Incarcerated Women Confront COVID, Forced Sterilizations

PBS recently released a documentary on the forced sterilization of women in CA prisons, as they struggle for accountability by the state and the CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the consequences of the practice, which went on for years. Although it has now been outlawed, there has been no justice or recompense for the hundreds of women who were affected. the PBS Independent Lens documentary is no longer available for streaming but the trailer is here: https://www.kpbs.org/news/2020/nov/23/independent-lens-belly-beast/ Initial press reports said 148 women had been [...]

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 [...]

Black Lives Matter LA Boycotts Amazon

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. https://bds-la.org/2020/12/19/black-lives-matter-la-boycotts-amazon/ On Saturday, December 19, Black Lives Matter L.A. held its final protest of the year 2020. Their recent victories include driving D.A. Jackie Lacey from office for her adamant refusal to prosecute killer cops, and blocking LA Mayor Eric Garcetti from a position in Joe Biden's cabinet because of his horrible record on dealing with LA's houseless population, which is disproportionately Black, his terrible record on promoting gentrification and displacement, and his appointment of the rubber stamp Police Commission that functions [...]

Eviction Crisis Looming

L.A. Campaign Proposes Solutions Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 41, No. 6, December 2020-January 2021 https://www.socialism.com The US has a massive unhoused population. The National Low-Income Housing Coalition predicts that 30-40 million people, 30-40% of currently housed renters, could lose their lodging in the next several months. In the midst of this crisis, the Freedom Socialist Party calls for cancelling rent and mortgage payments for those in need. Across the country, grassroots activists have pressured local governments to help solve this crisis. One group is End Homelessness Now–LA [...]

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

Eisenhower’s Warning on Military-Industrial Complex More Apt than Ever

Eisenhower's Ghost Haunts Biden's Foreign Policy Team By Nicolas J. S. Davies   In his first words as President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, Antony  Blinken said, “we have to proceed with equal measures of humility and confidence.” Many around the world will welcome this promise of humility from the new administration, and Americans should too.   Biden's foreign policy team will also need a special kind of confidence to confront the most serious challenge they face. That will not be a threat from a hostile foreign country, but the controlling and [...]

Voting Rights in the Georgia Run-Off Elections

Georgia US Senate Run-Off Election Will Determine Control of US Senate   In just a few short weeks, Georgia voters will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. In January 5’s runoff elections, Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock will face Republican incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.  There is also a run-off for public service commissioner, who controls utilities. There are still a few days left to register to vote for people purged from the rolls in previous voter suppression efforts and new voters, [...]

Native Nations Reaffirm Paris Accord

Native Nations Condemn US Withdrawal from Paris Accord, Reaffirm Commitment      The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) condemns the United States’ decision today to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Agreement – a global accord designed to reduce the risks and impacts of climate change – features roughly 200 countries as signatories; the United States today becomes the first country to formally withdraw from it. In response, NCAI, the largest and oldest national organization comprised of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and [...]

How L.A. Keeps the Poor, Poor

How Los Angeles Keeps the Poor, Poor by Gayle Fleury https://citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/los-angeles/20715-how-los-angeles-keeps-the-poor-poor Of the 15 Council Districts in the city of Los Angeles, there are a few that house the most homeless and have the poorest people. Those are Districts 3, 4, and 15, seeing a jump of from 45-53% in homelessness, while other Districts had an increase of 10-30% I live in CD 15, Joe Buscaino’s district. The Harbor and the Port are located here, one of the three big moneymakers for the City of LA. The [...]

Letter to the Editor: Promote Cultured Meat to End Animal Slaughter

To the editor, President-elect Joe Biden, who won the endorsement of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, should support federal funding for cultured-meat research. For readers who aren't aware, cultured-meat is grown from cells, without slaughtering animals. There is no greater crime than what we do to nonhumans in food production. We kill over a trillion aquatic and land creatures every year for this purpose. According to the Population Reference Bureau, only about 107 billion humans have ever lived. The amount of suffering our food system produces is [...]

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