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. [...]

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Poetry Corner: Crime Pays

Crime Pays by D.O.T. Marceo   Laws, laws—let us profit and house the criminals. Do not soften the laws.   Invest in a just enterprise. We house prisoners. It is a business for good.   Make enough arrests. The bottom line suffers when you do not. Help us maintain our wealth.   It is cheaper for you. Shareholders need strict enforcement. Let us open another. D. O. T. Marceo was born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles to a family living in South Los Angeles. Growing up he [...]

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 [...]

April 2020 Change Links: PDF of Print Edition

 

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, [...]

Solidarity Forever: Social Cohesion as the Antidote to Social Distancing

Social Cohesion and Social Solidarity as the Antidote to Social Distancing by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles I think we should try to rename "Social Distancing." People in the U.S. are already far too socially distanced from each other, driving in our steel cocoons, riding the buses and trains in unreceptive, unresponsive isolation, each glued to our own screen, ears filled with our own soundtrack. Let's call it socially responsible distancing, adopting it as a sacrifice, and thereby acknowledging our social connection to, interaction with, and responsibility [...]

Canada: Migrant Prisoners Resist COVID-19 Threat

Migrants on Hunger Strike at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre: Act Now in Solidarity Solidarity Across Borders, March 25, 2020 – Stay in touch! Look here for updates and renewed calls for support Migrants detained at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre have launched an indefinite hunger strike to demand their release in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 30 men are currently being held on the men’s side of the detention centre. The ten hunger-strikers are refusing all meals, despite pressure from the Canada Border Services Agency [...]

Coronavirus, Militarism and the End of an Illusion

Coronavirus, Militarism and the End of an Illusion Black Alliance For Peace 25 Mar 2020 People are waking people up to the fact that the US state and government does not belong to them but to a capitalist class that is only looking out for itself. “The ‘sheltering in place’ order is starting to look like a convenient tool for the state to manage the growing frustration, fear and anger.” “The nation that considers itself to be the apex of capitalist achievement on planet Earth turns out to [...]

LA City Council: Hold an Emergency Meeting to Address COVID-19 Needs

Los Angeles community organizations and unions call on the LA City Council to hold emergency meeting in response to COVID-19. Renters, unhoused residents and workers need immediate relief, groups say. In response to Council President Nury Martinez’ cancellation of a scheduled Tuesday, March 24, 2020 City Council meeting, organizations working in a newly formed network called Healthy LA responded by calling on LA City Council to immediately schedule an emergency council meeting this week. Groups operating under the Healthy LA banner have been calling on Council to [...]

Tricontinental: In Light of Global Pandemic, Focus on the People

In Light of the Global Pandemic, Focus Attention on the People MARCH 21, 2020 International Assembly of the Peoples and Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. httpss://www.thetricontinental.org/declaration-covid19/ SARS-CoV-2 or COVID19, now declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has begun to wreak havoc in large parts of the world, with other parts waiting in anticipation. We are in a real struggle, which needs total mobilization; a struggle that needs to put life before profit. We will only win this struggle – as China has already done [...]

International Women’s Strike

Celebrate International Women's Day in South LA      March 7th, join in solidarity with events happening globally for International Women’s Day, starting  at 12 noon, at 800 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (corner of MLK & Hoover) Los Angeles 90037. Public transport & parking are close by. Join a Feminism for the 99% dance party; interactive performance piece, rally, street art, music, healing & action areas. Wear Red.      To mark International Women’s Day women and girls in several countries participate in the International Women’s Strike, [...]

Undemocratic Pacifica Bylaws Change Defeated

Replacement Bylaws Defeated by 2-1 Vote of Listeners, Staff by Michael Novick Listeners and workers at KPFK and four other Pacifica stations, in unprecented numbers -- nearly 1/4 of all listener members and more than half of all paid and unpaid staff members -- decisively voted down a proposed Bylaws revision by margins of almost 2-1: 66% of listeners who voted, and 65% of the staff, opposed the replacement Bylaws, which would've eliminated elected Local Station Boards and made it easier to sell off assets. Perhaps it's [...]