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 [...]

#EndPoliceAssociations

To Help End Racist Police Murders with Impunity #EndPoliceAssociations Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and their allies, especially family members of people who have been killed by the police and sheriff’s deputies, hold a vigil every Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM outside the LA Police Protective League (LAPPL), one of a number of local police associations that defend criminal and corrupt cops, and work to prevent any accountability for law enforcement killings. [...]

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 [...]

Poetry Corner: Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson

Lift Every Voice and Sing By James Weldon Johnson [Excerpt]   Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise High as the listening skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us. Facing [...]

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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December 2021 Calendar of Community Events

December  2021 Change Links calendar development file 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 [...]

AUTOMATING BANISHMENT

AUTOMATING BANISHMENT The Surveillance and Policing of Looted Lands   Report Summary   Automating Banishment was researched and written by dozens of community members collaborating through the Stop LAPD Spying Coalitionʼs Land and Policing Workgroup. Over the past decade, the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition has been building community power to abolish LAPD surveillance. This report grew out of that organizing and examines the relationship of data-driven policing to real estate development, displacement, [...]

Survivors Speak Out: “Movement Pains” by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Movement Pains column written 10/18/21 © 2021 by Mumia Abu-Jamal   I call this “Movement Pains.”   Every social movement begins in pain. When people see or experience social injustice, movements are born. This should surprise none of us, for our mothers brought each of us forth at the crucible between death and life. When we see or experience social injustice, we viscerally sense pain and are urged by internal forces to [...]

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