Venice BID to get $2.3 million from city of Los Angeles by Mike Chamness, Occupy Venice, (602) 339-6607 City is Set to Provide $2.3 Million over 5 Years to Fund Venice Beach Business Improvement District Residents and Stakeholders Gathered to Ask Why the Public Beachfront is Being Privatized, and Why the City is Giving Millions to a Process Intended for Businesses to Vote to Tax Themselves Residents, property owners, visitors and others are concerned that the proposed Venice Beach BID will escalate gentrification, privatize one of our [...]
by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) Black August originated in the California penal system to honor fallen Freedom Fighters, Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden. Jonathan Jackson was gunned down outside the Marin County California courthouse on August 7, 1970 as he attempted to liberate three imprisoned Black Liberation Fighters. Ruchell Magee is the sole survivor of that armed liberation attempt. He’s the former co-defendant of Angela Davis and has been locked down for more than 40 years, most of it in [...]
by Mo Nishida On August 30, 2015, Lil Tokyo 4 Peace and Azuns 4 Jericho/Mumia will commemorate August as the opening of the atomic age, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago; the criminal and inhuman use of the sun’s energy against human beings by other human (?) beings, a true crime against humanity. The event will be held in the rock garden located at 240 South San Pedro Street.) The flame comes to us via the Lil Tokyo Peace Vigil that’s held every [...]
45th Annual National Chicano Moratorium Commemoration August 29, 2015 Defensa del Pueblo-Raza Resistencia! by Jaime Cruz On behalf of the National Chicano Moratorium Committee and supporters, we invite the Community to join the historic Long March and Rally to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the historic August 29, 1970 National Chicano Moratorium. We call for unity because that's what we need to bring about a new awareness of the true level of oppression, repression, and present day acts of ethnic cleansing strategies, law enforcement misconduct, economic exploitation, [...]
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Interview Guy McPherson is a professor emeritus of evolutionary biology, natural resources and ecology at the University of Arizona, and has been a climate change expert for 30 years. He has also become a controversial figure, due to the fact that he does not shy away from talking about the possibility of near-term human extinction. While McPherson's perspective might sound like the stuff of science fiction, there is historical precedent for his predictions. Fifty-five million years ago, a 5-degree Celsius rise in [...]
Change-Links Community and Activist Calendar for Los Angeles for August 2015.
by Ray Jones While in the law library preparing legal documents for a case I was litigating, I found a book of legal maxims and phrases, many in Latin vulgate, including popular phrases like “pro bono,” (for a good cause or purpose, rather than for a fee), “ad hoc,” (for this [time], temporary), “prima facie,” (at first view), and “habeas corpus,” (literally, have the body, meaning produce the person in court -- a guarantee against indefinite, illegal detention that goes back to the Magna Carta). Other expressions, [...]