Disband LA Schools Police Department

The Struggle for No Police in the Los Angeles Schools: a Great Leap Forward and Victory is in Sight by ERIC MANN, Labor Community Strategy Center On Tuesday, June 23, in Los Angeles, the decade’s long struggle for No Police in the Schools had a major breakthrough. Los Angeles School Board member Monica Garcia introduced the most structural and hopeful motion to make “defund the police” a reality. Her motion, expressing gratitude to the national Black uprising, called for cutting the $70 million budget of the Los [...]

Poetry Corner: George Floyd

George Floyd by James Mozie #96728-004, US Pententiary Tucson As citizens we're outraged and sick of pointless deaths; that was cold-blooded murder with your knee on that man's neck. As he drew his last breath, you forgot your obligation: to serve and protect, but that was not your demonstration. You have sparked a situation through your abuse of power. Sad to say, you weren't the first in this line of cowards. So with no rest, we protest, til injustice pays the price. Don't give that cop a [...]

The Power of the People is the Force of Life

The Power of the People is the Force of Life by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) I was sent the following link to a piece worth reading by Henry Giroux: A searing and penetrating essay by Henry Giroux: https://truthout.org/articles/racist-violence-cant-be-separated-from-the-violence-of-neoliberal-capitalism/ Giroux is a powerful critic of fascist trends based on white supremacy and capitalism. But I don't know exactly why he often has a failure of nerve, or of something, when he draws towards solutions. For example in this piece, after the searing indictment, he [...]

Labor Stops Work, Takes a Knee for Justice

The People’s Strike Supports ILWU, ILA and Teamsters’ Action in Honor of George Floyd, Fallen Brother of the Working Class by Frances Madeson On June 9, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters laid down their tools in a work stoppage for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the precise measure of time that George Floyd, handcuffed and helpless to resist, was forced to endure a policeman’s lethal knee on his neck. Killed by Minneapolis [...]

Los Angeles and the Country Enflamed by Racist Police Murders

Check out this account of recent police killings, shootings and other attacks in L.A. by cops, deputies & CHP, and an amazing photo-essay: https://www.lataco.com/la-black-lives-matter/ Hundreds Block 101 in Protest of Police CHP Hits, Hospitalizes Demonstrator, Protests Escalate As Change Links went to press, 100s of people from BLM-LA, AIM and other groups blocked the 101 freeway in DTLA to protest the police execution of George Floyd in Mpls, and the racist police murders with impunity in LA. A CHP vehicle accelerated into the crowd as demonstrators swarmed [...]

100,000 People Killed by COVID-19 in the US

Don't Mourn, Organize! by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. The command to devote ourselves to getting organized in the face of death and repression rather than spending time in lamentation,  was attributed to Joe Hill in a farewell letter while facing execution, Mother Jones, discussing others rather than herself, said "Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living." Either way, it has never been more pertinent than today, in the face of the mass murder at the hands of the settler colonial-capitalist system in the US [...]

Black LA Demands Over COVID-19 and Black Death Rates

Los Angeles County has the second-highest population of Black and African-descent people of any county in the US, with over a million Black residents, behind only Cook County, Illinois, and ahead of Kings County (Brooklyn) in New York, (c. 922,000) or Harris County, TX (Houston) with c. 903,000.      But despite that fact, and a history of having two of the largest and most serious rebellions in US history (Watts 1965 and after the acquittal of the cops who beat Rodney King and the slap on the [...]

Coronavirus, Militarism and the End of an Illusion

Coronavirus, Militarism and the End of an Illusion Black Alliance For Peace 25 Mar 2020 People are waking people up to the fact that the US state and government does not belong to them but to a capitalist class that is only looking out for itself. “The ‘sheltering in place’ order is starting to look like a convenient tool for the state to manage the growing frustration, fear and anger.” “The nation that considers itself to be the apex of capitalist achievement on planet Earth turns out to [...]

International Women’s Strike

Celebrate International Women's Day in South LA      March 7th, join in solidarity with events happening globally for International Women’s Day, starting  at 12 noon, at 800 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (corner of MLK & Hoover) Los Angeles 90037. Public transport & parking are close by. Join a Feminism for the 99% dance party; interactive performance piece, rally, street art, music, healing & action areas. Wear Red.      To mark International Women’s Day women and girls in several countries participate in the International Women’s Strike, [...]

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 [...]

Op Ed: Yes on R-Reform LA Jails, No on D.A. Jackie Lacey

Measure R: Reform LA Jails on March 3 Ballot Op Ed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA UPDATE:  D.A. Jackie Lacey was forced into a run-off in November, and Measure R passed by a 70+% majority in LA County. There are several races beyond the presidential primary on the ballot in L.A. County and in the city of L.A., that merit people's engagement. First and foremost is Measure R, the Reform LA Jails initiative placed on the ballot through a major volunteer signature gathering effort initiated by the [...]

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