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. [...]

Veterans Attacked and Their Memorial Desecrated

Veterans Attacked and Their Memorial Desecrated on Memorial Day in Santa Monica      In the early morning hours of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, 2019, the Arlington West Memorial Santa Monica was desecrated, and its veteran volunteers attacked. The intrusion took place around 4:00 am. The memorial was up overnight in recognition of Memorial Day, and veteran volunteers were there to monitor it throughout the evening and into the morning. A lone male attacker was swearing at and verbally abusing the veterans as he knocked down large [...]

Paying the Price for Peace Wins Film Award

Movie Paying The Price For Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson Wins Award   by Greg Foisie The film Paying The Price For Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson has won The Grand Jury Documentary Feature Award from the 2017 Awareness Film Festival.  The film festival was recently held in Los Angeles, California between October 5th and 15th, 2017.  The film was produced by Bo Boudart of Bo Boudart Productions in San Mateo, CA. [https://www.boboudartproductions.org/] and assistant producer Frank Dorrell of Addicted to War in [...]

Local Punk Scene Supports Self-Expression, Helping Others & Unity

Local Punk Scene Supports Acceptance, Self-Expression, Reaching Youth, Helping Others, and Unity by Greg Foisie Alf Presented Resist and Exist, Nausea and Six More Local Punk/Grind Bands – October 13, at Café Nela in Highland Park, NE LA.   In reality punk people are usually the gentlest, kindest folks you'll ever know. They're like hippies, only they wear way more black. -- Kate Rockland, Falling Is Like This When I came across the flyer at Headline Records for a punk show on Friday the 13th in northeast [...]

By |2017-11-05T02:44:16-05:00October 28th, 2017|Events, Greg Foisie, Movements, Music, Peace, Reports, Reviews|0 Comments

Many Winters Gathering of Elders to Offer Traditional Teachings

Many Winters Gathering of Elders to Offer Traditional Teachings by Greg Foisie The Gathering of Elders Committee announces the revival of the annual Many Winters Gathering of the Elders taking place October 12th -15th, 2017.  The last gathering was held 10 years ago in 2007. This four day event will be held at Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 South Gaffey Street in San Pedro, California 90731.  The event will be held between Thursday, Oct 12th at 10:00 AM PDT and Sunday, October 15th at 7:00 PM PDT. [...]

What We Can Still Do To Support Standing Rock

What We Can Do To Support Standing Rock compiled by Greg Foisie - CSULA graduate student The Standing Rock Sioux Nation and their Native and non-Native allies continue in their collective struggle, Oceti Sakowin, to protect the water (Missouri River, a source of water to millions of people) and sacred Mother Earth, including ancestral burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux, from the desecration and pollution threatened by the construction and use of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project (DAPL). The US has been told (for hundreds of [...]

Local LA punk bands join the Subhumans from England in denouncing war and violence

by Greg Foisie — CSULA grad student and Change-Links/peace movement volunteer 50 years of counter culture and nothing to show for it? After fleeing suburbia for the hippie dream, being blessed with delayed adolescence and reincarnation as a peace punk for over a decade, and living communally for over 20 years in the process, I had become thoroughly disenchanted by our current state of affairs. It appeared that despite all efforts to the contrary, half a century of protest, alternative lifestyles, screaming, and ineffective organizing have done [...]

By |2015-12-04T02:58:29-05:00December 4th, 2015|Greg Foisie|0 Comments

LA Peoples Tribunal Reveals Violent, Criminal Actions of US Authorities

by Greg Foisie CSULA graduate student and volunteer with Change-Links, Arlington West Memorial, KPFK, Addicted to War, and Occupy Venice. The Peoples Tribunal Against Racist Police & State Terror established by local community groups including the International Action Center at the Herriot Tubman Center, the World Workers Party and the Los Angeles Workers Assembly was held over a two day period on Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015 at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC).  This event ñ ìby the people, for the peopleî [...]

By |2015-11-01T17:09:38-05:00November 1st, 2015|Greg Foisie, Los Angeles|0 Comments

CSUN Hosts 2015’s Liberation Based Healing Conference

by Greg Foisie The 10th annual Liberation Based Healing Conference (LBHC) will be held at California State University Northridge (CSUN) November 14th and 15th, 2015.  The conference is hosted by CSUN's Department of Social Work, with many CSUN Departments contributing to its establishment. The event's website describes the first day of the conference as one reserved for paying attendees, with the registration fees allowing the organizers to keep the 2nd day FREE, and open to the general public.  Attendees must be registered to attend, even for the [...]

By |2015-11-01T17:09:18-05:00November 1st, 2015|Events, Greg Foisie|0 Comments

Amazing Success Story: 20th Anniversary for a Social Cauldron of Creativity, The UnUrban Coffee House

by Greg Foisie The unlikely continuity of the UnUrban Coffee House on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica may be due to a combination of illogical persistence, fierce determination, and the hopeful dedication to idealism of its owner.  In the face of hard times, this people-centered, down-to-earth and charming gathering place has become a jewel amid unbridled West-side development that threatens to rip the soul out of neighborhoods.  Its bohemian atmosphere champions freedom, acceptance, awareness, artistic expression and creativity. A Community Effort Pamela Stollings began this business in [...]

By |2015-08-03T01:12:16-05:00August 2nd, 2015|Features, Greg Foisie, Venues|0 Comments

Student Debt: The New Indentured Servitude

by Greg Foisie, CSULA grad student Education is a human right according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the US voted in favor of in 1948 as a UN member state, but the US student loan industry is a system that takes advantage of this right and this need of youth, making them accessible as commodities only to those who can pay for them. Currently 67+% of students seeking BAs are forced into debt to obtain what society demands, making education a cash cow for [...]

Peace Perspectives Merge

by Greg Foisie Post–secondary peace programs are few and far between in Southern California, despite the fact that academic disciplines such as Peace and Conflict Studies and Peace Education have been established around the world for decades. Some educators suggest that peace programs are even being supplanted by other approaches professing to have the capacity to establish harmony, including global studies, leadership, and conflict mediation, the latter being just one aspect of peace education. So I was surprised to learn that there was a peace certificate program [...]

By |2015-06-04T02:33:09-05:00June 4th, 2015|Greg Foisie, Peace|0 Comments