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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Indefinite Detention of US Citizens Without Trial

Indefinite Detention of US Citizens Without Trial by David Monkawa 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which issued a presidential apology and a $20,000 payment to 82,219 survivors of Japanese American concentration camps during World War II. 120,000 Japanese Americans, mostly citizens and mostly under voting age were indefinitely locked up without charge or trial as potential security threats after FDR signed Executive Order 9066. Today, [...]

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