Book Review: Border Crossings by “Manuel Tiago” (Alvaro Cunhal), reviewed by Peter Lownds

‘Border Crossings’: Small episodes of the epic fight against fascism in Europe by Peter Lownds Local L.A. activist and writer Eric A. Gordon’s recent translation, Border Crossings (New York: International Publishers, 2021) is one of a series of fictional books written by Manuel Tiago, the nom de plume of Álvaro Cunhal (1913-2005), a beloved radical who held various posts in the Portuguese Communist Party, both before and after the fall of the [...]

30th Anniversary of Pan African Film Festival

https://paff.eventive.org/films It's a virtual film festival at first this year because of continued COVID restrictions, as the Omicron spike slowly ebbs, but they are having a phenomenal 30-year anniversary retrospective for Black History Month. They ae planning for a hybrid in-person and on-line festival in late April and early May at the Directors' Guild Theater and the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw mall (including the art display). See details below. https://www.paff.org/ PAN AFRICAN FILM AND [...]

THE BIGGEST LIE WE LIVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES

WHAT MOST AMERICAN PEOPLE DON’T KNOW and DON’T WANT TO KNOW By Frank Dorrel Publisher of ADDICTED To WAR: www.addictedtowar.com My name is Frank Dorrel. Along with AK Press, I publish and distribute the popular anti-war comic book titled: ADDICTED To WAR by Joel Andreas. What is this BIG LIE that I am talking about?  Well, it’s not Donald Trump claiming that he won the 2020 election for President. He got something like seven million fewer votes then Joe [...]

The Reincarnation of the Westside’s UnUrban Coffee House

by Greg Foisie - staff writer and distributor, Change-Links There are few businesses that exist to selflessly serve the needs of the community.  One of those is the extraordinary UnUrban Coffee House, recently reopening in the midst of the COVID-19 Omicron pandemic and struggling to regain an economic footing during these difficult times for all of us.  While stalwarts like the Talking Stick and Café 212 Pier have unfortunately departed, the UnUrban [...]

Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet

Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet   Book review: Entangled Life: How Fungi Change Our Make Our World, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures, by Merlin Sheldrake, Random House   https://getpocket.com/explore/item/fungi-s-lessons-for-adapting-to-life-on-a-damaged-planet   EXCERPT:   Merlin Sheldrake’s new book Entangled Life looks at the complex world of fungi, its adaptive ability, and its interconnectedness with all other forms of life. He spoke with Robert Macfarlane,author of Underland, (see [...]

Murder Incorporated: Book Three-Perfecting Tyranny

MURDER INCORPORATED: Empire/Genocide/Manifest Destiny Book Three: Perfecting Tyranny by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria, Foreword by Angela Davis Prison Radio, San Francisco CA, 2020, 420 pp., $20, ISBN  978-7346489-1-1 (softcover) also available as hardcover and e-book (softcover $25 including shipping from Prison Radio, PO Box 411074, SF CA 94141, https://prisonradio.org Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA-People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) The culminating third volume in the history of US empire and [...]

Kiss the Ground: Eco-Optimism on Netflix

Movie Review Optimistic film proposes solutions to climate change by Christine Browning Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 42, No. 1, February-March 2021 www.socialism.com The Kiss the Ground documentary, now screening on Netflix, is a breath of fresh air amongst the constant bad news about climate change. Not only is it highly informative and educational, it also reveals a plausible solution to the global warming crisis. While the film does not recognize capitalism as [...]

Incarcerated Women Confront COVID, Forced Sterilizations

PBS recently released a documentary on the forced sterilization of women in CA prisons, as they struggle for accountability by the state and the CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the consequences of the practice, which went on for years. Although it has now been outlawed, there has been no justice or recompense for the hundreds of women who were affected. the PBS Independent Lens documentary is no longer available for [...]

Book Review: Mowing Leaves of Grass

Mowing Leaves of Grass by Matt Sedillo FlowerSong Books, McAllen, TX, 2019 ISBN 9781733809290 https://www.flowersongpress.com https://www.mattsedillo.com/ reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. https://antiracist.org 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 [...]

Community Calendar July 2020

Change Links cannot publish without your support. Send events, articles or poetry to changelinks2@gmail.com or via http://change-links.org/submit/ Please subscribe as well. Subscriptions to the print edition are $12/25/50 a year, low income, regular or sustainer (sliding scale), Payable to “AFGJ,” our fiscal sponsor, with “Change Links” in the memo. All events announced are encouraged to donate $5 (per event), payable to AFGJ, mail to Change Links, PO Box 34236, LA 90034. It [...]

Echoes of Fascism: “The Terror of the Unforeseen”

Echoes of Fascism The Terror of the Unforeseen by Henry Giroux, reviewed by Stephen Rohde Reprinted with permission from the Los Angeles Review of Books Nine years before the Civil War, the former enslaved person, and ardent abolitionist, Frederick Douglass condemned a nation for stubbornly clinging to the abomination of slavery in his blistering speech What to the Slave Is Your Fourth of July. “We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the [...]

Book Review: Race After Technology

Race After Technology Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code Ruha Benjamin https://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509526390 From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity. Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers scheming on the dark web, has the potential to hide, speed up, and deepen discrimination while appearing neutral and even benevolent [...]

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