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 the real and potential rebellion of the global working class and 'surplus' humanity. 2. A [...]

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 archive of movement posters. It covers struggles from the 1960s to date, all of them [...]

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 that makes us human. They are angry, ambitious, biased and as base as are we [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

JusticeLA Fights Jail Expansion Plan

JusticeLA Fights Jail Expansion Plan Crucial June 11 Petition Deadline for Ballot Measure By Jason David, White People 4 Black Lives [Excerpts] https://justicelanow.org/op-ed-justicela-fights-la-countys-jail-expansion-plan/ The LA County Board of Supervisors has approved a jail expansion plan that will cost an estimated $3.5 billion. That is an extraordinary amount of money to waste on the caging of human beings, especially when we can invest those resources into providing greater access to affordable housing, jobs, health care, public education, and healthy food — critical elements that serve human needs and [...]

A New Way of Life Launches Jail Voter Registration Efforts

A New Way of Life Launches Jail Voter Registration Efforts By Christin Runkle Photos by Louisa St. Aubyn Last month, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project (ANWOL) held its 6th annual training for volunteers wanting to undertake voter registration efforts in LA County jails. More than 50 volunteers came out to Watts Labor Community Action Center to learn from representatives of the County Registrar-Recorder’s office, who said the turnout was one of the highest they had ever seen for a voter registration training. “We are committed [...]

Letters to Change Links

Dear editor: On March 12, 2015, Isaac B. Pearson was arrested and charged with promoting prostitution (F3) due to allegations of a prostitute. Detective Jason Krasley during a prostitution investigation detained a 20-year-old lady who supposedly stated that Pearson received $905.00 from her acts the night prior to the day's events. Three years later, after an appeal from an evidentiary hearing, Honorable Mary Hannah Leavitt reversed the ruling to confiscate the currency from Pearson because the confiscation was neither initiated under nor authorized by statute. No. 203 [...]

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