feeling as though someone at the PO had screwed with us on purpose.

 

ALEC

We are running a long article on the American Legislative Exchange Council. Since Color of Change and other groups exposed the organization, and the Trayvon Martin case highlighted its Stand Your Ground Law (the right to commit murder when perceiving threat), the Council has lost several corporate sponsors. This only slightly diminishes it’s power.

ALEC wages its campaigns behind closed doors and without media scrutiny, partnering with large corporations and various government branches to restrict civil liberties. Despite its near invisibility, the Council’s agenda is chillingly fascist and must be opposed, otherwise we are all toast.

President Obama now has power that Bush never had. He can order (and has) (*1) the killing of U.S. citizens abroad who are deemed terrorists. Like Bush, he has asked the Justice Department to draft secret memos authorizing his actions without going before (*2) a federal court or disclosing them. Obama has continued (*3) indefinite detentions at Gitmo, but also brought the policy ashore by signing the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which authorizes the military to arrest and indefinitely detain anyone suspected of assisting terrorists, even citizens. That policy, codifying (*4) how the Bush Administration treated Jose Padilla, a citizen who was arrested in a bomb plot after landing at a Chicago airport in 2002 and was transferred from civil to military custody, upends (*5) the 1878’s Posse Comitatus Act’s ban on domestic military deployment.

The National Security Agency is now building its largest data processing center ever, which Wired.com’s James Bamforth reports (*6) will go beyond the public Internet to grab data but also reach password-protected networks.

Obama has continued cases brought by Bush, such as going after (*7) the “leaker” in the warrantless wiretapping story broken by the New York Times in 2005, (*8) as well as the WikiLeaks (*9) case, prosecution of Bradley Manning, (*10) and others (*11) for allegedly mishandling classified materials related to the war on terrorism.

The major defining feature of the Obama administration on this issue is the eagerness with which it embraced the stunning evisceration of civil rights and liberties that was a hallmark of the Bush administration, and then deepened those outrageous programs. [No less defining and outrageous is Obama’s escalation of his predecessor’s preemptive and capricious wars.]

Some of the above info is quoted from an article by Steven Rosenfeld, writing for AlterNet. Look for it on our Website.

Lately, Corporate intrusions into our lives have become more sneaky. Bank of America now adds unspecified charges to accounts. If you have a little-used account that you don’t examine frequently, then discover the added charges, you have to jump through hoops to get them removed. Credit card companies do the same thing. These are only a few examples of the many corporate attempts to rip us all off.

When doing a Google search the first several entries are usually ads. A usable result is then followed by more ads. The other day I noticed more search results in the upper right hand corner. Clicked on one and it changed my browser to the porno browser and installed a couple of programs on my computer, without asking.  It took some effort to delete them from my computer. There are a number of alternative browsers to use.

*1 <wsws.org/articles/2011/oct2011/alwa-o01.shtml>

*2 <emptywheel.net/2012/03/05/how-good-are-dojs-reasons-for-burying-its-case-against-anwar-al-awlaki>

*3 <unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2012/01/detention-of-suspects-continues-at-guantanamo-bay>

*4 <balkin.blogspot.com/2012/01/ndaa-and-military-detention.html>

*5 <aclu.org/indefinite-detention-endless-worldwide-war-and-2012-national-defense-authorization-act>

*6 <wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter>

*7 <politico.com/news/stories/1011/66424.html>

*8 <nytimes.com/2005/12/16/politics/16program.html>

*9 <politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2012/02/report-wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-indicted-in-115779.html>

*10 <bradleymanning.org>

*11 <salon.com/2012/04/09/journalists_casualties_in_the_war_on_whistleblowers>

 

 

 

 

 

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We Crashed

Posted on 01 April 2012 by John Johnson

 

We Crashed

 

John Johnson

 

Our computers crashed. The older laptop stopped working and sat around for months. I took it to Clay Claiborne and he fixed it.

Then our main computer crashed but was still under warranty. We installed Raid 0 and found out the crash was Dell’s fault. One Windows file breaks and a computer is useless.

Also, our Website was hacked into, no problems detected. The two incidents don’t seem related, but who knows?

Once again Clay helped by trying to save most of the data and reinstalling Windows. I did lose data and a number of programs because I didn’t have the current discs.

We nearly skipped the April issue but decided not to. Another cliff hanger.

It costs us a lot of work, time and funds to keep faith with our subscribers and calendar submissions. We desperately need a lot more funding to get back up to what passes for normal.

(“Normal,” these days means operating at a severe deficit of we need to continue publishing. Seriously, folks. We are hanging by a thread.)

I’m good with computers but there some things  are beyond me. Volunteer help is desperately needed. We have a three year old Dell XPS with Windows XP and a eight year old Dell laptop that’s practically obsolete.

A few Foundations offer grant programs. We need someone to help write grants. We also need small racks for displaying Change-Links where venues still permit use of such racks.

Snippets of current events

Obama is building the biggest-ever surveillance structure, one that will be able monitor most phone calls, emails and other behaviors without warrants, let alone any good reasons.

He is also persecuting and imprisoning honest whistle blowers (read Bradley Manning). In a functional society, it’s everyone’s duty to expose criminal activity in business and government agencies.

Wall Street, BofA, Goldman Sacs and others continue to bilk billions from their “customers.” The promised crack down on bogus foreclosures is… well, bogus. The behemoths pay their fines – at about one tenth the value of the theft achieved – while everywhere corruption deepens. Check out Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone article on the Banksters: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/gangster-banks-keep-winning-public-business-why-20120322, as well as his other articles.

Also, the Congress and President are poised to push through the so-called “Jobs Act” that opens up even more Wall Street corruption and puts more funds into their reelection campaigns. As is the usual practice, its name implies a selective and inaccurate reading of what the bill intends.

At this writing the bill has been modified by the Senate and returned to the House. Obama urges quick passage. But the revised version strips away further safeguards, such as removing former obstacles to a company’s going public and its ability to raise funds privately.

Right Wing media jerks are agitating for a race war. And mainstream media ignore this and most of these other issues I’ve raised.

One recent high point: walking from my Doctors office I noticed a group of women, (late twenties) walking toward me. One had an open blouse and large exposed breasts. I did my best not to stare, but as she passed she gave me a wonderful smile.

 

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