Global May Day 2024 – #1World1Struggle

Call to Action - Global May Day 2024 - #1World1Struggle The ideology of continuous economic growth dictates everything. Landlords, factory owners and investors – as part of the ruling class – ensure that their own power and wealth is protected at the expense of people of the working class and the environment. Some examples: Save Our Sperrins, labor struggles at garment factories worldwide and people struggling with impacts of climate change particularly [...]

Open Borders for Capital to Import Labor from Central America

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA As David Bacon reported in Truthout recently, the Biden Administration is paying US agribusiness to import temporary workers -- essentially braceros -- to toil for brief periods in the fields in the US before being sent back to their countries of origin, mainly in Central America. This program  drives down wages for all farmworkers, and then subsidizes not only the farm owners but even the middle-men, legalized [...]

Big Contract Battles Ahead for Labor Unions in the New Year

Big Contract Battles Ahead for Unions in 2024 by Dan DiMaggio, Labor Notes Major contract fights in 2023 at UPS, the Big 3 automakers, and Hollywood studios set the tone for next year’s contract campaigns. Impressive gains and increased transparency got members of other unions asking, “Why can’t my union be like that?” The bar will be high. Many of the contracts expiring next year date from before the pandemic, and before [...]

HEALTH CARE for US Champions Single-Payer in California

CalCare - Single Payer Medicare coverage for all in California Health Care for US (HC4US) advocates for comprehensive, high-quality universal health care through single-payer public financing. Our goal is to guarantee health care as a human right for ALL California residents, advancing the larger fight for health care justice and energizing the implementation of national Single-Payer/Medicare for All. HC4US is a non-partisan, non-profit organization of volunteers. We partner with the California Nurses [...]

George Gascón Discusses Crime in L.A.

Having survived multiple recall attempts in his first term, LA District Attorney George Gascón officially launched his reelection in October at the SEIU Local 2015 office in front of a room full of supporters—many of them health care workers. The DA noted that his mother, an immigrant from Cuba, often had to toil, working for below-minimum wages. That has translated in him into a commitment to fight for working people. “We don’t [...]

UAW, LA Labor, Victorious on Several Fronts

UAW Victorious on Several Fronts Excerpts from Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes UAW President Shawn Fain announced a deal with Ford. The contract gains are substantial. Since 1979, union auto workers have endured round after round of concessions. That era is over. On Wednesday, the 41st day of the union’s Stand Up Strike against the Big 3, Auto Workers (UAW) President Shawn Fain announced a deal with Ford. The contract gains are substantial, [...]

September 2023 Community Calendar

SEPTEMBER 2023 CHANGE LINKS COMMUNITY CALENDAR   See continuing and ongoing events at the end of the calendar.   Change Links cannot publish without your support. Send events, articles or poetry to changelinks2@gmail.com or via http://change-links.org/submit/  Please subscribe as well. Subscriptions to the print edition are $12/25/50 a year, low income, regular or sustainer (sliding scale), payable to “AFGJ,” our fiscal sponsor, with “Change Links” in the memo. All events announced are [...]

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Which Way KPFK?

The listener and staff elections for delegates on the local (and thereby national) boards of Pacifica radio stations, including KPFK here in Southern California, are underway. You needed to have become a member by June 30 to vote. This is a critical election over the future direction of KPFK and the Pacifica Foundation. A faction within the governance that has been involved in previous efforts to split up the foundation, order it [...]

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Harry Belafonte, Anti-imperialist Human Rights Activist

Mainstream media obituaries of Harry Belafonte emphasize his breakthrough successes as a singer, actor, and producer of records, films, and television, but tend to limit their praise to his iconic public figure stature as an advocate of civil rights. In fact, Belafonte was an unreconstructed radical and socialist throughout his long life and career. Born in Harlem of West Indian immigrant parents in 1927, he lived in Jamaica with his grandmother from [...]

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