Fear of Socialism — Again

[column written 12/09/2020 © 2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal]   As joblessness and deep hunger creeps across America, politicians have pulled out the fear card: socialism, to insure that voters stay in their place.   Astonishingly, for almost a century, this ploy has worked, and almost worked when President Herbert C. Hoover ran against Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal”, which Hoover decried as socialism, and a threat to the American way.   Roosevelt won in a landslide, for the country was still in the grips of the Great [...]

Black Lives Matter LA Boycotts Amazon

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. https://bds-la.org/2020/12/19/black-lives-matter-la-boycotts-amazon/ On Saturday, December 19, Black Lives Matter L.A. held its final protest of the year 2020. Their recent victories include driving D.A. Jackie Lacey from office for her adamant refusal to prosecute killer cops, and blocking LA Mayor Eric Garcetti from a position in Joe Biden's cabinet because of his horrible record on dealing with LA's houseless population, which is disproportionately Black, his terrible record on promoting gentrification and displacement, and his appointment of the rubber stamp Police Commission that functions [...]

Eviction Crisis Looming

L.A. Campaign Proposes Solutions Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 41, No. 6, December 2020-January 2021 https://www.socialism.com The US has a massive unhoused population. The National Low-Income Housing Coalition predicts that 30-40 million people, 30-40% of currently housed renters, could lose their lodging in the next several months. In the midst of this crisis, the Freedom Socialist Party calls for cancelling rent and mortgage payments for those in need. Across the country, grassroots activists have pressured local governments to help solve this crisis. One group is End Homelessness Now–LA [...]

Open Letter: Social Housing with Supportive Services

Los Angeles City Council members L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso Chief Administrative Officer Richard Llewellyn Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) Director Ann Sewill Subject:  Social Housing - Council File: 20-0197 The End Homelessness Now-LA Campaign and the endorsers listed below are deeply concerned about the plight of the unhoused and low-income residents in our community. Today, L.A.’s homelessness catastrophe is compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to be plagued by systemic racism, and will greatly worsen when hit with a tsunami of [...]

COVID is No Hoax

Cases Spiking: Masks, Socially Responsible Physical Distancing, Mutual Aid Help by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA, https://antiracist.org As this issue was going to press, the US hit a record 200,000 news cases of  COVID-19, only three weeks after hitting 100,000 new cases a day in early November. COVID is real and deadly serious. Hospitals are already being stretched to the limit in many places, and the promised vaccines are still months away for all but a few high priority recipients. Yet the same forces that propelled Trump to [...]

December 2020 Community Calendar

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 [...]

Amazon is Censoring ‘Capitalism on a Ventilator’

https://bds-la.org/2020/11/11/amazon-refuses-to-sell-book-on-covid-capitalism-connection/ ‘Capitalism on a Ventilator: The Impact of Covid-19 in China & the U.S.’ is a new anthology comparing the effective Chinese response to COVID-19 with the disastrous response in the U.S. It pushes back against the racist anti-China campaign in U.S. media. Amazon is currently censoring the distribution of this book. We need your support to distribute the book and fight back against censorship! Due to the growing hostility of the U.S. establishment toward China and the accompanying surge in anti-Asian racism, it was an enormous [...]

By |2020-12-01T19:01:12-05:00December 1st, 2020|Anti-capitalism, China, COVID-19|0 Comments

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action Los Angeles https://antiracist.org/between-the-devil-and-the-deep-blue-sea/ This piece was written after midnight on last Thursday. As I wrote, the election of a president had still not as yet been accomplished, even though a clear and insurmountable majority of all the votes cast for the office has been won by one of the two major candidates. The election was finally called for Biden on Saturday by the media, but Trump has refused to concede, declared himself the winner, is bringing suit over his allegations of fraud, [...]

Vote like your life depends on it

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. If you haven't voted yet by mail or in early in-person voting, it's not too late! The on-line registration deadline to vote in November in CA has passed, but California does allow voter registration and casting a provisional ballot at polling places right up to Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 3.  In California, where Biden-Harris are a foregone conclusion, the presidential ballot is the only place where you will see third-party candidates on the general election ballot because CA's "open-primary" for the top [...]

By |2020-10-29T18:04:01-05:00October 29th, 2020|Activism, Anti-capitalism, Anti-Racism/Racism, Elections|0 Comments

Pacifica Fightback Town Hall, Oct. 31 – Don’t Be Scared into Abandoning Democracy!

New Day's Pacifica Restructure - Trick or Treat? by Pacifica Fightback Why is democracy under attack at Pacifica and in the US? Is the NDP Petition a solution or part of the problem? There is a new Bylaws petition to restructure Pacifica circulating. Signing it amounts to signing away your rights to local elected representation or oversight and abolishing collective control of the Foundation’s destiny by Pacifica members. New Day Pacifica (NDP)  tried to scare people into eliminating democracy and diversity at Pacifica by raising the specter [...]

Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) Wins Big in Bolivia

The Socialist Triumph in Bolivia Marks a Turning Point in 2020 https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/The-Socialist-Triumph-in-Bolivia-Marks-a-Turning-Point-in-2020-20201020-0015.html Luis Arce’s win demonstrates that leftist candidates are capable of trouncing fascists at the polls, even when conditions for free and fair elections are absent. The victory of Luis Arce, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate, in Bolivia’s presidential election Sunday marks the dramatic end of a deadly year. Last November, a coup ushered into power a small group of openly fascist Bolivians who terrorized the overwhelmingly indigenous nation thanks to support from the [...]

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