Don’t Let Them Use “Domestic Terrorism” to Criminalize Our People Again

Senator Biden speaks at the signing of the 1994 Biden Crime Bill as Attorney General Janet Reno, President Bill Clinton, and local law enforcement officials look on. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) By Shakeer Rahman, Pete White, and Hamid Khan Joe Biden returning to power in this moment is ominous. As Democrats retake the presidency, Trump devotees have shown they can supplement their harm toward Black and brown people with violent defiance of the political system. Across the mainstream partisan spectrum, their actions are begrudgingly referred to as “domestic [...]

COVID, Climate & Capital Crisis: Fascism is Built from Above and Below

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles https://antiracist.org/fascism-is-built-from-above-and-below/ Those inclined to heave a sigh of relief and let down our guard about the threat of fascism because of Trump's failed Beer-Hall-Putsch of a coup attempt on January 6, or the "peaceful transition of power" on January 20, or by the eventual tracking and arrests of many of those who broke into the Capitol, or by the prospect that having been impeached a second time, Trump himself may be convicted and prevented from holding further public office, need to [...]

Open Letter to Pacifica Radio’s Elected Boards

We are members of Pacifica radio stations who endorse our organization’s mission of increasing understanding among groups through dialogue. We recommend that our local station and national board members put our Foundation’s message into practice by using internal discussion and dialog to resolve differences, instead of tactics that rely on external governmental entities such as the courts.   We urge all elected representatives to work for the survival and growth of all of our stations. That means the entire Pacifica network, and not only some parts. We [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Eisenhower’s Warning on Military-Industrial Complex More Apt than Ever

Eisenhower's Ghost Haunts Biden's Foreign Policy Team By Nicolas J. S. Davies   In his first words as President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, Antony  Blinken said, “we have to proceed with equal measures of humility and confidence.” Many around the world will welcome this promise of humility from the new administration, and Americans should too.   Biden's foreign policy team will also need a special kind of confidence to confront the most serious challenge they face. That will not be a threat from a hostile foreign country, but the controlling and [...]

Self-Care in a Pandemic

How to Manage Self-Care During COVID-19 by Stephanie Haywood Lately, you may have heard a reference or two to Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs. It’s a simple but powerful psychological idea - before we can focus on creativity, actualization, or even joy, we must focus on survival. Right now, the whole world is stuck at the bottom of this hierarchy: We are all in survival mode. To put it lightly, this isn’t great for us. However, you can make life easier by recognizing this and addressing your survival [...]

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Inside America’s Doll’s House

Everybody Knows the Fight Was Fixed © by Ed Curtin (and Leonard Cohen) [Excerpt] http://edwardcurtin.com/everybody-knows-the-fight-was-fixed/ At the end of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, A Doll’s House, Nora, the aggrieved wife, leaves her husband’s house and all the illusions that sustained its marriage of lies. She chooses freedom over fantasy.  She will no longer be played with like a doll but will try to become a free woman – a singular one.  “There is another task I must undertake first. I must try and educate myself,” she tells [...]

How L.A. Keeps the Poor, Poor

How Los Angeles Keeps the Poor, Poor by Gayle Fleury https://citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/los-angeles/20715-how-los-angeles-keeps-the-poor-poor Of the 15 Council Districts in the city of Los Angeles, there are a few that house the most homeless and have the poorest people. Those are Districts 3, 4, and 15, seeing a jump of from 45-53% in homelessness, while other Districts had an increase of 10-30% I live in CD 15, Joe Buscaino’s district. The Harbor and the Port are located here, one of the three big moneymakers for the City of LA. The [...]

Letter to the Editor: Immigration and the Environment

Election Season 2020 A Letter-To-The-Editor NOT printed by the L.A. Times      Behind the scenes, in ways I cannot fathom, the LA Times is linked to a globalist, pro-capitalist agenda. Despite that, they occasionally do allow for alternative points-of-view — sometimes in guest editorials and especially with letters-to-the-editor. However, at critical moments, such as the lead-up to the 2020 election, it appears they have little or no room for alternative points-of-view. This year from the day the Primary elections ended, the Times has been promoting one theme, [...]

Letter to the Editor: Promote Cultured Meat to End Animal Slaughter

To the editor, President-elect Joe Biden, who won the endorsement of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, should support federal funding for cultured-meat research. For readers who aren't aware, cultured-meat is grown from cells, without slaughtering animals. There is no greater crime than what we do to nonhumans in food production. We kill over a trillion aquatic and land creatures every year for this purpose. According to the Population Reference Bureau, only about 107 billion humans have ever lived. The amount of suffering our food system produces is [...]

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, [...]

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