People Get Ready

People Get Ready:  There's a Bad Moon on the Rise by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA (https://antiracist.org) As you read this, there is barely a month to election day. What are you doing to prepare for the possible outcomes and their consequences? Given recent realities, including vehicles being driven at racial justice protesters here in L.A., the murder of two protesters in Kenosha, exposures of organized racist violence being planned in Portland, the repeated refusals by Trump to say he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power, it [...]

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 anthology to end apartheid), and a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade and 100 Thousand [...]

Earth Day 2020: Planet on the Brink

Earth Day 2020: Planet on the Brink by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. April 22, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the original "Earth Day" in 1970. It is a sad commentary that 50 years on, the earth system, and the lives of hundreds of millions of people, particularly people in the global South, people of  color, and poor and working people generally, are at greater risk and in greater peril than ever before in human history. Gains in environmental regulation to insure safe water, air [...]

December 2019 Community Calendar

Change Links cannot publish without your support. Send events, articles or poetry to changelinks2@gmail.com or via https://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 to AFGJ, mail to Change Links, PO Box 34236, Los Angeles 90034. It helps keep this publication solvent. Thanks in advance.   Peace vigils: https://change-links. org/ongoing-peace-vigils-and-community-programs/   [...]

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Earth Day 2020: Clear Vision for Environmental Action

Open Invitation for entities committed to the Earth and her children: Co-Sponsor the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020: Clear Vision for Environmental Action. Dear First Nation, non-government organization, local jurisdiction or entity, April 22, 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and as you may know we are facing environmental crises greater than ever. Pollution and production processes threaten life on this planet. And they are projected to get worse. We must change this course. We must transform. Quickly and soundly.   We are [...]

Stop Blaming Cows and Start Targeting the Corporations that are Destroying the Amazon

Stop Blaming Cows and Start Targeting the Corporations that are Destroying the Amazon by Anthony Pahnke httpss://www.telesurenglish.net/opinion/Stop-Blaming-Cows-and-Start-Targeting-the-Corporations-that-are-Destroying-the-Amazon-20190827-0025.html Most of the reporting on the fires raging in the Amazon try to identify the guilty parties.  Some of those that have been identified include ranchers and loggers, as well as the rightwing government of Jair Bolsonaro for its lack of enforcing environmental regulations.  Yet, what we need to consider is that no single actor is responsible for destroying the rainforest, but instead corporate supply chains that crisscross our planet.  [...]

LA County Settles Lead Paint Litigation

LA County Settles Lead Paint Litigation, Shares in $305 Million from Paint Companies       The Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health announced the settlement of a lawsuit that will provide significant funding for remediating lead paint hazards in residential housing throughout the County. County Counsels and City Attorneys of 10 CA jurisdictions reached a settlement that will provide hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up the lead paint that poisons tens of thousands of children each year.  Under the settlement, Sherwin-Williams paint, ConAgra, and NL [...]

Beyond the Green New Deal: Eco-Socialism & De-Colonization

Beyond the Green New Deal -- Eco-Socialism & Decolonization by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) Environmental catastrophes in southern Africa and in the US mid-west underscore the fact that life-threatening damage from capitalist-induced climate change is happening already. Hundreds died as a result of the cyclone in Mozambique and elsewhere, where the resultant flooding has caused an "inland sea". Record flooding in Nebraska and elsewhere has caused multi-million-dollars of destruction, and more flooding is anticipated. Native communities in South Dakota have been particularly [...]

Capitalism, Climate Crisis & Ecosocialist Solutions

Community Forum on the Climate Crisis, Capitalism, and Ecosocialism by David Klein The climate crisis is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. At the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, we are headed for 4°C to 7°C of warming above pre-industrial global averages within the lifetimes of young people. Temperature increases in this range would lead to a hothouse planet with devastating extreme weather events, and make most if not all of our planet uninhabitable. Global warming is an existential threat to humanity and countless other [...]

Turning the Tide on Gas Plants

The battle over fossil fuels in CA signals the start of a clean energy era by Jessica A Knoblauch httpss://earthjustice.org/content/newsletter-september-2018 [Excerpts] The days following President Trump’s election in 2016 were a turning point for many. Lilian Bello was no exception. At that time, Bello was a student at Hueneme High in Oxnard, Calif., a diverse community along the iconic Central Coast that’s also known as one of the strawberry capitals of the world. While teachers soothed frantic students, many of whom came from immigrant families, a representative [...]

Definite Evidence Found that Human-Caused Climate Change is Affecting the Seasons

Definite Evidence Found that Human-Caused Climate Change is Affecting the Seasons In the July issue of Science magazine, a group of climate scientists -- Benjamin D. Santer, Stephen Po-Chedley, Mark D. Zelinka, Ivana Cvijanovic, Céline Bonfils, Paul J. Durack, Qiang Fu, Jeffrey Kiehl, Carl Mears, Jeffrey Painter, Giuliana Pallotta, Susan Solomon, Frank J. Wentz, and Cheng-Zhi Zou -- reported that anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change has become clearly observable, and that a human-caused signal in the seasonal cycle of tropospheric temperature can also be measured. They use satellite [...]

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