The People’s Budget for Los Angeles 2021-2022

https://peoplesbudgetla.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/peoplesbudgetreport2021_firstedition.pdf [Excerpts] The People’s Budget LA Coalition, led by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, undertook an urgent public process of participatory budgeting to solicit input from Angelenos about their priorities for the city and how they would like public resources to be invested. This participatory project exposes the secretive and undemocratic processes that shape Mayor Eric Garcetti’s draconian spending plans year after year. We know that budgets are moral documents. Despite this, the mayor’s budget routinely drains unrestricted revenues to resource an already-bloated police budget. Against this backdrop, [...]

Trickle-Down Housing is a Failure

Trickle-Down Housing is a Failure. Here’s What You Need to Know. by Patrick Range McDonald, Housing Is a Human Right Trickle-down housing policy, pushed by the real estate industry and politicians, has been a colossal failure. It hasn’t built the affordable housing that’s needed for California’s housing affordability crisis, and it fuels gentrification in working-class communities, especially those of color. Activists have long used the term trickle-down housing, but not everyone knows what it is. Here’s an explanation. Trickle down is an economic concept that may have [...]

Poetry Corner: The Legacy by James Connolly

The Legacy by James Connolly "Thy father is a poor man," -- mark well what that may mean, On the tablets of thy memory that truth write bright and clean, The father's lot it was to toil from earliest boyhood on, And know his latent energies for a master's profit drawn. Or else, ill-starred, to wander round and huckster-like to vend His precious store of brain and brawn to all whom fate may send Across his path with gold enough to purchase labor's power, To turn it [...]

Corporate Landlords Are Taking Over L.A.

Corporate Landlords Are Taking Over L.A. Will Politicians Do Anything About it? by Patrick Range McDonald https://www.housinghumanright.org/corporate-landlords-are-taking-over-l-a-will-politicians-do-anything-about-it/ A new, must-read report by Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) has made one thing eye-poppingly clear: corporate landlords are taking over Los Angeles. With that, SAJE points out, L.A. renters are increasingly dealing with predatory practices — such as sudden evictions and unfair, excessive rents — that turn their lives upside down. The question now is, will Mayor Eric Garcetti and the L.A. City Council do anything about [...]

How L.A. Keeps the Poor, Poor

How Los Angeles Keeps the Poor, Poor by Gayle Fleury https://citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/los-angeles/20715-how-los-angeles-keeps-the-poor-poor Of the 15 Council Districts in the city of Los Angeles, there are a few that house the most homeless and have the poorest people. Those are Districts 3, 4, and 15, seeing a jump of from 45-53% in homelessness, while other Districts had an increase of 10-30% I live in CD 15, Joe Buscaino’s district. The Harbor and the Port are located here, one of the three big moneymakers for the City of LA. The [...]

“Fortified” and “Enriched” Foods try to Put Back what Processing and Refining Took Out

Fortified and Enriched Foods https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/fortified-and-enriched-foods In some cases, fortified or enriched foods are helpful. They can fill in the gaps and increase a particular vitamin and mineral consumption that would otherwise be less than the recommended value. But it’s also easy to get too much. These foods can contribute to nutrient overdoses. Be aware of how much of each nutrient you are eating. Don’t forget to include foods that don’t come with a nutrition label, like dark leafy greens. Keep an eye on serving sizes to make [...]

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Ligia Gonzalez and “First Church” in Koreatown

https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/first-unitarian-ligia-gonzalez/ This Lady known as the Church Lady, is really a Nicaragua-born political activist whose cause for social justice expresses her lifelong zest for living and for freedom…She's a Change Links subscriber. We couldn't run this story in the print edition, since it copyrighted and published in another local magazine, but we will look to do an interview or profile of our own, to revive our "People's Champions" feature. Her inner strength, pushed her into action over a year ago to protect her beloved gathering place, the [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Children of the Corn

CHILDREN OF THE CORN {col.writ.7/13/20} © 2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal   When we think of politicians, we too often see them as great, even mighty figures, seemingly larger than life. That’s because of how the media projects them - and far too often, protects them. But in times like these, times of plague, crises, massive failures of institutions, and yes, of death, we begin to see them differently. For some, the spell is broken. We see them as they are, flawed beings, driven by ambition and hunger [...]

Disband LA Schools Police Department

The Struggle for No Police in the Los Angeles Schools: a Great Leap Forward and Victory is in Sight by ERIC MANN, Labor Community Strategy Center On Tuesday, June 23, in Los Angeles, the decade’s long struggle for No Police in the Schools had a major breakthrough. Los Angeles School Board member Monica Garcia introduced the most structural and hopeful motion to make “defund the police” a reality. Her motion, expressing gratitude to the national Black uprising, called for cutting the $70 million budget of the Los [...]

Book Review: Mowing Leaves of Grass

Mowing Leaves of Grass by Matt Sedillo FlowerSong Books, McAllen, TX, 2019 ISBN 9781733809290 www.flowersongbooks.com https://www.mattsedillo.com/ reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A.   If you haven't heard or seen Matt in person, you may not be able to hear the staccato machine gun cadence of his spit fire delivery leaping off the pages of this book of his recent poetry. Here's an example on-line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQUAxBr1Kco of Matt presenting his poem "The Devil," which is on pages 18-22 of the book. Definitely check it out before you [...]

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 [...]

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