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September 2014 Calendar

Posted on 01 September 2014 by Change-Links

September 1 – Monday

35th Annual Labor Day March & Rally:
8a Assemble, 10a March, Noon Rally & Picnic. From Broad & E Sts, Wilmington to Banning Park (between PCH & M St, off Avalon Blvd, Wilmington. LA/LB Harbor Labor Coalition, 562.595.1891. <louiediaz@local848.net>.

BA Everywhere Campaign fundraising picnic: Noon-5p. Project Bob Avakian’s voice throughout society. $10; sliding scale. Rancho Cienega Park, 5001 Rodeo Rd, LA. 213.304.9864. <baeverywhere_la1@yahoo.com>. <revcom.us/BAfundcampaign>.

Valley Interfaith Council Labor Day Celebration: 5pm program, 6pm light supper. Keynote speaker Rachel Torres of UNITE HERE speaks on From Income Inequality to Upward Mobility. Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church, 11066 Norris Ave, Pacoima. 818.903.4771.

 

September 2 – Tuesday

McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club: 6-8p. Marina Del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, MDR. <laughtears.com>.

 

September 3 – Wednesday

Health Care for All-CA: 7p, Van Nuys. See ongoing events/ Wednesday.

 

September 4 – Thursday

Onionaires choir rehearsal: Thursday 715p. Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society (aka The Onion), 9550 Haskell Ave, North Hills. 818.894.9251.

Screening: BA Speaks: Revolution – Nothing Less!: 730p, LA. Excerpt from the film with discussion. Bob Avakian Live. See ongoing/Thurs.

 

September 5 – Friday

An Evening with American Muslim Writers: 7:30-10p. Free/donation. Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W Pico Blvd, LA. 310.657.5511. <info@levantinecenter.org>. <levantinecenter.org>.

DakhaBrakha & Carmen Rizzo: 8p. Grand Performances. Free. CA Plaza, 350 S Grand Ave, Downtown LA. free. Eastern European ethno-chaos & improvised ambient musical set. 213.687.2159. <grandperformances.org>.

 

September 6 – Saturday

Boycott HEWLETT-PACKARD Campaign, 2-4p. Location TBA. HP profits from selling technology to control & blockade Palestinians on occupied land, speed up deportations by ICE/Homeland Security, and digitize all prisoner & parolee records for the CA prison system. Educate the public about HP’s role in the surveillance state & militarism. <hpboycottcampaign.socal@gmail.com> <idc-calif.org/hp-boycott-campaign-socal>.

Activism Is Not Terrorism: Oppose the AETA!: 2p. Westwood Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire, LA. Join Progress for Science, Empty Cages LA, Direct Action Everywhere LA & Project Intersect to expand public awareness of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in LA. 562.528.6891.<emptycagesla@riseup.net>.

Ross Altman performs Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads 1-2:30p in “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry” with Prof. Peter Dreier at the Pasadena Public Library in the DRW Auditorium at 285 E. Walnut St. Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 744-4066. Free and open to the public.

Yuna: 8p. Melodic pop, and soulful R&B by Malaysian born resident of Downtown LA.Grand Performances. Free. CA Plaza, 350 S Grand Ave, LA. 213.687.2159. <grandperformances.org>.

 

September 7 – Sunday

Sunday Funday Bike Ride: 9:30a. 13-mile tour includes a “bikes-eye view” of sites like the Velodrome Cycling Arena,  the Goodyear Blimp & crosssections of a few Carson residential neighborhoods. Carson Bicycle Coalition. Stevenson Park, 17400 Lysander Dr, Carson.

Running Down the Walls 5K Run/Walk/Bike: 10a. Fundraiser shared by Anarchist Black Cross Federation & RAC-LA. MacArthur Park, LA. <la(at)abcf.net>. <abcf.net>.

Conjunto Los Pochos y Friends: 3p. Bilingual listening/dance party for the young & young-at-heart. Grand Performances. Free. CA Plaza, 350 S Grand, LA. 213.687.2159 <grandperformances.org>

Reparations: 6p potluck, 6:30-8:30p program. Dr. Ikaweba Bunting examines the call for reparations for Black Americans. Committee for Racial Justice. Virginia Avenue Park, Thelma Terry Building, 2200 Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica. 310.422.5431.

Violent Affair On Tour from OKC: 8p. In Support of Their New Album Call To Arms. Hosts: OSD Press & OC Anarcho. The Other Place, 316 S Euclid St, Anaheim. Venue: 714.533.1534.

 

September 8 – Monday

Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training application deadline. Four month political education & leadership development program for white social justice activists. Become accountable, principled anti-racist organizers building multiracial movements for justice. <collectiveliberation.org>, click on Our Work, Anne Braden Program.

DOCUMENTAL: 6-10p, Santa Monica. Experimental films. See Ongoing/Monday.

 

September 9 – Tuesday

Revolution Books bookstore volunteers meeting: 7p, LA. See Ongoing/Tuesday.

Screening: The Front: 130p. The McCarthy-era witch-hunt in the entertainment industry set the stage for this comedy-drama with Woody Allen as an unsuccessful bookie who agrees to act as a “front” for a blacklisted TV writer. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, LA. 310.440.4500, <skirball.org>.

 

September 10 – Wednesday

Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): 5-615p. On-line webinar. Defending Dissent Foundation presents activists who used FOIA & Public Record Requests to advance their work… and discover how they were spied on. Learn how to get your own FBI file or launch a research campaign that can bring your fight for justice to a whole new level. Presenters: Drew Hendricks, who used FOIA to expose illegal US military infiltration into efforts to block shipments of war equipment out of Olympia WA, Jane Kleeb who used FOIA to reveal that Keystone pipeline builder TransCanada is pushing to brand peaceful activists as terrorists. Shawn Musgrave of Muckrock.com talks about your own FOIA request. <linda@defendingdissent.org>.

Singer Suzy Williams: 7-10p. Free. Dannys, 23 Windward Av, Venice. 310.450.6052.<laughtears.com>.

Change-Links Check-in/Production Planning: 7:30-9p. See Ongoing/Wednesday.

 

September 12 – Friday

LA Green Festival: September 12-14 Fri-Sun. LA Convention Center, Downtown LA. <greenfestivals.org>.

Cuban 5: 16th anniversary of their arrest. With the recent release of Rene Gonzalez & Fernando Gonzalez, we feel it is time to double our efforts to free Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez & Ramon LabaÒino! <thecuban5.org>.

Kickstarter Film Fest: 6-11p. An evening of film, food, art, music, tech& other Angeleno eccentricities-  all made with Kickstarter. Free. The Autrey, Griffith Park. <kickstarter.com/events/filmfest2014_la>.

India Jazz Suites: 8p. a.k.a. Fastest Feet in Rhythm. An explosive collaboration between one of India’s foremost Kathak masters and one of the world’s fastest, Emmy-award winning tap dancers. Incredible speed & power, grace & beauty, epic storytelling & the pure joy of dance. Grand Performances. Free. CA Plaza, 350 S Grand Ave, LA. <grandperformances.org>.

 

September 13 – Saturday

LA Black Book Expo: all day. Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at Crenshaw Blvd., LA. 323.365.2948. <labbx.org>.

MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon): 4-6p, Unurban CafÈ, Santa Monica. Author & LA Times writer David Ulin. See Ongoing/Saturday.

Benefit/Play: Turning Thirty: 7:30p. $32. Proceeds to Griefhaven which helps those impacted by the loss of a child. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 – 4th St, Santa Monica. 310.394.9779.x2. Tickets: <griefhaven.org/turning-thirty.shtml>. Play info: <santamonicaplayhouse.com>. <griefhaven.org>.

Rosanna Gamson, WIFE, Sheetal Gandhi: 8p. An evening of stunning, accessible, and unforgettable modern dance from LA-based artists. Free. Grand Performances. CA Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave, LA. 213.687.2159. <grandperformances.org>.

 

September 14 – Sunday

Rants n Raves: Zine Publishing for Beginners: 11a. Ages 9-14. Workshop participants write, design& produce a ‘zine to trade with the whole group and hand out to friends and family. Led by Darin Klein, award-winning independent publisher. Reservations encouraged. 826LA@Hammer. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd at Westwood, LA. 310.443.7000, 310.915.0200. <info@hammer.ucla.edu>. <workshops.826la.org>.

Crisis At Home & Abroad: 6-8p.  …from Ferguson, Missouri to the Middle East & Ukraine. West Coast International Marxist-Humanist Org. Peace Center, 3916 S. Sepulveda Blvd near Venice Blvd, Culver City. Free parking in rear; dial 22 at door to enter. <arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org>. <internationalmarxisthumanist.org>, <facebook.com/groups/imhorg>.

Catrina’s Candle-Light Vigil in solidarity with those in solitary confinement, 4p. Lincoln Park, Pomona CA. Isolation is Torture! <abolishsolitary.com/about-cfasc.html>

 

September 15 – Monday

KPFK Governance Committee of Local Station Board: 730p. Peace Center, 3916 S Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City. Pacifica is seeking an Executive Director for the Foundation and a General Manager for KPFK. Check <pacifica.org/jobs>

Independence Day for Central America

 

September 16 – Tuesday

Independence Day for Mexico, anniversary of the Grito de Dolores.

KPFK Finance Committee 7:30p. Local Station Board considers the station’s budget and finances. Radio Station KPFK, 3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West (near Lankershim & 101 Fwy), Universal Studios stop on Metro Red Line), N. Hollywood. 818.985.2711. <mnovick.kpfklsb@gmail.com>. <kpfk.org>.

Screening: Shield and Spear: 7:30-9:30p. What does democracy mean in South Africa today? Some of South Africa’s most prominent artists examine hate crimes against the LGBT community, death threats for a political satirist, identity, race and creativity. A commemoration of the recent death of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela & the 20-year anniversary of the end of Apartheid. Followed by Q&A with director Petter Ringbom, producer Alysa Nahmias and executive producer Marquise Stillwell. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd at Westwood, Westwood. West Coast Premiere. 310.443-7000. <info@hammer.ucla.edu>.

September 17 – Wednesday

Sandra Fluke at Activist Support Circle: 6-8p. Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St, Santa Monica, Fluke is an attorney, women’s rights activist and candidate for CA Senate District 26. Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee refused to allow her to testify on the importance of requiring insurance plans to cover birth control. 310.399.1000. Opponent Ben Allen appeared last month. <www.ActivistSupportCircle.org>.

Meditations on Media (MOM): 7-10p. Beyond Baroque. See Ongoing/Wednesday.

Evening of Iranian literary & artistic culture, 7-10p. Launch party for Iran: RPM Vol. 2 from Magic of Persia and the latest issue of B’ta’arof as well as Omid Walizadeh’s LP, Modern Persian Speech Sounds. Fiercely independent and creative Iranian writers and artists. Free (donation). Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W Pico Blvd (between La Cienega & Fairfax), LA. Street parking. <levantinecenter.org>.

September 18 – Thursday

Bob Avakian Live: 7:30p. See ongoing/Thursday.

 

September 20 – Saturday

The Woody Guthrie Show (music): 1p. See Ongoing/various dates, Theatricum Botanicum.

KPFK Local Station Board: 1-4p. Monthly meeting with a report from the interim GM & public comment periods during the Board meeting. Peace Center, 3916 S Sepulveda Blvd (between Venice Bl & Washington Pl.), Culver City. Dial “22″ for entry.

Visibly Invisible dynamic walk-thru: 1-4p. Join artist Yrneh Gabon Brown & curator Mar Hollingsworth for an exhibition tour & informal conversation. CA African American Museum, 600 State Dr, Exposition Park, LA. 213.744.7432. <caamuseum.org>.

Building Blocks Against Climate Change: 1-5p. View our webpage map, choose a corner, intersection or block for your group’s special action along Wilshire between Alvarado and Wilton , fill out the brief form, and hit Submit. In solidarity with the People’s Climate March demanding that world leaders at the UN Climate Summit implement policies to Stop Climate Change Now. Converging Storms Action Network. <insyte22@gmail.com>. <againstclimatechange.org>.

 

September 21 – Sunday

People’s Climate March. NYC. While President Obama & world leaders come together for the UN climate summit, we have an opportunity for a powerful moment to push for climate action. The People’s Climate March is shaping up to be the biggest climate march in history. 646.780.0801. <info@peoplesclimate.org>. <peoplesclimate.org>.

Pacifica National Board Committee of Inclusion: 1-3p. To consider how KPFK can better incorporate & meet the needs of historically under-represented communities in programming, governance, management and staffing. Radio Station KPFK, 3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West (near Lankershim & 101 Fwy), Universal Studios stop on Metro Red Line), N. Hollywood. 818.985.2711. <kpfk.org>.

 

September 22 – Monday

Poetry in solidarity with Sundiata Acoli. Announce your events supporting political prisoner & Assata Shakur co-defendant Acoli. <facebook.com/events/1514149692131971>.

 

September 24 - Wednesday

Dave MacArthur on the Four Pillars of Health
4:30-5:15AM
Basic Nutrition and the most Cutting Edge Anti-Aging Telomeres Science.
Wednesday Wellness Show on KJLH-FM with Dominique DiPrima.

 

September 26 – Friday

Days and Nights Festival 
Philip Glass & Jerry Quickley
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
http://daysandnightsfestival.com/2014-festival/

Dave MacArthur on the 4 Pillars of Health
6:30 pm reception, 7 pm presentation
Presentation will include a few tasties.
$10 at the Door.
Free if you Email or Call in advance.
Homeboy Industries in Downtown LA at 130 Bruno St (corner of Alameda, just north of Union Station), CA 90012  AgapeWellnessGroup.com 
AgapeWellnessGroup@Gmail.Com
(213) 632-6841

Justice on Trial Film Festival: September 26/27 Fri 5-9p, Sat 2-6p. Keynote speaker: formerly incarcerated attorney & prison reform advocate Daryl V. Atkinson. Screenings of Fruits of War, The Cooler Bandits, When Will the Punishment End, Elementary Genocide & Crime After Crime. $10. CSU-Long Beach, University Theater, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, LB. 562.985.4111.<justiceontrialfilmfestival.org>.

OC Stand Down: September 26-28 Fri-Sun. Homeless & at-risk vets receive assistance in services including medical, dental, vision, hot showers, grooming, clothing, hot meals, snacks, tents to sleep in (group, female only, family). Shuttles from a # of OC and adjacent locations. Participant & volunteer registration forms online. Army Reserve Center, off Jamboree at Barranca Pkwy, near The District, Tustin Legacy Center, Tustin 714.547.0615. <gillian@veteransfirstoc.org>. <ocstanddown.org>.
September 27 — Saturday

Move to Amend, 1-3p. Monthly membership of group seeking to amend the Constitution to strip corporations of personal civil rights, and get money out of politics. Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea, 5371 Alhambra Ave., LA 90032. 323.255.1279. <la@movetoamend.org> Ongoing Event, last Saturday.

MOVE TO AMEND VIDEO RESOURCE:
“A Question of Personhood”
introduces the corporate constitutional rights issue
and Move to Amend. 7min 35 sec
http://youtu.be/WaKWLUU2IHU

 

September 27 – Saturday

March Against Chemtrails
Los Angeles Sky Watch 
What – March Against Chemtrails
Where: Assemble at the cannon by the Santa Monica Pier at 12 noon.
When – Saturday, September 27th, March from 12 noon to 2 PM. Los Angeles Contact: Paulette @ 310-836-0257
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/865060070188835/
Global March Against Chemtrails http://globalmarchagainstchemtrailsandgeoengineering.com/

 

September 28 – Sunday

Change-Links Distribution/Planning: last Sunday 11:30 AM potluck/mailing. See Ongoing/Sunday

Long Beach Reggae Music Jerk & Food Festival, 1-9p. Queen Mary Shoreline Park, 1126 Queens Highway North, Long Beach. 562.353.4397 <longbeachjerkfest@gmail.com>.

Identifying the Disappeared: 1p. Thirty Years Later, DNA Makes It Possible to Identify The Disappeared. Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (<fafg.org>, in Spanish). First Unitarian Church of LA, 2936 W. 8th St, LA. 310.573.1901. You can arrange to give a DNA sample.

Book signing: Race & Universities: 3p. Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities  with the author & MIT professor Craig Steven Wilder. Revolution Books /Libros RevoluciÛn, 5726 Hollywood Blvd, LA. 323.463.3500. <revolutionbooksla@gmail.com>. <revolutionbooksla.blogspot.com>.

Screening: Of Two Minds: 7p. Bipolar documentary with award-winning filmmakers Doug Blush & Lisa Klein. Free. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl, Venice. 310.822.3006. <laughtears.com>.

 

September 29 – Monday

Survival: It’s On!: September 29-October 5 Mon-Sun. A convergence to help bring progressive activists work together in solidarity. Scheduled themes include Labor Day, Debt/Austerity/Occupy Day, Creative Resistance Day, Anti-Capitalist Climate Action Day, Student Organizing Day, Direct Action Day, Disorientation Party!
Che CafÈ, UCSD. <info@survivalitson.org>.

 

September 30, Tuesday

Professor Peter Mathews will be special guest on “The Rob Macon Show to discuss his new book “Dollar Democracy: With Liberty & Justice for Some” about the disappearing middle class is disappearing, fracking, GMO’s and more. Mathews has been on NBC, CBS, KTLA, KPCC & KPFK.
To watch: www.padnet.tv for “Video On Demand.”

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

October – Bil’in Gathering: Two Weeks of Cultural Activism & Creative Exchange in Occupied Palestine. We have been invited to occupied Palestine by the Popular Struggle Committee in Bili¥n, one of many Palestinian communities engaged in ongoing struggle against Israel’s ongoing practice of settler colonialism, military occupation & structural apartheid. Contact us for more details including how to donate. <haristizabal60@gmail.com>. <indiegogo.com/projects/art-and-activism-in-palestine>.

 

October 1 – Wednesday

Health Care for All-CA: 7p Van Nuys. See ongoing events/ Wednesday.

Vigil against militarization of space at front gate of space warfare base 3:30-4:45 PM Vandenberg AFB, CA.  Contact Dennis Apel 805.343.6322

October 4-11, 2014 – Keep Space for Peace Week. October 4 is also a Global Action Day Against the Use of Drones for Surveillance & Killing and is being sponsored by a host of groups around the world.  See more at http://globaldayofaction.nationbuilder.com/ 207.443.9502 <globalnet@mindspring.com> <www.space4peace.org>

 

October 4 – Saturday

Movie Night: Freedom Summer: 5:30p. $5 suggested donation for potluck dinner before screening. Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City. 213.201.7029. <9to5.org/CA>.

 

October 5 – Sunday

Let’s Ax like White People: 7p. Gerry Fialka & Brad Kay probe the motives and consequences of the Minstrel Show, voluntary Negritude, & Afrofuturism. Free. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 310.822.3006.

 

October 6 – Monday

Fall Delegation to Bolivia (Presidential Election Oct 12): Oct 6-16. $1000. Start in Cochabamba and end in La Paz; visits to Coroico and Coripata (Yungas de La Paz), Cochabamba and Chapare. Trip space is very limited. If interested, email <cbalbertolovera@gmail.com> ASAP.

 

October 8  – Wednesday

Day of the Heroic Guerrilla (commemorates Che Guevara)
Change-Links Check-in/Production Planning: 7:30-9p. For November issue of the monthly progressive newspaper and community calendar. Peace Center, 3916 S Sepulveda Blvd (between Venice Blvd & Washington Pl., adjacent to I-405), Culver City. Dial “22″ for entry.

 

October 11 – Saturday

Pasadena Art Walk: 11a-5p. Annual event. 626.744.0340, playhouse district assoc. <playhousedistrict.org>, click on calendar of events then ARTWalk.

MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon): 4-6p, Unurban CafÈ, Santa Monica. Filmmaker Kent Hayward . See Ongoing/Saturday.

 

October 13 – Monday

DOCUMENTAL: 6-10p, Santa Monica. Rag’n’Bones – Live poets, music improv & avant garde films. 7p: Sur les Toits (Over the Roof Tops), Nicolas Drolc’s historical documentary. 830p: Guantanamo Circus. Unurban Cafe, 3301 Pico Blvd, LA. See Ongoing/Mon.

 

October 18 – Saturday

El Grande Fondo de Los Angeles Crest (The Great Los Angeles Crest Challenge). Travel through the classic high country of the San Gabriel Mountains along scenic Angeles Crest Highway. Cycling benefit for LA County Bicycle Coalition & the National Forest Foundation. <grandefondoangelescrest.org>.

A Tribute to the Bard: 1p. celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Shakespeare and the classics in a rustic, outdoor setting. Theatricum Botanicum. See Ongoing/various dates

 

October 19 – Sunday

Candidates’ Forum: 6p. All the candidates running for Santa Monica city council and for the SMMUSD school board are invited. Express your views on issues important to the Committee For Racial Justice. Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica. 310-422-5431.

 

October 22 – Wednesday

Action against Repression. International Day of Action Against Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. Time & location TBD. <october22.org>.

 

October 25 – Saturday

Jazz Funk Fest: 7-10p. Free. Unurban Cafe, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. <http://laughtears.com >.

Move to Amend: See Ongoing Activities/Saturday

 

October 26 – Sunday

Change-Links Distribution/Planning: last Sunday 11:30a-1:00p. See Ongoing/Sunday.

Screenings: 7p: Red Reign; 8:30p: My Name Is Jansa Janez. Also Q&A with director Masha Savitz. Free. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice. 310.822.3006.

 

October 30 – Thursday

Firefly Ball Awards Gala: 6-9p. Benefit for LA County Bicycle Coalition. A light-filled evening of art, music, food & drink honoring community members doing good bike work. Farmers & Merchants National Bank, 401 S Main St, LA.

 

October 31 — Friday

Halloween – in Hollywood and West Hollywood.

 

Ongoing Events:

It’s best to verify time & location for all ongoing events- let us know of any changes!

Mondays: (Sept 1,8,15,22,29, October 6,13,20,27)
Fair Chance Project Food Distribution: Mon 10a-Noon. FREE w/ fresh vegetables, cereals, chips, healthy drinks, etc. A movement led by liberated lifers. May also offer free legal advice. Chucho’s Justice Center, 1137 E Redondo Blvd, Inglewood. 323.235.4243. <kruti222@yahoo.com>.

Occupy Venice: Mon 8p. General Assembly. Beyond Baroque, upstairs, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice. <facebook.com/occupyveniceca>.

DOCUMENTAL: 2nd Mon 6-10p (September 8, Oct 13). September; experimental films; Oct: Avant-Garde films. Free. Unurban Cafe, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. 310.306.7330. <laughtears.com>.

Topanga Peace Alliance General Meeting: Usually 3rd Mon (September 15, Oct 20). Contact them to confirm date. 310.795.1373. <debbieinla@outlook.com>. <topangapeacealliance.org>.

Tuesdays (September 2,9,16,23,30, Oct 7,14,21,28):
Acting Workshop for Vets: Tue 7-10p. Train for performance; heal, grow & learn via “drama therapy.” Register online. Donation or free. The Veterans Project. 3916 Sepulveda, Culver City. 310.842.8794. <roy@theveteransproject.org>. <theveteransproject.org>.

Nonfiction Writing Workshop: Tue 8p. Creative non-fiction, memoir & prose. Also other writing, media & performance workshops. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice. 310.822.3006. <beyondbaroque@aol.com>. <beyondbaroque.org>.

McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club: 1st Tue 6-8p (September 2, Oct 7). Marina Del Rey Libr., 4533 Admiralty Way, MDR. <laughtears.com>.

Military Families Speak Out, 1st Tue 7p: MFSO Orange County Chapter. Contact them for location. 562.833.8035 <mfsooc@earthlink.net> <mfso.org>.

Revolution Books bookstore volunteers meeting: 2nd/4th Tue 7p (September 9, 23, Oct 14, 28). Save & expand Revolution Books. Your determination, ideas & input is critical. Revolution Books, 5726 Hollywood Blvd at Wilton, LA. 323.463.3500.

Rising Start Toastmasters: 3rd Tue 6p (September 16, Oct 21). Become a better speaker! Community Room, Burbank Police Station, 200 N. Third St, Burbank. 818.846.8318. <damondray@yahoo.com>. <meetup.com/risingstartoastmaster>. More groups at <toastmasters.org>, click on FIND.

OC Code Pink Vigil: 4th Tue 5:30-7p (September 16, Oct 21). Plaza Square Park, Traffic Circle at Glassell & Chapman, Orange. (Info from OC Progressive calendar.)

Wednesdays (Sept 3,10,17,24, Oct 1,8,15,22,29):
Activist Support Circle: Last Wed 6:30p (September 24, Oct 29). Speakers/programs TBD. Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St, Santa Monica. 310.399.1000. <activistsupportcircle@earthlink.net>, <jerrypeaceactivistrubin@earthlink.net>. <activistsupportcircle.org>.

Tenants Rights: Wed 7p. Also, Sat 10a. Coalition for Economic Survival, 27 years working for tenants rights & other issues. Volunteers needed. Plummer Park, Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, W Hollywood. 213.252.4411, 323.656.4410. <contactces@earthlink.net>. <cesinaction.org>.

DFA-OC: usually 1st Wed 6:30p social, 7:15-9p meeting (September 3, Oct 1): Oct TBD. Karl Strauss Brewery, Metropointe Shopping Center, 901 South Coast Dr, Costa Mesa. <dfaoc.comm@gmail.com> . <meetup.com/dfa-oc>; updates also at <ocprogressiveevents.info>.

Healthcare For All CA: 1st Wed 7p (September 3, Oct 1). San Fernando Valley chapter. Improved Medicare (single-payer health care) for All Californians. Bernardi Multipurpose Community Center, 6514 Sylmar Ave at Hamlin, Van Nuys . 818.766.7318. <info@hca-sfv.org>. <healthcareforall.org> <facebook.com/hcasfv>.

UN Women 2nd Wed 6:45-9p: LA Chapter. Formed to promote the status of women worldwide. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), 543 N. Fairfax, W Hollywood.  323.651.2080. <la@unwomen-usnc.org>, <chillman@la.unwomen-usnc.org>. <unwomen-usnc.org/greaterla#>.

Change-Links Check-in/Production Planning: 2nd Wed 7:30-9p (September 10, October 8). For next month’s issue of the monthly progressive newspaper and community calendar. Peace Center, 3916 S Sepulveda Blvd (btwn Venice Bl. & Washington Pl, adjacent to I-405), Culver City. Dial “22″ for entry.

Meditations On Media (MOM): 3rd Wed 7-10p (Sep 17, Oct 15). Gerry Fialka’s stimulating soiree stirs up discussion. Free. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice. 310.822.3006. <laughtears.com>.

Senior Patriots for Peace Vigil: Last Wed 5-6:30p (Sep 24, Oct 29). Signs and banners provided. Leisure World, large world globe, Seal Beach Blvd & Golden Rain Rd (between I-405 & Westminster), Seal Beach. 562.430.7509, 562.430.1047.

Thursdays  (Sept 4,11,18,26, Oct 2,9,16,23,30):
Clutter 12-Step: Thu 10-1130a. Clutterers Anonymous (CLA). Face-to-face & phone meetings; additional locations. CafÈ Tropical , 2900 Sunset Blvd. Silverlake. 866.402.6685, 310.281.6064, 323.281.2243. <clutterersanonymous.net>.

Onionaires choir rehearsal: Thu 7:15p. Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society (aka The Onion), 9550 Haskell Ave, North Hills. 818.894.9251.

Sociedad de Escritores y Poetas Latinoamericanos: Jueves (Thu) 7:30p. McDonald’s, 500 N Central Ave, Glendale. 213.230.4868. <bohemia2000@webtv.net>. <poesiasymas.com>.

Peace & Justice Films: Usually 1st Thu 7p (Sep 4, Oct 2). Sep: TBD; Oct: TBD. Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition. St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave (NE corner @ Wardman St), Whittier. 562.587.6270, 562.233.8579. <whittierpeace.org>.

Bob Avakian Live: 1st /3rd Thu 730p (Sep 4, 18, Oct 2, 16). Revolution Books, 5726 Hollywood Bl.
Downtown Art Walk: 2nd Thu 6-9p approx. peak hours (Sep 11, Oct 9). All over downtown focused on Spring & Main Sts, between 2nd & 9th Sts, Downtown LA. 213.624.6212. Be advised that this is contested space due to gentrification of downtown and Skid Row. <downtownartwalk.org>.

Conscientious Projector Films: 2nd Thu 7p (Sep 11, Oct 9). Sep: TBD; Oct: TBD. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N Raymond Ave,  Pasadena. 310.782.4738, 626.792.4941 (phone may not be current). <conscientiousprojector.wordpress.com>, <facebook.com/group.php?gid=53883487201>.

SFV Atheists United: usually 3rd Thu 6:45p dinner/social; 7:15p discussion (Sep 18, Oct 16). Sep/Oct topic: outside religion, is there an actual good & evil? Kountry Folks Restaurant, 8501 Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, 818.988.2806 (after 5p), <atheistsunited.org>.

Peace & Freedom Party: 3rd Thu 7p (Sep 18, Oct 16). Open to all Party registrants. 2617 S Hauser Blvd, LA. 323.960.5036. <pfplosangeles@peaceandfreedom.org> <peaceandfreedom.org> Peace & Justice Teach-In: 3rd Thu 7p (Sep 18, Oct 16). Roundtable discussion of current topics & a film TBD. St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave (NE corner @ Wardman St), Whittier. 562..692.2621, 562.233.8579. <whittierpeace.org>.

Fightin’ Words: 3rd Thu 8-11p (Sep 18, Oct 16). Open Mic to Stop Police Brutality. Hosted by Oct. 22 Coalition. Call to be sure it’s happening. Chuco’s Justice Center, 1137 E. Redondo Blvd, Inglewood. 323.235.4243, 323.446.7459. <youth4justice.org>.

Fridays (Sept 5,12,19,26, October 3,10,17,24,31):
Topanga Peace Vigil: Fri 4:30-5:30p. Optional social follows vigil. Pine Tree Center, 120 S Topanga Cyn Blvd, Topanga. Contact via form on website

Costa Mesa Peace Vigil Fri 5-7p: Protesting all colonial occupation. Across from South Coast Plaza, Bristol & Anton, Costa Mesa. <quetzalcoatl38@aol.com>. 714.956.5037.

Topanga Peace Alliance film night: Usually 1st Fri 7:30p sharp (Sep 5, Oct 3) Bring veggie potluck snack or non-alcoholic drink to share. Parking under the library. Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, Topanga. 310.795.1373. <debbieinla@outlook.com>. <topangapeacealliance.org>.

Center for Inquiry Dinners: 4th Fri (NOT 5th Fri) 6:30p dinner, 7:30p discussion & social (Sep 26, Oct 24). For atheists, freethinkers, secular humanists, inquiring minds. WLA Grill 11407 Santa Monica Blvd, WLA. 310.780.7363 <cfiwest.org>.

Saturdays (September 6,13,20,27, Oct 4,11,18,25):
Tenants Rights: Sat 10a. Also Wed 7p. The Coalition for Economic Survival, with 27 years in working for tenants rights & other issues. Plummer Park, Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, W Hollywood. 213.252.4411, 323.656.4410. <contactces@earthlink.net>. <cesinaction.org>.

Intl. Black Writers & Artists: 1st Sat 2-4p (Sep 6, Oct 4), St Elmo Village, 4830 St Elmo Dr, LA.  3rd Sat 1-5p (Sep 20, Oct 18), San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd, Pasadena.  323.964.3721. <randy44ross@sbcglobal.net>, <shopliftr@hotmail.com>. <facebook.com/pages/IBWALA/196883846554>.

OC Peace Coalition: 2nd Sat 10a-Noon (Sep 13, Oct 11). Educating, organizing & changing US foreign policy promoting illegal invasion & occupations & stopping US militarization. Friends Meeting House, 2091 Business Center Dr, #100, Irvine. 949.653.1097. <info@ocpeace.org>.

Fair Chance Project: usually 2nd Sat 10a-3:30p (Sep 13, Oct 11). 10a: Free Walk-in Legal Clinic staffed by attorneys & liberated lifer paralegals especially for those impacted by the prison system. 11a: LEAPP, Learning Everything About the Parole Process workshops. 1230-230p: Fair Chance Project, meet with liberated lifers, people who care & attorneys. Chuco’s Justice Center, 1137 E. Redondo Blvd, Inglewood. 310.677.7445. <gerifacts@sbcglobal.net>.

Americans United for Separation of Church & State: 2nd Sat 1:30p (Sep 13, Oct 11). Irvine Ranch Water District, Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine. 949.733.9157. <orangecountyau@yahoo.com>. <au-oc.org>.

Move to Amend, last Sat 1-3p. Monthly mtg of group seeking to amend the Constitution to strip corporations of personal civil rights. Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea, 5371 Alhambra Ave., LA 90032. 323.255.1279. <la@movetoamend.org>
See www.change-links.org for more listings!

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Workers in L.A. and U.S. are Fighting Back

Posted on 01 September 2014 by Change-Links

By Paul Krehbiel

Workers in Southern California and across the country are fighting to defend their wages, standard of living and rights against the three-decade-long corporate assault on working people and our unions.  The giant corporations are unrelenting, but we’re fighting back.

Technical and professional workers at Boeing in southern California have just won a 14-year fight to recover lost wages and benefits, totaling $47 million.  They are members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, Local 2001.

In July, Los Angeles port truck drivers working with the Teamsters Union staged a week-long strike for better pay, hours, benefits, working conditions, and a union.  While employers threatened them with firing, the workers got the companies to accept all drivers back to work without retaliation.  The union campaign is gaining momentum.  Many drivers, mostly Mexicano and Central American, work 10 or more hours a day, 6 days a week and make poverty level wages.

Car wash workers just unionized another car wash, this time in East Los Angeles, bringing to 26 the number of union car washes in So. Cal. They are being assisted by the United Steelworkers.

Earlier this summer 60,000 grocery workers in United Food and Commercial Workers in so Cal stopped company take-away demands and negotiated a new contract.  But Food 4 Less (owned by Kroger), refused to settle and push cuts in health and welfare contributions, and work hours. As we went to press, the grocery workers won a no-takeaways contract after threatening to strike.

Social Justice Unionism
While most labor struggles and labor victories are measured in money, benefits, and job protection, some are measured by strengthening our labor movement.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) workers refused to cross a community picket-line for four days in mid-August in front of an Israeli ship in the Port of Oakland to protest Israeli’s slaughter of people in Gaza. No cargo was moved, and the Israeli shipping company lost millions of dollars.  Actions like this put pressure on Israel to stop its war on Gaza.

Many unions have joined with environmentalists and community groups to stage a giant demonstration in New York City on September 21 to demand action on climate change and to stop global warming.  The “People’s Climate March” will coincide with a United Nations summit that will bring together world leaders to deal with the growing problem.  Many union members and leaders in New York remember the devastation Hurricane Sandy brought to New York and the east coast. Endorsers include Teamsters Joint Council 16, American Transit Union, Autoworkers Region 9A, Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3, and many more.

The California Nurses Association and the National Nurses United have launched a national campaign to put a small tax on all financial transactions that Wall Street financial institutions complete every second.  Called the “Robin Hood Tax,” it would generate billions of dollars for government to pay for education, health care and other social services.

Tax the Rich  
When the Occupy Wall Street movement took off a couple of years ago, many unions joined to help publicize the message that the top 1% are enriching themselves at the expense of the other 99%.

Several years ago, when the Iraq war was killing and wounding many Iraqis and US soldiers, and costing us billions of dollars, the union-based US Labor Against the War-LA noted that the cost of the war for one year could have paid the entire deficit of every state and saved the jobs of hundreds of thousands of public workers who’d lost them then.

Union members marching in the Los Angeles-Long Beach Harbor Labor Day Parade in 2011 carried signs that read:  “Tax the rich and their corporations.”  The following year, labor led in proposing a tax increase on the very wealthy to fund public education.  This proposal became Proposition 30, and it was passed by the voters.  Big corporations and banks have been waging war on workers, and on our country, for decades.  In 1945, 40% of all taxes collected by the government came from corporations.  Today corporations pay less than 10%.  Corporations and the very wealthy get tax loopholes and tax rebates, while workers and the 99% are expected to fund the lion’s share of our social programs, or do without.

Unions and our allies also defeated Proposition 32, which would have stopped unions from contributing to political campaigns while allowing corporations to continue to give unlimited amounts of money.

Unions in Los Angeles have been organizing for years in Labor United for Universal Healthcare to bring a single-payer, improved Medicare-for-All type health care system to California and the U.S. That would cover everyone with comprehensive health care, and remove the for-profit insurance industry from ripping off $400 billion a year which could be put back into the system to ensure quality care.  Labor United for Universal Healthcare participated in the national single-payer health care conference held in Oakland on August 22-24.

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Paul Krehbiel began work as a union auto parts worker in 1968.  In the 2000′s, he was the chief negotiator for over 5,000 Registered Nurses in Los Angeles County, members of SEIU Local 660 (now 721). He is a member of Labor United for Universal Healthcare.

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Cold War Two: Do you think any American official is going to tell you the truth?

Posted on 31 August 2014 by Change-Links

by William Blum

During Cold War One those of us in the left were often placed in the position where we had to defend the Soviet Union because the US government was using that country as a battering ram against us. Now we sometimes have to defend Russia because it may be the last best hope of stopping TETATW (The Empire That Ate The World). Yes, during Cold War One we knew about Stalin, the show trials, and the gulags. But we also knew about US foreign policy.

I’ve been reading the Washington Post for 25 years – six years during Vietnam (1964-1970) and the last 19 years – usually about three hours each day very carefully. When it comes to US foreign policy the newspaper is worse now than I can remember it ever was during those 25 years. It’s reached the point where I don’t take at face value a word the Post has to say about Ukraine. Same with the State Department, which makes one accusation after another about Russian military actions in Eastern Ukraine without presenting any kind of satellite imagery or other visual or documentary evidence; what we’re left with is often no more than just an accusation. [1]

My personal breath of fresh air has been RT (formerly Russia Today). Daily, many progressives are interviewed and out come facts and analyses rarely heard on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, PBS, Fox, BBC, etc. Words heard on RT are labeled by the mainstream media as “Russian propaganda.”

As for Russia being responsible for “creating the conditions” that led to the shooting down of Flight 17, we should keep in mind that events in Ukraine w[ere] sparked in February when a US-supported coup overthrew the democratically-elected government and replaced it with one more receptive to the market-fundamentalism dictates of the World Bank, IMF and the European Union. [If] not for the coup there would’ve been no eastern rebellion and no dangerous war zone for Flight 17 in the first place.

The new regime has another feature: outspoken neo-Nazis in high and low positions, embarrassing enough for the US government and mainstream media to turn it into a non-event. Senator McCain met and posed for photos with the leader of the neo-Nazi Svoboda Party, Oleh Tyahnybok. Ukraine – whose ties to Nazism go back to WW II when their homegrown fascists supported Germany and opposed the Soviet Union – is on track to becoming part of the US-NATO encirclement of Russia and home of the region’s newest missile base, target Moscow.

It’s possible Flight 17 was shot down by pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine in the mistaken belief that it was the Ukrainian air force returning to carry out another attack. But other explanations are suggested in questions posed by Russia to the UN General Assembly, accompanied by radar, satellite images, and other technical displays:  “Why was a military aircraft flying in a civil aviation airway at almost the same time and altitude as a civilian passenger aircraft? Earlier, Ukrainian officials stated that on the day of the accident no Ukrainian military aircraft were flying in that area. As you can see, that’s not true.”

“We also have a question for our American colleagues. According to a statement by American officials, the US has satellite images which show the missile aimed at the Malaysian aircraft was launched by the militants. But no one has seen these images.” [2]

A published analysis by a retired Lufthansa pilot points out that Flight 17 looked similar in its tricolor design to that of Russian President Putin’s plane, whose plane with him on board was at the same time “near” Flight 17.[3]  Could Putin’s plane have been the real target?

There is plausible questioning of the official story of Russia and/or Ukrainian anti-Kiev militias being responsible for the shoot-down. Will the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and the Syrian chemical weapons be joined by the Russian anti-aircraft missile? Stay tuned.

Notes:
[1] See various examples at RT.com, such as “Jen Psaki’s most embarrassing fails, most entertaining grillings”, or simply search the site for “Ukraine Jen Psaki”;
[2] “Letter dated 22 July 2014 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General”, released by the UN 24 July, Document No. A/68/954-S/2014/524;
[3] “Pre-WWIII German Pilot Shocker, MH17 ‘Not Hit By Missile’,” Before It’s News, July 31, 2014.

Excerpted from the Anti-Empire Report #131. Any part of this report may be disseminated without permission, provided attribution to William Blum as author and a link to his website (www.williamblum.org) are given.  Send comments, typos found, money, love notes or hate mail to <bblum6@aol.com>.

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Renewables and Recovery

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Change-Links

By Kent Minault

ChangeLinks_RenewablesI want to talk here about the work being done by labor activists and environmentalists. Environmentalists are getting more and more concerned about job creation, and labor unions are looking more and more toward solar energy and mandated efficiency programs to keep their members working. This convergence of interests is creating policy moves around the country that are shaking up the received wisdom about economic growth being dependent on cheap and plentiful fossil fuels.

A decade ago, environmentalists felt that climate change and other threats to life were so serious and imminent that the need to shut down polluting facilities overrode all other considerations, including people’s jobs. What was the point of keeping someone working if the impact of that job endangered our future – our imminent future?

But that thinking is totally obsolete now. Coal is a net job destroyer, with mountaintop removal and other mechanizing processes cutting coal field jobs in half over the last 30 years, and fracking operations, once installed, proceed with very little demand for labor. On the other hand, as we move slowly into a very lethargic economic recovery, by far the largest source of decent paying jobs is green energy – also the fastest growing employment sector.

So far from being a job destroyer, the move away from polluting energy sources and into renewables turns out to be our most realistic path to job growth. And even more important, both the general public and policy makers are starting to get this.

Here in LA we’re making dramatic increases in local rooftop solar through incentives like net metering and the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT), and by pushing through increases in our utility’s energy efficiency budget. Both of these are essentially utility-funded jobs programs, which attack unemployment in LA’s poorest neighborhoods. A significant portion of the LADWP’s efficiency budget is spent on IBEW Local 18′s Utility Pre-Craft Training program, which trains the utility’s future workforce by doing energy efficiency upgrades on low-income housing units. And the utility just unanimously voted in an efficiency goal for the whole city that will cut our electricity use 15% below 2010 levels by 2020. This will work even more young minority workers into the program.

This job growth is mirrored in other parts of the country as well, yet despite a surging blue-green alliance, the relations between labor and ecologists still shows trouble spots. As Sierra Club activists teamed up with friends in Food & Water Watch to support residents trying to keep a couple of hundred oil wells from being drilled in Carson, the Governor and several unions brought in a legion of workers to advocate for the wells and block the locally engendered moratorium. And when eco-advocates from all over southern California surrounded San Onofre nuclear power plant to protest Southern California Edison’s ill-advised move to restart the ailing facility without properly diagnosing its problems, members of IBEW angrily counter-demonstrated. When a few hundred jobs were in the balance, the alliance that had helped create IBEW’s model UPCT energy efficiency program was forgotten, and some anti-nuclear activists reported getting spat on by union members.

Getting closer to union leaders and having conversations about our collaborative future will help us address these issues and plot a course that will strengthen both our hands. But we’ll have to speak carefully and listen attentively to work around thorny issues that could threaten the job ahead of us. Environmentalists will have to grasp the serious commitment union business managers have to their members, especially those who are out of work. How can a union turn down a call from a drilling field for a construction crew when a high percentage of members are out of work? And it’s especially sensitive when middle-aged members are struggling to make the quota of hours necessary to qualify for pensions and medical benefits.

If we greens are to really hold up our end of the deal, we’ll have to seriously commit, not only to influencing public policy in the direction of green jobs, but more importantly in the direction of long-term, good paying, career-path, and collectively bargained jobs. Until those jobs are coming across the desks of union dispatchers, it’ll be hard for unions to give more than lip service to the task of fighting climate change.
But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try. In the long run, human survival will demand a whole bunch of tool-belt jobs be created to build the distributed infrastructure of the new utility model, with large scale renewables in outlying areas supplemented by local rooftop solar and intensive efficiency retrofits in residences and businesses. To bring down our climate disrupting emissions by the 80% scientists are telling us is necessary, we’ll need to train and hire an army of workers to realize this goal.

Energy storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, double-glazed window installation, computerized thermostats, on-demand water heaters– these are a few of the job creators of the future. Developing low-cost methods of getting insulation into the walls of houses that were built to the specifications of obsolete building codes is another. These are the fields union organizers can work to bring into their jurisdiction, and green groups can provide political support for them.

Los Angeles presents a fairly union friendly political arena in which this kind of work force development can really take off. And in some key areas it already is. But areas of anti-union sentiment are close to the surface, and can’t be ignored. If we’re to make this economic resurgence really happen, environmental leaders and union leaders will have to seriously strategize together – and often. We won’t make it by walking alone.

 

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Be Part of the Team for the Schools – LA Students Deserve Campaign

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Change-Links

by Alex Caputo-Pearl UTLA Pres. acaputopearl@utla.net, Betty Forrester UTLA/AFT VP bforrester@utla.net, Colleen Schwab Secondary VP cschwab@utla.net, Daniel Barnhart Secretary daniel.barnhart@utla.net, Cecily Myart-Cruz UTLA/NEA VP cmyartcruz@utla.net, Juan Ramirez Elementary VP jramirez@utla.net, Arlene Inouye Treasurer ainouye@utla.net

We’re very encouraged by the confidence the membership expressed in us and the dynamism and collective resolve we’ve seen in the Board of Directors seated with us. We offer this jointly-written article to reflect that unity, and to dialogue about what’s needed to win the schools LA students deserve and the respect educators deserve.

Something’s happening in teachers’ unions around the country, inspired by the broad educator-parent-community-youth alliance during the 2012 Chicago Teachers Union strike. In Portland, students took over the School Board as they joined the union in demanding smaller classes. In St. Paul, parents joined educators in reducing standardized testing. Unions have expanded their role while facing attacks on educators and public education. UTLA is part of this. Our Schools L.A. Students Deserve contract and community campaign stands on the shoulders of similar campaigns in Chicago, St. Paul, Portland, and other cities.

What we want is simple – a good contract that brings improvements for our students and our members. That’s why we’re negotiating with the District. But LAUSD is offering a 2% one-time payment for 2013-14, a regular ongoing 2% raise in 2014-15, fewer educator rights, the destructive so-called Teacher Growth and Development Cycle, and nothing regarding class-size reduction.

This proves that we won’t get a better offer without organizing our members, site-by-site, to the point that we can strike if, after further negotiations, we find that we need to.

With LAUSD and its allies engaging parents and community, often spreading misinformation, we’ll have a hard time winning what students, educators, and schools need without deep, systematic engagement with parents, community and youth. We’ll lose if we disconnect the fight for pay from other issues that are critical to students and educators. LAUSD adds whatever regressive measures they like to their “offers” (like the voting rights cut and other elements of their May offer). If we don’t fight for a broad program, we can’t debate all the educational issues facing LAUSD. That undermines all our demands, including pay.

We and the new UTLA Board weren’t seated until July 1, but we hit the ground running in building for the “Schools L.A. Students Deserve.” We’ve communicated to members that we need the capacity to strike if further negotiations with LAUSD don’t yield a good contract that helps students and members – and members should start setting aside $100 to $200 per month as a personal strike fund.

We mobilized for all the June School Board meetings and worked with parent and community organizations to support funding to high-needs schools and for restorative justice programs. We worked with the community to support UTLA-endorsed candidate for School Board District 1, George McKenna, endorsed by all three educators UTLA supported in the first round. These networks give us the potential to build a broader educator-community alliance in South LA and beyond after the election. We met with parent, youth, and community organizations about demands they’re organizing behind and possible UTLA support for community demands as part of our contract/community campaign.

At its first meeting July 10, the new UTLA Board of Directors passed sweeping measures to build our capacity to organize, to build the power to strike with community support if we need to. UTLA has made contributions to the movement for educational justice in the past by building collective power. We must do the same now, or we’ll lose our profession and truly public education for our students. We can and will build that movement, together.

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Capsule Reviews by Dancing Owl, AKA Chas. Fredricks

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Change-Links

FILMS-upcoming, in current release or worthy of catching on the rebound:

Mission Blue: Gripping documentary about humanity’s global destruction of our oceans, and the effort to stop it.
Dolphin Tale 2: In this PR counterattack by the aquarium industry, we get to feel cute and cuddly while imprisoning an animal that has a bigger brain than we do and force it to perform for our amusement. Then we get to pretend we are helping it as it tires of the whole affair and starts to fade away…

I Am Eleven: This documentary accomplishes in a more profound way what Boyhood set out to do, capturing the moment a child looks forward to adulthood knowing it is inevitable, from the comfort of innocence, across cultures and genders.

The Drop: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini. A bartender’s double life as a minor crime figure is turned upside down as his neighborhood changes around him.

The Congress: Fantasy combines with reality, Robin Wright attempts to hang onto what’s meaningful. With Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti, Danny Huston.

Reclaim: Taut thriller. Ryan Phillippe and Rachelle Lefevre attempt to get back their adopted daughter from the clutches of sinister but alarmingly honest John Cusak.

The Equalizer: The very watchable Denzel Washington is a retired commando who finds standing up for the little guy a hard habit to break, but no end to the rabbit hole as he goes up against corruption and the Russian mob.
Jimi: All Is By My Side: Hendrix’s early days, captured with flair by AndrÈ Benjamin, dir. by John Ridley
Pride: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Dominic West. Gays and Lesbians stand up for the coal miners in 1984 Thatcher’s Britain.

Tracks: Mia Wasikowska plays in the true story of woman who walked nearly 2000 miles across the Australian outback, just because.

The Zero Theorem: dir. Terry Gilliam sends his alter ego Christoph Waltz on his continuing quest for the meaning of life amid its myriad fantastic distractions.

Hector and the Search for Happiness: Simon Peg is a psychiatrist heading a strong supporting cast as he embarks on the global pursuit to find what makes life worth living.

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