Tricontinental: In Light of Global Pandemic, Focus on the People

In Light of the Global Pandemic, Focus Attention on the People MARCH 21, 2020 International Assembly of the Peoples and Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. httpss://www.thetricontinental.org/declaration-covid19/ SARS-CoV-2 or COVID19, now declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has begun to wreak havoc in large parts of the world, with other parts waiting in anticipation. We are in a real struggle, which needs total mobilization; a struggle that needs to put life before profit. We will only win this struggle – as China has already done [...]

Undemocratic Pacifica Bylaws Change Defeated

Replacement Bylaws Defeated by 2-1 Vote of Listeners, Staff by Michael Novick Listeners and workers at KPFK and four other Pacifica stations, in unprecented numbers -- nearly 1/4 of all listener members and more than half of all paid and unpaid staff members -- decisively voted down a proposed Bylaws revision by margins of almost 2-1: 66% of listeners who voted, and 65% of the staff, opposed the replacement Bylaws, which would've eliminated elected Local Station Boards and made it easier to sell off assets. Perhaps it's [...]

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Ostracize and Stigmatize All Cops

Letter to the Editor: Don't Ostracize and Stigmatize All Cops As "Bastards" 02-23-2020 I am writing in response to Imani Beckett’s article, “Why all Cops Are In Fact Bastards,” in the February, 2020 edition of Change Links. Throughout human history virtually all major systems of power inherently draw to them those who seek to impose their strength over others.  The fact that these systems often oppress others is particularly disdainful, because it is an abuse of that power against those less powerful who are in turn exploited. [...]

Issues and Individuals in March 3 Primary

Criminal Justice System On Trial in March 3 Ballot      Whether you think the criminal justice system is broken, or you believe it's doing what it was designed to do by targeting poor people and people of color, that system is on the March 3 primary election ballot in many ways. The presidential primary, along partisan lines, offers stark choices among candidates and visions. The other races in CA are all essentially non-partisan -- anyone can vote for any candidate on the ballot for each position, and [...]

Poetry Corner: UN-Official

UN-official by D.O.T. Marceo   With darkness fallen, light had long eloped. Inside my motor vehicle she smoked. We laughed and chatted just outside her home.   Police drove near to see this lovely sight. Her blonde hair out of place this time of night: A Puerto Rican, but was very white.   Pulled up, and said the car was far away. My braided hair became a flaw this day. The curb ‘not close enough’—they called a play.   “Get out the car,” I heard. I asked [...]

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 [...]

How to Solve LA’s Housing and Houselessness Crisis

What is needed to solve the housing crisis in L.A. by Pete White of LA CAN (Community Action Network) www.cangress.org Three years ago, we released a community-based assessment of HHH spending and the lack of progress in a report entitled ”All Show, No Substance.” There were several action items listed that would ultimately serve as our organizing agenda. We've accomplished many things, but there is still much work to be done. It's important to note that many of the items we lifted in the assessment would become [...]

Black Lives Matter Excluded from 4th Women’s March

Black Lives Matter–Los Angeles Excluded from Women’s March Los Angeles    Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles was excluded from the 4th Annual Women’s March in Los Angeles. WMLA did not invite Black Lives Matter to participate, failed to respond to an email request for inclusion, and further refused speaking time during a subsequent telephone conversation. This marks the first time that BLMLA will not participate and is the culmination of ongoing disagreement and tension where Black Lives Matter and some of our members, including children, have experienced significant [...]

US Census = Paper Genocide

US Census = Paper Genocide by Erik Peterson Almost all of the full blood and mixed blood indigenous peoples of the Americas were erased on the US census from 1790 to 1840; first reclassified as: free white, all other free people, and slaves; and second as "white, black or mulatto."  In 1860 the census only had three classifications: white, black or mulatto; Native people were erased. (Later the native people were classified as Hispanic-Latino).      This census paper genocide erased the indigenous people by the millions. How [...]

Woodrow Coleman, Presente!

Woodrow Coleman, Presente! Jan. 14, 1934 – Jan. 5, 2020 An Exemplary Activist: Woodrow Coleman was born in Texarkana TX, the oldest son of Aubrey and Olilah Coleman. He had four younger brothers, two of whom have passed away.  Woodrow was married for four years to Bonnie Coleman. They have one son, Doug, and two grandchildren. Woodrow’s Memorial was held on January 11, 2020 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach. He was much loved by all who met him…  His Memorial was well attended, and [...]

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Poetry Corner: Still Standin’ on the Land

Still Standin' on the Land by Tashunka Raven   There is a river, call it Pit River with celebrations, at great Mount Shasta's eastern foothills; Home of the legitimate Pit River Nation, who've done justice to Captain Jack's heroic will. They've survived the "Pit River Rangers" and "Buckskin Men", PGE and the massacre at Soldier Mountain, They're still standin' on the land at Big Bend, and drinking from Raymond Lego's model fountain; Join hands like we did at Puget Sound and sacred Blue Lake, and the vic'try [...]