People Get Ready

People Get Ready:  There's a Bad Moon on the Rise by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA (https://antiracist.org) As you read this, there is barely a month to election day. What are you doing to prepare for the possible outcomes and their consequences? Given recent realities, including vehicles being driven at racial justice protesters here in L.A., the murder of two protesters in Kenosha, exposures of organized racist violence being planned in Portland, the repeated refusals by Trump to say he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power, it [...]

October 2020 So Cal Community Calendar

URGENT UPDATE: Supreme Court lets Trump end Census early The US Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and has allowed Trump to end census data collection on October 15!! Be sure to complete the 2020 census form for your household IMMEDIATELY.  GO TO: HTTPS://census2020.govorCALL:for English 1-844-330-2020for Spanish 1-844-468-2020for Haitian Kreyol 1-844-477-2020.Help is available in other languages. See:https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html  Apportionment of many legislative and Congressional seats, and allocation of federal program funding rely on the figures from the decennial census (every 10 years by Constitutional mandate). Trump has [...]

Ligia Gonzalez and “First Church” in Koreatown

https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/first-unitarian-ligia-gonzalez/ This Lady known as the Church Lady, is really a Nicaragua-born political activist whose cause for social justice expresses her lifelong zest for living and for freedom…She's a Change Links subscriber. We couldn't run this story in the print edition, since it copyrighted and published in another local magazine, but we will look to do an interview or profile of our own, to revive our "People's Champions" feature. Her inner strength, pushed her into action over a year ago to protect her beloved gathering place, the [...]

PDF of August 2020 issue of Change Links

Book Review: Mowing Leaves of Grass

Mowing Leaves of Grass by Matt Sedillo FlowerSong Books, McAllen, TX, 2019 ISBN 9781733809290 www.flowersongbooks.com https://www.mattsedillo.com/ reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A.   If you haven't heard or seen Matt in person, you may not be able to hear the staccato machine gun cadence of his spit fire delivery leaping off the pages of this book of his recent poetry. Here's an example on-line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQUAxBr1Kco of Matt presenting his poem "The Devil," which is on pages 18-22 of the book. Definitely check it out before you [...]

100,000 People Killed by COVID-19 in the US

Don't Mourn, Organize! by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. The command to devote ourselves to getting organized in the face of death and repression rather than spending time in lamentation,  was attributed to Joe Hill in a farewell letter while facing execution, Mother Jones, discussing others rather than herself, said "Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living." Either way, it has never been more pertinent than today, in the face of the mass murder at the hands of the settler colonial-capitalist system in the US [...]

For a #PeoplesBudgetLA

https://peoplesbudgetla.com/ 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 [...]

Frustration with Stimulus for Undocumented in California

by Corriente Obrera https://www.facebook.com/celulaobrera The "stimulus" to undocumented immigrants in California has been national news, about how the Democrats "support immigrants." However, with a simple search we realize that in reality it's only a publicity stunt and very limited program, to prop up the party and its candidates in the next elections, besides benefiting once again the big NGO's (CHIRLA, CARECEN, etc) allied with the Democrats: who profit from the rights and needs of immigrants, who appropriate much of these resources, who strengthen themselves politically and economically [...]

The fight against Immigrant Prisons

by Christina López, Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 41, No. 2, April-May 2020 www.socialism.com Images of asylum seekers torn from their children and forced into filthy, crowded detention centers sparked public outrage last year. The media widely exposed it for a time, and people righteously denounced the Trump regime for these appalling conditions. Less exposed is that Trump is expanding a thuggish, racist, sexist, xenophobic program that was planted by prior administrations. In 1996, mandatory detention was directed by President Clinton with two new policies. The first was [...]

Solidarity Forever: Social Cohesion as the Antidote to Social Distancing

Social Cohesion and Social Solidarity as the Antidote to Social Distancing by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles I think we should try to rename "Social Distancing." People in the U.S. are already far too socially distanced from each other, driving in our steel cocoons, riding the buses and trains in unreceptive, unresponsive isolation, each glued to our own screen, ears filled with our own soundtrack. Let's call it socially responsible distancing, adopting it as a sacrifice, and thereby acknowledging our social connection to, interaction with, and responsibility [...]

Canada: Migrant Prisoners Resist COVID-19 Threat

Migrants on Hunger Strike at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre: Act Now in Solidarity Solidarity Across Borders, March 25, 2020 – Stay in touch! Look here for updates and renewed calls for support Migrants detained at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre have launched an indefinite hunger strike to demand their release in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 30 men are currently being held on the men’s side of the detention centre. The ten hunger-strikers are refusing all meals, despite pressure from the Canada Border Services Agency [...]

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