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 [...]

Eyes: Passing of a Healer by Mumia Abu-Jamal

EYES: PASSING OF A HEALER [col. Writ. 6/7/19 (c) ’19 Mumia Abu-Jamal]   The name, Dr. Patricia Bath, is perhaps unfamiliar to you, as it was to me just a few days ago; but a colleague shared obituaries from several newspapers, and I could only be moved by the extraordinary life and achievements of Dr. Bath. She earned her medical degree from Howard University Medical School, and began her internship in the [...]

Beyond the Green New Deal: Eco-Socialism & De-Colonization

Beyond the Green New Deal -- Eco-Socialism & Decolonization by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) Environmental catastrophes in southern Africa and in the US mid-west underscore the fact that life-threatening damage from capitalist-induced climate change is happening already. Hundreds died as a result of the cyclone in Mozambique and elsewhere, where the resultant flooding has caused an "inland sea". Record flooding in Nebraska and elsewhere has caused multi-million-dollars [...]

Paid Ad: The Fate of KPFK Is In Your Hands

Vote For Grassroots Community Radio Coalition Candidates for KPFK LSB   The fate of KPFK and Pacifica Radio is in your hands. You can choose mission-driven, unfettered free speech and community oriented programming that amplifies the voices of grassroots resistance and struggles for peace, justice and international solidarity, by voting for the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition candidates for the Local Station Board (LSB): Michael Novick, Reza Pour, Tyan Schesser, and Jeff Silberman. [...]

Update on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Appeal: Call DA Larry Krasner

After Change Links went to press, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that Mumia Abu-Jamal was improperly denied a new trial on appeal because the D.A. involved in fighting his appeals, supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, later unconstitutionally participated as a PA Supreme Court Justice in ruling against him, creating what the judge considered the appearance of bias and impropriety. On Dec. 3, 2018, Judge Leon Tucker had heard final arguments in [...]

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, [...]

Global Police State

By William I. Robinson, Prof of Sociology & Global and International Studies, UC Santa Barbara [excerpts] A global police state is emerging as capitalism descends into an unprecedented crisis, given the extent of ecological degradation and social deterioration, and the sheer scale of the means of violence deployed around the world. "Global police state" refers to three interrelated developments: 1. Ever more omnipresent systems of social control, repression and warfare to contain [...]

More Books for the Gift-giving Season: Graphics

More books for the gift-giving season: Graphics Thumbnail Reviews by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. To Protect & Serve? Five Decades of Posters Protesting Police Violence/Proteger y Servir? Cinco decadas de carteles protestando la violencia policial by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, 2018, CSPG, Culver City CA, $20. This bilingual, profusely illustrated volume is the catalog of an exhibited mounted by the Center earlier this year from its extensive [...]

The Politics of Judges: Mumia Abu-Jamal

THE POLITICS OF JUDGES [col. Writ. 10/5/18 (c) ’18 Mumia Abu-Jamal We are all trained and conditioned to see judges, clad in their dark and foreboding robes, as people who are superior to normal, average men and women. The robes lend an air of solemnity, wisdom and certitude, similar to the vestments of priests, nuns or monks. But in truth, they are not just like us -they are us, in every way [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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