Decolonization: Path to Ecological Sustainability

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action Los Angeles Death squads in Honduras recently killed Berta Caceres and another woman leader of indigenous peoples struggle. These murders show the threat such struggles represent to big business interests that make money from looting the earth, and to the politicians that serve those interests. The killings make clear the ugly consequences of US intervention (approved by Obama and Clinton) on behalf of coups that rob people of their rights. Opposing those financial, military and political elites is a matter of life [...]

By |2016-04-05T20:06:26-05:00April 5th, 2016|Beyond Capitalism, Sustainability|0 Comments

Euro-skeptic Left Bloc of Socialists and Communists win majority in Portugal, denied right to form government

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action The hollowing out of "democracy" is now complete. A united left won the clear majority in Portugal's parliamentary elections, and the president of the country is refusing to allow them to form a government, directing that the minority, pro-Euro-zone conservatives, continue to govern. On top of the austerity forced on Syriza in Greece, splitting the party, this exposes the limits of European parliamentary democracy. Europe's governments are inherently more democratic and responsive to popular majorities than the US Presidential and Congressional federal [...]

By |2015-11-01T17:08:49-05:00November 1st, 2015|Commentary, Michael Novick, Politics|0 Comments

In an Empire, There Are No Citizens, Only Subjects

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. You might think it's a good thing, a sign of the times, that an avowed socialist is making a credible run for the presidency and drawing big crowds and thousands of small donations wherever he goes. And indeed it is a testament to the fact that, 25 years after the end of "Cold War I" and the "Red Menace," the idea of socialism is quite popular with young people, for whom capitalism appears as organized greed, theft and planetary destruction. But dig [...]

By |2015-09-07T23:50:52-05:00September 7th, 2015|Anti-Racism/Racism|0 Comments

Trans-Pacific Partnership-Preparation for War with China

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA Since Clinton bombed the Chinese consulate in Yugoslavia during the US/NATO war over Kosovo, I've been saying the US is on course towards war with China as the major threat to US imperialist hegemony. Clinton had conceded to the neo-con position of preparation for war as an economic and logistical necessity to eliminate China's dual threat, to US domination, and of a global over-production crisis. Strategists talked of  reduction of capacity to solve capitalism's inability to find profitable markets for output, as [...]

By |2015-07-01T01:31:23-05:00July 1st, 2015|Beyond Capitalism, China, Economy, Michael Novick, News|0 Comments

Pacifica Delegate Elections Getting Underway at KPFK

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. KPFK is heading into an election for listener and staff delegates to compose the local station board (LSB) amid turmoil. Controversies among listeners, staff, management and governance have been a regular feature at listenersponsored Pacifica, but recent personnel changes and an ongoing financial crisis have intensified matters. Listeners who have donated at least $25 or volunteered at KPFK for at least 3 hours are eligible to vote, and there is a possibility of hardship waivers of both requirements for people committed to [...]

Which Way Forward for the Movement Against Police Terror?

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles The state response to the tremendous, ongoing upsurge sparked by the outrage of the Black people of Ferguson MO to the police killing of Michael Brown, magnified nationally by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, amplified by unrest and protests in New York, Los Angeles, the Oakland/SF Bay Area, Minnesota, Cleveland, Baltimore, and numerous other cities, is now clear. It has three aspects: blatant increase of police terror, particularly against Black and Brown women, children and men; attempts to coopt the movement into minor [...]

By |2015-05-02T02:19:36-05:00May 2nd, 2015|Anti-Racism/Racism, Michael Novick|0 Comments

“The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI” by Betty Medsger

Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA March 8 marks the 44th anniversary of the break-in and burglary at the FBI office in Media PA that eventually exposed COINTELPRO, the FBI's secret illegal program against dissidents, especially the Black Panther Party, which FBI Director  J. Edgar Hoover proclaimed the #1 threat against US internal security. As "The Burglary" makes clear, COINTELPRO was the tip of a much larger body of FBI surveillance, infiltration and blackmail that impacted US society and government for decades. The agency focused on Black [...]

By |2015-03-02T03:56:27-05:00March 2nd, 2015|Book Reviews, Michael Novick|0 Comments

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press/ReVisioning American History, Boston, 2014) Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA In a short, thorough survey of U.S. history from settlement and conquest to current crises, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz pulls on the thread that unravels the tapestry of lies in most US "histories," whether academic, popular, or progressive. She views that history from the perspective of the indigenous peoples whose land was taken by, and whose resistance impeded and impedes, the "glorious, manifest destiny" and self-aggrandizing "exceptionalism" of the US empire-state. In her recent [...]

By |2014-12-31T14:52:36-05:00December 31st, 2014|Book Reviews, Michael Novick|0 Comments

War— Everywhere is War! War in the East …

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action "Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war... and until human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war." —Haile Selassie, popularized by Bob Marley in "War" An increasingly desperate US Empire is engaging in destructive, endless and futile war, with drones, troops, bombs in Africa and Asia, seeking to destabilize governments in Latin America, rearming Israel after its brutal attack on Gaza, financing [...]

By |2016-10-07T01:42:04-05:00December 1st, 2014|Editorial, Michael Novick, War|0 Comments

No Thanks! Nurturing a Culture of Resistance and Solidarity

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action I taught English as a Second Language to adults at LA Unified for many years, and for each of the many martial holidays the US celebrates, I had a lesson about how many major wars the US has fought. Back to the so-called French & Indian Wars in colonial days, when George Washington made his bones, the US has fought big wars on average every 18 years, and of course is now engaged in "endless war." Many of these wars are the [...]

By |2014-10-31T20:14:14-05:00October 31st, 2014|Anti-Racism/Racism, Michael Novick|0 Comments

Confronting Colonialism and the Legacy of Columbus

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles In countless ways, we live in the long shadow of Columbus and the genocidal impact of European colonialism of indigenous lands and peoples, and the subsequent capture and enslavement of Africans, also genocidal, to work those lands. These are not just historical but ongoing realities that shape the present, unless and until we unite to shape a new future, of decolonization. We can't confront the ills of this society without overturning the root causes in conquest, colonialism, privatization of communally-held indigenous [...]

By |2014-10-02T16:18:21-05:00October 2nd, 2014|Ecology, Michael Novick, Politics|0 Comments

One Struggle, Many Fronts: Boycott HP!

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. As this issue of Change-Links was going to press, daily demonstrations were taking place in LA against police murders and against the massacres in Gaza. Increasingly, people are linking the two causes, recognizing that we live in a seamless empire where the same tear gas projectiles are used in Ferguson by militarized local police and state troopers, in Gaza by the occupying Israeli military, and in Egypt by the US-backed military junta. People recognize, too, that children -- and our collective future [...]

By |2014-09-22T01:32:06-05:00August 29th, 2014|Features, Human Rights, Michael Novick, Surveillance|0 Comments
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