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100,000 People Killed by COVID-19 in the US

Don't Mourn, Organize! by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. The command to devote ourselves to getting organized in the face of death and repression rather than spending time in lamentation,  was attributed to Joe Hill in a farewell letter while facing execution, Mother Jones, discussing others rather than herself, said "Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living." Either way, it has never been more pertinent than today, in the face of the mass murder at the hands of the settler colonial-capitalist system in the US [...]

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 [...]

3rd Annual Left Coast Forum Postponed

The third annual Left Coast Forum will be held this year on a date and venue to be determined after a conflict on scheduling arose at Occidental College. The keynote speakers are: Melina Abdullah – an outspoken, deeply passionate Black Lives Matter activist as well as the Chair of the Pan African Department at the California State University Los Angeles Mario Solis-Marich – a seasoned political consultant, radio and tv host and producer Dominique DiPrima – host of KJLH Front Page Show with Dominique DiPrima on 102.3 [...]

Making Capitalism History

Making Capitalism History by Faramarz Farbod To perish or to radically transform the way we relate to one another and to nature, that is the question humanity has never had to face until now. The evidence backing the above assertion is strong and accumulating. Nevertheless, there remains a stubborn problem of awareness as many who understand the perils facing humanity fail to connect them to its source: the capitalist organization of planetary life. Failure to address this problem will only guarantee that the predictable future characterized by [...]

Skid Row 2040 – and Today

Skid Row Today and 2040 [excerpts] by L.A. Community Action Network LA is one of the most  expensive cities in the  US, right  behind NY and  SF. Rents  are rising, forcing 1000s more  into the streets every  year. Housing is a basic  human right, the key  to solving this crisis,  and criminally scarce in  a city with our resources. With simple changes to our land use policies, we can build a city where homelessness isn’t common or lethal. LA is updating all 35 community plans that form [...]

Proposed July 14 Action for Migrant Families

A DRAFT CALL TO ACTION: FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER by Andy Griggs On June 30 there were protests nationwide—we have to keep up the pressure. THE ACTION: A vigil with signs along Vin Scully Boulevard from Sunset to Stadium Way The Date and Time: Saturday, July 14, 2:30 – 4:30 pm (Game begins at 4:15 pm) To protest Trump Administration immigration policies: “Zero-Tolerance,” family separation, Muslim travel ban, TPS and DACA termination; demand path to citizenship, close down ICE, LA as a sanctuary city, etc Why here and [...]

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 [...]

New Directions for Socialist Feminist Resistance

New Directions for Socialist Feminist Resistance: An International Dialogue,  You are invited to a panel discussion: Saturday, March 3,  2018, 3-5p, Southern Californian Library for Social Studies, 6120 S. Vermont Ave, LA 90044 (street parking only).   Why is authoritarianism on the rise globally and how does it affect women? How can the "#MeToo" movement challenge the capitalist commodification of women's bodies? Do socialist feminists have an alternative to capitalism? What do the struggles of women in the West and the Middle East have in common? What [...]

Oscar Lopez Rivera Tour a Resounding Success

Lays the basis for on-going solidarity with Puerto Rico, political prisoners by Michael Novick Oscar Lopez Rivera, Puerto Rican former political prisoner and lifelong activist for sovereignty for his homeland, toured southern California last month to thank supporters and to raise funds for urgent grassroots community recovery and rebuilding work in Puerto Rico. He was greeted enthusiastically by turn-away crowds, including many from the Puerto Rican diaspora, at events on college campuses in Santa Barbara, Ventura County, the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Claremont, Santa Ana and [...]

Letter to the Editor: Enough! with “Ultra-Leftism”

Dear Editor: I’ve been tempted to write more than once before, but your “Editorial Commentary” graphic in the January issue moves me finally to say Enough! with what I would call ultra-leftism in the current epoch. If at this late date, a year into President Trump, the editors of Change-Links do not see that there is indeed some “difference between Democrats and Republicans,” then you and I are truly inhabiting different planets. The Democrats are not perfect. They are collectively far from perfect. But we would be [...]

The Cold War Truth Commission

The Cold War Truth Commission by Rachel Bruhnke, Witness for Peace Southwest board member The first “Cold War Truth Commission” will take place on Saturday, December 9 at the Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St. 90015 (off Pico near DTLA) where organizers will put the Cold War on trial. We say “First” because we hope this event will be recreated in other venues throughout the US. The Latin America solidarity organization Witness for Peace (Southwest), with help from folks at KPFK, and other endorsers, are organizing panelist [...]

How and Why to Provide Solidarity after Hurricane Harvey

Ways to Provide Solidarity to People in Houston      Thousands  are suffering because of Hurricane Harvey and spillover flooding since this weekend. Many of us  are wondering how we can volunteer and donate to help the many in hard-hit areas. We all know that showing solidarity in trying times is an important part of what we do and why we do it as progressives. Local relief groups, progressive organizations, unions, and immigrant rights groups are already mobilizing grassroots relief efforts. Here is a list of groups and [...]