From last April, 2014: April Fools Day Jokes… If Only!

By John Johnson As we go to press that jetliner is still missing in the Indian Ocean. Amid confusion in the Middle East, world powers maneuver to seize the Ukraine. Russia appears to have annexed the Crimea, but at the moment the US and United Nations retain some control over the Ukraine. Various factions in Syria, Iran and Iraq and Al-Qaeda continue lobbing missiles at each other, and, as always, the killing continues. In the US Republicans and Tea Party idiots launch massive campaigns to control local [...]

By |2020-01-22T00:16:14-05:00April 1st, 2015|John Johnson|0 Comments

My brother, John Johnson

by Linda Johnson Hoffman My brother, John Johnson, was an icon of the ‘60s. That decade personified his life and it was where he felt most comfortable. Growing up in North Hollywood with our parents and our older brother, Eric, my brothers and I all attended the same elementary, junior and senior high schools. Johnny always looked up to Eric because he admired his intelligence, perseverance and gregarious personality. While Johnny was shy and introverted, he was a passionate activist for as long as I can remember. Our [...]

By |2015-11-01T16:24:13-05:00August 16th, 2014|In Memoriam, John Johnson|0 Comments

John Johnson Remembered

By Paul Krehbiel John Johnson, publisher and editor of Change-Links newspaper, passed away April 13, 2014 while preparing the May issue of a newspaper loved and relied upon by thousands of progressive political activists in Los Angeles and southern California. He would have turned 70 on July 4, 2014. John was in his 21st year with Change-Links, most as publisher. Founded as a result of the Winds of Change conference held in Los Angeles in 1992, Change-Links came out first as a calendar of progressive and politically left [...]

By |2015-11-01T16:24:25-05:00August 16th, 2014|In Memoriam, John Johnson, Paul Krehbiel|0 Comments

The Perils of Progressive Media

by John Johnson Last month we got an email from the Getty Foundation. They demanded $350 from Change- Links, claiming that we used one of their photos on a page from our Website from about three months ago. On it, we’d ran an article about a homeless families. To illustrate it I chose a photo I found on the Web of a homeless family. A number of years ago the Getty empire started buying up all the photos they could, especially ones with news value, then charging [...]

By |2014-02-02T04:02:32-05:00January 31st, 2014|Editorial, Independent Media, John Johnson|0 Comments

How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

by  Sonali Kolhatkar If the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling was not devastating enough for American democracy, a new case could wipe away any remaining vestige of election integrity. The nation’s highest court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission this month. If the court rules in favor of Alabama mining CEO Shaun McCutcheon, rich Americans could make unlimited amounts of campaign contributions directly to political candidates and parties. Currently, the federal limit for individual contributions is $123,000 over two years, a figure that [...]

By |2018-03-22T12:16:38-05:00November 6th, 2013|News, Sonali Kolhatkar|0 Comments

Thanks For Fighting Back

We should thank all the volunteers who have help Change-Links since the beginning. We have other editors who taught me how to put the newspaper together. All those who have helped distribute Change-Links every month. A mainstay has been Dean who gets them out on the Westside and elsewhere and makes it by for every mailing meeting. Chuck from Orange County. Franco who has helped in the Pasadena area until he had some health problems. Marcielle , Paul and others in the Pasadena area. Woodrow who uses [...]

By |2013-11-06T01:44:23-05:00November 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s Still Class Warfare

Pretend All You Like, It’s Still Class Warfare by DAVID MACARAY It’s an old joke, but it bears repeating: An Oxford professor meets a former student on the street. He asks what he’s been up to lately. The student tells him he’s working on a doctoral thesis about the survival of the class system in the United States. The professor expresses surprise. “I didn’t think there was a class system in the United States,” he says. “Nobody does,” the student replies. “That’s how it survives.” The growing chasm [...]

By |2013-10-09T02:07:07-05:00October 9th, 2013|Commentary, David Macaray, Economy, Featured, Uncategorized|0 Comments

America’s Rich Are Getting Richer Even Faster Than You Thought

We have come, as a nation, almost full circle back to the deeply unequal America of the late 1920s. The future just keeps getting brighter for Americans with unique specialties. Randy Stearns has one such specialty: “home-tech integration.” Stearns helps people install and maintain high-tech gadgets. But we’re not talking “geek squad” and hooking up home networks here. We’re talking rich people — and electronic toys that can cost more than houses. Randy Stearns offers “24/7 white glove” service for clients who typically pay between $150,000 and $450,000 per [...]

By |2013-10-09T01:42:52-05:00October 9th, 2013|Economy, News|0 Comments

Two Confessions and an Observation

By John Johnson Hi John, I think you’ve landed on a significant observation. While I’m not certain that the bloated lords of Greed would ever abandon a target consumer (nor do I believe they’ve lost interest in us - witness all the garish obnoxious commercials), impoverished demographics seem to spend hugely disproportionate amounts of money on worthless shit that gives them the temporary illusion of status.  Was it John Steinbeck who said that poor people don’t see themselves as poor, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires?  One of [...]

By |2013-10-09T01:39:53-05:00October 9th, 2013|Commentary, John Johnson|0 Comments

Thirteen Things the Government is Trying to Keep Secret from You

by  https://www.commondreams.org/bill-quigley Bill Quigley “We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted…the Patriot Act.  As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows.  This is a problem, because it is impossible to have an informed public debate about what the law should say when the public doesn’t know what its government thinks the law says.”  –  httpss://www.documentcloud.org/documents/325953-85512347-senators-ron-wyden-mark-udall-letter-to.html US Senators Ron Wyden [...]

By |2013-09-09T22:52:51-05:00September 9th, 2013|Bill Quigley|0 Comments

Same ole times

By John Johnson I sit at my computer on a warm-hot summer day in the Valley, unsure about what I want to write. I turn to MSNBC and see photos and reports celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Among the main speakers are Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, and in a second I’m carried back to 1963. Back to the days of real hope, love and friendships. I sit in my little rented guest house in Van Nuys working on the September issue, reminded [...]

By |2013-09-09T22:05:41-05:00September 9th, 2013|Commentary, John Johnson|0 Comments
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