To Women with Children of Color on Fathers’ Day

On Father's Day to Women with children of color!   I want to Thank You, for allowing incarcerated men to be able to make a contribution even of the smallest magnitude toward the development of our communities. You have many reasons to be at odds with this infrastructure. The Department of Justice takes from us the comfort of your arms in the interest of the public, makes us pay restitution that is obliged to come from the income of loved ones and places us near bucolic surroundings [...]

The Power of the People is the Force of Life

The Power of the People is the Force of Life by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) I was sent the following link to a piece worth reading by Henry Giroux: A searing and penetrating essay by Henry Giroux: https://truthout.org/articles/racist-violence-cant-be-separated-from-the-violence-of-neoliberal-capitalism/ Giroux is a powerful critic of fascist trends based on white supremacy and capitalism. But I don't know exactly why he often has a failure of nerve, or of something, when he draws towards solutions. For example in this piece, after the searing indictment, he [...]

Labor Stops Work, Takes a Knee for Justice

The People’s Strike Supports ILWU, ILA and Teamsters’ Action in Honor of George Floyd, Fallen Brother of the Working Class by Frances Madeson On June 9, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters laid down their tools in a work stoppage for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the precise measure of time that George Floyd, handcuffed and helpless to resist, was forced to endure a policeman’s lethal knee on his neck. Killed by Minneapolis [...]

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 [...]