January 2014 Calendar


Volunteer: Change-Links


Change-Links needs a VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR to assist John in bringing together people to determine the necessary resources for continuing CL with the permanent, reliable status it enjoyed for over 20 years. The VC will also gather volunteers to provide for monthly newspaper production, delivery & subscriptions, computer assistance for John, and development & fundraising. Hours will depend on need & availability and part of the job is to find a new VC replacement before leaving the position. The VC and all other positions are unpaid due to CL’s low budget and the fact that the newspaper is available free citywide and to subscribers at low cost. Overwork and stress contributed to John’s health issues as well as CL’s recent publication hiatus. CL belongs to our activist community upon whose help it now relies. Shared among us, our work can be easily & joyfully continued into the future.


Change-Links is one of the few remaining print edition regional progressive newspapers. Our event calendar covers Southern California, focusing on Los Angeles. We provide news, resources and obits with a focus on social & environmental justice. Some potential readers are not Internet involved or have not yet discovered SoCal’s vibrant progressive community. A print publication is the best way to reach this underserved population. Please help us with your volunteer services, your subscriptions and your donations!


To apply, contact editor John Johnson (please send to both email addresses): <changelinks@changelinks.org>, <change@pacbell.net>. (818) 782-1412, (818) 681-7448 cell.


January 2014 Calendar


January 1 ● Wednesday


Community Event: Revolution Books Open House


Celebrate revolution in a world of savage inequality. Step into the Future! Good food, culture, conversation & community. 1-5 PM. 5726 Hollywood Blvd., LA. (323) 463-3500.


January 2 ● Thursday


Political Action: Stand in Peace


Stand in Peace Tustin Common Ground is a spiritual community. Several members hold signs reading “Imagine Peace.” Every Tuesday. 4-5 PM. Tustin Common Ground. Prospect Ave. (at Irvine, NW Corner), Tustin. (714) 961-5439. <camarshall7@sbcglobal.net>. <embracehumanity.com>.


Political Meeting: Long Beach Greens


1st Thursdays monthly. A local group of activists working for a fair economy, a just society & a sustainable future. 7 PM. Contact them for location and to verify meeting time.  <longbeach (at) greens.org>. <cagreens.org/longbeach>.


Film: Peace & Justice


“Dirty Wars” (repeat of film). Usually 1st Thursdays monthly. Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition. 7-9 PM. St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. (NE corner @ Wardman St.), Whittier. (562) 587-6270, (562) 233-8579. <whittierpeace.org>.


Political Meeting: ACLU Orange County


Usually 1st Thursdays monthly. 7:30 PM. (714) 956-5037. Call for location. <quetzalcoatl38@aol.com>.


January 3 ● Friday


Films: 4 Days in Chicago


About the NATO Summit protests in May 2012. First Friday Film Night. Please bring a vegetarian pot luck snack or non-alcoholic drink to share.  Doors open at 7 PM, screening at 7:30 PM sharp. Parking under the library. Topanga Library, 122 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga. (310) 795-1373. <debbieinla@outlook.com>. <topangapeacealliance.org>.


Community Event: LGBT Center Holiday Party


Bring a main dish, side, salad or desert for 6-8 people. Suggested donation $5; no one turned away. 7-10 PM. South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550. <thecenter@southbaycenter.org>. <southbaycenter.org>.


January 4 ● Saturday


Political Meeting: Military Families Speak Out


MFSO Orange County Chapter. 1st Saturdays monthly. 10 AM. Contact them for location, etc. (562) 833-8035. <socal.mfso.org/contact-us/>, <mfsooc.org>.


Classes: Ecovillage Tours


History, context, accomplishments, pitfalls, transitions, plans and visions for this central city demonstration ecovillage neighborhood-in-process and its intentional community. Jan 4,18; Feb 1,15; Mar 1. 10:30 AM – 1 PM. (Note the new times.) Check their website for other times & dates and unscheduled tours by appointment (min. 6 people). $10 sliding scale; $20 with vegetarian lunch (after 1 PM; or brown bag it). Reservations required. LA EcoVillage, 117 Bimini Place, LA. (213) 738-1254. <crsp@igc.org>. <laecovillage.org>.


Political Meeting: SF Valley Socialists


Meetings usually 1st Saturdays monthly. 3–5 PM. Room 268, Sierra Hall, west side of CSU Northridge. <ccrittenden@csun.edu>.


January 5 ● Sunday


Political Action: Arlington West Memorial


Volunteers desperately needed to keep the memorial going. Continuing every Sunday. Santa Monica. 6 AM – 4 PM. (323) 934-3451. <larry@arlingtonwestsantamonica.org>. <arlingtonwestsantamonica.org>.


Political Meeting: OC Greens


Normally 1st Sundays monthly. 2-3 PM general meeting; 304 PM County Council. Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine. (949) 559-7336. <tiritilligreen@sbcglobal.net>, <mrl@greens.org>. <ocgreens.org>.


January 8 ● Wednesday


Political Action: Ballona Wetlands Ask LA County Board of Supervisors to block development of the wetlands by the US Army Corps of Engineers as a “nature park” leaving the land open for additional projects w/o Supervisors’ approval. Contact them first for more info. Sponsored by the Ballona Institute. Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., LA. (310) 578-5888, (888) 551-9911. <outreach@ballonainstitute.org>. <ballonainstitute.org>.


Community Event: Transgender Support
Social support group for trans people of all stages and gender variance, for those questioning their gender identity who need to talk, friends & family members. Every Wednesday. Not a dating, romance or singles group. Suggested donation $5; no one turned away. 7-9 PM. South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550. <thecenter@southbaycenter.org>. <southbaycenter.org>.


Political Meeting: United Nations Women
LA Chapter general meeting. Formed to promote the status of women worldwide. 2nd Wednesdays monthly. 7 PM. National Council of Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax, LA.  (310) 450-3396. <chillman@la.unwomen-usnc.org>, <socal@unwomen.usnc.org>, <la@unwomen-usnc.org>. <unwomen-usnc.org/greaterla#>.


Music: Suzy Williams
7-10pm: SUZY WILLIAMS at Dannys 23 windward av venice ca 90291 310-450-6052 https://www.dannysvenice.com/  FREE


January 9 ● Thursday


Political Action: Stop a Global Corporate Coup D’etat


Tell US Congressman Xavier Becerra to Vote No on TPP Fast Track: To Stop a Global Corporate Coup D’etat. Thursday, January 9th, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. : 350 South Bixel Avenue, Los Angeles  90017. Becerra’s DC office:  202-225-6235 Becerra’s LA office:  213-481-1425  For Moreiynformation: http://www.exposethetpp.org/TPPImpactsYou.html.





Film: “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars.”


Conscientious Projector.  Usually 2nd Thursdays monthly. 7 PM. (310) 782-4738, (626) 792-4941. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Ave.,  Pasadena. <conscientiousprojector.wordpress.com>, <facebook.com/group.php?gid=53883487201>. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)


Political Meeting: Healthcare For All CA


San Fernando Valley chapter meeting. Obamacare helps but doesn’t fix our broken health insurance system. Learn more about Improved Medicare for all Californians. 7:30 PM.  Switching to: 2nd Thursdays monthly. New Location: Plaza del Valle Community Room/ Salon Comunitario, 8610 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City. In plaza behind Wells Fargo Bank; plenty of free parking. (818) 766-7318. <info@hca-sfv.org>. <healthcareforall.org> (click on “local chapters” then on “san fernando valley”), <facebook.com/hcasfv>. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)


January 10 ● Friday


Community Event: LGBT Center Games Night


Games & refreshments. Suggested donation $5; no one turned away. 7-10 PM. South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550. <thecenter@southbaycenter.org>. <southbaycenter.org>.


January 11 ● Saturday


Political Action:  Close Guantánamo Now! VIGIL & RALLY 12 Years Too Long!


 This Saturday, January 11th, marks the 12th year anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo Prison and the human rights violation it represents, including torture, detention without charge, unfair trials, Islamophobia, and impunity for crimes by the U.S. Government officials.Please Join Us to Call for Its Closure.  Meet at Palisades Park in Santa Monica Corner of Ocean Avenue & Colorado at 3:00 PM


Political Meeting: Transit Advocates
2nd Saturdays monthly. TA advocates better transportation for the residents of LA. (Their website also hosts a transit meetings/issues calendar.) 1 PM. Angelus Plaza, 255 S. Hill Street, LA. (213) 388-2364. <socata.net>.


Books: “The Round House”
Discussion of the book by Louise Erdrich. Revolution Books Book Club. 2 PM. 5726 Hollywood Blvd., LA. (323) 463-3500.


MESS – Activist TED HAYES interview


https://www.laughtears.com/mess.html   4pm: unurban 3301 pico blvd santa monica ca 90401 310-315-0056 FREE


January 12 ● Sunday


Community Event: Humanist Association of LA


Westside discussion group. Usually 2nd Sundays monthly. 11 AM. Contact them to check. Colorado Center, Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 479-2236. <larry-a-taylor (at) att (dot) net>. <hala.org>. For other locations, click on “Southern California Freethought groups.”


Benefit: Judy Abdo Retirement


After 37 years of work with The Church in Ocean Park and the communities it serves, Judy Abdo is retiring to devote her time to community-building and social justice. Voluntary donation benefit California Climate Change Exchange, a project of Church in Ocean Park. Please RSVP. To donate, visit <tinyurl.com/mlmf6vv> or come to the event. 4-7 PM. The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica. Park at Washington West School, 2802 Fourth St. or use public transportation.


Readings: Deadly Times


Lew Irwin discusses & signs “Deadly Times: The 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times & Americas Forgotten Decade of Terror.” 7 PM. Vromans Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena.  (626) 449-5320. <email@vromansbookstore.com>. <vromansbookstore.com>.


January 13 ● Monday


Film: “Cowboys of the Palisades”


A history of Pacific Palisades actors who played cowboys in Film & Television.


Documental film series. 6-10 PM. Unurban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056, (310) 306-7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>. 


Benefit: Tribute to Paul Conrad


Join Harry Shearer, Robert Scheer, Robert Berman & others to save Conrad’s landmarked anti-war “Chain Reaction” sculpture from being dismantled by the City of Santa Monica in February. 6-9 PM. $100 (tax deductible). RSVP. Writers Boot Camp at Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica. (310) 453-5325. <sarah@robertmangallery.com>. <savechainreaction.com>.


Political Meeting: SF Valley Greens


2nd Mondays monthly. Open & free to the public. 7 PM. Free. 8847 Penfield, Northridge. (818) 380-1252, (818) 515-8541.


Political Meeting: Three Strikes


Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes (FACTS). 2nd/4th Mondays monthly. Help them amend Three Strikes to apply to violent felonies only. 7 PM. Other chapters on the website. Chico’s Justice Center, 1137 E. Redondo Blvd., Inglewood. (213) 746-4844. <facts1.net>.


January 14 ● Tuesday


Books: “Hip Hop: Portraits of an Urban Hymn”


BookSoup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. <info@booksoup.com>. <booksoup.com>.


January 15 ● Wednesday


Talk: Activist  Support Circle


The Activist Support Circle is not holding its monthly public forum in January. Look for its upcoming event on Feb. 26. (310) 399-1000. <activistsupportcircle@earthlink.net>. <activistsupportcircle.org>.


Political Action: Save “Chain Reaction”


Full Moon Candlelight Peace Vigil at the Chain Reaction sculpture in the Santa Monica Civic Center. 7 PM. And keep contacting all seven SM City Council Members via (310) 458-8201 or <council@smgov.net>. <savechainreaction.com>.


Discussion: MOM


Meditations On Media. Gerry Fialkas stimulating soiree stirs up discussion to reveal the hidden effects of what humans have invented. 3rd Wednesdays Monthly. 7 PM. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 306-7330. <laughtears.com>.


Political Meeting: LA Greens


3rd Wednesdays monthly. 7 PM. Call them for the meeting location (the Peace Center has moved). (323) 651-5539. <losangelesgreens.org>.


Talk: “Close Guantanamo Now!”


With Andy Worthington, Jason Leopold, and Debra Sweet. Part of a tour. 7-9 PM. Revolution Books, 5726 Hollywood Blvd., LA. (323) 463-3500.


Discussion: “Monthly Review”


Readers’ discussion group. 3rd Wednesdays monthly. 7:30 PM. Yahoo Colorado Center, Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 390-0306.


January 16 ● Thursday


Talk: Economic Democracy


“Economic Crisis and System Decline: What We Can Do.” Richard Wolff, main speaker; Michael Davis, Respondent. 4-6 PM. College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), Interdisciplinary Building South (INTS), Room 1113, UC Riverside, 900 University Ave., Riverside. <rdwolff.com>.


Political Meeting: SFV Atheists United


Usually 3rd Thursdays monthly. 6:30 PM, Kountry Folks Restaurant, 8501 Sepulveda Blvd., North Hills, (818) 988-2806 (after 5 PM), <atheistsunited.org>. Also other chapters. (866) GOD-LESS, (323) 666-4258. <atheistsunited.org>.


Peace & Freedom Party


Open to all Peace & Freedom Party registrants. Normally 3rd Thursdays monthly. 7 PM. 2617 S. Hauser Blvd, L.A. (323) 960-5036. <pfplosangeles (at) peaceandfreedom.org>. <peaceandfreedom.org>. Also other Socal local organizations listed on the website (click on contact, local organizations): Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bern., San Diego, SLO & Ventura Counties.


Readings: The CIA


John Rizzo discusses & signs “Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA.” 7 PM. Vromans, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320. <email@vromansbookstore.com>. <vromansbookstore.com>.


Poetry: Fightin Words


Open Mic to Stop Police Brutality. Hosted by Oct. 22 Coalition. 3rd Thursdays monthly. Call to be sure its happening. 8-11 PM. Chuco’s Justice Center, 1137 E. Redondo Blvd., Inglewood. (323) 235-4243 , (323) 446-7459. <youth4justice.org>. [2013-06]


January 17 ● Friday


Community Event: LGBT Center Movie Night


Movie determined by those present; bring your own video for possible viewing. Also publications,  conversation, games, etc. Also Jan. 24. Suggested donation $5; no one turned away. 7 PM. South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550. <thecenter@southbaycenter.org>. <southbaycenter.org>.


January 19 ● Sunday


Political Action: Enero Zapatista


As part of Enero Zapatista 2014, Colectivo Zapatista and the Palestinian Youth Movement San Diego invite community to participate in a run/walk event to highlight the injustices happening at imperialist, colonial borders that function to steal our indigenous lands and divide our communities. 9:30 AM. 4100 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, CA. <breakdownborders@gmail.com>. <facebook.com/events/198169033720463>. (Facebook links may require membership.




At the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405.
Parking on 4th between Hill and Ashland at the school lot.Beyond Baroque is collecting poems and remembrences for a Memory Book for Wanda’s family. If you would like to contribute, please bring or send your contribution on a 8 1/2 x 11 paper, to Beyond Baroque.Make sure to put your name with it. The deadine is January 12th.If you would like to contribute to the pot luck, please contact us and let us know what you’re bringing. 2:00 PM


Discussion: “The Nation”


Magazine readers’ group. Usually 3rd Sundays monthly. 2 PM. 4054 Coolidge Ave., Mar Vista, LA. (310) 391-1707.


Political Meeting: Jericho


3rd Sundays monthly. 4 PM: letter writing to prisoners. Followed at 5 PM by the monthly general meeting of the Inter-Communal Solidarity Committee (which embraces such programs as Break the Lock prisoner solidarity, Hood Health, Turning the Tide journal, and George Jackson Freedom School). Left Side Lounge, 1905 Rodeo Road between Western and Arlington. 4 PM. (310) 495-0299. <jerichoamnestylosangeles@gmail.com>. <thejerichomovement.com>.


January 20 ● Monday


Community Event: “Justice Everywhere”


Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Inspirational music and readings, light refreshments. Featured speaker Sandy Banks of the LA Times. Sponsored by Valley Interfaith Council. Free and open to the public. 4-6 PM. Church of The Chimes, 14115 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks.


Community Event: PFLAG


South Bay Chapter of Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays. 7 PM. Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw, Rolling Hills. (310) 831-2967.


January 21 ● Tuesday


Political Action: OC Code Pink Vigil


3rd Tuesdays monthly. 5:30-7 PM. Plaza Square Park, Traffic Circle at Glassell & Chapman, Orange. (562) 833-8035. <mfso-oc@earthlink.net>. <mfsooc.org>.


January 24 ● Friday


Political Meeting: Center for Inquiry Dinners


Atheists, freethinkers, secular humanists, skeptics, nonbelievers, agnostics & inquiring minds welcome. Hosted by Rachel Sene and Jay Johnson. 4th Fridays monthly (never 5th Fridays). 6:30 PM dinner; 7:30 PM discussion followed by unstructured socializing. WLA Grill (formerly Dolores), 11407 Santa Monica Blvd., West LA. (310) 780-7363, (310)-488-7431. (If you have a restricted number please dial *82 before our number if you want a callback.) <cfiwest.org>.


January 25 • Saturday




… Hear Dick Larson discuss an emerging new consciousness that will forever change life as we know it, and the Teachers who have come to help.  Free.  Santa Monica Main Library Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, 90401.  3:00pm  – 5:00pm.  share-international-la.org


January 26 ● Sunday


Film: Film Festival


7-10pm: 7 Dudley Cinema – 11th annual VENICE & SPONTO FILM FEST  at beyond baroque 681 venice blvd venice ca 90291 310-822-3006 free https://www.laughtears.com/7dudleycinema.html


Community Service: Fair Chance Project


A free legal clinic especially created for those impacted by the prison system. Usually 4th Saturdays monthly. 1:30-3:30 PM (subject to change; contact them to verify date/time). Chuco’s Justice Center, 1137 E. Redondo Beach Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 677-7445. <gerifacts@sbcglobal.net>. <fairchanceproject.com>.


Political Meeting: LA Atheists United


4th Sundays monthly. 11 AM – 3 PM, Center for Inquiry West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 666-9797, <jimu@cfiwest.org>. Also other chapters. (866) GOD-LESS, (323) 666-4258. <atheistsunited.org>.


Political Meeting: West Valley Secular Humanists


Usually last Sundays monthly. Daphnes Greek Café, 5780 Canoga Ave. Unit B, Woodland Hills, <meetup.com/secularhumanism-17>. Also other chapters. (866) GOD-LESS, (323) 666-4258. <atheistsunited.org>.


January 28 ● Tuesday


Political Meeting: Change-Links


Regular monthly mailing meeting for this newspaper. Noon. Contact us for location and to verify time. (818) 782-1412, (818) 681-7448. <change@pacbell.net>. <change-links.org>.


Police Victims Support


Have you or a family member been brutalized by the police? SPIRIT (Support & Partnership In Respect & In Trust). Regular meetings last Tuesdays monthly. 7-9 PM. Contact them to verify info. (This event is no longer on the venue’s public calendar.) Youth Justice Coalition/ Chuco’s Justice Center, 253 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., LA. (323) 369-9662 or (323) 235-4243. <kruti222@yahoo.com>


January 30 ● Thursday


Film: Coastal Convergence Society


Free video night. Meet local peace & justice neighbors for free food, video & discussion. You can bring your own video. Last Thursdays monthly. 7 PM. Contact them for directions.  Huntington Beach. (714) 964-2162. <ccshbca@aol.com>.


January 31 ● Friday


Books: Humanitarian Aid


Jessica Alexander discusses & signs “Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid.” 7 PM. Vromans, 695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena.  (626) 449-5320. <email@vromansbookstore.com>. <vromansbookstore.com>.


Performance: An Evening with Warriors:


“An Evening with Warriors: Speaking the Unspoken” is an art installation, performance art piece, and theater production that offers a peak into the lives of every day warriors using art to tell stories & heal wounds. Come join us on this freedom journey. Jan. 31 – Feb. 1. $20. 8:30-10 PM. Highways Performance Space, 1651 Eighteenth St., Santa Monica. (310) 315-1459. <highwaysperformance.org>.




February 8


Community Event: Ward Valley Gathering


With a Spirit Run in the morning from Ft. Mojave to Ward Valley. Then a spiritual gathering mid-morning going til’ early afternoon. Folks camping out both Friday & Saturday nights. Please come join us! It’s not often we get to celebrate a win against the nuclear industry!Host Molly Johnson is at <facebook.com/peacegrannie>.


February 8


Books: Jefferson’s Slaves


Discussion of “Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves” by Henry Wiencek. 2 PM.  Revolution Books Book Club. 5726 Hollywood Blvd, LA. (323) 463-3500.


February 26


Talk: Activist  Support Circle


Ninth Anniversary Public Forum with featured special guest speaker Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher and author of “A Course in Miracles.” Call to verify. 6:30 PM refreshments; 7 PM program. Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard Street, Santa Monica.  (310) 399-1000. <activistsupportcircle@earthlink.net>. <activistsupportcircle.org>.




Please call all Ongoing events to confirm and let us know about any updates. Dates given are usually the starting date of the event. Costs listed are usually the lowest. Times are generally the daily times but events vary. Calling first is the best idea (especially as we’re just returning from ChangeLinks’ hiatus). Please let us know about any changes or errors in the Ongoing section. Call to confirm events scheduled during the holidays.


Alternate Calendar sources:


So Cal Area:


LA County: Dick & Sharon’s LA Progressive. <laprogressive.com>, look under “events.” Orange County: Orange County Democracy for America (DFA): <dfa-oc.org/calendar>. Orange County Peace Coalition (separate calendar): <dfa-oc.org/wordpress/calendar-html>. San Diego County: Activist San Diego, <activistsandiego.org>, click on “Calendar;” Occupy San Diego Calendar, <copswiki.org/Common/OccupySanDiegoCalendar>. Santa Barbara County: Join listserve via <sbprogcoalition-subscribe@yahoogroups.com> or <groups.yahoo.com/group/sbprogcoalition>.


No Cal Area:


Sacramento: Sacramento Area Peace Action. <sacpeace.org>, click on calendar. San Jose: San Jose Peace & Justice Center: <sanjosepeace.org>, click on calendar. South SF Peninsula: Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, <peaceandjustice.org>, click on calendar.


Campus Activism


National calendar of interest to students and others. <campusactivism.org>, look under “events.”




January 9


Downtown Art Walk


2nd Thursdays monthly. Peak hours are something like 6-9 PM. Downtown LA. (213) 624-6212. <downtownartwalk.org>. Also Art Walks in Culver City (<culvercity.org>, search for art walk; they may not have an event in 2013), Long Beach (<artwalklb.com>, 2nd Sat Jan 11), Pasadena (<playhousedistrict.org>, click on calendar of events then ARTWalk; no event until 2014), Pomona (<pomonaartscolony.com>, 2nd Sat Jan 11), and Venice (<theveniceartwalk.org>; no event until 2014) on various dates during the year.




January 4


Black Writers and Artists


International Black Writers & Artists is a network of authors, publishers, artists and community members meeting to listen and be heard. 1st Saturdays monthly (Jan 4), 2-4 PM, St. Elmo Village, 4830 St. Elmo Drive, LA. 3rd Saturdays monthly (Jan 18), 1-5 PM, San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Road, Pasadena. Contact them to check dates. (323) 964-3721. <randy44ross@sbcglobal.net>, <shopliftr@hotmail.com>.   <facebook.com/pages/IBWALA/196883846554>.




January 2




Many helpful people collect stuff not only for themselves but for others. It mounts up until they cant find what they need. If this is you, come to Clutterers Anonymous (CLA) based on AA’s 12-step program. Face-to-face & phone meetings. Every Thursday. Also other locations and telephone meetings. 10-11:30 AM. Café Tropical , 2900 Sunset Blvd. Silverlake. Meeting Information: (866) 402-6685. (310) 281-6064, (323) 281-2243. <clutterersanonymous.net>.


January 2


Acting Workshop for Vets


To train actors for performance & to help individuals heal, grow & learn via “drama therapy.” Donation, register online. Contact them for location and to see whether classes are in session. The Veterans Project. 7-10 PM. Every Thursday. Also community theater & interpersonal communication skills workshops. 3916 Sepulveda, LA. (310) 842-8794. <roy@theveteransproject.org>. <theveteransproject.org>.


January 4


Tenants Rights


The Coalition for Economic Survival, with 27 years in working for tenants rights and other issues. Two meetings weekly to help tenants. Every Wed. 7 PM & every Sat. 10 AM. Plummer Park, Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood. (213) 252-4411, (323) 656-4410. <contactces@earthlink.net>. <cesinaction.org>.


January 5


Vegan Toastmasters


Improve your speaking ability in a fun & supportive learning environment. Help spread the message of health, compassion towards animals & environmental responsibility. Meeting dates may be updated on their facebook page. 3 PM. Usually 1st/3rd Sundays monthly (call first). West LA Animal Care Center Community Room, 11361 W. Pico Blvd., LA. <vegantoastmasters.org>, <facebook.com/vegantoastmasters>. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)


January 7


Rising Star Toastmasters Become a better speaker! 1st/3rd Tuesdays monthly. A professional, structured, international organization. Contact them to check time and location. 6 PM. Community Room, Burbank Police Station, 200 N. Third St., Burbank. (818) 846-8318. <damondray@yahoo.com>. <meetup.com/risingstartoastmaster>. More groups at <toastmasters.org>, click on “find a location near you.”


McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club


https://www.venicewake.org/  6-8pm: MDR library 4533 admirality way MDRey ca 90292 310-821-3415 https://www.colapublib.org/libs/marina/   FREE


Nonfiction Writing Workshop


Creative non-fiction, memoir, and prose. Read your story to a group of supportive writers. Also other writing, media & performance workshops. Every Tuesday. 8 PM. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. <beyondbaroque@aol.com>. <beyondbaroque.org>.


African History


Afrikan World Civilizations Adult Class not currently in session. Youth Class offered most summers. Contact them for details and check the website for details and upcoming class dates. (213) 368-4976. <word@drkwaku.com>. <drkwaku.com>.




Educational tours listed on their website. Cuba Education Tours of Vancouver, BC Canada. (877) 687-3817. <info@cubafriends.ca>. <cubafriends.ca>.




Make a movie! Fun & easy classes for the whole family. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St., LA. (213) 484-8846. <echoparkfilmcenter.org>.


Food Not Bombs


Smashing Hunger, Squashing Poverty Tour. Invite FNB co-founder Keith McHenry to speak on your campus. Speaking fees are reasonable. Currently booking thru Jan 2014; contact them for details and available dates. (575) 776-3880, (800) 884-1136. <menu@foodnotbombs.net>. <foodnotbombs.net>.


Labor Studies


Learn and develop Union leadership skills. Sponsored by Trade Tech Lab or Center. Classes at union locals and other locations. Ongoing. (213) 763-7129. <laborcenter@lattc.edu>. <college.lattc.edu/laborcenter>.


Organic Gardening


An organic gardening school. Classes and lectures for adults, special classes for children. In several LA regional locations. (888) 341-9666. <thewovengarden.com>.


SOA Watch


Speakers, actions, international delegations. (202) 234-3440. <nico@soaw.org>.


Union Organizing


UNITE HERE!, a union of hotel, casino, food service, laundry& textile workers, wants dedicated activists for a comprehensive program of leadership training and political education. (213) 481-8530. <thudson@unitehere.org>. <unitehere.org>, <hotelworkersrising.org>.


Urban Farming


Contact them for events. Dragonfly Hill Urban Farm, 345-½ Douglas St., LA. <home.earthlink.net/~theweproject>.


Witness for Peace


Delegations to Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela. <witnessforpeace.org>, click on “travel with us.”


Young Warriors


“For youth by youth” program guiding them into meeting the challenge of their own struggle, Everyone has something to offer to better our future! Contact them for time and place. Usually Mon/Wed. 6-8 PM. (818) 913-1968, (818) 939-3433. <youngwarriors_souls@yahoo.com>, <young.warriors.yw@gmail.com>. <tiachucha.org>, <facebook.com/YoungWarriors2007>.


Community Event/Service:


Natural Health Group


Weekly vegan dinner events at locations in LA & Orange Counties. They publish a comprehensive Holistic Directory of Vegetarian Restaurants and offer coupons as well as an ongoing discount card. (This group may be inactive; website not updated since 2009. Contact them for more info.) Natural Health Group, 326 N. Western Ave. #368, LA, CA 90004. (800) 701-9364, (310) 396-2826. <info@naturalhealthgroup.org>. <naturalhealthgroup.org>.


Vegan Happy Hour


Includes a potluck. Age 21+ only; pay for (optional) drinks. 5-9 PM potluck; social continues after. The Short Stop, 1455 Sunset Blvd. (two blocks E of Echo Park Blvd. at Sutherland, look for red neon cocktails sign), Echo Park. Join myspace to access their website & meeting schedule. <myspace.com/veganhappyhour>. (This website might no longer be active.)




Alternative Radio


Weekly hour-long ongoing series. Featuring speakers like Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Chris Hedges & Howard Zinn. <alternativeradio.org>.




A very good progressive website with original articles and more. <alternet.org>.


Common Dreams


One of the prominent progressive Website. With a collection of articles, original articles, videos and news. <commondreams.org>.




Hour media criticism program. Also on Free Speech TV. <fair.org>, click on “counterspin.”




Community Progressive Radio. <cprmetro.blogspot.com>.


Democracy Now!


Every weekday hour-long news program. Amy Goodman et al. <democracynow.org>.


Grit TV


With Laura Flanders. Also on Free Speech TV twice daily. <lauraflanders.firedoglake.com>.


l.a. activist


LA activism journal. <laactivist.com>.


Left Wing Radio Stations




Making Contact


Weekly half-hour documentary-style radio program. Globalization, civil liberties, prison issues, education, environmental justice, etc. <radioproject.org>.


Progressive AM Talk Radio


Randi Rhodes (<therandirhodesshow.com>), M-F, Noon – 3 PM, KTLK 1150AM. Mike Malloy (<mikemalloy.com>; also <tunein.com>: search for “malloy”) Thom Hartmann (<thomhartmann.com>), radio & TV.


Progressive Podcast


The Rational Radical. Long time activist and subscriber to Change Links, Jerold Block hosts a popular progressive Podcast. <rational@roadrunner.com>. <therationalradical.com>.


Progressive Radio


From Matt Rothschild of The Progressive magazine. <progressive.org/radioweekly>.


Raza Press & Media Association


“The only Mexican-Raza journalist organization consistently advancing and building revolutionary anti-imperialist media.” <razapressassociation.org/blog>.


Vegan Radio


“Go Vegan with Bob Linden.” Broadcast stations & show times on website (frequent changes). Also archives & podcasts. <bob@goveganradio.com>. <goveganradio.com>.




Voice of Palestine Radio


Vancouver Cooperative Radio since 1987. Programs now only posted on their website. <voiceofpalestine.ca>, click on “show downloads”.




Michael Slate


Fridays, 10-11 AM, KPFK 90.7 FM. <kpfk.org>.




Counter-recruitment groups which organize at schools may go on hiatus when classes are not in session.


Counter Recruitment


Palisadians for Peace conducts High School campus visits weekly when schools are in session. Usually early morning (onsite about 7 AM). They also canvass other events and distribute information pamphlets in commercial & residential areas offering alternatives and factual information countering relentless military campus recruitment. Volunteers needed. (310) 573-1901. <ulisandra.paz@verizon.net>. (This email address may be bad– “over quota.”)


OC Recruitment Awareness Project


New volunteers urgently needed. If you can spare 90 minutes at 7 A.M. once a month during the new school year, please contact us immediately. (949) 492-0571. <bmartin125@comline.com>. <oc-rap.org>. (Blog has not been updated since 2013-12.)


Veterans for Peace


Monthly meetings at the LA Peace Center or the Arlington West Memorial, Santa Monica Beach. Contact them for time & location. Peace Center, 8124 W. Third St., LA. (323) 934-3451, (310) 398-0056, (310) 339-1770. <veteransforpeacela.org>. Other chapters: <veteransforpeace.org>, click on “Contact Us.”






Suzy Williams


Various locations and musical accomplices. (310) 306-7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.


Mother Natures Army


Eco-freak rock, punk americana spreading truth. People & music have the power. Viva la revolución! Contact them for dates & locations. <mothernaturesarmy.com> or “Mother Natures Army” on Facebook. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)




Dates are usually the opening date or the earliest date in the month. Many plays run from Thu-Sun. Times are for the evening performances. Call for Sunday times. Listed costs are usually the lowest.


January 19


LA Café Plays


“Fastest Theater in Town.” Five short plays go from conception to execution in just 10-½ hours. Continuing 3rd Sundays monthly. 7:30 & 9 PM. Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica. $15. (310) 397-3244. <ruskingrouptheatre.com>, <facebook.com/ruskingrouptheatre>. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)




January 2


Sociedad de Escritores


Sociedad de Escritores y Poetas Latinoamericanos. Reuniones Todos los Jueves. (Thursdays.) Contact them to check info. 7:30 PM. McDonald’s, 500 N. Central Ave., Glendale. (213) 230-4868. <bohemia2000@webtv.net>. <poesiasymas.com>.


Beyond Baroque


Long running arts and poetry venue with numerous events. 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. <richard@beyondbaroque.org>. <beyondbaroque.org>. BB & other arts and non-profit venues such as LATW remain at risk due to fiscal austerity. Subsidy cuts would stop nonprofits from running cultural facilities. Even if a venue appears to be safe, this can change rapidly in response to economic & political mandates. Continuing updates on <artsforla.org>, search for “lease subsidy” and for “la cultural centers.”


Political Action/Meetings:


Vigils, Meetings & Demonstrations:


Check all locations, dates & times— these may change frequently especially during holidays. And dates may have changed since the last time we were able to check. Due to space constraints we cannot list all recurring vigils, meetings & demonstrations in our print edition. However, they are on our website at <change-links.org> under archives/web only calendar. Please let us know of any updates to these listings.


January 1


Counter Recruitment


Regular monthly meeting of Glendale Education/Social Justice Advocates. Working to encourage GUSD to provide balanced information about military recruiting & other social issues. Students, parents, community members are invited. Usually 1st Wednesdays monthly. Check the date this month! 6-8 PM. Pacific Park Library, 501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale. (818) 248-4967. <gesja_email@yahoo.com>.


January 1




Monthly meeting of Democracy for America Orange County. November speakers: Kyle Krahel-Frolander of Smart Cities Prevail. Also Rosa Vizcarra, Community Program Specialist, Registrar of Voters Office speaks about OC Election Day operations. Normally 1st Wednesdays monthly. Check the date this month! Social 6:15 PM; program 7:15 PM. Karl Strauss Brewery, Metropointe Shopping Center, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa. <sckopicki@gmail.com> or contact form on website. <meetup.com/dfa-oc>.


January 2


GA Drone Demonstrations


Weekly demonstrations at General Atomics in Poway.  GA makes the Predator Drone. Contact them to verify details. San Diego Veterans For Peace. Thursdays. 4–6 PM. Poway CA. (760) 207-9139. <dpatterson998@yahoo.com>.


January 2


Occupy Fights Foreclosures


Tuesdays (Spanish only) 7-9 PM, Thursdays 7-9 PM, Sundays 2-6 PM. Denny’s behind Union Station (across Vignes), 530 Ramirez St., LA. (323) 696-0596. <o.f.f.homedefense@gmail.com>. <occupyfightsforeclosures.org>, <facebook.com/OccupyFightsForeclosures>.


January 2


Occupy Venice


General Assembly. Continuing every Tue/Thu. 7 PM. 1354 Abbot Kinney (on the back patio), Venice. <facebook.com/occupyveniceca>, <twitter.com/occupyvenice>.


January 3


Costa Mesa Peace Vigil


Bring your kids & dogs and join an Orange County peace celebration. Every Friday. 5-7 PM. South Coast Plaza entrance, Bristol & Anton, Costa Mesa. (714) 956-5037.


January 3


Glendale Peace Vigil


Vigil for peace & social justice. Every Friday. 5-7 PM. Broadway & Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 242-4320. <glendalepeacevigil.org>.


January 3


Long Beach Peace Vigil


Wear your T-shirts and bring signs. Supported by MFSO. Every Friday. 7-9 PM. Public Awareness Table in front of Washington Mutual Bank. Second St. & Nieto, Belmont Shore.


January 4


Tongva Indians Vigil


Monthly demonstration to stop development/desecration of a Native American sacred site dating back about 9000 years BCE. 1st Saturdays monthly. 10 AM – 1 PM. Bolsa Chica Rd. & Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. (562) 743-8698. <facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001152962949>. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)


January 5


RAC Food Program


Revolutionary Autonomous Communities Food Program, a mutual-aid project organizing & distributing food in its home neighborhoods. Volunteers needed. Usually every Sunday. 10 AM – 5 PM. MacArthur Park, SW Corner of Wilshire  Blvd. & Park View Ave. <rac-la@lists.riseup.net>. <revolutionaryautonomouscommunities.blogspot.com>.


January 9


Long Beach Peace Vigil


Long Beach Area Peace Network organizing to stop the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan and to promote social justice in our community. 2nd Thursdays monthly. 7 PM. Catalyst Meeting Space, 430 E. First St., Long Beach. <naidatushnet62@verizon.net>.


January 9


Bikesanas del Valle


Self-sustained cyclist collective providing a not for profit service to the community by promoting cycle mechanics and awareness as well as social justice and autonomous living. 2nd/4th Thursdays monthly. 7:30 PM. El Hormiguero, 12545 Terra Bella Street, Pacoima.


January 13


Laguna Woods Peace Action


People for Peace ad hoc committee. 2nd Mondays monthly. 4:30-6 PM. El Toro and Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Woods. <margaretpearlma@yahoo.com>.


January 28


OC Peace Coalition


Non-partisan but supporting anyone who is working for Peace and Justice. Educating, organizing and changing US foreign policies promoting illegal invasions and occupations, as well as stopping US militarization. Last Tuesdays monthly. Spires Restaurant, 13030 Goldenwest Ave. (immediately south of the 22 freeway), Westminster. <ocpeace.org>.


January 29


Community Meeting: Activist Support Circle


Usually last Wednesdays monthly. (Not meeting in January 2014.) Call to verify. 6:30 PM. Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., Santa Monica. (310) 399-1000. <activistsupportcircle@earthlink.net>. <activistsupportcircle.org>.


January 29


Seniors for Peace Vigil


Senior Patriots Against the War invites you to join them in a demonstration for Peace. Signs and banners provided. Last Wednesdays monthly. 5-6:30 PM. World Globe at Leisure World, Seal Beach Blvd. at Golden Rain Rd. Between I-405 & Westminster. (562) 430-7509 or (562) 430-1047. Check all dates during the holidays!


Coalition for World Peace


Keeping Congress aware of what the people voted for. Bring snacks. Next meeting date TBA. Contact them to verify date, location, etc. Korean Resource Center, LA. 900 S. Crenshaw Blvd., LA. <staff@coalitionforworldpeace.org>. <coalitionforworldpeace.org>. (Their website appears to be out of date.)


Women Organizing for Justice


A leadership development program seeking to increase the participation of formerly incarcerated and other women in the struggle for social justice. Focusing on criminal justice reform. (323) 563-3575. <susan@anewwayoflife.org>, <info@anewwayoflife.org>. <anewwayoflife.org> (*NO* “www” in the URL address), click on “leadership,’ then on “women organizing for justice.”






Seeking poetry about economic justice/injustice, greed, protest, activism, and opportunity. Formal and free-verse, mail art, and collage poetry. Submissions or queries: <submissions (at) occupypoetry.org>. <occupypoetry.org>.




Looking for first-hand accounts of writers’ experiences with the Occupy Wall Street protests. Submit a short statement that captures the movement from a personal perspective. Prose, poem, comic, story, vignette, anything goes. <occupywriters.submissions@gmail.com>. <occupywriters.com>.




Ongoing submissions. A poetry journal entirely devoted to new poetry that tackles human rights issues worldwide. Website & email lists provide information about persecuted writers with sample letters of protest. Email list: <write (at) protestpoems.org> with “SUBSCRIBE” in your subject line. <protestpoems.org>.


Volunteer Opportunities:


Food Not Bombs


Food Not Bombs (FNB) shares free vegan food with the homeless and all others in need in protest against the effects of capitalism & military spending. All FNB collectives need volunteers. Global directories: <foodnotbombs.net> (click on “find your local chapter”). Group updates may be sent to: <menu@foodnotbombs.net> and the worldwide listserve (subscribe at: <lists.riseup.net/www/info/fnbnetwork>). Always verify that FNB serving listings are up to date.


Occupy Foreclosures


Get connected with families needing help fighting foreclosure/eviction.  <occupyfightsforeclosures.nationbuilder.com>, click on “volunteer.”


Sharing Food


Michael Hubman and others run “Right to Share Food” bringing food & water to the folks living on LA’s Skid Row. (714) 227-2217. <waterman@watercorps.net>. <righttosharefood.org>, <watercorps.net>. (These websites may not be up to date.)




Community Services:


Activist Security Training


The Ruckus Society created a security team to deal with internet and other security issues that activists face. Contact them for training. <megan@ruckus.org>.


Bartering Groups


Get goods and services without cash; trade without banks or a money system. Local community based finance groups are listed at <timebanks.org>. Click on Membership then Membership Directory in the drop-down menu. Use “los angeles” for a search phrase.


Car-Free Living


Auto-Free Orange County: <autofree.net>. Car-Free Santa Barbara: <byrdm@sbcapcd.org>. <santabarbaracarfree.org>. (If their website is not responsive, try it again later.) Also, a worldwide network of car-free resources: <worldcarfree.net>. And we’d like to know about local sites for other regions in SoCal.




The FBI has recently uploaded a significant number of files on COINTELPRO. This includes those on the New Left that– unlike the FBI’s (presumably forthcoming) Black Nationalism files– are ordered by geography rather than just chronology. <vault.fbi.gov/cointel-pro/new-left>. (received via H-NET)


Cynthia McKinney


Cynthia McKinney is seeking speaking engagements to promote the book she edited, “The Illegal War on Libya.” <businessmanager@claritypress.com>. <claritypress.com/McKinney.html>.


Debt Resisters


An operations manual: <scribd.com/doc/105887484>.


Farmers Markets


A map of Farmers Markets in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside Counties. <projects.latimes.com/farmers-markets>.




Freedom of Information Act. How to use the Act: <rcfp.org>, look for link under “FOIA Services.” Get a deceased persons file: <getgrandpasfbifile.com>.


Free Fruit


A free fruit treasure map of your neighborhood. Map locations you know about; visit places others have posted. This is potentially a *worldwide* resource. <ediblecities.org>.


Homeless & Hungry


“Peoples Guide.” How to get food, money, housing, health care & other help from government programs and community services if you live in LA County and need help in hard times. Online or order printed copies. Hunger Action LA (HALA). <orders@hungeractionla.org>. (213) 388-8228. 2012 version is online at <hungeractionla.org>. New 2013-2014 editions now available.


Homeless Resources


“Street Lawyer: A WIKI to End and Prevent Homelessness,” <wiki.nlchp.org>. Westside Live Food Calendar: <hopemakingchange.org>, click on “iEat.” Or go to <weho.org>, search for “food programs in west hollywood” then find the document in the list (document dated 2012-02). “Los Angeles Homeless Resource Wiki,” <lahomeless.org> (try clicking on the logo on the upper left to access content). And many other online local resources can be found by searching for “los angeles homeless resources” (change the locale if necessary).




Santa Monica/Venice Food Programs. Westside LIVE Food Calendar. <hopemakingchange.org>, click on “iEat;” current calendar is at bottom.


LA Intentional Community Networking


Many alternative housing options. <laecovillage.org/Intentionalcommunitynetworking.html>.


Market Match Program


Helping boost buying power for seniors and low income families at many SoCal farmers’ markets. CalFresh, WIC and SSI participants get $5-10 weekly to spend at the market. <hungeractionla.org>,  see “market match” at top of website.


Radical Guide to LA


From the 2011 Anarchist Bookfair. Places to eat, drink, visit, radical history, places to stay, links to radical organizations, etc. <laanarchist.org>, click on


Recycle for Peace


We need: sculptures, jewelry, rugs, paintings, art books, toys and games, prints, silver, linens, special fabrics, pottery & dishes, small furniture, household items, etc. We provide Estate Disposal Assistance. Tax Deductible. To donate, to schedule a pick-up, or for a schedule of future sales: The Closet Liberal, benefitting Office of the Americas Peace and Justice struggle. (323) 295-2306.


Search & Seizure Law


Updated 2012-09. <or.fd.org>, click on the “Case Documents” tab & look for “Search and Seizure.”


Unemployed Resources


An online LA Indymedia article lists a number of resources for those who are struggling in our economy: <la.indymedia.org/news/2011/02/244433.php>. (You may choose to click through a “site warning”; if so, “buyer beware.”)


Urban Pigeons


A couple of compassionate animal volunteers are needed to join me help and preserve the lives of some flocks of street pigeons almost at the point of extinction in the area of Van Nuys. <angostura1819@aol.com>, <ocmbird@aol.com>, <pigeons_street@yahoo.com>. <losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/vol/3888288966.html>.


Women’s Non-Violence Centers


<justicewomen.com>, then “Help for Victims,” then “How To Start an Independent Advocacy Center to End Violence Against Women … and Why.” Also other info helping women help themselves.


Centros del Non-Violence de las Mujeres


<justicewomen.com>, entonces “Ayuda para Victemas,” entonces “Cómo iniciar un centro independiente de defensa para poner fin a la violencia contra las mujeres … y por qué.” El website también tiene otra información sobre cómo las mujeres pueden ayudarse.






Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in LA. <chirla.org>, click on “Internships and Employment.”


High Country News


Job Board. NGOs, green companies, etc. <hcn.org>, click on Classified Listings (at the bottom of their webpage) then on Employment.




Worldwide database of Nonprofit and Government Agency jobs. This looks like a very useful resource. <idealist.org>, click on “Jobs.”




International Rescue Committee. <rescue.org>, click on “How You Can Help/Work With Us” then on “Search Jobs and Apply.” International and US locations including LA & San Diego.




LA Alliance for a New Economy. <laane.org>, click on “About Us”/ “Jobs.”


Sustainable Living & Farming Jobs


And other “short term job opportunities.” <backdoorjobs.com>.


Military & Draft:


Anti-Draft Website


Dedicated to shattering the myths surrounding the selective service system and to help build a mass civil disobedience to stop the draft before it gets started. This site has not been recently updated but it still hosts useful information. <scott@draftresistance.org>. <draftresistance.org>. (Email address may be bad; site appears to be inactive since 2011-02. The information posted there may still be useful.)


Conscientious Objectors


Linking up with one of the following groups is the first step recommended for obtaining CO status: Center on Conscience & War (CCW) <centeronconscience.org>, Courage to Resist (CTR) <couragetoresist.org> or GI Rights Hotline <girightshotline.org>.


Counter Recruitment (CR)


National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY). Retains resources & pamphlets and a list of organizations involved in CR work on their website. Check out their “Alternatives to the Military” (its on the left side of the page) that lists job resources for those who feel that the military is their only option. <nnomy.org>. Resources for Educators to Stop the War: <educatorstostopthewar.org>, click on “Counter-Recruitment.” Project YANO (Youth and Non-military Opportunities), <projectyano.org>.


CR/Spanish/en Españiol


Web site en español contra el reclutamiento por el servicio militar. (Counter-Recruitment Website in Spanish.) El Proyecto YANO tiene el placer de invitarlos a visitar nuestra nueva página electrónica. <projectyano.org/espanol>.


GI Rights


Hotlines: (800) 394-9544 & (877) 447- 4487. Email them for sample info cards & stickers with a price list: <jimhabersf@yahoo.com>. <girightshotline.org>.


OC Recruitment Awareness Project (OC RAP)


The Project is in urgent need of additional new volunteers to keep our important work going. (949) 492-0571. <bmartin125@comline.com>. <oc-rap.org>. (This website may be down.)




The Pentagon, in violation of the Privacy Act, has compiled and put into use a mega-database of private information on 30 million 16-25-year-olds. Even if you have opted your child out of the lists public schools turn over to local military recruiters, you or your child must also contact the Pentagon directly to get off this new national military recruiting list. More information on their website. Leave My Child Alone. <themmob.org/lmca>.


Progressive GI Newspaper


“GI Special” Occupation News Bulletin. Thomas Barton compiled this comprehensive compilation of news about our governments immoral war without end. Back issues only: archives from 2003-2008. <williambowles.info/gispecial>.


PTSD Resources


The Wounded Warrior Call-Center: (877) 487-6299, a hotline for injured, wounded or ill former and current Marines, Sailors & their family members. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255). SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education): <save.org>. Vets 4 Vets: (520) 319-5500, <vets4vets.us>, a peer support group for recent vets. National Veterans Foundation: (888) 777-4443, <nvf.org>. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injuries (DCoE): <dcoe.health.mil>, <facebook.com/dcoepage>. Licensed mental health professionals who offer free psychological treatment to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan: <thesoldiersproject.org>. We do not vouch for any of these being *progressive* resources. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)


Recruiter Abuse Hotline


(877) 688-6881. <afsc.org>, search for “Military Recruiter Abuse Hotline.”


Resisters Website




Underground War Resisters


House a soldier/resister on the way to Canada. The War Resisters Support Campaign has been inundated with requests considering emigration. (416) 598-1222, (647) 393-3096. <resisters@sympatico.ca>.


Police & Migrant Issues:


Checkpoint Response


To report a checkpoint from local news or your observation, or to receive text alerts, please email: / Para divulgar un punto de comprobación de noticias locales o de su observación, o recibir alarmas del texto, envíe por correo electrónico por favor: <noretenes@gmail.com>. Also see: <facebook.com/policeretencheckpoint>.




Useful for people who have been brutalized, harassed, or had family members murdered by the police. (877) 4-LA1992, (877) 8NO – COPS. Look on their website for a police activity and ICE raids mobile phone alert service. Report a Cop and Copwatch LA Radio online; also text alerts. Many other features. <copwatchla@riseup.net>. <copwatchla.org>, <copwatchlosangeles.blogspot.com>. Also RTF National Mobile Cop Watch Network; info: <raisethefist.com/copwatch>.


DREAMers Support Fund


Help eligible young migrants offset the fees in their requests for Deferred Action. <publicinterestprojects.org>, search for “fund for dreamers”.


Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook


Provided by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the National Lawyers’ Guild (NLG). <jailhouselaw.org>.


Police Brutality


CopWatch LA: see above. October 22 Coalition LA, <tiahstarr@hotmail.com> or NY Central office at <mediocremustard@optonline.net> and ask for a referral to Oct 22 LA. CAHRO (California Association of Human Relations Organizations), 320 West Temple St., #1184, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 974-7601, <cahro.org>. LA County Human Relations Commission, (213) 737-7463. Idris Stelley Foundation (ISF, SF Bay area) 24 HR Bilingual Crisis line at (415) 595-8251 for referrals, <mysite.verizon.net/vzeo9ewi/idrissstelleyfoundation>, <myspace.com/isfoundation>. (Sites on myspace may require membership.)


Security Culture for Activists


A free e-book provided by the Ruckus Society. <ruckus.org/article.php?id=789l>.


Slavery & Trafficking


Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), 5042 Wilshire Blvd., #586, LA CA 90036. (213) 365-1906. <castla.org>.


Southern California Immigration Coalition


A coalition of over 30 organizations covering diverse sectors, such as labor, students, teachers, community-based organization working with immigrants rights, etc. denouncing ICE raids & demanding FULL legalization. (323) 602-3480. <immigrationcoalition.org>, <facebook.com/SCIC.Info>. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)


Undocumented Students


Student Rights: <maldef.org>, click on education, public policy then AB540. Scholarships: Association of Raza Educators (ARE) sponsors a continuing project (donations & applications, <razaeducators.org>, click on “scholarship donate.” <razaeducators@yahoo.com>).


Political Action:


Activist Letter Writing


A national cooperative letter-writing service. Use letters prepared by the collective or propose letters, volunteer to help write, edit, proofread or handle computer problems, etc. Free and voluntary participation, non-tax deductible donations accepted. <progressivesecretary.org>.


Urgent Action Network


Members call, fax, write or email others for emergency political actions. Office of the Americas, 8124 W. Third St., Ste. 202, Los Angeles, California 90048. (323) 852-9808. <ooa@igc.org>. <officeoftheamericas.org>.


Needing Support:


Unión del Barrio


On behalf of Unión del Barrio we would like to thank you for your continued support of the Centro Cultural Francisco Villa. As you may already know, the Centro Cultural has played a very important role in the struggle for social justice in our communities. The Centro Cultural Francisco Villa provides the South Central community with a space for organizational meetings, cultural events, film screenings, press conferences, youth organizing and has become a center that the community can go to when it needs support. <difusion@uniondelbarrio.org>. <uniondelbarrio.org>, click on Centro Cultural Francisco Villa.





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