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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Ostracize and Stigmatize All Cops

Letter to the Editor: Don't Ostracize and Stigmatize All Cops As "Bastards" 02-23-2020 I am writing in response to Imani Beckett’s article, “Why all Cops Are In Fact Bastards,” in the February, 2020 edition of Change Links. Throughout human history virtually all major systems of power inherently draw to them those who seek to impose their strength over others.  The fact that these systems often oppress others is particularly disdainful, because it is an abuse of that power against those less powerful who are in turn exploited. [...]

Poetry Corner: UN-Official

UN-official by D.O.T. Marceo   With darkness fallen, light had long eloped. Inside my motor vehicle she smoked. We laughed and chatted just outside her home.   Police drove near to see this lovely sight. Her blonde hair out of place this time of night: A Puerto Rican, but was very white.   Pulled up, and said the car was far away. My braided hair became a flaw this day. The curb ‘not close enough’—they called a play.   “Get out the car,” I heard. I asked [...]

End LAPD Corruption, Racism, And Abuse

End LAPD Corruption, Racism, And Abuse by Black Lives Matter-L.A. We Demand an end to LAPD's continued pattern of corruption, racism, and abuse, and remedies for the harm they have caused. Please share this analysis and these demands widely: On January 6, 2020 a Los Angeles Times article detailed an internal investigation that confirms what community members have been reporting for many years, that officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have been falsely and knowingly entering innocent people into gang databases. LAPD claims to have [...]

Why All Cops Are In Fact Bastards

Why all Cops Are In Fact Bastards By Imani Beckett It is no secret to anyone that is somewhat left-of-center that police abuse is a serious issue. Police have a long history of brutalizing Black and Brown people at a significantly higher rate than whites and disproportionately arrest them for committing petty crimes. At the same time, they fail to investigate homicides and rapes in the Black community. Still, most liberals are seldom willing to criticize the institution of the police. Many claim that most police are [...]

Black Lives Matter Excluded from 4th Women’s March

Black Lives Matter–Los Angeles Excluded from Women’s March Los Angeles    Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles was excluded from the 4th Annual Women’s March in Los Angeles. WMLA did not invite Black Lives Matter to participate, failed to respond to an email request for inclusion, and further refused speaking time during a subsequent telephone conversation. This marks the first time that BLMLA will not participate and is the culmination of ongoing disagreement and tension where Black Lives Matter and some of our members, including children, have experienced significant [...]

Bolivia: Defending Against a Racist, Fascist Coup

Defending our Dignity Amidst a Racist and Fascist Coup d’etat Interview with Adriana Guzman by Hector Bernardo httpss://www.resumen-english.org/2019/11/defending-our-dignity-amidst-a-racist-and-fascist-coup-detat/ In the face of the terrible situation underway in Bolivia since the coup d’etat against President Evo Morales, Contexto interviewed Adriana Guzman, member of Bolivia’s Feminist Anti-patriarchal Movement. Guzman analyzed the characteristics of the coup, explained which groups are really behind the self-proclaimed “president” Jeanine Añez, and she ensured us that the native people resistance “is not over with Evo, this struggle aims at defending our dignity amidst a [...]

Narrow Impeachment Focus Shows the Problem is Not Just Trump

Op-Ed: Narrow Impeachment Focus Shows Problem Is Not Just Trump by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A.   The impeachment inquiry in the augmented House Intelligence Committee has focused its attention exclusively on Trump's attempt to coerce or convince the Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden and his family, in particular by holding up military aid Congress had authorized. It may be that there will a broader focus once the panel submits its report to the House Judiciary Committee, which would draw up Articles of Impeachment (and [...]

Fight for Community Control of Police Goes National

A (Re)Born National “Black and Left-Led” Organization Fights for Community Control of Police Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report executive editor 28 Nov 2019 httpss://www.blackagendareport.com/reborn-national-black-and-left-led-organization-fights-community-control-police   On the momentum of Chicago’s vibrant anti-police movement – the most advanced in the nation – the city’s Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression has gone national after a highly successful conference.   “This movement will be ‘black-led and left-led.’”   Eight-hundred organizers from 28 states gathered last weekend at the Chicago’s teachers union hall to “re-found” the National Alliance Against Racist [...]

Indonesia Kills 20 in West Papua Protests

Indonesia Kills 20 in West Papua Protests by Febriana Firdaus httpss://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/deaths-reported-fresh-protests-indonesia-west-papua-190923071714912.html At least 20 people have been killed, including three shot by police, and dozens injured following a new wave of clashes between demonstrators and government forces in Indonesia's West Papua region on Monday, prompting President Joko Widodo to call a security meeting. Sixteen people were killed in Wamena city where hundreds demonstrated and burned down a government office and other buildings, authorities said. Four of the other fatalities were from the clashes that took place on [...]

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 [...]

POETRY CORNER: Sirens!

Sirens by Michael Novick   I live in the city of L.A. near Culver City's environs And any hour of every day, I am besieged by sirens.   Ambulances, paramedics, fire engines and cops -- each walk or bike ride I take, the wailing never stops.   When I try to cross the street, they go tearing through the light. And when I try to go to sleep, they go screaming through the night.   For weeks in Europe with hardly a claxon, I enjoyed the quiet. [...]