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3rd Annual Left Coast Forum Postponed

The third annual Left Coast Forum will be held this year on a date and venue to be determined after a conflict on scheduling arose at Occidental College. The keynote speakers are: Melina Abdullah – an outspoken, deeply passionate Black Lives Matter activist as well as the Chair of the Pan African Department at the California State University Los Angeles Mario Solis-Marich – a seasoned political consultant, radio and tv host and producer Dominique DiPrima – host of KJLH Front Page Show with Dominique DiPrima on 102.3 [...]

Cuba – Que Linda Es Cuba!

Cuba, Que Linda Es Cuba by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA I went to Cuba for the first time, as part of the 50th Venceremos Brigade, for two weeks in July and August, along with over 150 others, the largest solidarity delegation in many years. The visit was eye-opening about the on-going revolutionary process and humanitarian values of their socialist society. It inspired us to oppose the US embargo/blockade against Cuba, and to organize to demand that the US recognize and respect Cuban sovereignty and dignity, stop [...]

Eyes: Passing of a Healer by Mumia Abu-Jamal

EYES: PASSING OF A HEALER [col. Writ. 6/7/19 (c) ’19 Mumia Abu-Jamal]   The name, Dr. Patricia Bath, is perhaps unfamiliar to you, as it was to me just a few days ago; but a colleague shared obituaries from several newspapers, and I could only be moved by the extraordinary life and achievements of Dr. Bath. She earned her medical degree from Howard University Medical School, and began her internship in the neighborhood of her birth: Harlem.   For most of her professional career, she worked as [...]

Medical Neglect of People with Disabilities Kills

Justice for People with Disabilities Victimized by Medical Neglect by Autistic Self Advocacy Network httpss:// As people with disabilities and loved ones of people with disabilities, as disability rights advocates, and as human beings, we are horrified by the deliberate neglect which led to the deaths of eleven children last fall at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, an institution for medically fragile children. As new reports continue to emerge, we are disturbed by a lack of action to bring justice to the victims, ensure the [...]

Left Coast Forum – LA Trade Tech College – Aug 24-26

The second annual Left Coast Forum will take place at LA Trade Technical College on Washington Blvd. & Grand Ave. downtown on the weekend of Aug. 24-26, sponsored by LA Progressive and the NYC Left Forum. Keynote speakers as we went to press included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the DSA candidate who shocked the political establishment by defeating the 4th-ranked Democratic Congressional leader in the NY primary; Dr. Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter; Hector Villagra of the ACLU of Southern California; and Eric Mann of the Labor-Community Strategy [...]

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:// 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 [...]

Dear Change Links: Resources for Dealing with Cancer

Dear Change-Links: I came across your site (I was especially drawn to this page: and appreciate all of the heartfelt information you’ve shared for those who have been affected by cancer. I wanted to support your mission by offering you some additional articles surrounding cancer, which I think would be a great addition to the page I mentioned above. They are below: Preparing for the Death of a Terminally-Ill Loved One: What to Expect, and How to Help the Entire Family Move Forward httpss:// Living with [...]

150 Attend Town Hall on Single Payer in Rendon’s 63rd California Assembly District

by Barry Saks httpss:// On Saturday, July 8, more than 100 people, with some from the 63rd Assembly District of California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, held what the California Nurses Association characterized as a “Town Hall… on Single Payer,” in the Mayfair Activities Room in Mayfair Park, 5720 Clark Ave., Lakewood, California, also in the Assembly Speaker’s district. The first speaker of the town hall was Marcia Martin.  Martin, who was identified as an environmental and racial justice activist, said, “I am a constituent.  I was born [...]

All Out for SB562 California Single Payer Health Care Coverage

Our Death Panels: The Medical-Industrial Complex, Insurance & Big Pharma by Maureen Cruise RN, Director, Health Care for All- LA Chapter The Healthy California Act, SB 562, a statewide single-payer system needs all of us to fight for Health Care Justice.  Our lives depend upon it. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon decided unexpectedly to hold up SB 562 in the Assembly Rules Committee, where it has been since the Senate passed it by a majority vote on June 1st. Rendon’s action prevents SB 562 from being assigned to [...]

MEDICARE For All – How to Get There

Medicare for All: How to Get There excerpts from a speech by Dr. Paul Song We know what to expect from Republicans when they vote against the things we stand for, but frankly we have a problem in congress and here in CA, where each year more progressive legislation is held hostage by a group of corporate democrats who do the bidding of big oil, insurance companies, Big Pharma, and other powerful interests. That's why we need to work hard to support progressives (Henry Stern, Nannette Barrigan, [...]

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Court Decisions Impact Mumia Abu-Jamal

Court action has potential to re-open Mumia's criminal conviction! On August 7, Mumia Abu-Jamal filed an appeal based on a U.S. Supreme Court case decided in June. In a startling 5-3 decision (Williams v. the Commonwealth of PA), the U.S. Supreme Court held that former DA and retired Pennsylvania Chief Justice, Ronald D. Castille, violated death row inmate Terence “Butter” Williams’s 5th Amendment due process rights when he refused to remove himself from Williams’s appeal. This Supreme Court precedential ruling calls into direct question the validity of [...]

Hospitals Can Kill You

Hospitals Can Kill You collected by Ray Jones These are real statements by real people about  hospitals: Sandee Curry: I spent five hours in the waiting room here with a kidney infection. The bathroom for the ER waiting room was filthier than a truck stop restroom. The sink was clogged and I couldn't wash my hands. When I finally saw a nurse (never got to see a doctor) they gave me a non-narcotic pain medication because the nurse said kidney infections are the number one way drug-seekers [...]