Poetry Corner: George Floyd

George Floyd by James Mozie #96728-004, US Pententiary Tucson As citizens we're outraged and sick of pointless deaths; that was cold-blooded murder with your knee on that man's neck. As he drew his last breath, you forgot your obligation: to serve and protect, but that was not your demonstration. You have sparked a situation through your abuse of power. Sad to say, you weren't the first in this line of cowards. So with no rest, we protest, til injustice pays the price. Don't give that cop a [...]

Issues and Individuals in March 3 Primary

Criminal Justice System On Trial in March 3 Ballot      Whether you think the criminal justice system is broken, or you believe it's doing what it was designed to do by targeting poor people and people of color, that system is on the March 3 primary election ballot in many ways. The presidential primary, along partisan lines, offers stark choices among candidates and visions. The other races in CA are all essentially non-partisan -- anyone can vote for any candidate on the ballot for each position, and [...]

Challenging the Death Penalty for the Holidays

It would be nice if the legal system slowed down for the holidays, however James Daley's stay of execution is set to expire on December 30th. Please join thousands of individuals who have already signed the Death Penalty Action petition to urge Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to grant a full clemency hearing to James Daley. Unfortunately, the judge who granted Daley's stay in November has ruled that the state's case against Daley was, "Not strong, but it was sufficient." And yet, this recent cover story for New [...]

Grand Jury = State Terrorism

Grand Jury System = State Terrorism By Chelsea Manning httpss://www.aaronswartzday.org/chelsea-manning-asd-2019/ (As read on Saturday, November 9 at the Aaron Swartz Day Event, in San Francisco.) I wish I could be there in person, but I appreciate this opportunity to summarize for you my letter to the court that ordered me to be confined, explaining why grand juries are so dangerous. I am not alone in objecting to the grand jury as a dangerous relic that has evolved in ways that increase its power without increasing its protections. [...]

Echoes of Fascism: “The Terror of the Unforeseen”

Echoes of Fascism The Terror of the Unforeseen by Henry Giroux, reviewed by Stephen Rohde Reprinted with permission from the Los Angeles Review of Books Nine years before the Civil War, the former enslaved person, and ardent abolitionist, Frederick Douglass condemned a nation for stubbornly clinging to the abomination of slavery in his blistering speech What to the Slave Is Your Fourth of July. “We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must [...]

Why Does L.A. D.A. Jackie Lacey Still Use the Racist, Ineffective Death Penalty?

The Death Penalty is Discriminatory,  Unfair, and Officially Suspended. Why Does L.A. D.A. Jackie Lacey Still Use It? by the ACLU So Cal httpss://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/061819-dp-whitepaper.pdf Los Angelenos have repeatedly rejected the death penalty at the ballot box. The death penalty is racially biased, and all too often, it is handed down to those with the worst lawyers. We have seen innocent persons wrongly convicted and sentenced to death in California.  Jackie Lacey has admitted the death penalty does not deter crime and does not provide closure to victims. [...]

The Mueller Report: A Blueprint For Impeachment

The Mueller Report: A Blueprint For Impeachment by Stephen Rohde Specially condensed by the author for Change Links; full article on-line here: httpss://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-mueller-report-oh-my-god-this-is-terrible-this-is-the-end-of-my-presidency-im-fucked/ On April 18, the redacted version of the Mueller Report was released to the public. It is one of the most important documents in the history of the US presidency and it is a blueprint for the impeachment and removal of President Donald J. Trump. The Report conclusively establishes that the “Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a sweeping and systematic [...]

Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective

Embassy Protection Collective: We’re Still Here And We’re Staying By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance   May 5, 2019 | , Newsletter httpss://popularresistance.org/embassy-protection-collective-were-still-here-and-were-staying/   The Embassy Protection Collective formed on April 10, the day after the Trump administration manipulated the Organization of American States (OAS) to change the rules so they could recognize their puppet, Juan Guaido, as president of Venezuela. The OAS could not get the required two-thirds vote to recognize a government so they changed the rules to a mere majority and barely got [...]

The Politics of Judges: Mumia Abu-Jamal

THE POLITICS OF JUDGES [col. Writ. 10/5/18 (c) ’18 Mumia Abu-Jamal We are all trained and conditioned to see judges, clad in their dark and foreboding robes, as people who are superior to normal, average men and women. The robes lend an air of solemnity, wisdom and certitude, similar to the vestments of priests, nuns or monks. But in truth, they are not just like us -they are us, in every way that makes us human. They are angry, ambitious, biased and as base as are we [...]

JACL Condemns DHS Rule Changes

Japanese American Citizens League Condemns Proposed Changes to DHS Public Charge Definition Today the Department of Homeland Security published its proposal to alter the "public charge" classification for immigrants to the US, opening a 60-day public comment period. Public charge is the classification of some immigrants who use benefits such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or Supplemental Security Income. The proposal will dramatically alter the definition to include programs such as Medicaid/Medicare, the Housing Choice Voucher program, and food assistance. The proposed changes also expand screening [...]

Split California into 3 Separate States? A Billionaire Wanted Voters to Decide!

Splitting up California? Not so fast. The California Supreme Court decided unanimously in July to remove from the November ballot a measure aimed at dividing California into three states. The decision was a defeat for Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist considered an eccentric entrepreneur who spent $1.2 million on the measure. The court said it acted “because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the [...]

What Is The Federalist Society And How Does It Affect Supreme Court Picks?

What Is The Federalist Society And How Does It Affect Supreme Court Picks? All Things Considered httpss://www.npr.org/2018/06/28/624416666/what-is-the-federalist-society-and-how-does-it-affect-supreme-court-picks Submitted by Bill Eisen The Federalist Society is a hugely powerful, nationwide organization of conservative lawyers which will be instrumental in helping President Trump pick the next Supreme Court nominee. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Amanda Hollis-Brusky, author of Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution. On Kavanaugh's disclosure forms note his continued involvement with the far-right Federalist Society.  In a Republican controlled Senate, judicial appointments [...]