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 [...]

April 2020 Change Links: PDF of Print Edition

 

Undemocratic Pacifica Bylaws Change Defeated

Replacement Bylaws Defeated by 2-1 Vote of Listeners, Staff by Michael Novick Listeners and workers at KPFK and four other Pacifica stations, in unprecented numbers -- nearly 1/4 of all listener members and more than half of all paid and unpaid staff members -- decisively voted down a proposed Bylaws revision by margins of almost 2-1: 66% of listeners who voted, and 65% of the staff, opposed the replacement Bylaws, which would've eliminated elected Local Station Boards and made it easier to sell off assets. Perhaps it's [...]

Pacifica Bylaws Revision Update

Vote No on Pacifica's Undemocratic Bylaws Revision by Michael Novick If  you are a member of KPFK (or another Pacifica station) you should already have received a link to the ballot for a referendum on new Bylaws for the 70 year old foundation and radio network. If you believe you are a member and haven't received an email or postcard with instructions, or an actual paper ballot, contact nes@pacifica.org ASAP! Are you surprised that, at a moment when democracy, human rights and racial and economic justice are [...]

Vote “NO!” on Pacifica’s Anti-Democratic Bylaws Revision

Vote "NO!" on Pacifica's Anti-Democratic Bylaws Revision by Grassroots Community Radio Coalition www.gcrc-socal.org A court in Berkeley has ordered the Pacifica Foundation to conduct a vote on a total Bylaws revision, masquerading as an amendment, and because of financial and other issues, Pacifica is unable to contest the order, brought by the same hijackers who recently took WBAI in NY off the air, replacing local programmers with piped in content from KPFK and KPFA, and seriously damaging the NY station and its fundraising until the national Board [...]

PDF of January 2020 issue of Change Links

Grand Jury = State Terrorism

Grand Jury System = State Terrorism By Chelsea Manning httpss://www.aaronswartzday.org/chelsea-manning-asd-2019/ (As read on Saturday, November 9 at the Aaron Swartz Day Event, in San Francisco.) I wish I could be there in person, but I appreciate this opportunity to summarize for you my letter to the court that ordered me to be confined, explaining why grand juries are so dangerous. I am not alone in objecting to the grand jury as a dangerous relic that has evolved in ways that increase its power without increasing its protections. [...]

PDF of December 2019 issue of Change Links

Democracy at Pacifica in Peril

Bylaws Amendment Would Eliminate Local Station Boards, Ease Sale of Pacifica Assets, Disenfranchise Voters by Grassroots Community Radio Coalition, www.gcrc-socal.org Under a court order issued in Berkeley after a stealth lawsuit brought by several members of the Pacifica National Board minority and supporters, the Pacifica Foundation is being required to hold a vote, outside normal Bylaws procedures, on a complete revision of the Bylaws which would eliminate elected Local Station Boards entirely, double the monetary requirement to become a member, and increase the number of hours as [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Two Commentaries

WHEN IMPEACHMENT ISN’T ENOUGH by Mumia Abu-Jamal, 11/17/19 audio recorded by Noelle Hanrahan transcribed by Fatirah Aziz   The Impeachment Hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives have begun, and with them, a step into history.   Will Donald Trump be impeached? I think the answer will be ‘yes’, and by so doing Trump will join 2 of his predecessors - Presidents William Clinton and Andrew Johnson, for both men were impeached, yet none were removed from office.   Unless I miss my guess, Trump will suffer [...]

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 [...]

Whitewashing Neoliberal Repression

Whitewashing Neoliberal Repression in Chile and Ecuador by Lucas Koerner, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting httpss://fair.org/home/whitewashing-neoliberal-repression-in-chile-and-ecuador/   Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, people are rising up against right-wing, US-backed governments and their neoliberal austerity policies.   Currently in Chile, the government of billionaire Sebastian Piñera has deployed the army to crush nationwide demonstrations against inequality sparked by a subway fare hike.   In Ecuador, indigenous peoples, workers and students recently brought the country to a standstill during 11 days of protests against the gutting of fuel [...]