Coronavirus, Militarism and the End of an Illusion

Coronavirus, Militarism and the End of an Illusion Black Alliance For Peace 25 Mar 2020 People are waking people up to the fact that the US state and government does not belong to them but to a capitalist class that is only looking out for itself. “The ‘sheltering in place’ order is starting to look like a convenient tool for the state to manage the growing frustration, fear and anger.” “The nation that considers itself to be the apex of capitalist achievement on planet Earth turns out to [...]

Tricontinental: In Light of Global Pandemic, Focus on the People

In Light of the Global Pandemic, Focus Attention on the People MARCH 21, 2020 International Assembly of the Peoples and Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. httpss://www.thetricontinental.org/declaration-covid19/ SARS-CoV-2 or COVID19, now declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has begun to wreak havoc in large parts of the world, with other parts waiting in anticipation. We are in a real struggle, which needs total mobilization; a struggle that needs to put life before profit. We will only win this struggle – as China has already done [...]

100,000 Angelenos Forced to Work for Free or Go to Jail

Work, Pay, Or Go To Jail: Court-Ordered Community Service In Los Angeles by Lucero Herrera, Tia Koonse, Melanie Sonsteng-Person, Noah Zatz, UCLA Labor Center [excerpts] httpss://www.labor.ucla.edu/publication/communityservice/ This is the first study to analyze a large-scale system of court-ordered community service in the US. It finds that court-ordered community service functions as a system of unregulated and coercive labor, which worsens the effects of criminal justice debt and displaces paid jobs. Among other discoveries, the report finds: Over 100,000 people in LA County register to perform mandated community [...]

Death Rate Soars for Unhoused People in L.A.

Alarming Death Rate Among Unhoused People in LA County Homeless Mortality Prevention Initiative Launched The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released a mortality study that provides new and alarming data on deaths among people experiencing homelessness in LA County. Not only have the number of homeless deaths doubled, from 536 in 2013 to 1,047 in 2018, but the death rate, which accounts for increases in the total number of homeless people, increased by over a third during that same period. Drug and alcohol overdose was [...]

Aug. 25 Anti-Slavery Cinema Commemoration of 400th Anniversary

400th Anniversary Anti-Slavery Cinema Commemoration On August 20, 1619 the first African captives arrived on continental North America via the transatlantic slave "trade;" some became slaves at the Jamestown colony, Virginia. The 400th Anniversary Anti-Slavery Cinema Commemoration remembers enslavement and resistance to slavery through movies and TV shows. Each work is introduced by film historians, activists, filmmakers, celebrities, scholars, etc., who participate in Q&As after each screening. Film historian/critic Ed Rampell is the series’ programmer. Screenings include: African American actress/screenwriter Tina Andrews introduces part of the 2000 [...]

Making Capitalism History

Making Capitalism History by Faramarz Farbod To perish or to radically transform the way we relate to one another and to nature, that is the question humanity has never had to face until now. The evidence backing the above assertion is strong and accumulating. Nevertheless, there remains a stubborn problem of awareness as many who understand the perils facing humanity fail to connect them to its source: the capitalist organization of planetary life. Failure to address this problem will only guarantee that the predictable future characterized by [...]

Skid Row 2040 – and Today

Skid Row Today and 2040 [excerpts] by L.A. Community Action Network LA is one of the most  expensive cities in the  US, right  behind NY and  SF. Rents  are rising, forcing 1000s more  into the streets every  year. Housing is a basic  human right, the key  to solving this crisis,  and criminally scarce in  a city with our resources. With simple changes to our land use policies, we can build a city where homelessness isn’t common or lethal. LA is updating all 35 community plans that form [...]

Medical Neglect of People with Disabilities Kills

Justice for People with Disabilities Victimized by Medical Neglect by Autistic Self Advocacy Network httpss://autisticadvocacy.org/2019/03/disability-rights-statement-on-the-deaths-at-wanaque-center-for-nursing-and-rehabilitation/ As people with disabilities and loved ones of people with disabilities, as disability rights advocates, and as human beings, we are horrified by the deliberate neglect which led to the deaths of eleven children last fall at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, an institution for medically fragile children. As new reports continue to emerge, we are disturbed by a lack of action to bring justice to the victims, ensure the [...]

Spotlight on an Exemplary Organizer: John Imani

Spotlight on an Exemplary Organizer: John Imani      John Imani has been a stalwart of the movement in L.A. since his youth, from activity in the BSU in the 60s, through years as a Black Marxist and most recently with Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (RAC-LA) in the MacArthur Park area. He was born and lived until age 15 in Mobile, AL when it was strictly segregated.  "We never thought about it much," he says. "When we went downtown on Sunday to spend some of the money we made [...]

January 2019 Community Calendar

Peace vigils: https://change-links.org/ongoing-peace-vigils-and-community-programs/ Other Calendars: https://ocprogressiveevents.info/, https://la.indymedia.org/calendar/, httpss://www.facebook.com/pg/ieprogressivealliance/events/, https://www.activistsandiego.org/event, httpss://vcpjn.org/calendar/ httpss://echoparkfilmcenter.org On - Going & Continuing Events Weekends, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market offers farm fresh produce and artisan goods, featuring locally grown favorites. Ties into the mall’s health initiative promoting wellness in the Crenshaw community. The B Fit program includes weekly Zumba, cardio kick and yoga classes, blood pressure screens and annual health & wellness fairs. Contact Sustainable Economic Enterprises for more info: www.seela.org Sundays, RAC-LA Food Program (El Programa Comida) Revolutionary Autonomous Communities, 1-5p, SE [...]

FIRE THE BOSS: Building Workers Democratic Cooperatives in South L.A.

FIRE THE BOSS: Building Workers Democratic Cooperatives in South L.A. by Mary Sutton, et al, Collective REMAKE The un- and under-employment rate in the Black community, in LA, is over 50%. So for former prisoners, opportunities to work for a living wage here are scarce. The implementation of worker cooperatives can invigorate local economies in communities that are disenfranchised due to the loss of living wage jobs, defunded social programs, deteriorating schools, over-policing, and high rates of incarceration. There is not enough support in L.A. for people [...]

KPFK Local Station Board Election Process Has Begun

Serious Concerns Raised About Belated, Truncated KPFK Local Station Board Election Process Editor’s Note: Protests are mounting locally and nationally, due to the lack of consideration given to the listeners of the five Pacifica radio stations, KPFK, KPFA, KPFT, WPFW and WBAI, in order to be able to participate in the elections in less than two weeks! The Oct. 1 deadline to become a member, and Oct. 24 to become a candidate, was announced on the radio and website on Mon Sep. 24. KPFK 90.7 FM will [...]

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