The Reincarnation of the Westside’s UnUrban Coffee House

by Greg Foisie - staff writer and distributor, Change-Links There are few businesses that exist to selflessly serve the needs of the community.  One of those is the extraordinary UnUrban Coffee House, recently reopening in the midst of the COVID-19 Omicron pandemic and struggling to regain an economic footing during these difficult times for all of us.  While stalwarts like the Talking Stick and Café 212 Pier have unfortunately departed, the UnUrban [...]

Assembly Defeats AB1400: CalCare – Guaranteed Health Care for All

by Maureen Cruise Health Care 4 All-Los Angeles Assembly Bill 1400 Guaranteed Health Care for All, otherwise known as Cal Care, was the 7th attempt at securing California single-payer legislation. The problem has not been policy or finance. Those are clearly achievable with very favorable results for our population's health and for the state’s economy. Twenty-two financial analyses of US single payer proposals over the past 30 years have concluded substantial savings [...]

After a Year of Biden, Why Do We Still Have Trump’s Foreign Policy?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies President Biden and the Democrats were highly critical of President Trump’s foreign policy, so it was reasonable to expect that Biden would quickly remedy its worst impacts. As a senior member of the Obama administration, Biden surely needed no schooling on Obama’s diplomatic agreements with Cuba and Iran, both of which began to resolve long-standing foreign policy problems and provided models for the renewed emphasis [...]

In Memoriam: Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz

Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz Biography/Obituary   Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz was born in Yorkshire, England on July 7, 1950. A stalwart of the progressive anti-war community, he died on January 19, 2022, at Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, California, at the age of 71. He is survived by his loving, devoted and beautiful wife, Lili Etezady Kaskiewicz, as well as three siblings. After earning his graduate degree in classical physics, Paul’s career began with a stint in Princeton, New Jersey [...]

Lamprey, Sea Vampires, Concentrate PFAS Military Poisons

Sea Lampreys are the leeches of the sea; they suck blood from other marine life forms. As a result, they concentrate PFAS, highly toxic flame retardant chemicals of which the US military is probably the largest polluter, that are poisoning other fish, much as fish high on the marine food chain concentrate toxic mercury from the other fish they consume. https://www.militarypoisons.org/latest-news/vampire-fish-have-lots-of-pfas The Sea Lamprey attaches to fish with its suction cup mouth, [...]

Keep Cops Out of the MLK Day Commemoration This Year

Martin Luther King Day Organizers Say No Cops in the Commemoration The reckless killing of Valentina Orellana-Peralta, a 14-yr-old struck down by an LAPD stray bullet from an assault rifle shot in a crowded store has further steeled the determination of a coalition of community and grassroots organizations to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy not be tarnished by any further inclusions of police, ICE or military contingents on the day of his [...]

Faith-Rooted Network on Ending Systemic Racism

By Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace On Sunday, January 23 at 4 PM, Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace (ICUJP) is hosting a zoom working meeting of faith-based groups committed to ending systemic racism. This effort builds on three successful events last year, two with Dr. Melina Abdullah and D.A. George Gascón, and a follow-up conversation about how to build a network to take effective action. ICUJP has been [...]

Victory of Chilean Left Presidential Candidate Strengthens a Trend

Victory of Chilean Left Presidential Candidate Strengthens a Trend Excerpted from TelesurEnglish.net Frente Amplio (Broad Front) candidate Gabriel Boric, 35, won a decisive run-off victory in alliance with the Chilean Communist Party against a right-wing opponent (whose father was a member of Hitler’s Nazi Party) in a changing Latin America, at times unstable. His victory comes after the triumphs earlier in 2021 of Pedro Castillo in Peru and Xiomara Castro in Honduras, [...]

January 2022 Calendar of Community 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 [...]

bell hooks, feminist icon: presente!

bell hooks: feminist icon: presente! © 12/21/21 by  Mumia Abu-Jamal She was born Gloria Watkins 69 years ago in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on September 25th, 1952. But the world knew her by pen name, bell hooks, and readers recognize that name by its distinctive use of lowercase letters. Why lower case? Two principal reasons: one, to remind readers it wasn’t about her but about her work, and two, it was a tribute to [...]

Cisco Drake (Frank Giron) – presente!

The Herald Dispatch Newspaper in Los Angeles was an independent African American News Paper. A vanguard in its geopolitical reportage with an aggressive editorial format. But because of its unabashed model, it fell victim to much political attacks, the locale was even burglarized and bombed twice. Finally, after its publishing 20 year run from 1954 to 1974 it was forced to close operations. Its proud editors-in-chiefs: Mr. Samford Alexander and Wife Pat [...]

What the Monroe Doctrine Signifies to Latin America

By Prof. Cisco Drake For the people of Latin America, since December 2, 1823, when then U.S. President James Monroe established a Doctrine that would always identify its rule over the vast region then classified as Latin America, it is impossible to understand why the economic and political conditions in the Countries of Latin America have compelled so many to migrate to other lands, usually to the U.S., since this Doctrine was [...]

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