Los Angeles and the Country Enflamed by Racist Police Murders

Check out this account of recent police killings, shootings and other attacks in L.A. by cops, deputies & CHP, and an amazing photo-essay: https://www.lataco.com/la-black-lives-matter/ Hundreds Block 101 in Protest of Police CHP Hits, Hospitalizes Demonstrator, Protests Escalate As Change Links went to press, 100s of people from BLM-LA, AIM and other groups blocked the 101 freeway in DTLA to protest the police execution of George Floyd in Mpls, and the racist police murders with impunity in LA. A CHP vehicle accelerated into the crowd as demonstrators swarmed [...]

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 [...]

A Perspective on Privilege and COVID-19

"Author unknown" Thanks to Susana Hurlich <delfines8@nauta.cu> for sending it. "If anyone knows who wrote this, please let us know so we can give credit."   There are no bombs raining on our heads. I am not a prisoner held in solitary confinement, as millions are. I am not a refugee trying to escape with my life. I am not standing in line waiting to fill a pot of water. I have access to fresh food and I'm not starving. I have hot running water. My country [...]

Fight the virus with permanent supportive public housing.

by End Homelessness Now-LA   An April article in the  LA Times, “Affordable housing can cost $1 million per apartment in California. Coronavirus could make it worse,” provides a powerful argument for creating and operating permanent public housing for low income and very low income members of our community.   As the COVID-19 pandemic has brutally revealed, a system based on every fat cat out to make the highest possible profit is categorically incapable of meeting human needs.  Just as we need a universal, public healthcare system [...]

The Coronavirus Pandemic, Capitalism, and Nation-States

The Coronavirus Pandemic, Capitalism, and Nation-States by Saladdin Ahmed http://social-ecology.org/wp/2020/04/the-pandemic-capitalism-and-nation-states/   I. State officials habitually analogize the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to a war. In addition to the typical deficiency of imagination of policy makers, the analogy exposes something characteristic of nation states, namely, their antagonistic origin and aggressive nature. The irony is that precisely because this is not a war but the very opposite of a war, governments across the world have dumfounded themselves. If it were a war, nation-states would know exactly what to do. Historically, [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: “Locked Up & Locked Down”

LOCKED UP AND LOCKED DOWN! (col. writ. 4/10/20)  ©2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal   For nearly a month now, all prisoners in PA State prisons, over 40 thousand men and women, have been locked down. What does locked down mean?   When I was on Death Row, all of us were locked down, as the saying went “23 & 1”: or for twenty-three hours a day, with one hour for out-of-cell exercise - in a cage.  After over a decade, it went to “22 & 2”. But this [...]

Landlords Violating Rules and Tenants’ Rights

At the height of the COVID-19 Crisis, with state and local officials urging tenants to be “Safer at Home,” landlords are filing eviction law suits, their attorneys are encouraging them do so, and the court, for at least 15 days after Rule 1 was issued, sent out false and misleading notices to tenants; notices that violated the State Judicial Council’s April 6, 2020 orders. And because a landlord can print a Summons from the Court’s website we are now seeing cases where landlords are fraudulently printing and [...]

Venezuela’s Surprising Victory Against COVID-19

Venezuela’s Coronavirus Response Might Surprise You httpss://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14824 By Leonardo Flores - Common Dreams - March 26, 2020 Within a few hours of being launched, over 800 Venezuelans in the U.S. registered for an emergency flight from Miami to Caracas through a website run by the Venezuelan government. This flight, offered at no cost, was proposed by President Nicolás Maduro when he learned that 200 Venezuelans were stuck in the United States following his government’s decision to stop commercial flights as a preventative coronavirus measure. The promise of one flight [...]

Solidarity Forever: Social Cohesion as the Antidote to Social Distancing

Social Cohesion and Social Solidarity as the Antidote to Social Distancing by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles I think we should try to rename "Social Distancing." People in the U.S. are already far too socially distanced from each other, driving in our steel cocoons, riding the buses and trains in unreceptive, unresponsive isolation, each glued to our own screen, ears filled with our own soundtrack. Let's call it socially responsible distancing, adopting it as a sacrifice, and thereby acknowledging our social connection to, interaction with, and responsibility [...]

Canada: Migrant Prisoners Resist COVID-19 Threat

Migrants on Hunger Strike at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre: Act Now in Solidarity Solidarity Across Borders, March 25, 2020 – Stay in touch! Look here for updates and renewed calls for support Migrants detained at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre have launched an indefinite hunger strike to demand their release in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 30 men are currently being held on the men’s side of the detention centre. The ten hunger-strikers are refusing all meals, despite pressure from the Canada Border Services Agency [...]

LA City Council: Hold an Emergency Meeting to Address COVID-19 Needs

Los Angeles community organizations and unions call on the LA City Council to hold emergency meeting in response to COVID-19. Renters, unhoused residents and workers need immediate relief, groups say. In response to Council President Nury Martinez’ cancellation of a scheduled Tuesday, March 24, 2020 City Council meeting, organizations working in a newly formed network called Healthy LA responded by calling on LA City Council to immediately schedule an emergency council meeting this week. Groups operating under the Healthy LA banner have been calling on Council to [...]

Sanctions Kill at All Times – End the Sanctions on Iran, Venezuela

Why Sanctions During a Pandemic are Cruel by Vijay Prashad – Paolo Estrada - March 18, 2020 Swiftly moves the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), dashing across continents, skipping over oceans, terrifying populations in every country. The numbers of those infected rises, as do the numbers of those who have died. Hands are being washed, tests are being done, and social distance has become a new phrase. It is unclear how devastating this pandemic will be. In the midst of a pandemic, one would expect that all countries would collaborate [...]