For a #PeoplesBudgetLA

https://peoplesbudgetla.com/ In the face of an unprecedented public health crisis and historic economic instability, LA Mayor Garcetti has proposed a $10.5 billion budget that reduces services, furloughs city workers, and cuts the budget of all city departments with one big exception: the LA Police Department. Garcetti proposes increases to the police budget, specifically $34 million dollars in overtime pay. The  LAPD already receives 54% of LA’s discretionary spending. This would increase their share. Moreover, the Mayor has attempted to fast track this, to stop community input. He [...]

The World is in Flames, and the US is Barely Smoldering

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. httpss://antiracist.org/the-world-is-in-flames-and-the-us-is-barely-smoldering/ There are simultaneous protests going on around the world on a scale perhaps not seen globally since the uprisings of 1968 shook the imperialist system to its foundations. Massive demonstrations in Ecuador nearly toppled the government and forced a roll back of exploitative policies. In Chile, protests against a rise in Metro fares have led to the government announcing a state of emergency in two provinces, including the capital. In Haiti resistance to the US-imposed government is growing steadily despite repression. [...]

Viking Economics: A Review

Viking Economics:  How the Scandinavians Got It Right—and How We Can, Too by George Lakey Reviewed by Jeffrey Hirsch In a brief look at America currently, we might ask, “Why do we have a president as incompetent, vicious and unqualified as Donald Trump?” But to look at Donald Trump in isolation is a big mistake. CBS gave him almost two billion dollars  in free air time running up to the 2016 election because Donald Trump’s histrionics increased viewership, and thus advertising profits, enormously. We are getting close [...]

Measure B: A Public Bank for Los Angeles?

A Public Bank for Los Angeles? httpss://www.laprogressive.com/public-bank-for-los-angeles/ [Excerpts] Voters in the city of Los Angeles will be the first in the country to weigh in on a public banking mandate, through Measure B on the November ballot that would allow the city to form its own bank. The City Charter currently prohibits the creation of industrial or commercial enterprises by the city without voter approval. The measure would allow the city to create a public bank, although state and federal law hurdles would still need to be [...]

Red-Lining Through “Rent-to-Own” Housing

African-Americans Decimated from their Own Neighborhoods httpss://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/04/rent-to-own-redlining/557588/ A House You Can Buy, But Never Own by Alana Semuels / The Atlantic, April 10, 2018 African Americans in the same neighborhoods decimated by subprime lending are now being targeted with new predatory loan offerings, a lawsuit argues. Black tenants are offered  a "contract for deed," a type of transaction that was rampant in the 1950s and 1960s before African Americans had access to avenues of conventional lending. In a contract for deed, the buyer purchases an agreement for [...]

THE PROBLEM WITH THE PARTY — THE BIG NEO-LIBERAL LIE

THE PROBLEM WITH THE PARTY — THE BIG NEO-LIBERAL LIE By Charles Fredricks “The floggings will continue until morale improves,” has always been the Democratic Party leadership’s response whenever a challenge from the Left is met with defeat by the Right. Today, using Bernie as a prop, new Senate minority leader Schumer admits the Party needs to change its message (but not its actions, if electing Schumer over Bernie is any indication). The media are full of Monday morning quarterbacks, offering a list of excuses or reasons [...]

The President’s Leftovers

THE PRESIDENT'S “LEFTOVERS” By Rob Macon As the election approaches, President Obama prepares to walk the Oval Office one final time. Many agree Obama has done an outstanding job concerning the nation’s economy. Then there are what we can identify as “leftovers.” Leftovers are conditions prevailing during the Obama Administration, as well as past presidents, that the administration was unable to finish, leaving the next administration to solve such problems as poverty, TPP, money in politics, and racism, to name a few. Below is a list one [...]

March 2014 Calendar

Pussy Riot Being Followed by the Moscow Police Change Links March 2014 Calendar Volunteer: Change-Links Change-Links needs a VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR to assist John in bringing together people to determine the necessary resources for continuing CL with the permanent, reliable status it enjoyed for over 20 years. The VC and all other positions are unpaid due to CL’s low budget and the fact that the newspaper is available free citywide and to subscribers at low cost. Please help us with your volunteer services, your subscriptions and your donations! [...]

Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations

by Bill Quigley Here are the top ten examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments but these ten will give a taste. One. State and Local Subsidies to Corporations. An excellent New York Times study by Louise Story calculated that state and local government provide at least $80 billion in subsidies to corporations. Over 48 big corporations received over $100 million each. GM was [...]

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America The Most Inhumane

America Is the Most Inhumane Developed Country on the Planet — Are We Going to Let It Stay That Way? This week marked the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What would it be like if people in the U.S. knew they had these rights? Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/corgarashu December 14, 2013  | This week marked the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  It was drafted by a commission of the United Nations that was chaired [...]

Austerity: A Violation of Human Rights?

Austerity: A Violation of Human Rights? by Laura Flanders Have you ever wished there was a set of standards by which budgets could be assessed that didn’t have to do with deficit hawks and stimulus sparrows pecking each other’s eyes out in the constricted ring of corporate opinion? A noble little park opened in New York City last month: Four Freedoms Park.  In the coverage of the Louis Kahn structure (which seems to rise like a ship out of Manhattan's East River), remarkably little was made of [...]

It’s the Physical Cliff, Stupid

It's the Physical Cliff, Stupid We can lead at Doha and address our economic woes by John Atcheson OK.  There’s the fiscal cliff – a self-inflicted economic hotfoot, but nothing irrevocable. Then there’s the physical cliff – the remorseless warming of our planet driven by human emissions and the laws of physics, already irrevocable, and drifting toward a full-scale planetary disaster of biblical proportions if we don’t take drastic actions. As the world meets at Doha, Qatar for yet another attempt to reign in global warming, guess [...]

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