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100,000 People Killed by COVID-19 in the US

Don't Mourn, Organize! by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. The command to devote ourselves to getting organized in the face of death and repression rather than spending time in lamentation,  was attributed to Joe Hill in a farewell letter while facing execution, Mother Jones, discussing others rather than herself, said "Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living." Either way, it has never been more pertinent than today, in the face of the mass murder at the hands of the settler colonial-capitalist system in the US [...]

A LOS ANGELES COVID-19 DIARY:

CURFEWS & QUARANTINES IN CITY OF LOS ANGELES PANDEMIC SHELTERS by Greg Foisie Greg’s Coronavirus Diary – Episode 1 – One Sanctuary from COVID-19 – Meet the Heroes at Green Meadows Shelter in Los Angeles - 04-19-2020 [UPDATED 05-12-2020] [My name is Greg Foisie.  I am a sociology student at California State University Los Angeles.  Having lived in my car in the City of Los Angeles for a number of years to facilitate going to school, I was denied basic living amenities and effective access to the [...]

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May 2020 Community Calendar of Events

Change Links cannot publish without your support. Send events, articles or poetry to changelinks2@gmail.com or via http://change-links.org/submit/ Please subscribe as well. Subscriptions to the print edition are $12/25/50 a year, low income, regular or sustainer (sliding scale), Payable to “AFGJ,” our fiscal sponsor, with “Change Links” in the memo. All events announced are encouraged to donate $5 (per event), payable to AFGJ, mail to Change Links, PO Box 34236, LA 90034. It helps keep this publication solvent. Thanks in advance.   In light of the current COVID-19 [...]

By |2020-05-20T02:46:28-05:00May 20th, 2020|Activism, Calendar|0 Comments

Mumia Abu-Jamal: “Locked Up & Locked Down”

LOCKED UP AND LOCKED DOWN! (col. writ. 4/10/20)  ©2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal   For nearly a month now, all prisoners in PA State prisons, over 40 thousand men and women, have been locked down. What does locked down mean?   When I was on Death Row, all of us were locked down, as the saying went “23 & 1”: or for twenty-three hours a day, with one hour for out-of-cell exercise - in a cage.  After over a decade, it went to “22 & 2”. But this [...]

Landlords Violating Rules and Tenants’ Rights

At the height of the COVID-19 Crisis, with state and local officials urging tenants to be “Safer at Home,” landlords are filing eviction law suits, their attorneys are encouraging them do so, and the court, for at least 15 days after Rule 1 was issued, sent out false and misleading notices to tenants; notices that violated the State Judicial Council’s April 6, 2020 orders. And because a landlord can print a Summons from the Court’s website we are now seeing cases where landlords are fraudulently printing and [...]

Skid Row Arts Alliance

Skid Row Artists Creatively Connect While Physically Distanced by Henriëtte Brouwers In response to COVID-19, The Skid Row Arts Alliance, a consortium of Skid Row Arts Organizations (Urban Voices Project, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Street Symphony, Piece By Piece, Studio 526), are acting to simultaneously bring their programming online and into the community with various immediate relief efforts. The arts are a lifeline for many in the Skid Row community. Normally, one of the strengths of the Skid Row community is that people interact face to face. [...]

By |2020-05-20T03:04:43-05:00May 20th, 2020|Activism, Anti-Racism/Racism, Arts|0 Comments

The fight against Immigrant Prisons

by Christina López, Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 41, No. 2, April-May 2020 www.socialism.com Images of asylum seekers torn from their children and forced into filthy, crowded detention centers sparked public outrage last year. The media widely exposed it for a time, and people righteously denounced the Trump regime for these appalling conditions. Less exposed is that Trump is expanding a thuggish, racist, sexist, xenophobic program that was planted by prior administrations. In 1996, mandatory detention was directed by President Clinton with two new policies. The first was [...]

Iranian People Struggle on Three Fronts: Interview

The outbreak of COVID-19 in Iran has increased the importance of ending US sanctions against Iran. Always improper, these sanctions have become an immediate death sentence for many in Iran, a crime against humanity by the US, no matter what you think of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This interview by Change Links is with an anti-imperialist Iranian-American, Mic Madani, an opponent of both the Shah/monarchists and Khomeini/mullahs.   1) What was the state of popular struggle in Iran before Trump's recent attack? The people of Iran [...]

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Mumia Abu-Jamal: “Things Fall Apart”

Things Fall Apart © by Mumia Abu-Jamal March 27, 2020 The great African writer, Chinua Achebe, I believe, wrote a novel of the ravages of colonialism, which bore the title, "Things Fall Apart."  He borrowed the title from the famed Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, who wrote: "Things fall apart. The center cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world." * We see, outside our doors, our windows, a world we did not know, that now exists. A silent, unseen disease, gives vent to massive unease, [...]

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Donald Trump Minimizing and Sugarcoating Coronavirus Perils! By Ralph Nader Donald Trump can’t fake his way through the coronavirus. It’s spreading and doesn’t respond to his delusions. Donald is flailing, failing, fibbing, stumbling, and scapegoating. With the stock market collapsing and the economy shaking, Donald fears defeat in November. Trump is a daily clear and present danger and he is the worst person to handle the COVID-19 crisis. Last weekend, Trump and Mike Pence met with Brazilian officials at Mar-a-Lago, after which Brazilian President Bolsonaro’s press secretary [...]