November 2013 Calendar


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): <>, <>. (818) 782-1412, (818) 681-7448 cell.

November 1 ● Friday

Film: Intl. Film Festival

Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (FICG). Nov. 1-3. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. <>.

Conference: Amnesty Intl. Regional

2013 Western Regional Conference for Amnesty West. Over 500 committed Amnesty activists from across the thirteen Western states are expected to converge in Los Angeles to participate in skills-building and content-focused workshops, expert panel discussions, and direct actions for human rights. Nov. 1-3. Four Points Sheraton Hotel, LA. (415) 288-1800. <> (click on events, regional conferences, west).

Classes: City Repair Tour

Transforming Public Space— A Street Corner Revolution! City Repair is about cities, towns, grids and the intersections where our lives can converge by literally inserting villages into cities.

Tour sites include LA Eco-Village, Venice Learning Garden, etc. for talks & workshops. Nov. 1-5. Contact them for details. (503) 235-8946. <>. <>. LA Eco-Village event details: Nov. 1, Talk by City Repair’s Rick Lakeman, 7:30 PM, L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Place, LA, (213) 738-1254, <>, <>.

Political Action: Tear Down the Walls

So many walls to tear down– patriarchy, homophobia, racism, militarized borders, wall street, walls to citizenship, housing, education, walls of inequality, class and the walls between us, which weaken our collective movement. National Gathering. Nov. 1-3. Tucson, AZ. (202) 540-8336. <>. <>, <>, <>.

Film: “Take Back Your Power”

About smart meters and the smart grid, exposing fraud and deceit that our taxes pay for. Surveillance, extortion, harm in the name of “green.” 1st Friday Film Night. Snack potluck 7 PM; movie 7:30 PM. Topanga Peace Alliance and Citizens for a Radiation Free Community. Topanga Library, 122 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga. Park under the library. (310) 795-1373. <>.

Community Event: LGBT Chat Night

$5 suggested donation; no one turned away. 7-10 PM. South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550. <>. <>.

November 2 ● Saturday

Community Event: Santa Barbara Open Streets [added]

More than 2.5 miles of Cabrillo Boulevard and part of the Funk Zone invite people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds into the streets (with no motorized vehicles), for a day of people-powered movement to promote better health, flexibility and FUN! Sponsors: COAST & Traffic Solutions. <>.

Conference: Energy & Our Future Symposium

Speakers & exhibits. Presented by Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment. 12:45-4 PM. $10. St. Jude Medical Center, 101 E Valencia Mesa Dr., Fullerton. (714) 451-7870. <>. <>.

Books: Skylight Books Anniversary

2-5 PM Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave, LA. (323) 660-1175. <info [at]>.  <>.

Benefit: Spoken Word with Jerry Quickley

A revolutionary poet fundraising for Revolution Books. $10 at the door. 5 PM. Revolution Books, 5726 Hollywood Blvd. (at Wilton), Hollywood. (323) 463-3500. <>. <>.

Community Event:  Día de Los Muertos

Nov. 2: Artisan vendors, food, spoken word, live music, live art, entertainment & much more! 5-10 PM. San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery, 14451 Bledsoe St., Sylmar. Additional events Oct. 25 thru Nov. 2. Tia Chucha’s will be celebrating throughout the week onsite with workshops and programs honoring the theme of Dia de los Muertos (13197 Gladstone Ave., Unit A, Sylmar). (818) 939-3433. <>. <> (facebook links may require membership).

Benefit: Day of the Dead

El Velorio 2013, day of the dead event, community art exhibit & benefit for Plaza de la Raza.

Music, dance, visual art, special screening, food, etc. 7 PM – 4 AM. Plaza de la Raza, 3540 North Mission Rd., LA. <>.

November 3 ● Sunday

Community Event: Really Really Free Market

Celebrate community spirit and bring your unwanted stuff, games, food, skills, and entertainment to give to your neighbors through the Gift Economy. A collaboration of Ventura Co-Op & local HS students. 1-6 PM. Plaza Park, 651 E. Thompson Ave., Ventura. (805) 216-4621, (323) 830-8005. <>, <>.

Talk: Guatemalan Genocide

NISGUA speaking tour, “Justice for genocide: A survivor’s story.”. Anselmo Roldán Aguilar speaks on his role within the AJR, the historic genocide trial that brought former dictator Ríos Montt to trial for genocide this past March, and his own story as a survivor of genocide. 6 PM press conference; 7 PM community event. SEIU Local 721, 1545 Wilshire Blvd. (at Union), LA.

Various other locations in LA Nov. 3-6 include Pomona College, CSU Northridge & Mission College. National tour info: (502) 868-0612, <>, <>. Local event contact: (510) 763-1403, <>.

November 4 ● Monday

Art: Prison Nation

“ART & PROTEST – Resisting the Prison Industrial Complex.” An exhibition tour & presentation followed a panel discussion with  members of CURB and the No More Jails LA Coalition discussing the specific work they do related to the prison industrial complex and the Prison Nation exhibition. 3 PM. Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Dr., LA. (323) 653-4662. <>.<>.

Books: Black Women’s Resistance

Weekly book club on Black Women’s resistance to Jim Crow. Every Monday thru Dec 16. 7 PM. Join a reading club on “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance.” Sponsored by Radical Women. For more info contact them. 8:30 PM. Solidarity Hall 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., LA. (323) 732-6416. <>. <>.

November 5 ● Tuesday

Political Action: Million Mask March LA

Protest topics include things such as reform, education, GMOs, wars & constitutional rights. LA does not allow picket signs so please make your signs on poster board without poles or sticks, etc. This looks like an Occupy inspired event. 10 AM. Meet at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St; march will proceed down Hill St. Downtown LA. <>. In conjunction with an event in Washington DC: <>. (Facebook links may require membership,)

Books: Richard Pryor

David & Joe Henry present and sign “Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him.” 7 PM. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. <>. <>.

Political Action: Stand in Peace

Participants hold signs reading “Imagine Peace.” Call Carol Marshall. Every Tuesday. 4-5 PM. Tustin Common Ground, Prospect Ave. at Irvine Blvd., Tustin. <>.

November 6 ● Wednesday

Conference: Indigent LGBTQ Legal Services

NLADA Annual Conference (National Legal Aid & Defender Assoc.). “Queering Indigent Legal Services: Creating Culturally Competent Practices in Representing LGBTQ Clients in Indigent Civil and Criminal Legal Services Programs.” Registration required. Nov. 6-9. Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 South Figueroa St., LA. <>.

Community Event: Transgender Support

Transgender social support group at the South Bay LGBT Center, for transgender people of all stages and gender variance, for those questioning gender identity, and friends & family members. Weekly. Not a dating, romance or singles group. 7-9 PM. Also Nov. 13, 20 &27 (call first). South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550. <>. <>.

Talk: Who’s Spying on Us?

“LAPD Spying: Civil Liberties, Homeland Security, and the Israeli Connection.” Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. 7 PM. Iman Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Ave., LA. $10, no one turned away <>. <>.

November 7 ● Thursday

Political Meeting: ACLU Orange County

Support and love immigrants. Free all political prisoners and third strikers. Protect and defend the Constitution. Support Costa Mesa Day workers & end gang injunctions.. Peace not war. 1st Thursdays monthly. 7:30 PM. <>.

Film: Peace & Justice Movie Night

1st Thu– movie night; 2nd Thu– Steering Committee; 3rd Thu– teach-in on peace & justice work. 9 PM, St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Chase Room, 7056 Washington Ave., Whittier. <>.

November 8 ● Friday

Conference: Ladyfest DIY Festival

Non-profit festival made by and for queers, punx, immigrant families, working class womyn and gender non-conforming artists, musicians, volunteers and activists. Workshops, music, vendors, food & more. LA. <>.


Community Event: LBGT Games Night

A night of games, puzzles and refreshments. $5 suggested donation; no one turned away. 7-10 PM. Also Nov. 22. South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550. <>. <>.

Books: “Returning Soldiers Speak”

An evening of prose and poetry.  With award winning poet Hugh Martin, Pulitzer Prize nominee John Rixey Moore, James Mathers, Jon Zelazny and participants of the West LA VA and Wellness Works writing workshops. In memory of Lee Mingh Sloca. 7 PM reception & book signing; 8 PM reading. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. <>. <>.

November 9 ● Saturday

Talk: Wanda Coleman

Interview of the well known LA poet. MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon). Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056. Free. 4 PM. 310-315-0056. <>. <>.

November 10 ● Sunday

Books: Humanist Association

11 AM. Colorado Center, Community Room, 25 Broadway, Santa Monica.

November 11 ● Monday

Political Action: Which Way? Days

Work for peace: Reject our permanent war economy & militarization of youth and society! Get fired up. Get inspired. Get creative. Plan events with your local networks, email in/share your plans with our network. We have legal info for people planning actions at schools- this is important. Nov. 11-15. Nationwide call to action. <>. <> (links on facebook may require membership).

Talk: Close Guantanamo

Elliott Adams, former President of Veterans for Peace, is on a West Coast Speaking Tour passing through SoCal from Nov. 11-21. Today: “Armistice Day – The Forgotten Victims of War,” 11 AM, Los Angeles VFP, Arlington West,  Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Other appearances in Malibu, Long, Beach, Ventura, LA, Palm Springs, San Diego, Claremont. Tour details: <>. Local contact: (310) 339-1770, <>.

Film: Documental

Experimental documentaries. Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056. Free. 7-10 PM. (310) 315-0056. <>. <>.

November 12 ● Tuesday

Forum: Challenge Surveillance

“Challenging the Surveillance & Detention State: Popular Resistance to the NDAA and America’s Security Obsession.” ACLU Forum. 7-9 PM. Free. Neighborhood Church, 391 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. (213) 434-4643. <>.

Books: Jerry Stahl

The author discusses “Happy Mutant Baby Pills” with Richard Lange. “ A deeply funny and devastating warning label for the world we live in.” 7:30 PM Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave, LA. (323) 660-1175. <info [at]>.  <>.

Discussion: McLuhan-Finnegans Wake

Explores the ideas of James Joyce and Marshall McLuhan and how they apply to today’s media and technology. Usually 1st Tuesdays monthly, call to confirm. (Moved from Nov. 5 because of election day.) 6-8 PM. Free. Lloyd Taber- Marina Del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, MDR. (310) 821-3415. <>.

November 13 ● Wednesday

Political Meeting: LA Beyond Coal

Monthly meeting with pizza & refreshments. 6-8 PM. Sierra Club Office, 714 W. Olympic Blvd., 10th Floor, LA. Contact them for parking & building entry details. <>. <> (facebook links may require membership).

Books: Johnny Cash

Robert Hilburn presents and signs “Johnny Cash: The Life.” Although part of his life has been told on film, there are many compelling layers to his story that have remained hidden–until now. 7 PM. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. <>. <>.

Music: Suzy Williams

7 PM. Danny’s Deli, 23 Windward, Venice. (310) 450-6052.  <>. <>.

Political Meeting: United Nations Women

LA Chapter general meeting. Formed to promote the status of women worldwide. Bond Wright is the local contact. 2nd Wednesdays monthly. 7 PM. National Council of Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax, LA. (310) 450-3396. <>, <>.

November 14 ● Thursday

Conference: Advancing Justice

Focusing on on civil rights and social justice in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Nov. 14-16. Los Angeles, CA. <>.

Community Event: Hunger Action LA Awards & Dinner [added]

Welcome 6 PM; dinner/awards 7-9 PM. $75, advance or at the door. Kavar Restaurant, 4777 Santa Monica Blvd., LA. (213) 388-8228. <>. <>.

Talk: Push Back Against Spying

“LA vs NSA – How to Push Back Against Warrantless Spying.” Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. 6:30 PM. Free. Huntington Center, St. Sophia Cathedral, 1324 Normandie Ave., LA. <>. <>.

Talk: Single Payer Healthcare

You’ve heard in the news about how labor organizations are reacting both positively and negatively to the ACA. Find out why, and why the labor movement has re-committed, stronger than ever, to Single Payer. Presented by Lenny Potash of Labor United for Universal Healthcare. Sponsored by HCA-LA & the LA Healthcare Coalition. 7-9 PM. The Peace Center; 3916 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (near Venice). <> (click on “local chapters” then on “san fernando valley”).

November 15 ● Friday

Conference: Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition will have a presence. Biltmore Hotel, Downtown LA. Registration required. <>. <>, <>.

Film: Socialism at the Movies [added from Oct. ad; restored]

“The Visitor.” A lonely economics professor’s life changes when he finds an undocumented couple living in his seldom-used NY apartment. Moderator: Jack Rothman. Doors open 7:45 PM; film 8 PM. Free. Westside address provided with your RSVP; space limited— reserve early to assure a place. RSVP: <>. <>.

Community Event: LGBT Movie Night

Film selection determined by those present. You may bring your own DVD for possible viewing or join in games, conversation and refreshments. $5 suggested donation; no one turned away. 7-10 PM. South Bay LGBT Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 328-6550. <>. <>.

November 16 ● Saturday

Benefit: Cindy Sheehan for Governor

Comedy benefit fundraiser. The show is smart, generally political, adult comedy. Featuring Rick Overton, Jimmy Dore, Betsy Salkind, Cathy Ladman, Dwayne Perkins, Jann Karam & Larry Hankin. With candidate Cindy Sheehan. Proceeds go to Cindy Sheehan for Governor campaign and to Peace & Freedom Party L.A. County Voter Registration Drive. Doors open 4PM; event 4:30-7 PM. Magicopolis, 1418 4th St., Santa Monica. $20. Face

November 17 ● Sunday

Media: “Nation” Mar Vista

Readers’ discussion group. Usually 3rd Sundays monthly, call first. 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, same location, by 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. (310) 495-0299. <>. <>.

Political Meeting: SoCal Climate Action Coalition

Help plan LA’s largest climate rally! Bring your enthusiasm & some potluck food. 4-7 PM. El Salvador Consulate, 3450 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 250, LA. <>.

November 18 ● Monday

Political Action: NRC “Waste Confidence”

This meeting needs public input on dealing with nuclear reactor waste issues. And maybe they should shut them all down because there is just no safe way to do this! Open house 6 PM; meeting 7-10 PM. Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Dr.. Carlsbad.

Community Event: South Bay PFLAG

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

November 20 ● Wednesday

Political Action: NRC “Waste Confidence”

This meeting needs public input on dealing with nuclear reactor waste issues. And maybe they should shut them all down because there is just no safe way to do this! Open house 6 PM; meeting 7-10 PM. Courtyard by Marriott SLO, 1605 Calle Joaquin Rd., San Luis Obispo.

Discussion: MOM

Meditations On Media. Gerry Fialka’s stimulating soiree stirs up discussion to reveal the hidden effects of what humans have invented. Free. 3rd Wednesdays monthly. 7-10 PM. Free. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. <>.

Talk: “Monthly Review”

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

Play: “Mercy Killers”

This play uses the power of compelling storytelling to raise awareness about inequities and dysfunction in the health care system by reaching audiences in underserved communities around the nation. Written by Michael Milligan. CA Tour of the play sponsored by Campaign for a Healthy California. 7:30 PM. IATSE Local 80; 2520 West Olive Avenue, Burbank. RSVP. (818) 331-1261. <gdaley@calnurses.orgor>. <healthycaliforniacampaign.orgor>,  <> (click on “local chapters” then on “san fernando valley”).

November 21 ● Thursday

Film: Subversive Cinema

Experimental animation (with live music). 7-10 PM. Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd, Venice. (310) 450-6052.

November 22 ● Friday

Political Action: Shut the SoA

Nov. 22-24. Ft. Benning, GA. (202) 234-3440. <info(at)>. <>.

November 24 ● Sunday

Film: Pop Art Films

7 Dudley Cinema. 7-10 PM. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. <>.

November 26 ● Tuesday

Volunteer: Change-Links Meeting

Monthly mailing meeting for this newspaper. Noon-2 PM. At the editor’s place in Van Nuys. (818) 782-1412. <>. <>.


November 27 ● Wednesday


Talk: Activist Support Circle

Speaker TBA. Call first for November meeting. Doors open 6:30 PM; Circle 7-9 PM. Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard Street, Santa Monica. (310) 399-1000. <>. <>.

Political Meeting: Healthcare For All CA

Tonight’s meeting is cancelled. Next meeting tentatively on Dec. 11. San Fernando Valley chapter meeting. Obamacare helps but doesn’t fix our broken health insurance system. Learn more about Improved Medicare for all Californians. (Leno). Usually fourth Wednesdays monthly. 7:30 PM. New Location: Plaza del Valle Community Room, 8610 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City. (818) 766-7318. <>. <> (click on “local chapters” then on “san fernando valley”), <>. (Sites on facebook may require membership.)


December 9 ● Monday

Classes: Social Justice Training Institute

Forum for professional & personal development of social justice educators and practitioners to enhance & refine skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the campus community. Dec. 9-13. Long Beach. (970) 491-6384. <>. <>.

December 11 ● Wednesday

Benefit: Jerry Rubin’s 70th Birthday

Public celebration & fundraiser to help save and restore Paul Conrad’s ‘Chain Reaction’ peace sculpture. Special guest performers & speakers include: Michelle Phillips (actress, activist & founding member of The Mamas & the Papas), MC Chris Carter (radio host of Breakfast With the Beatles), several Beatles-influenced performers as well as humorists, speakers, singers/musicians and Paul Conrad’s son Dave. Doors open 6 PM; program begins 7 PM. $20; low income $10. Advance reservations available. Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. (310) 399-1000. <>. <>.

December 13 ● Friday

Film: Socialism at the Movies

“Sin Nombre.” Spanish language film about an Honduran family trying to reach the US to build a better life. Moderator: Jack Rothman. Doors open 7:45 PM; film 8 PM. Free. Westside address provided with your RSVP; space limited— reserve early to assure a place. RSVP: <>. <>.


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