The End of Homeownership in Canada

For generations, middle-class Canadians have been sold on the promise of homeownership.  The promise was always flawed. Today it’s simply broken.                     https://macleans.ca/longforms/the-end-of-homeownership/      By Michelle Cyca [Excerpt - full article at link above] I was born in Vancouver in 1987, and I’ve lived here nearly all my life. Anyone of my generation who grew up in this city spent their youth hearing constantly about the twin dangers that imperiled our future: a [...]

By |2023-07-08T16:43:05-05:00July 8th, 2023|Banks, Canada, Capitalism, Economy, Homelessness, Housing|0 Comments

Inflation is Worse than They Say

The Real Cost of Inflation Corporate media and government statistics claim inflation is now running between 4 and 7% per year, and has cooled down.  But read the fine print, and you will see this is so-called "core inflation" leab=ving out supposedly "volatile" prices for gas and food, which are of course necessities for most people in this capitalist economy. And inflation there is much higher, as a trip to grocery or [...]

By |2023-04-29T01:27:57-05:00April 29th, 2023|Anti-capitalism, Banks, Capitalism, Economy, Labor|0 Comments

News on Climate Action Around the World

Summary of reports on DEMOCRACY NOW! by Terrie Brady On Democracy Now! on December 23 there was a report about an effort by Exxon Mobil to start off shore oil drilling off Guyana.  There is a lawyer, Melinda janki,  who is from Guyana trying to stop this. Antonia Juhasz wrote in WIRED magazine about this.  Antonia Juhasz also wrote a book , The Tyranny of Oil  on this subject. Also on Democracy [...]

Crenshaw Mall Quietly Sold to Failed Developer, not Black Community

The Battle For The Crenshaw Mall Continues by Downtown Crenshaw We have confirmed the Crenshaw Mall was quietly sold to the corrupt, racist and failed developer David Schwartzman of Harridge Development Group. This is of course disappointing. At its root, the decision by the sellers of the mall (public pension funds and Deutsche Bank/DWS) to sell to Schwartzman instead of the Black community illustrates that systemic and generational racism in real estate [...]

Fauxgressives on Neighborhood Councils: Liberal Slogans Encasing Developers’ Agenda

Fauxgressives on the march, winning recent Neighborhood Council elections By Dick Platkin* https://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/los-angeles/22421-fauxgressives-on-the-march-winning-recent-neighborhood-council-elections Planning Watch: Lately my in-box has included emails from local community activists dealing with “progressives” who won recent Neighborhood Council elections.  One email included a recent on-line article from Knock-LA, written by an LA Forward organizer who spearheaded these successful election campaigns.  This article, however, revealed little about what these winners hope to achieve through LA’s Neighborhood Councils. Do [...]

Housing & Gentrification Issues

Community Control of the Crenshaw Mall! Fight Gentrification! The major players involved in the sale of the Crenshaw Mall trying to gentrify Black L.A. are some of the world’s most powerful people and shady characters. It can get complicated, so we broke it all down. Several of America's largest public pension funds #LACERA #NYCERS #UCRegents #TRSNYC #TexasTeachers are the investors in Capri Urban Investors, a private equity fund that owns the Crenshaw [...]

Corporate Landlords Are Taking Over L.A.

Corporate Landlords Are Taking Over L.A. Will Politicians Do Anything About it? by Patrick Range McDonald https://www.housinghumanright.org/corporate-landlords-are-taking-over-l-a-will-politicians-do-anything-about-it/ A new, must-read report by Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) has made one thing eye-poppingly clear: corporate landlords are taking over Los Angeles. With that, SAJE points out, L.A. renters are increasingly dealing with predatory practices — such as sudden evictions and unfair, excessive rents — that turn their lives upside down. The [...]

October 2020 So Cal Community Calendar

URGENT UPDATE: Supreme Court lets Trump end Census early The US Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and has allowed Trump to end census data collection on October 15!! Be sure to complete the 2020 census form for your household IMMEDIATELY.  GO TO: HTTPS://census2020.govorCALL:for English 1-844-330-2020for Spanish 1-844-468-2020for Haitian Kreyol 1-844-477-2020.Help is available in other languages. See:https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html  Apportionment of many legislative and Congressional seats, and allocation of federal program funding rely [...]

Fight the virus with permanent supportive public housing.

by End Homelessness Now-LA   An April article in the  LA Times, “Affordable housing can cost $1 million per apartment in California. Coronavirus could make it worse,” provides a powerful argument for creating and operating permanent public housing for low income and very low income members of our community.   As the COVID-19 pandemic has brutally revealed, a system based on every fat cat out to make the highest possible profit is [...]

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 [...]

Stop Looking Outside LA to Explain Rising Homelessness

It's Still A 'Homegrown Crisis' by David Wagner  httpss://laist.com/2019/06/04/stop_looking_outside_la_to_explain_rising_homelessness_its_still_a_homegrown_crisis.php On any given night, nearly 59,000 people in Los Angeles County are homeless. The vast majority of those people used to rent or own homes here. But local homeless officials are still having trouble shaking the perception that the problem is mainly due to people who move to Los Angeles after falling into homelessness somewhere else. The numbers show the exact opposite is [...]

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