Poetry Corner: Green Corn Rebellion

Green Corn Rebellion by Oso Blanco   Ogalahomi farmer, raise your axe, Cherokee and Black farmer, rise up and go to D.C. August 1917, home grown revolution. The boys and Uncle Danny blast down the bridge. Stand us together on John Spears's farm, Power of D.C. "used against us", as well as destruction of MOTHER EARTH, Is only the power of man. Green Corn rebellion, green corn rebellion, Come forth again. Green corn rebellion rise from within ...  From deep in the heart of every Cherokee Nation [...]

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 [...]

Nina Simone – Tomorrow Will Be the 22nd Century

I don't know how I was completely unaware of this incredible song by Nina Simone, whose music I have always loved, but it's mind-blowing and I can't resist sharing it.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYcgCiWAv8c

Closer to Justice for Juveniles in L.A. County

L.A. County Moves A Step Forward in a New Approach to Juvenile Justice © by Jeremy Loudenback https://imprintnews.org/justice/juvenile-justice-2/l-a-county-moves-a-step-forward-to-a-new-approach-to-juvenile-justice/49716 [Excerpt] Supporting radical changes to its juvenile justice system, the Board of Supervisors in Nov. endorsed a sweeping plan that would move 100s of young people out of juvenile halls and detention camps run by the Probation Department. Under the plan, a new county department would be charged with providing therapeutic care to youthful offenders in their communities and in facilities that would be called “safe and secure healing [...]

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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, [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Disaster at the Heart of Empire

Disaster at the Heart of Empire © 2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal, 10/14/20   As Americans slink toward the elections, a sense of disquiet haunts the land.   It's a feeling of heightened caution, the shadow of fear radiating from a proto-fascist government, one riddled with disease, the fruit not just of the coronavirus, but of unease, unwellness, a mind burdened by weight.   This must be what fascism feels like: Deep, gnawing distrust of government institutions, the scent of corruption, born of crony capitalism, where everything and [...]

Trump, GOP Stack the Supreme Court, Federal Judiciary

As we went to press, the Republican-controlled Senate ratified Trump’s third nomination to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, a hard right religious reactionary who has opposed the Affordable Care Act, Roe v. Wade abortion rights, ruled repeatedly in favor of cops and prison guards in abuse cases, and testified that global warming is a controversial political issue. She was one of the lawyers who worked on Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court decision that ended the Florida vote count and allowed Bush to steal the 2000 [...]

Exposed: Neo-nazi Plans for Race War

Patriot Front chats released to Buzz Feed News https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/janelytvynenko/patriot-front-preparing-after-trump Excerpt: "[S]ome of the hundreds of messages exchanged by the members of Patriot Front, a 3-year-old white supremacist organization that has grown into one of the most active hate groups in the US ... reveal a sophisticated network of extremists who are training for violence. "The men, who believe the United States is a nation that belongs only to white people, wear uniforms made up of bomber jackets, face coverings, and beige khakis, mandate weight loss and intense [...]

California Court of Appeal Orders 50% Cut of Prisoners at San Quentin

California Court of Appeal Orders 50% Cut of Prisoners at San Quentin by Hadar Aviram https://www.hadaraviram.com/2020/10/20/breaking-news-california-court-of-appeal-orders-50-population-reduction-at-san-quentin/ [Excerpts] We won In re Von Staich, the habeas corpus case challenging CDCR’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis at San Quentin. Justice Kline wrote: “We agree that respondents–the Warden and CDCR–have acted with deliberate indifference and relief is warranted.” Here is an analysis of the opinion. Justice Kline begins by stating the magnitude of the San Quentin catastrophe. Even against the horrific history of disease and contagion in prisons–including three separate [...]

THE HIDDEN CRISIS IN AMERICA’S JAILS—DYING INSIDE

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-jails-deaths/ “A lot of people are dying, and they've never been sentenced, and that's obviously a huge problem.” A Reuters investigation has documented thousands of in-custody death in jails, in most cases prior to trial and conviction. This should be a huge national scandal and a high-priority topic in the election, but it isn't. Here's the Justice Dept. memo in which AG Jeff Sessions ordered Trump's DOJ to stop seeking jail reform consent decrees: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1109621/download Watch the disturbing, graphic video… https://queso.prod.reuters.tv/rest/v2/queso/static/id/RCV8UH2/mp4 Rare scrutiny shows that deaths in [...]

Paid Public Relations, Corporate “Spin” Replacing Local News Around the US

Network of websites, print publications provide paid PR instead of local news https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/18/technology/timpone-local-news-metric-media.html According to an expose by the New York Times, there is a fast-growing network of nearly 1,300 websites and some print publications that aim to fill a void left by vanishing local newspapers across the country. The network, found in all 50 states, is built not on traditional journalism, according to the Times. Instead, it offers propaganda ordered up by conservative think tanks, political operatives, corporate executives and public-relations professionals, a Times investigation found. [...]

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