February 2023 Community Calendar

See continuing and ongoing events at the end of the calendar.   Change Links cannot publish without your support. Send events, articles or poetry to changelinks2@gmail.com or via http://change-links.org/submit/  Please subscribe as well. Subscriptions to the print edition are $12/25/50 a year, low income, regular or sustainer (sliding scale), payable to “AFGJ,” our fiscal sponsor, with “Change Links” in the memo. All events announced are encouraged to donate $5 (per event), payable [...]

48,000 Striking UC Grad Workers win Bittersweet Contract

Striking graduate students at the campuses of the University of California ended their strike with contract agreements between two UAW locals representing teaching assistants and graduate student researchers with hefty percentage agreements. But a split arose between workers at different campuses, some of whom rejected the deal overwhelmingly while the majorities across the multi-campus system approved the settlement. Many felt that their own union, UAW, had sold them out. UAW hired Brightline [...]

KPFK: Under New Management

and Open to the Community KPFK – Under New Management By Michael Novick, KPFK interim General Manager Change Links has carried many articles with my byline before, but this one is unique. I am writing to you as the new unpaid interim General Manager of KPFK. I was recently appointed to that position by the Pacifica Executive Director, Stephanie Wells. She and the Pacifica National Board determined that there was no money [...]

Metro Public Transit Free Oct. 7-9; Why Not Always?

Free Metro System-wide Oct 7-9 to Mark Opening of K-Crenshaw Line After years of delays, Metro announced that the official opening of the K Line will be on October 7. The light rail line will initially serve seven stations through several LA communities, including Leimert Park and Baldwin Hills, as well as the city of Inglewood. In recognition of the accomplishment, Metro will suspend fares across the entire transit system October 7-9. [...]

Trickle-Down Housing is a Failure

Trickle-Down Housing is a Failure. Here’s What You Need to Know. by Patrick Range McDonald, Housing Is a Human Right Trickle-down housing policy, pushed by the real estate industry and politicians, has been a colossal failure. It hasn’t built the affordable housing that’s needed for California’s housing affordability crisis, and it fuels gentrification in working-class communities, especially those of color. Activists have long used the term trickle-down housing, but not everyone knows [...]

Corporate Landlords Are Taking Over L.A.

Corporate Landlords Are Taking Over L.A. Will Politicians Do Anything About it? by Patrick Range McDonald https://www.housinghumanright.org/corporate-landlords-are-taking-over-l-a-will-politicians-do-anything-about-it/ A new, must-read report by Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) has made one thing eye-poppingly clear: corporate landlords are taking over Los Angeles. With that, SAJE points out, L.A. renters are increasingly dealing with predatory practices — such as sudden evictions and unfair, excessive rents — that turn their lives upside down. The [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Paid Public Relations, Corporate “Spin” Replacing Local News Around the US

Network of websites, print publications provide paid PR instead of local news https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/18/technology/timpone-local-news-metric-media.html According to an expose by the New York Times, there is a fast-growing network of nearly 1,300 websites and some print publications that aim to fill a void left by vanishing local newspapers across the country. The network, found in all 50 states, is built not on traditional journalism, according to the Times. Instead, it offers propaganda ordered up [...]

Book Review: The Role of the Revolutionary Poet

The Role of the Revolutionary Poet in Society and a Strategic Vision for the 21st Century by Mark Lipman (Vagabond Books, ISBN 13: 978-1-936293-39-1, 2020, $18.50) reviewed by Michael Novick This volume of essays and poems is by the former poetry curator of Change Links, Mark Lipman, who is the founder and editor of Vagabond, editor and publisher of a number of award winning poetry anthologies, including The Border Crossed Us (an [...]

Jeff-toon: The Threat of a Second Term for 45

If Trump steals the election, the USA will become more of a tragedy than it already has been under his corrupt horrible misrule.

Tell the PUC: No rate Hike for So Cal Edison

Speak Up at the Public Utilities Commission To Stop The Outrageous So Cal Edison Rate Increase Requests! by Sheila Goldner Make your voice heard at virtual CPUC hearings. Edison has asked for a record-breaking 40% increase in rates by 2023.  That means paying $500 more a year for the same services you get now, unless we act now. Due to COVID‑19 and physical distancing restrictions, the CPUC will hold remote hearings, so [...]

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