THE PROBLEM WITH THE PARTY — THE BIG NEO-LIBERAL LIE By Charles Fredricks “The floggings will continue until morale improves,” has always been the Democratic Party leadership’s response whenever a challenge from the Left is met with defeat by the Right. Today, using Bernie as a prop, new Senate minority leader Schumer admits the Party needs to change its message (but not its actions, if electing Schumer over Bernie is any indication). The media are full of Monday morning quarterbacks, offering a list of excuses or reasons [...]

The Election Was Stolen – Here’s How

The Election was Stolen - Here's How by Greg Palast Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives. Starting in 2013 - just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act - a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP-controlled states. The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report, "The GOP's Stealth [...]

Voters: Don’t Reward Bad Behavior

Voters: Don’t reward bad behavior! by Greg Foisie, CSULA graduate student US voters are often compartmentalized into groups: Democrats vs. Republicans; liberals vs. conservatives; alt right vs. progressives; and so on. For attempting to understand how average voters relate to our current presidential race, a better analysis could be seeing voters as either 1)benefiting or 2)not benefiting from our current state of affairs. Those benefiting are doing really well or just managing to get by.  Those not benefiting are totally disenfranchised and marginalized or seeing their capacity [...]

Politics as Reality Television

by Charles Fredricks Reality TV may not have prepared Trump to be president, but it has prepared him to win those who prefer entertainment to hard realities Failing Tao, man resorts to Virtue. Failing Virtue, man resorts to humanity. Failing humanity, man resorts to morality. Failing morality, man resorts to ceremony. Now, ceremony is the merest husk of faith and loyalty; It is the beginning of all confusion and disorder. —Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, poem 38 Much as one might try to escape it, catching [...]

Black Lives Matter #DecolonizeLAcityHall demands: Fire Charlie Beck

Black Lives Matter LA and allies from Asian-Pacific Islanders for Black Lives, White People for Black Lives, various Chicano/Mexicano/Raza/indigenous organizations and others are well into the second month of  #DecolonizeLAcityHall to #FireBeck, the LAPD chief who presides over the most murderous police agency in the country for what is the third year in a row. On Aug. 23, their attempt to get the LA Police Commission to address its responsibilities to oversee the department or to fire Charlie Beck, were treated as a disruption. The LAPC illegally [...]

E-Z Law

EZ LAW by Ray Jones Law is not as tough as you thought. Poets, radio personalities, journalists, educators, script writers, song writers, advertising copywriters, professors, librarians, secretaries, or homemakers may find it easier to read and use law to challenge or solve problems than they think. You can find these books in some libraries. A good local resource is the LA County Law Library on W. 1st Street in downtown LA. Here are some books to start with: West's California code forms, with practice commentaries. Government. 2012. [...]

“Recapture Democracy in the Streets of Philadelphia”

Shut Down the DNC by Chris Hedges On July 25, opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Cheri Honkala, leader of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, who was denied a permit to march by city authorities, will rally with thousands of protesters outside City Hall. Defying the police, they will march up Broad Street to the convention. We will recapture our democracy in the streets of cities such as Philadelphia, not in convention halls such as the aptly named Wells Fargo Center, [...]

People’s Victories in Freeing Political Prisoners

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. Last month I had a chance to see Lynne Stewart, people's defense attorney and ex-political prisoner, along with Pam Africa and Ramona Africa, at two great community events, one in S.F. and the other in Oakland. They talked about the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu-Jamal, political prisoners still being held in PA and about the successful struggle to free Lynne. Lynne Stewart's freedom underscores that a number of victories have been won recently nationally and locally in the struggle to free [...]

85 Billionaires and the Better Half

by Michael Parenti An urban slum in Hanoi, Viet Nam. (Photo: Flickr / United Nations / Creative Commons)The world's 85 richest individuals possess as much wealth as the 3.5 billion souls who compose the poorer half of the world's population, or so it was announced in a report by Oxfam International. The assertion sounds implausible to me.  I think the 85 richest individuals, who together are worth many hundreds of billions of dollars, must have far more wealth than the poorest half of our global population. How [...]

The Overwhelmed Peace Movement

Inevitability? The Overwhelmed Peace Movement by WINSLOW MYERS There was a major story in Time magazine this week that military personnel were cheating on competency tests relating to the command and control of American nuclear missiles. This was one more confirmation of what we already know in our hearts but prefer not to examine too closely: humans are too human, too small, too fallible, to be in charge of the unfathomable destructive power of nuclear weapons. Activists, frustrated by a Congress in the pocket of military-industrial corporations, [...]

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March 2014 Calendar

Pussy Riot Being Followed by the Moscow Police Change Links March 2014 Calendar Volunteer: Change-Links Change-Links needs a VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR to assist John in bringing together people to determine the necessary resources for continuing CL with the permanent, reliable status it enjoyed for over 20 years. The VC and all other positions are unpaid due to CL’s low budget and the fact that the newspaper is available free citywide and to subscribers at low cost. Please help us with your volunteer services, your subscriptions and your donations! [...]

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