Global Police State

By William I. Robinson, Prof of Sociology & Global and International Studies, UC Santa Barbara [excerpts] A global police state is emerging as capitalism descends into an unprecedented crisis, given the extent of ecological degradation and social deterioration, and the sheer scale of the means of violence deployed around the world. "Global police state" refers to three interrelated developments: 1. Ever more omnipresent systems of social control, repression and warfare to contain the real and potential rebellion of the global working class and 'surplus' humanity. 2. A [...]

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 [...]

A Staggeringly Bad Idea

'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda' By Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams, httpss://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/09/05/progressives-denounce-pelosi-obsession-economically-illiterate-and-politically "This is a very bad idea, House Democrats. It makes no sense whatsoever to give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation." Nearly three-quarters of the American public and a historic number of Democratic lawmakers support Medicare for All, but the House Democratic leadership is considering using its newly won majority to impose a rule that would "recklessly betray" the grassroots forces that put [...]

Proposition 10: Abolish Costa-Hawkins Ban on Rent Control

We Win With Proposition 10 Rent Control Ed. Note: To learn more about the Yes on 10 campaign and how you can get involved in the weeks before the election, you can contact Liz Hirsch at renters@dsa-la.org, who is with the Democratic Socialists of America-LA chapter, which has made repeal of the Costa-Hawkins prohibition on rent control by cities one of its top priorities. httpss://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Los-Angeles-County-Rent-Apartments-Housing-Cost-492959341.htm [Excerpts] Over protests from landlords and real estate brokers, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of [...]

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 [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Immigration Nation

Immigration Nation [column written  8/24/18 © 2018 Mumia Abu-Jamal] Say one thing about the Trump presidency, from day one, issue #1 has been immigration. More specifically, the issue has been American anxiety about the rising tide of immigrants – especially Mexican or other ‘nonwhite’ immigrants. Several days ago, I’d been reading No One Is Illegal by Justin Akers Chacon and Mike Davis (Haymarket books: Chi.) I’ve learned new things on virtually every page, especially the harrowing history of how the U.S. treated immigrants over the years. The [...]

Is the US a Warfare State?

Is the US a Warfare State? By John M. Bachar, Jr. Perpetual War     In the 243 year existence of the US (1776 – 2018), it has been involved in 79 wars. If we define a “war year” as one during which the US was involved in war part or all of the year, and if we define a “peace year” as one during which the US was not involved in war, then the record shows there were 224 war years (92.5%) and only 18 peace years [...]

Victories for Defend Boyle Heights and the Escalating L.A. Anti-Gentrification Movement

On Defend Boyle Heights and the Escalating Los Angeles Anti-Gentrification Movement httpss://defendboyleheights.blogspot.com/ “En este logro que tuvimos no nada mas los residentes de aqui [...] Somos ganadores todos. Estabamos peleando con un elefante. Y nosotros eramos unas hormiguitas. Pero nos damos cuentas que hace mas una hormiga caminando, que un elefante hechado.” --Ana Hernandez, Boyle Heights resident, at the Celebration of 356 S. Mission Rd., Ooga Booga, and Gavin Brown Enterprises being kicked out of Boyle Heights.      Although the politics, tactics, and people committed to the [...]

SB10 – Preventive Detention in Guise of “Bail Reform”

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA Senate Bill 10, also known as "Setback 10", passed the Senate and Assembly as Change Links was going  to press, and Gov. Brown signed it after our print edition ran. Initiated in response to demands from wide sectors of the movement and communities impacted by the racist criminal justice system to end the exploitative system of commercial money bail, it was transformed in the legislature into a bill to establish preventive detention based on racially-skewed algorithms of "risk assessment," while eliminating the [...]

What Is The Federalist Society And How Does It Affect Supreme Court Picks?

What Is The Federalist Society And How Does It Affect Supreme Court Picks? All Things Considered httpss://www.npr.org/2018/06/28/624416666/what-is-the-federalist-society-and-how-does-it-affect-supreme-court-picks Submitted by Bill Eisen The Federalist Society is a hugely powerful, nationwide organization of conservative lawyers which will be instrumental in helping President Trump pick the next Supreme Court nominee. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Amanda Hollis-Brusky, author of Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution. On Kavanaugh's disclosure forms note his continued involvement with the far-right Federalist Society.  In a Republican controlled Senate, judicial appointments [...]

Health Care For All in California

by Maureen Cruise, RN You can find a broadside about Health Care for All produced by Physicians for a National Health Plan at httpss://issuu.com/news_review/docs/pnhp_042018 Apparently reporters and media pundits writing about health care proposals have not read the third paragraph in the current Assembly Select Committee report which clearly states that current “Health care spending across California from all sources totals about $400 billion”.  Their mantra is 'how can we afford $400 billion?'  We are already paying that.  And yes… in the current system, we cannot afford it [...]

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 [...]