Time To March on Washington … Again

Fifty years after King’s historic march, the struggle for racial justice faces unprecedented challenges. They carried signs that demanded “Voting Rights,” “Jobs for All” and “Decent Housing.” They protested the vigilante killing of an unarmed black teenager in the South and his killer’s acquittal. They denounced racial profiling in the country’s largest city. This isn’t 1963 but 2013, when so many of the issues that gave rise to the March on Washington fifty years ago remain unfulfilled or under siege today. That’s why, on August 24, a [...]

By |2013-09-09T03:31:24-05:00September 9th, 2013|Featured, News|0 Comments

Creeping Fascism?

In recent months and years, fascism has strengthened its foothold in the US. The “unholy” alliance between corporate powers, government and right-wing religious sects has launched a sharp about face in rights and freedoms. Governor Perry of Texas is leading a right wing attack on abortion rights, cutting the number of safe clinics and restricting the services they can provide, thus increasing the danger to women. Similar new laws now sweep across Southern and Midwest states, in campaigns funded by corporations. The governor of Virginia is trying [...]

By |2013-07-31T21:00:04-05:00July 31st, 2013|Commentary, John Johnson|0 Comments

War After War After War What Is It Good For?

Absolutely Nothing I was born as WWII was ending. One of my first social memories was when my parents and I were in the car on Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood. Announcements came over the radio that the Korean War was officially ended. I could see and feel my parents’ happiness. When I was about ten, my friends and I were playing war in a large vacant lot near our house. The lot had been a strawberry farm, made vacant when the Japanese owner was carted off [...]

By |2013-07-08T21:19:42-05:00July 8th, 2013|Commentary, John Johnson|0 Comments

The Real Numbers: Half of America in Poverty

The Real Numbers: Half of America in Poverty -- and It's Creeping Upward The Census Bureau has reported that one out of six Americans lives in poverty. A shocking figure. But it's actually much, much worse. May 26, 2013  | The  HYPERLINK "https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/overview/" \t "_blank" Census Bureau has reported that 15% of Americans live in poverty. A shocking figure. But it's actually much worse. Inequality is spreading like a shadowy disease through our country, infecting more and more households, and leaving a shrinking number of financially secure families [...]

By |2013-06-04T21:13:50-05:00June 3rd, 2013|Economy|0 Comments

It’s Election Time Again, Yea

It’s Election Time Again, Yea   More ranting from John Johnson I participated in the 1964 election, having been involved in supportive actions for the civil rights movement that was taking place in the South. Some of us were already working in groups, including the Young Democrats. Our main target was the reactionary Birch Society’s candidate, Barry Goldwater. We worked for Johnson and local politicians going door to door. We worked for politicians who seem to oppose the growing Vietnam situation, and helped to get them elected. [...]

Yes Virginia, Lightning Strikes Twice

Yes Virginia, Lighting  Strikes Twice By John Johnson For the past two months I’ve regaled you with my car accident and how I ended up with a cheaper older model that seemed to be in great shape. Or so I thought. On a mid-September Saturday while I was again doing errands in the Silver Lake area, I noticed coolant leaking and added some. Soon, all hell broke loose. I coasted off the freeway and got home. The next morning I went to a nearby Pep Boys. In [...]

By |2012-10-01T16:43:27-05:00October 1st, 2012|Commentary, News|0 Comments

National Security and Shirley Sherrod

National Security and Shirley Sherrod By John Johnson I was particularly irritated last month by the Shirley Sherrod story. Shirley Sherrod has worked in the civil rights movement since the Sixties, and was a member of SNCC. Her father was murdered by the KKK and her family harassed. She’s dedicated her life to helping Black farmers, first working in non-profits, later for the Department of Agriculture. A few years ago she talked about how she was once asked to help a white farmer. She thought about deferring [...]

By |2010-08-29T15:54:36-05:00August 1st, 2010|Commentary, Editorial, John Johnson, News, Politics|0 Comments

The Corporate War Against the Middle and Working Classes

By John Johnson There always has been wars between economic interest, in fact other than religion, this has been the prime reasons for war. In the United States one of the most vicious war was in the latter part of the Nineteenth Century of monopoly industries and robber barons in the new Industrial/Gilded Age. There was a very small middle class and conditions for most workers was abdominal. 14 hour work days, in dark, polluted factories. There was a boom in child labor. Young girls were cramped [...]

By |2010-07-02T21:06:01-05:00July 2nd, 2010|Big Business, United States|0 Comments

Change-Links—May 2010

9 Fatcats Who Profiteered from the Credit Crunch DOJ Under Obama Perpetuates Bush Policies, Plus... By Chaparral Fireland Obama on Civil Liberties: Year One By Tom Head The Secret Police of LosAngeles: Daryl Gates’ Paranoid Legacy Excerpts From the Work of David Cay Johnson Latin América?International Organizations Seek End to ?Journalist Murders ?in Honduras By Carlos Quintanilla So What’s the Problem? By John Johnson

Change-Links —March 2010

April PDF 3 Easy Ways to Samck Down Wall Street By Brad Reed No Banker Left Behind By Robert Scheer Looting Social Security By Paul Craig Roberts Who's Really In Control of theWhite House? Maybe Not Obama By David Sirota Howard Zinn the Historian Who Made History By David Zirin Tensions Between Venezuela and Colombia By Carlos Quintanilla Running on Empty By John Johnson Howard Zinn Presente Zinn Photos ———— March Calendar

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