Book Review: The Role of the Revolutionary Poet

The Role of the Revolutionary Poet in Society and a Strategic Vision for the 21st Century by Mark Lipman (Vagabond Books, ISBN 13: 978-1-936293-39-1, 2020, $18.50) reviewed by Michael Novick This volume of essays and poems is by the former poetry curator of Change Links, Mark Lipman, who is the founder and editor of Vagabond, editor and publisher of a number of award winning poetry anthologies, including The Border Crossed Us (an anthology to end apartheid), and a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade and 100 Thousand [...]

Behind the Viral Right Wing Video of BLM protest at Fundamentalist Church

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/viral-video-seemed-to-show-blm-storming-a-church-the-real by Anne Helen Petersen BuzzFeed News [Excerpts] The clip posted to Twitter — and viewed over 1.2 million times — purports to show protesters invading a church, screaming “Black Lives Matter” and even abusing parishioners. The clip was uploaded by Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, the pro-Trump student group, who added his own interpretation of events: “Christians have not been allowed to attend church for months,” Kirk tweeted, referring to coronavirus-related pauses in services. “But when they finally are, BLM rioters are allowed to [...]

AWARE-L.A. White Anti-Racist Saturday Dialogues

In response to the enormous upsurge in racial justice struggles, AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere; a somewhat grandiose title), which birthed White People for Black Lives, the Los Angeles affiliate of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) has been busily integrating hundreds of new members who have been activated and energized in the streets in response to leadership from Black Lives Matter, the American Indian Movement, Centro CSO and other BIPOC organizations. Their long-running (15 years plus) Saturday drop-in dialogues are one of the main methods [...]

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 [...]

Kosovo: Key US Ally Indicted for War Crimes at Hague

Key U.S. Ally Indicted for Organ Trade Murder Scheme by Nicolas J S Davies   When President Clinton dropped 23,000 bombs on what was left of Yugoslavia in 1999 and NATO invaded and occupied the Yugoslav province of Kosovo, U.S. officials presented the war to the American public as a “humanitarian intervention” to protect Kosovo’s majority ethnic Albanian population from genocide at the hands of Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic. That narrative has been unraveling piece by piece ever since.   In 2008 an international prosecutor, Carla Del [...]

Disband LA Schools Police Department

The Struggle for No Police in the Los Angeles Schools: a Great Leap Forward and Victory is in Sight by ERIC MANN, Labor Community Strategy Center On Tuesday, June 23, in Los Angeles, the decade’s long struggle for No Police in the Schools had a major breakthrough. Los Angeles School Board member Monica Garcia introduced the most structural and hopeful motion to make “defund the police” a reality. Her motion, expressing gratitude to the national Black uprising, called for cutting the $70 million budget of the Los [...]

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 [...]

Delbert Africa: Revolutionary

Delbert Africa Revolutionary! By Mumia Abu-Jamal (c) 06/19/20   He was born under the name Delbert Orr, but is known in the world as Delbert Africa, a prominent member of the MOVE Organization. In the 70s in Philadelphia he was perhaps its best known and most frequently cited member. With more years than most, he was adept at using the media to spread information and promote MOVE purposes. His country accent around Chicago and his ingenious puns made his remarks interesting and gave them journalistic value. I [...]

Say NO! to Israeli Annexation & Occupation

Samidoun Network in occupied Palestine and in the diaspora has issued the following call, originally in Arabic. As an international network, we fully join in this call and urge all supporters and friends of Palestine to take action on 1 July in support of the mobilization taking place in Ramallah, occupied Palestine, to confront Israel’s declared plans for the annexation of much of the occupied West Bank of Palestine. We know that many Palestinians in exile and supporters of Palestine are, like Samidoun’s members, engaged in the [...]

F*CK CHRISTOPHER STREET WEST

F*CK CSW by Hannah Howard https://medium.com/@techgirlwonder/fuck-csw-12c6a11f88a9 The “All Black Lives Matter LA” march has been a shit show from the beginning. Originally announced as a “Solidarity Protest” by LA Pride, the march was later handed over, after much protest, to a “Black Advisory Board” appointed by LA Pride/Christopher Street West which called themselves All Black Lives Matter LA. At no point was Black Lives Matter Los Angeles directly involved. You can learn more about the history of LA Pride and anti-blackness here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1985563248242309 I had resolved to [...]

Poetry Corner: George Floyd

George Floyd by James Mozie #96728-004, US Pententiary Tucson As citizens we're outraged and sick of pointless deaths; that was cold-blooded murder with your knee on that man's neck. As he drew his last breath, you forgot your obligation: to serve and protect, but that was not your demonstration. You have sparked a situation through your abuse of power. Sad to say, you weren't the first in this line of cowards. So with no rest, we protest, til injustice pays the price. Don't give that cop a [...]

To Women with Children of Color on Fathers’ Day

On Father's Day to Women with children of color!   I want to Thank You, for allowing incarcerated men to be able to make a contribution even of the smallest magnitude toward the development of our communities. You have many reasons to be at odds with this infrastructure. The Department of Justice takes from us the comfort of your arms in the interest of the public, makes us pay restitution that is obliged to come from the income of loved ones and places us near bucolic surroundings [...]

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