Keep Cops Out of the MLK Day Commemoration This Year

Martin Luther King Day Organizers Say No Cops in the Commemoration The reckless killing of Valentina Orellana-Peralta, a 14-yr-old struck down by an LAPD stray bullet from an assault rifle shot in a crowded store has further steeled the determination of a coalition of community and grassroots organizations to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy not be tarnished by any further inclusions of police, ICE or military contingents on the day of his [...]

#EndPoliceAssociations

To Help End Racist Police Murders with Impunity #EndPoliceAssociations Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and their allies, especially family members of people who have been killed by the police and sheriff’s deputies, hold a vigil every Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM outside the LA Police Protective League (LAPPL), one of a number of local police associations that defend criminal and corrupt cops, and work to prevent any accountability for law enforcement killings. [...]

Victory of Chilean Left Presidential Candidate Strengthens a Trend

Victory of Chilean Left Presidential Candidate Strengthens a Trend Excerpted from TelesurEnglish.net Frente Amplio (Broad Front) candidate Gabriel Boric, 35, won a decisive run-off victory in alliance with the Chilean Communist Party against a right-wing opponent (whose father was a member of Hitler’s Nazi Party) in a changing Latin America, at times unstable. His victory comes after the triumphs earlier in 2021 of Pedro Castillo in Peru and Xiomara Castro in Honduras, [...]

Poetry Corner: Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson

Lift Every Voice and Sing By James Weldon Johnson [Excerpt]   Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise High as the listening skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us. Facing [...]

The Long Roots of Venezuela’s Communal Road to 21st Century Socialism

Excerpt from “Back to the Future” by Chris Gilbert https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/12/19/back-to-the-future-the-long-roots-of-venezuelas-communal-tradition/ (The full piece is behind a paywall). Despite the change-over from Trump to Biden, the US continues its financial, commercial and clandestine attacks on Venezuela, and its claims that the country is a dictatorship, even though the Chavista Socialist Party has won numerous free and fair elections. This article examines some of the historical and theoretical bases for the Venezuelan effort to [...]

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AUTOMATING BANISHMENT

AUTOMATING BANISHMENT The Surveillance and Policing of Looted Lands   Report Summary   Automating Banishment was researched and written by dozens of community members collaborating through the Stop LAPD Spying Coalitionʼs Land and Policing Workgroup. Over the past decade, the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition has been building community power to abolish LAPD surveillance. This report grew out of that organizing and examines the relationship of data-driven policing to real estate development, displacement, [...]

Survivors Speak Out: “Movement Pains” by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Movement Pains column written 10/18/21 © 2021 by Mumia Abu-Jamal   I call this “Movement Pains.”   Every social movement begins in pain. When people see or experience social injustice, movements are born. This should surprise none of us, for our mothers brought each of us forth at the crucible between death and life. When we see or experience social injustice, we viscerally sense pain and are urged by internal forces to [...]

Elections in Central, South America Show a New “Pink Tide”

by   Michael Novick As Change-Links was going to press, voters in Honduras appeared to have elected the left candidate for president, ending 12-years of a coup-based conservative government (installed after Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed off on the overthrow of the elected president, Manuel Zelaya). According to Reuters, "Leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro raced to an early lead in the Honduran presidential election on Sunday, November 28, partial election [...]

Free Public Transit Now! End Anti-Black Policing & Policies on Metro!

The Bus Riders Union Calls on the Metro board to cease and desist all Anti-Black policies Immediately! Fight on the side of the BRU This Thursday Dec 2nd at 10am At the Metro Board Meeting This Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 10 AM the Bus Riders Union will be introducing the following motion and asking MTA board members to send it to the CEO for implementation “The MTA Board acknowledges that after [...]

Include the Military in Climate Pollution Restrictions

COP26 By David Swanson, World Beyond War https://worldbeyondwar.org/500-organizations-propose-mysteriously-unknowable-climate-solution/ War and preparations for war are not just the pit into which trillions of dollars that could be used to prevent environmental damage are dumped, and a means of preventing necessary cooperation, but also a major direct cause of that environmental damage. The majority of “Superfund” sites in the U.S. are current or former military- related installations, sites designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where [...]

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Free Assange! Free Peltier! Free All Political Prisoners!

Political Prisoner News Critical hearings are being held in England that could determine the fate of journalist and publisher Julian Assange of Wikileaks, as the US appeals a British refusal to extradite him for trial in the US on espionage charges growing out of Wikileaks’ publication of files and photos documenting US war crimes, released by whistle-blower Chelsea Manning. Assange, whose mental health has been suffering from his long incarceration resisting the [...]

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