WAR on NATURE: Climate Catastrophe?

photo credit: (c) 2019 Peg Hunter Sunrise Movement demo, San Francisco Greenhouse Gas Concentrations in Atmosphere Are Accelerating by Richard Hunziker [excerpts from Counterpunch: httpss://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/21/custers-last-stand-meets-global-warming/ A recent article in Arctic News on the outlook for global warming foresees a frightening scenario lurking right around the corner. Hopefully, the article’s premise of impending runaway global warming (“RGW”) is off the mark, by a lot. BTW… the worst-case scenario happens within one decade! Here’s a snippet: “… such a rise in greenhouse gas levels has historically corresponded with more [...]

The IMF Showed the World How Not to Celebrate International Women’s Day

The IMF Showed the World How Not to Celebrate International Women’s Day By Tanya Rawal-Jindia Author Bio: Tanya Rawal-Jindia is a researcher at Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has made it a tradition to release a statement on their website about the importance of women’s financial security on International Women’s Day—which is about as ironic as it gets, given the organization’s history of being one of the world’s most [...]

Letter from the Zapatista Women to the Women in Struggle Around the World

Letter from the Zapatista Women to Women in Struggle Around the World. To: Women in struggle everywhere in the world Sister, compañera: We as Zapatista women send you our greetings as the women in struggle that we all are. We have sad news for you today, which is that we are not going to be able to hold the Second International Encounter of Women in Struggle here in Zapatista territory in March of 2019. Maybe you already know the reasons why, but if not, we’re going to [...]

Viking Economics: A Review

Viking Economics:  How the Scandinavians Got It Right—and How We Can, Too by George Lakey Reviewed by Jeffrey Hirsch In a brief look at America currently, we might ask, “Why do we have a president as incompetent, vicious and unqualified as Donald Trump?” But to look at Donald Trump in isolation is a big mistake. CBS gave him almost two billion dollars  in free air time running up to the 2016 election because Donald Trump’s histrionics increased viewership, and thus advertising profits, enormously. We are getting close [...]

FIRE THE BOSS: Building Workers Democratic Cooperatives in South L.A.

FIRE THE BOSS: Building Workers Democratic Cooperatives in South L.A. by Mary Sutton, et al, Collective REMAKE The un- and under-employment rate in the Black community, in LA, is over 50%. So for former prisoners, opportunities to work for a living wage here are scarce. The implementation of worker cooperatives can invigorate local economies in communities that are disenfranchised due to the loss of living wage jobs, defunded social programs, deteriorating schools, over-policing, and high rates of incarceration. There is not enough support in L.A. for people [...]

Global Police State

By William I. Robinson, Prof of Sociology & Global and International Studies, UC Santa Barbara [excerpts] A global police state is emerging as capitalism descends into an unprecedented crisis, given the extent of ecological degradation and social deterioration, and the sheer scale of the means of violence deployed around the world. "Global police state" refers to three interrelated developments: 1. Ever more omnipresent systems of social control, repression and warfare to contain the real and potential rebellion of the global working class and 'surplus' humanity. 2. A [...]

Measure B: A Public Bank for Los Angeles?

A Public Bank for Los Angeles? httpss://www.laprogressive.com/public-bank-for-los-angeles/ [Excerpts] Voters in the city of Los Angeles will be the first in the country to weigh in on a public banking mandate, through Measure B on the November ballot that would allow the city to form its own bank. The City Charter currently prohibits the creation of industrial or commercial enterprises by the city without voter approval. The measure would allow the city to create a public bank, although state and federal law hurdles would still need to be [...]

Turning the Tide on Gas Plants

The battle over fossil fuels in CA signals the start of a clean energy era by Jessica A Knoblauch httpss://earthjustice.org/content/newsletter-september-2018 [Excerpts] The days following President Trump’s election in 2016 were a turning point for many. Lilian Bello was no exception. At that time, Bello was a student at Hueneme High in Oxnard, Calif., a diverse community along the iconic Central Coast that’s also known as one of the strawberry capitals of the world. While teachers soothed frantic students, many of whom came from immigrant families, a representative [...]

Zapatistas Speak Out on AMLO/MORENA Victory in Mexico

(Spanish follows) Subcomandante Marcos, leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, said that the projects to plant a thousand hectares of trees, build the Mayan Train, and create the corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, will only destroy indigenous territories. The Zapatista leader assured that of the four presidential candidates, the government chose the one that is more right-wing. He affirmed that the so-called Fourth Transformation promised by Andrés Manuel López Obrador is actually the fourth transformation of the PRI, because governments change, but if the [...]

Greek American Human Rights Activist Aris Anagnos Dies at 95

by Bella De Soto His recent sad passing has been felt by many. Aris Anagnos and his wife Carolyn until her death in 2000, were founders of the well-known “Aris & Carolyn Anagnos Peace Center,” currently located at 3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230. They established a non-profit foundation which has made space available at the Center to many other non-profits and community organizations. In 1989, they established the original Peace Center, at 8124 W. Third St. in Los Angeles, which housed several peace and human rights [...]

Andrés Manuel López Obrador – AMLO – Mexico’s President-elect

AMLO: "Together We Will Make History" Spanish version follows By Antonia Lira The people united will never be defeated. It was demonstrated on July 1, 2018 in Mexico, as it was demonstrated 13 years ago, when citizens expressed massive support for Andrés Manuel López Obrador against the impeachment and trial, an absurd pretext of the oligarchy to prevent him from contending in 2006 for the presidency of the Republic. People also won that day. In 2005 at the Congress, Lopez Obrador denounced: "... a group of interests [...]

Left Coast Forum – LA Trade Tech College – Aug 24-26

The second annual Left Coast Forum will take place at LA Trade Technical College on Washington Blvd. & Grand Ave. downtown on the weekend of Aug. 24-26, sponsored by LA Progressive and the NYC Left Forum. Keynote speakers as we went to press included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the DSA candidate who shocked the political establishment by defeating the 4th-ranked Democratic Congressional leader in the NY primary; Dr. Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter; Hector Villagra of the ACLU of Southern California; and Eric Mann of the Labor-Community Strategy [...]