For a #PeoplesBudgetLA In the face of an unprecedented public health crisis and historic economic instability, LA Mayor Garcetti has proposed a $10.5 billion budget that reduces services, furloughs city workers, and cuts the budget of all city departments with one big exception: the LA Police Department. Garcetti proposes increases to the police budget, specifically $34 million dollars in overtime pay. The  LAPD already receives 54% of LA’s discretionary spending. This would increase their share. Moreover, the Mayor has attempted to fast track this, to stop community input. He [...]

Black LA Demands Over COVID-19 and Black Death Rates

Los Angeles County has the second-highest population of Black and African-descent people of any county in the US, with over a million Black residents, behind only Cook County, Illinois, and ahead of Kings County (Brooklyn) in New York, (c. 922,000) or Harris County, TX (Houston) with c. 903,000.      But despite that fact, and a history of having two of the largest and most serious rebellions in US history (Watts 1965 and after the acquittal of the cops who beat Rodney King and the slap on the [...]

Study Medicine in Cuba at ELAM (Latin American Medical School)

Full Scholarship Program to Study Medicine in Cuba IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT ALL APPLICANTS READ THIS DOCUMENT IN FULL BEFORE CONTACTING THE IFCO OFFICE.   If you are interested in a scholarship to the medical school in Cuba, you MUST fit the following criteria:   Be US citizens (with US passport)   Be between the ages of 18 and 25 by the time of matriculation.   (Please note that in limited circumstances exceptions MAY be considered for those over 25. For more information about this, it [...]

December 2019 Community Calendar

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Paid Ad: The Fate of KPFK Is In Your Hands

Vote For Grassroots Community Radio Coalition Candidates for KPFK LSB   The fate of KPFK and Pacifica Radio is in your hands. You can choose mission-driven, unfettered free speech and community oriented programming that amplifies the voices of grassroots resistance and struggles for peace, justice and international solidarity, by voting for the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition candidates for the Local Station Board (LSB): Michael Novick, Reza Pour, Tyan Schesser, and Jeff Silberman. Or you can settle for gentrification of the airwaves, voter suppression, violations of the Pacifica [...]

LA Teachers’ Strike Set for January 10: First in 30 Years

LA Teachers' Strike Set for January 10 by Michael Novick, UTLA-Retired After 20 months of fruitless bargaining and lies and manipulation on the part of LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has announced a strike date of Thursday, January 10 unless there is a settlement as outlined in their contract demands. UTLA is demanding that LAUSD immediately: * use its $1.9 billion in unrestricted reserves to fund smaller class sizes; for more nurses, counselors, and librarians; and to fully fund our schools; * commit [...]

Financial Planning for New Parents

Financial Planning for New Parents: Tips for Saving Money and Protecting Your Future by Sara Bailey Becoming a parent changes your life in so many ways, and it’s impossible to be prepared for all of them. However, one thing you definitely want to be prepared for is the financial commitment of having a kid. After all, children are not cheap. According to a report released by the US Department of Agriculture, married middle-income parents will spend approximately $233,610 raising a child born in 2015. Note that this [...]

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August 2018 Change Links Community Calendar

Be sure to check httpss:// for newly added calendar items! Weekly peace vigils Other event calendars httpss:// On-Going or Continuing Events Each Weekend, the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market, offers a variety of farm fresh produce, delicious gourmet goods and unique artisan goods. Currently, the market is featuring locally grown favorites, including Fuji apples and Asian pears (check season), mustard greens, kale and Swiss chard, along with the first of the Citrus Crop. The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market is produced by [...]

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TEACHERS RISING by Mumia Abu-Jamal [col. writ. 5/16/18] ©2018 Mumia Abu-Jamal It began in America’s poorest states and is spreading like wildfire. First came Kentucky, then a slew of others: Arizona, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Colorado -- if you think about it, these are, for the most part, conservative states; and yet these are places where teachers, among the most poorly-paid state or local workers at a public institution, are walking out and uniting to demand better pay, and better state support for their mission -- teaching kids. [...]


TEACHERS-AT-ARMS ©2018 Mumia Abu-Jamal   Teaching is one of the hardest jobs in America, for they perform one of the most challenging jobs -- teaching the young -- and they do so while being woefully underpaid. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median average wage for a teacher is $53,000 per year.  Given that most men are paid between $10 and $20 -thousand dollars more than women (and most US teachers are women), it should surprise no one that the average cop gets about $70,000 [...]

A New Way of Life Launches Jail Voter Registration Efforts

A New Way of Life Launches Jail Voter Registration Efforts By Christin Runkle Photos by Louisa St. Aubyn Last month, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project (ANWOL) held its 6th annual training for volunteers wanting to undertake voter registration efforts in LA County jails. More than 50 volunteers came out to Watts Labor Community Action Center to learn from representatives of the County Registrar-Recorder’s office, who said the turnout was one of the highest they had ever seen for a voter registration training. “We are committed [...]

Poetry Corner: The War in America

The War In America by Bill Crossman I didn’t see the war in America when I was four dressed in my soldier suit posing for photos on my Dad’s shoulder at the Carolina Base my eyes drawn past the barracks at Black men in stripes and shackles stumbling off the flatbed truck at the edge of the woods, their clanking chains in the turpentine pines around us laying a silence as Black women boiling lye and fat for soap set aside paddles, Black pitch-gatherers rested machetes to [...]