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The Coronavirus Pandemic, Capitalism, and Nation-States

The Coronavirus Pandemic, Capitalism, and Nation-States by Saladdin Ahmed http://social-ecology.org/wp/2020/04/the-pandemic-capitalism-and-nation-states/   I. State officials habitually analogize the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to a war. In addition to the typical deficiency of imagination of policy makers, the analogy exposes something characteristic of nation states, namely, their antagonistic origin and aggressive nature. The irony is that precisely because this is not a war but the very opposite of a war, governments across the world have dumfounded themselves. If it were a war, nation-states would know exactly what to do. Historically, [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: “Locked Up & Locked Down”

LOCKED UP AND LOCKED DOWN! (col. writ. 4/10/20)  ©2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal   For nearly a month now, all prisoners in PA State prisons, over 40 thousand men and women, have been locked down. What does locked down mean?   When I was on Death Row, all of us were locked down, as the saying went “23 & 1”: or for twenty-three hours a day, with one hour for out-of-cell exercise - in a cage.  After over a decade, it went to “22 & 2”. But this [...]

Landlords Violating Rules and Tenants’ Rights

At the height of the COVID-19 Crisis, with state and local officials urging tenants to be “Safer at Home,” landlords are filing eviction law suits, their attorneys are encouraging them do so, and the court, for at least 15 days after Rule 1 was issued, sent out false and misleading notices to tenants; notices that violated the State Judicial Council’s April 6, 2020 orders. And because a landlord can print a Summons from the Court’s website we are now seeing cases where landlords are fraudulently printing and [...]

April 2020 Change Links: PDF of Print Edition

 

Venezuela’s Surprising Victory Against COVID-19

Venezuela’s Coronavirus Response Might Surprise You httpss://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14824 By Leonardo Flores - Common Dreams - March 26, 2020 Within a few hours of being launched, over 800 Venezuelans in the U.S. registered for an emergency flight from Miami to Caracas through a website run by the Venezuelan government. This flight, offered at no cost, was proposed by President Nicolás Maduro when he learned that 200 Venezuelans were stuck in the United States following his government’s decision to stop commercial flights as a preventative coronavirus measure. The promise of one flight [...]

Solidarity Forever: Social Cohesion as the Antidote to Social Distancing

Social Cohesion and Social Solidarity as the Antidote to Social Distancing by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles I think we should try to rename "Social Distancing." People in the U.S. are already far too socially distanced from each other, driving in our steel cocoons, riding the buses and trains in unreceptive, unresponsive isolation, each glued to our own screen, ears filled with our own soundtrack. Let's call it socially responsible distancing, adopting it as a sacrifice, and thereby acknowledging our social connection to, interaction with, and responsibility [...]

Canada: Migrant Prisoners Resist COVID-19 Threat

Migrants on Hunger Strike at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre: Act Now in Solidarity Solidarity Across Borders, March 25, 2020 – Stay in touch! Look here for updates and renewed calls for support Migrants detained at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre have launched an indefinite hunger strike to demand their release in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 30 men are currently being held on the men’s side of the detention centre. The ten hunger-strikers are refusing all meals, despite pressure from the Canada Border Services Agency [...]

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 [...]

Sanctions Kill at All Times – End the Sanctions on Iran, Venezuela

Why Sanctions During a Pandemic are Cruel by Vijay Prashad – Paolo Estrada - March 18, 2020 Swiftly moves the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), dashing across continents, skipping over oceans, terrifying populations in every country. The numbers of those infected rises, as do the numbers of those who have died. Hands are being washed, tests are being done, and social distance has become a new phrase. It is unclear how devastating this pandemic will be. In the midst of a pandemic, one would expect that all countries would collaborate [...]

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 [...]

International Women’s Strike

Celebrate International Women's Day in South LA      March 7th, join in solidarity with events happening globally for International Women’s Day, starting  at 12 noon, at 800 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (corner of MLK & Hoover) Los Angeles 90037. Public transport & parking are close by. Join a Feminism for the 99% dance party; interactive performance piece, rally, street art, music, healing & action areas. Wear Red.      To mark International Women’s Day women and girls in several countries participate in the International Women’s Strike, [...]

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Ostracize and Stigmatize All Cops

Letter to the Editor: Don't Ostracize and Stigmatize All Cops As "Bastards" 02-23-2020 I am writing in response to Imani Beckett’s article, “Why all Cops Are In Fact Bastards,” in the February, 2020 edition of Change Links. Throughout human history virtually all major systems of power inherently draw to them those who seek to impose their strength over others.  The fact that these systems often oppress others is particularly disdainful, because it is an abuse of that power against those less powerful who are in turn exploited. [...]