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 [...]

Proposition 10: Abolish Costa-Hawkins Ban on Rent Control

We Win With Proposition 10 Rent Control Ed. Note: To learn more about the Yes on 10 campaign and how you can get involved in the weeks before the election, you can contact Liz Hirsch at renters@dsa-la.org, who is with the Democratic Socialists of America-LA chapter, which has made repeal of the Costa-Hawkins prohibition on rent control by cities one of its top priorities. httpss://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Los-Angeles-County-Rent-Apartments-Housing-Cost-492959341.htm [Excerpts] Over protests from landlords and real estate brokers, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of [...]

Other Propositions on the Nov. Ballot

httpss://elections.calmatters.org/2018/california-ballot-measures/ Elections aren’t just about hiring lawmakers to write the laws that govern our state. Sometimes, you the voter, are asked to set some rules yourself. Some ballot measures will invite you to weigh in on the most consequential and controversial issues of the day. The death penalty, marriage equality, marijuana legalization, and basic questions of who should pay for the price of government have all been decided by voters in past elections. This November, affordable housing funding, the price of gas, and rent control will all [...]

Victories for Defend Boyle Heights and the Escalating L.A. Anti-Gentrification Movement

On Defend Boyle Heights and the Escalating Los Angeles Anti-Gentrification Movement httpss://defendboyleheights.blogspot.com/ “En este logro que tuvimos no nada mas los residentes de aqui [...] Somos ganadores todos. Estabamos peleando con un elefante. Y nosotros eramos unas hormiguitas. Pero nos damos cuentas que hace mas una hormiga caminando, que un elefante hechado.” --Ana Hernandez, Boyle Heights resident, at the Celebration of 356 S. Mission Rd., Ooga Booga, and Gavin Brown Enterprises being kicked out of Boyle Heights.      Although the politics, tactics, and people committed to the [...]

How to Support the National Prisoner Strike

How to Support the National Prisoner Strike Jared: What are some things people on the outside can do in solidarity with the National Prisoners' Strike scheduled for Aug. 21- Sept. 9? Jailhouse Lawyers Speak Representative: I was talking to some of the JLS comrades, we were talking about what can these groups do. From past strikes, what we’ve learned—for instance when they did a [demonstration] a couple years back, and then they did the Millions For Prisoners [Human Rights March]—what we did learn is that from the [...]

SB10 – Preventive Detention in Guise of “Bail Reform”

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA Senate Bill 10, also known as "Setback 10", passed the Senate and Assembly as Change Links was going  to press, and Gov. Brown signed it after our print edition ran. Initiated in response to demands from wide sectors of the movement and communities impacted by the racist criminal justice system to end the exploitative system of commercial money bail, it was transformed in the legislature into a bill to establish preventive detention based on racially-skewed algorithms of "risk assessment," while eliminating the [...]

Maroon Comix

Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies Conceived, compiled and coordinated by Quincy Saul, illustrated by Songe Riddle, Mac McGill, Seth Tobocman, Hannah Allen, Emmy Kepler and Mikaela Gonzalez, with selections primarily from the writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz. ISBN: 978-1-62963-571-2; $15.95 from PM Press, PO Box 23912, Oakland CA 94623, www.pmpress.org. www.ecosocialisthorizons.com; prefiguration@gmail.com Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA httpss://ara-la.tumblr.com/post/175938515960/maroon-comix-origins-and-destinies This fascinating book, based primarily on the writings of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoats (#AF-3855, SCI Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd. Drawer K, Dallas PA 18612-0286), examines the [...]

MURDER INCORPORATED: empire/genocide/manifest destiny – Book Review

MURDER INCORPORATED: empire\genocide\manifest destiny|Dreaming of Empire (Book One) by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria; foreword by Chris Hedges published 2018, Prison Radio, San Francisco CA © Street Legal Cinema, Stephen Vittoria, Mumia Abu-Jamal. ISBN 978-0-9989600-0-5 $20 from prisonradio.org streetlegalcinema.com (Coming Soon: Book Two: America's Favorite Pastime (war, intervention and the military-industrial complex); Book Three: Perfecting Tyranny (mass surveillance, manufacturing consent, SCOTUS: the Imperial Court & the delusion of a post-racial America). Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action Los Angeles httpss://ara-la.tumblr.com/post/175938787905/murder-incorporated-empiregenocidemanifest Aptly subtitled "Dreaming of Empire," book one [...]

New LAPD Chief – Moore of the Same

Garcetti, Chief Moore & Police Comm. Soboroff New LAPD Chief- Moore of the Same by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA httpss://ara-la.tumblr.com/post/174935057110/new-lapd-chief-moore-of-the-same Following a search and recommendation of three top candidates by the Police Commission, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has named Asst. Chief Michel Moore (pronounced Michael) as his choice for LAPD Chief to replace Chuckie Beck, who is retiring early after unrelenting community criticism. Garcetti's choice is expected to be approved by the City Council, even though he comes out of the same mold as Beck, trained [...]

Primero de Mayo – May 1 – International Workers Day

Celebrate International Workers Day                    (note: Spanish translation follows) by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) In 1886, the American Federation of Labor adopted a resolution that a full workday would be no more than 8 hours, in response to agitation by socialists, communists and anarchists. General strikes for this demand sprung up across the country. In Chicago, the center of the 8-hour movement, 400,000 striking workers with banners in many languages brought the city to a standstill [...]

End Repression and Militarization in Mexico

End repression and militarization in Mexico by Committee for Revolutionary International Regroupment (from Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 39, No. 2, April-May 2018 www.socialism.com) Since the beginning of 2018, the security forces of the Mexican state have launched a general offensive against the country’s social movements. Shortly before the end of 2017, the federal legislature approved the passage of the Internal Security Law (ISL) which beefed up the powers of the armed forces. This law, for example, will now allow the Mexican military to occupy “zones of conflict,” [...]

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