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Trump declared ‘persona non grata’ in the Caribbean

This declaration was authored by the pan-Africanist and socialist popular forces of the Caribbean nation of Barbados at Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, and submitted to the people and civil society organizations of the Caribbean for their endorsement and adoption. By describing the nations of Africa, the Republic of Haiti and the Central American nation of El Salvador as “shithole” countries, U.S. President Donald Trump has committed a despicable and unpardonable act of anti-Black, anti-African, anti-Brown racism and is “Persona Non Grata” in the entire Caribbean region.

Behind Enemy Lines

Operation PUSH: Prison work stoppage called for MLK Day

Jan 4, 2018

The following message is from a group of prisoners who are spread throughout the Florida Department of Corrections. It was sent anonymously and compiled from a series of letters received on Nov. 26 and 27. According to their statement, these prisoners plan to initiate a work stoppage or “laydown” beginning Monday, Jan. 15, coinciding with Martin Luther King Day, in nonviolent protest of conditions in Florida prisons. They are calling it Operation PUSH.

Bad Karma

Jan 3, 2018

Not so fast, STATE of Texas! I have something very special for the media and the public to see. I won’t announce when I’m coming, but surely I will arrive. I’m Bad Karma. Isn’t destiny great? Don’t you feel blessed to be alive? Well, it’s over – you’ve been found out – you most certainly did nothing great. I’m Bad Karma, here to show the world what happens to government officials who make a living sowing seeds of HATE!

New mail policy in Michigan prisons: Billionaires profit at the expense of prisoners, their families and friends, and U.S. Postal Service

Jan 2, 2018

Effective Nov. 1, 2017, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) has instituted a new mail policy, which they falsely claim will stem the flow of contraband, primarily the controlled substances suboxone and fentanyl, into Michigan prisons, when they well know over 80 percent of all contraband is smuggled into prisons by employees, as confirmed by multiple studies. One can only conclude that stopping contraband is not the goal of this new policy, merely the excuse for it.

Amber Jackson’s story

Jan 1, 2018

In 1984, in San Diego, I was born to two parents with mental health problems. My parents put myself and my siblings through severe neglect, sexual abuse, physical and verbal abuse. I am the oldest of six children. My dad was a Vietnam vet. At age 12 I broke away from my parents and turned myself over to Child Protective Services thinking they could help and were the only answer.

The National Jericho Movement to Free All Political Prisoners

Jan 1, 2018

The Jericho Movement to Free All Political Prisoners was started by Safiyah Bukhari (d. 2003), Herman Ferguson (d. 2014) and Jalil Abdulmuntaqim, who is a Black Panther political prisoner incarcerated for over 44 years. Jericho has maintained a steady course for 20 years. Beginning with its famous march on Washington in 1998, Jericho has continued to campaign to free freedom fighters, community activists and revolutionaries primarily from movements of the 1960s and ‘70s.

Boycott, Defund, Bankrupt – Say NO to canteen, incentive packages, collect phone calls and visitation during February, April, June, Black August, October and December in 2018
Wrongfully returned to SHU: Maximum security is no place for rehabilitation
Systemic impunity keeps Jim Crow alive in Florida prisons
Mentally ill prisoner, ignored and neglected, commits suicide in solitary confinement at Eastham Ad-Seg Unit
They say the police said I was a snitch, but what does that make you?
Cold disregard: Texas prison guards and University of Texas medical staff ignore excruciatingly painful spider bite
Tell Gov. Jerry Brown, ‘Drop LWOP’
Crossing the electronic prison firewall
Thanksgiving on Death Row
Eastham water supply shut completely OFF, stench of human waste pervades old, decaying prison
Make history in 2018, not excuses: Whose side are you on?
Prisoner lives matter too – but not in Texas!
Kwame ‘Beans’ Shakur: Seizing the time
Against carceral feminism, against using state violence to curb domestic violence
How I survived 22 years of solitary confinement

News & Views

Dr. King: Honor him with a movement, not just monuments

Jan 15, 2018

We must raise the query, what is the value in a monument when our country has fallen so far backwards in race relations under this president? We need a movement. In Dr. King’s honor, every American must join this movement to establish justice, peace and equality of opportunity for all. Through reasoned compromise, both sides resolve every injustice with a plan of action. Each act of reconciliation is one step closer to King’s “Beloved Community.”

Acting Mayor London Breed honors Dr. King and reports progress in supporting homeless and immigrant San Franciscans

Jan 15, 2018

Acting Mayor London Breed, San Francisco’s first Black woman mayor, issued the following statement on Jan. 15, the birthday and federal holiday of Martin Luther King Jr.: “Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time for solemn reflection and commemoration of the life and legacy of one of our country’s most distinguished leaders. It is a time for us to remember and think critically about the values he stood for: social and racial justice, service and equality.”

Racialized evictions are part of Treasure Island redevelopment

Jan 13, 2018

Treasure Island (TI), part of San Francisco’s District 6, according to various censuses, is the third most diverse neighborhood in the U.S. Seventy percent of tenants are Black or Latina/o, and the majority are low-income. The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) documented District 6 to have the most eviction cases represented by the EDC in courts in 2016. The island’s better housing units, on the northwest side, are destined for redevelopment in the form of new, upscale apartment buildings as part of a larger development project.

Congo: A neocolonial enterprise managed by the UN Security Council with no regard for Black lives

Jan 13, 2018

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the heart of Black Africa. Millions of Congolese have been murdered, massacred, enslaved, robbed of their resources and driven from their homes since the Berlin Conference gave the “Congo Free State” to Belgium’s King Leopold II as his personal property in 1885. I spoke to Jean-Claude Maswana about the latest waves of aggression under current Congolese President Joseph Kabila.

Eviction killed 100-year-old Iris Canada: Will City approve condo conversion of the building she called home for 60 years?

Jan 10, 2018

Tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 11, in Room 400 of City Hall, the SF Planning Commission will be voting on whether to approve an application for the condo conversion of the Fillmore District apartment building from which Iris Canada, a 100-year-old African American woman, was evicted last February. Ms. Canada died in the hospital in March, shortly after that eviction. The item is No. 16 on the agenda. The commission meeting begins at 1 p.m.

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How prisoners organized to elect a just DA in Philly
SFPD murders again: Rest in power, Brother Icky!
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Uganda attacks Congo’s Beni Territory just in time for Christmas
Opposition mounts to sexual harassment witch-hunt
#MeToo founder Tarana Burke, Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter on wave of sexual harassment reports
Musing on survival: Living in the ghetto and the near inevitability of prison
The Bay View is our Freedom Train, our Underground Railroad
Coates doesn’t get it

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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January 16, 2018
TRANSPORTATION GENTRIFICATION of Oakland - Press Conference and Rally 1:00 pm Oscar Grant Plaza 14th and Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 The Release of the youth and family "WeSearch" Study on ... more>>
January 16, 2018
Community Tuesdays at Radio Africa & Kitchen -- dinner for $10 5:00 pm Radio Africa & Kitchen, 4800 Third St., San Francisco You’re invited to “break bread” with us in the ... more>>
January 16, 2018
Deport ICE: The Resolution To End All Cooperation - Final Vote 5:30 pm Oakland City Hall 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612, USA <br><span>We did it!<br> <br> Five months after ... more>>
January 16, 2018
January MAIL NIGHT with Initiate Justice 6:00 pm Movement Strategy Center 436 14th St, Oakland, California 94612 <span>Initiate Justice continues to get mail from our incarcerated ... more>>
January 16, 2018
Black Fatherhood: Trials & Tribulations, Testimony & Triumph Film Showing 6:00 pm Cal State East Bay Theatre, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward, California 94542 <span></span><p>Come join<span> <b>Dr. Khalid White</... more>>
January 16, 2018
Access-Centered Yoga for Trauma and Pain 7:30 pm Qulture Collective 1714 Franklin St, Oakland, California 94612 Access-centered yoga means that all bodies, minds, and variations of ... more>>
January 17, 2018
Ella Baker Center PRISON MAIL NIGHT 6:00 pm Ella Baker Center for Human Rights 1970 Broadway, Ste 1125, Oakland, CA 94612 <br><span>Ella Baker Center (EBC)will host a mail ... more>>
January 17, 2018
GI RIGHTS HOTLINE TRAINING: Become a GI Rights Counselor! 6:00 pm War Memoral Veterans Bldg. [Room 245A] 401Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102 The GI Rights Hotline provides accurate helpful counseling and information ... more>>
January 17, 2018
Film Showing "Salt of the Earth" 7:00 pm 2969 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 <span><br><i><span><b>A classic film about the ... more>>

Another look at Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 15, 2018

There are many facts about King’s life that are not widely known to today’s African youth. One example is that he visited Africa before Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad. Kwame Nkrumah invited King to Ghana’s independence celebration on March 6, 1957. Malcolm X’s first visited Egypt in 1959. King was light years ahead of his contemporaries on the South African question. It must be understood that the masses of Africans in the Western Hemisphere re-embraced pan-Africanism in the 1970s.

Wanda’s Picks for January 2018

Jan 9, 2018

Congrats to new San Francisco Mayor London Breed! Congrats to TheatreFirst for “Participants,” the kind of collaborative theatre project which should be the norm, not the exception. Make sure you check out the finale for the TF 2017-18 season: “Between Us” and “Just One Day” beginning Feb. 18. Listen to two engaging conversations with playwrights and actors about “Participants”: Dezi Soléy and Cheri L. Miller, Skyler Cooper, Nick Nanna Mwaluko, Carl Lumbly.

Message to the Black Man (and the world) 2018

Jan 3, 2018

I attended the prom in my Golden Fleece and my gold-centric Pharaoh of Oakland attire (see photo). I like to dress like this from time to time in spite of the intense petty hate stares I get. I like to dress like this to give people permission to be fabulous on any day! Every day! I like to dress like this because I’m a poet, artist and musician … in everything I do. I like to dress like this to let people know that in spite of it all: And still we rise!

Transportation gentrification: How Bus Rapid Transit is displacing East Oakland

Jan 1, 2018

We youth scholars from Deecolonize Academy and POOR Magazine submitted 14 Freedom of Information Act requests to 14 departments in the City of Oakland, only to receive a series of messages from two of the departments saying, “We have no documents,” and no word from the others. On Jan. 16, we will be making a demand to the City of Oakland and AC Transit that, with the money they received for BRT, they support Oakland residents to be able to stay here as reparations for the millions of dollars they are receiving to displace us out of here.

SFAAHCS Film Festival: ‘African Americans in Times of War: A Resilient Spirit’

Dec 30, 2017

For 62 years, the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society has been one of the leading voices promoting Black history and the contributions of African Americans both nationally and locally. The 2018 Black History Month theme is “African Americans in Times of War: A Resilient Spirit.” The kickoff celebration will be held in the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda on Friday, Feb. 2, at 12:00 noon.

Journalist, poet Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987) fought fascism to cure the disease of American racism
Planet Asia
Otis Redding and Muhammad Speaks
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