Los Angeles and the Country Enflamed by Racist Police Murders

Check out this account of recent police killings, shootings and other attacks in L.A. by cops, deputies & CHP, and an amazing photo-essay: https://www.lataco.com/la-black-lives-matter/ Hundreds Block 101 in Protest of Police CHP Hits, Hospitalizes Demonstrator, Protests Escalate As Change Links went to press, 100s of people from BLM-LA, AIM and other groups blocked the 101 freeway in DTLA to protest the police execution of George Floyd in Mpls, and the racist police murders with impunity in LA. A CHP vehicle accelerated into the crowd as demonstrators swarmed [...]

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 [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: “Locked Up & Locked Down”

LOCKED UP AND LOCKED DOWN! (col. writ. 4/10/20)  ©2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal   For nearly a month now, all prisoners in PA State prisons, over 40 thousand men and women, have been locked down. What does locked down mean?   When I was on Death Row, all of us were locked down, as the saying went “23 & 1”: or for twenty-three hours a day, with one hour for out-of-cell exercise - in a cage.  After over a decade, it went to “22 & 2”. But this [...]

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 [...]

Global Pandemic: Notes From Italy’s ‘Red Zone’

Notes From Italy's 'Red Zone' by Anthony Cristofani, Special to Change Links I moved to Italy two months ago because I thought it would be a more reasonable government under which to live and work for change.  After the COVID-19 outbreak friends and family started writing and calling me with great worry in their voices, asking how bad it was here.  In truth, I’m all the more grateful I moved here, and far more worried about my old home, the USA.       Let’s start with the government’s response [...]

LA City Council: Hold an Emergency Meeting to Address COVID-19 Needs

Los Angeles community organizations and unions call on the LA City Council to hold emergency meeting in response to COVID-19. Renters, unhoused residents and workers need immediate relief, groups say. In response to Council President Nury Martinez’ cancellation of a scheduled Tuesday, March 24, 2020 City Council meeting, organizations working in a newly formed network called Healthy LA responded by calling on LA City Council to immediately schedule an emergency council meeting this week. Groups operating under the Healthy LA banner have been calling on Council to [...]

End LAPD Corruption, Racism, And Abuse

End LAPD Corruption, Racism, And Abuse by Black Lives Matter-L.A. We Demand an end to LAPD's continued pattern of corruption, racism, and abuse, and remedies for the harm they have caused. Please share this analysis and these demands widely: On January 6, 2020 a Los Angeles Times article detailed an internal investigation that confirms what community members have been reporting for many years, that officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have been falsely and knowingly entering innocent people into gang databases. LAPD claims to have [...]

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 [...]

Narrow Impeachment Focus Shows the Problem is Not Just Trump

Op-Ed: Narrow Impeachment Focus Shows Problem Is Not Just Trump by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A.   The impeachment inquiry in the augmented House Intelligence Committee has focused its attention exclusively on Trump's attempt to coerce or convince the Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden and his family, in particular by holding up military aid Congress had authorized. It may be that there will a broader focus once the panel submits its report to the House Judiciary Committee, which would draw up Articles of Impeachment (and [...]

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. [...]