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 [...]

June 2020 Community Calendar

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The Futility of Capitalist Planning for a Global Coronavirus Pandemic

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. The videos linked to here are from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/Bloomberg School of Public Health "table-top" exercise planning for a novel corona-virus global pandemic (Center for Health Security planning exercise that took place in October 2019), urging governments and private businesses to work together to allocate and distribute medical supplies and treatments and deal with other aspects of such a pandemic. https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/videos.html These videos illustrate the impossibility of real planning under capitalism. They talked endlessly about how only private global [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Op Ed: Yes on R-Reform LA Jails, No on D.A. Jackie Lacey

Measure R: Reform LA Jails on March 3 Ballot Op Ed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA UPDATE:  D.A. Jackie Lacey was forced into a run-off in November, and Measure R passed by a 70+% majority in LA County. There are several races beyond the presidential primary on the ballot in L.A. County and in the city of L.A., that merit people's engagement. First and foremost is Measure R, the Reform LA Jails initiative placed on the ballot through a major volunteer signature gathering effort initiated by the [...]

The Dialectic of Sex: A Poem for Valentine’s Day

The Dialectic of Sex: A Poem for Valentine's Day by Michael Novick   I was at this camp with a bunch of mostly straight Marxists and I woke up in the middle of the night because I heard a couple fucking. The man would grunt and groan, and the woman wail and moan.   I thought of Shulamith Firestone, who expressed socialism as technology liberating man from work and feminism as technology liberating woman from child-bearing -- restoring Eden: lifting the curse of the casting from the [...]

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Vote “NO!” on Pacifica’s Anti-Democratic Bylaws Revision

Vote "NO!" on Pacifica's Anti-Democratic Bylaws Revision by Grassroots Community Radio Coalition www.gcrc-socal.org A court in Berkeley has ordered the Pacifica Foundation to conduct a vote on a total Bylaws revision, masquerading as an amendment, and because of financial and other issues, Pacifica is unable to contest the order, brought by the same hijackers who recently took WBAI in NY off the air, replacing local programmers with piped in content from KPFK and KPFA, and seriously damaging the NY station and its fundraising until the national Board [...]

Narrow Impeachment Focus Shows the Problem is Not Just Trump

Op-Ed: Narrow Impeachment Focus Shows Problem Is Not Just Trump by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A.   The impeachment inquiry in the augmented House Intelligence Committee has focused its attention exclusively on Trump's attempt to coerce or convince the Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden and his family, in particular by holding up military aid Congress had authorized. It may be that there will a broader focus once the panel submits its report to the House Judiciary Committee, which would draw up Articles of Impeachment (and [...]

Democracy at Pacifica in Peril

Bylaws Amendment Would Eliminate Local Station Boards, Ease Sale of Pacifica Assets, Disenfranchise Voters by Grassroots Community Radio Coalition, www.gcrc-socal.org Under a court order issued in Berkeley after a stealth lawsuit brought by several members of the Pacifica National Board minority and supporters, the Pacifica Foundation is being required to hold a vote, outside normal Bylaws procedures, on a complete revision of the Bylaws which would eliminate elected Local Station Boards entirely, double the monetary requirement to become a member, and increase the number of hours as [...]

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 [...]

Cuba – Que Linda Es Cuba!

Cuba, Que Linda Es Cuba by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA I went to Cuba for the first time, as part of the 50th Venceremos Brigade, for two weeks in July and August, along with over 150 others, the largest solidarity delegation in many years. The visit was eye-opening about the on-going revolutionary process and humanitarian values of their socialist society. It inspired us to oppose the US embargo/blockade against Cuba, and to organize to demand that the US recognize and respect Cuban sovereignty and dignity, stop [...]