LA Teachers’ Strike Set for January 10: First in 30 Years

LA Teachers' Strike Set for January 10 by Michael Novick, UTLA-Retired After 20 months of fruitless bargaining and lies and manipulation on the part of LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has announced a strike date of Thursday, January 10 unless there is a settlement as outlined in their contract demands. UTLA is demanding that LAUSD immediately: * use its $1.9 billion in unrestricted reserves to fund smaller class sizes; for more nurses, counselors, and librarians; and to fully fund our schools; * commit [...]

Spotlight on an Exemplary Activist: Woodrow Coleman

Spotlight on An Exemplary Activist Woodrow Coleman He was born Jan. 14, 1934 in Texarkana TX, the oldest son of Aubrey and Olilah Coleman. He had four younger brothers, two of whom have sadly passed away. Woodrow was born during the Great Depression in segregated Jim Crow territory. His father worked on the railroad; his mother did housework and childcare for white families. He grew up in a neighborhood with lots of extended family. His later childhood was marred by his mother's poor health, hospitalized over a [...]

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FIRE THE BOSS: Building Workers Democratic Cooperatives in South L.A.

FIRE THE BOSS: Building Workers Democratic Cooperatives in South L.A. by Mary Sutton, et al, Collective REMAKE The un- and under-employment rate in the Black community, in LA, is over 50%. So for former prisoners, opportunities to work for a living wage here are scarce. The implementation of worker cooperatives can invigorate local economies in communities that are disenfranchised due to the loss of living wage jobs, defunded social programs, deteriorating schools, over-policing, and high rates of incarceration. There is not enough support in L.A. for people [...]

Workers Take On Amazon

Amazon’s sweatshop culture: World’s richest man faces global pushback by Muffy Sunde, October-November 2018 Freedom Socialist https://socialism. com/fs-article/amazons-sweatshop-culture-worlds-richest-man-faces-global-pushback/ Amazon, known for a vast assortment of goods and services, quick delivery and low prices, is among the top online retailers in the world. It has giant warehouses across the U.S., Europe, India, China, and Japan. On top of this empire sits Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, who can’t think of anything better to spend his vast wealth on but space travel. Now, growing rebellion among Amazon’s warehouse [...]

Some Books for the Gift-giving Season: Movement Mystery Fiction

Some books for the gift-giving season: Movement Mystery Fiction Thumbnail Reviews by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. httpss://ara-la.tumblr. com/post/180634834090/some-books-for-the-gift-giving-season The Man Who Fell From the Sky by Bill Fletcher Jr., 2018, Hardball Press, Brooklyn NY, 339 pp., ISBN 978-0-99913-584-6, $20. This period murder mystery by a leader of the left and labor movements features the lives of Cape Verdean migrants to the US in the US, particularly the Cape Cod area, and their contradictory relationship with both African-Americans and with white people in the US. It ranges [...]

Yet more books for the gift-giving season: Political Theory

Yet more books for the gift-giving season: Political Theory Thumbnail Reviews by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism by Victor Wallis, 2018, Political Animal Press, Toronto/Chicago. 211pp. including index. ISBN 978-1-895131-29-1, $20. Described as "the definitive work on ecosocialism" by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, this book addresses not only the environmental crisis, but a socialist approach to natural science and technology, as well as the need to address imperialism and militarism, racism and class issues in relation to the environment, as [...]

Left Coast Forum – LA Trade Tech College – Aug 24-26

The second annual Left Coast Forum will take place at LA Trade Technical College on Washington Blvd. & Grand Ave. downtown on the weekend of Aug. 24-26, sponsored by LA Progressive and the NYC Left Forum. Keynote speakers as we went to press included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the DSA candidate who shocked the political establishment by defeating the 4th-ranked Democratic Congressional leader in the NY primary; Dr. Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter; Hector Villagra of the ACLU of Southern California; and Eric Mann of the Labor-Community Strategy [...]

TEACHERS RISING

TEACHERS RISING by Mumia Abu-Jamal [col. writ. 5/16/18] ©2018 Mumia Abu-Jamal It began in America’s poorest states and is spreading like wildfire. First came Kentucky, then a slew of others: Arizona, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Colorado -- if you think about it, these are, for the most part, conservative states; and yet these are places where teachers, among the most poorly-paid state or local workers at a public institution, are walking out and uniting to demand better pay, and better state support for their mission -- teaching kids. [...]

Primero de Mayo – May 1 – International Workers Day

Celebrate International Workers Day                    (note: Spanish translation follows) by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) In 1886, the American Federation of Labor adopted a resolution that a full workday would be no more than 8 hours, in response to agitation by socialists, communists and anarchists. General strikes for this demand sprung up across the country. In Chicago, the center of the 8-hour movement, 400,000 striking workers with banners in many languages brought the city to a standstill [...]

Greens Endorse Four Statewide Peace and Freedom Candidates

IMPORTANT NOTE: Change Links is non-partisan, non-sectarian, and non-profit. We do not endorse candidates for public elected office. We are publishing these press releases for informational purposes only about the upcoming primary and general elections. The publication of this information is not to be construed as an endorsement for any of the political parties or candidates named. Election 2018: by the P&FP Communications committee https://www.peaceandfreedom.org/home/ The California Green Party has endorsed four Peace and Freedom Party statewide candidates: John Thompson Parker for US Senate, Mary Lou Finley for [...]

Spanish-language Broadcaster at KPFK Arrested

by Antonio Zavala [translated from ElBeisman.com] Spanish-speaking media activists fear that under the Trump administration, attacks will begin on the media in Spanish, as indicated by a recent closure of a program in Spanish on the west coast. The management of KPFK suddenly closed - without warning - the program Es Nuestra Cultura that Xalli Algo has produced for five years. When ordered to vacate the booth on February 28, the Mexican radio announcer Xalli Algo supposedly refused, and the manager of the radio station called the [...]

International Women’s Strike March 8

Step Up Global Resistance: March 8 International Women’s Strike by Global Women's Strike LA On March 8,  join women in over 50 countries for a So Cal March and Rally, 4-7pm, at the Downtown LA Federal Bldg, 300 N. Los Angeles St. There will be speakers, music, poetry and spoken word, and Healing, Art & Action areas. Women in at least 51 countries so far are taking action on M8 as part of the International Women’s Strike 2018 for a caring society, a feminism of the 99%.  [...]

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