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Charlottesville solidarity: Undeterred protesters march in Oakland to tune of Strange Fruit

The mass of roughly 1,000 protesters, which included representatives of the Black Panthers, gathered in Oakland’s Latham Square at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday evening before taking to the streets. Demonstrators were angered over events which had taken place earlier that day in Charlottesville, Virginia, where alleged Nazi sympathizer, James Alex Fields Jr., mowed down several people with his car in an incident similar to recent terrorist attacks in London and Nice, France. One person was killed and 19 others were injured in Charlottesville.

Behind Enemy Lines

Florida locks down all 97,000 prisoners, blocking them from Aug. 19 Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March

Aug 18, 2017

Florida Department of Corrections has placed all of its 97,000 inmates on lockdown, just days before the Aug. 19 Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on Washington, D.C., calling for an end to the legalized slavery of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Cracking down on the mobility of inmates by correctional officials has become a common tactic to prevent prisoners from joining outside supporters in calling for an end to mass incarceration.

Millions 4 Prisoners March: Abolish ‘legalized’ slavery

Aug 17, 2017

I am one of the leading voices of prisoners throughout the United States who are calling for the amending of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and a total and final abolition of slavery in Amerika. An organization located here in the USA, Raleigh, North Carolina, to be exact, is educating, organizing and mobilizing as many people as possible to support and/or participate in the Millions 4 Prisoners March on Washington, D.C., on Aug. 19, 2017. The organization is called I Am We.

Aug. 8, 1978: MOVE members remain in prison 39 years later solely because they are MOVE members

Aug 10, 2017

What happened to them on Aug. 8, the hellistic rain of police gunfire, beatings, rape threats and incarceration, was nothing compared to what they faced in Philadelphia courtrooms, where they were denied their every right, including their alleged right to self-representation, beaten again when they refused to attend their own legal lynchings, and then, the lynchpin – convictions, and common sentences before Judge Edwin Malmed of 30 to 100 years, for third degree murder?!

Building peace with love and respect during Black August 2017 – with all eyes on NABPP-PC

Aug 2, 2017

My sisters and brothers, we are coming up on our 12th anniversary of Black August and it is at this time we remember our Comrade Hugo “Yogi” Pinell, murdered Aug. 12, 2015, while in the custody of the state of California. We remember our Minister of Human Rights Hasan Shakur, who was murdered on Aug. 31, 2006, while in the custody of the state of Texas. The New Afrikan Black Panther Party, Prison Chapter, calls on you to remember Black August and the people’s martyrs.

I AM WE!

Aug 1, 2017

Let’s touch upon the phrase, I AM WE. It is an ancient African saying. To me it means: What affects you affects me. It means: We are together; we are one. I AM WE means that with unity, solidarity and agape love for one another, we can overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal! By applying I AM WE, together we can crush imperialism, eradicate white supremacy, destroy patriarchy, change misogynistic attitudes and save our planet!

Hugo Antonio Lyon Martinez Pinell, March 10, 1944-Aug. 12, 2015: In your absence
On Dec. 6, 1865, Black bodies were nationalized – and our prison movement was born
Free California political prisoners Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald and Ruchell ‘Cinque’ Magee
An introduction to the Peoples Prison Defense Committee
Rising temperatures can kill Texas prisoners. Corrections ignored that, says federal judge
Survivors of long term solitary confinement petition for institutional restitution
Federal judge orders air conditioning installed in Texas prison in response to prisoners’ lawsuit
Black August statement 2017
Rashid: Thrown in solitary for publicizing abuses
Rebuilding an economic self-empowerment movement after more than 30 years in solitary
George Jackson University and the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March
Message from the youth: Abolish slavery
Healed people heal people: Use Prop 57 to restore leadership and strengthen communities
Missouri ignores US Supreme Court ruling requiring resentencing of prisoners given life without parole as juveniles
O.J. Simpson, keep speaking for the powerless in prison

News & Views

Negotiations, not Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ saber-rattling, can bring peace to Korea

Aug 18, 2017

The situation regarding the escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States must be addressed with negotiations with North Korea and peaceful diplomacy through the United Nations, not by saber-rattling, threats of war against North Korea, threats of pre-emptive strikes, and words by President Trump threatening North Korea with “fire and fury, like the world has never seen.”

Like Jeff Davis, Trump’s in a ‘tight place’

Aug 16, 2017

Even though many whites thought of him as the father of the “lost cause,” Jefferson Davis was for most African-Americans what racism symbolizes. From the end of slavery, recently freed ex-slaves felt the same way about him. Ex-slave Dilly Yellandy remembers, “Old Jeff Davis said he wus goin’ to fight de Yankees till hell wus so full of em dat their legs us hangin’ over de sides.” Slaves like Mr. Yellandy had heard about Jeff Davis, all right. They had heard about how he tried to run away and hide in a hole, like a fox, and how he tried to escape by wearing his wife’s dress.

Free Alabama Movement and its Queen Team salute SF Bay View on eve of Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March

Aug 16, 2017

On the weekend of Aug. 19, 2017, a historic event, the Millions for Prisoners March will take place in Washington, D.C., to bring awareness to a constitutional injustice and a banquet to honor and celebrate 41 years of service of the San Francisco Bay View newspaper. In the midst of this fight for freedom, it is an honor to be a part of such a historical event, it is an even bigger honor to be a part of a coalition that shares the same views for freedom and vision to preserve a much needed tool in the fight for freedom. The San Francisco Bay View is one of those much needed tools to aid in this fight.

Ella Baker Center demands Alameda County Sheriff’s Department be held accountable for support of white supremacy

Aug 15, 2017

Following the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department retweet of white supremacist Richard Spencer, which was a video of a press conference Spencer held defending the acts of terrorism in Charlottesville, we call on the sheriff to end their collaboration with ICE, stop profiting off of the incarceration of people of color, stop hosting militarized law enforcement trainings, and accurately account for what was saved as a result of Proposition 47.

A large and diverse crowd in Oakland demonstrates solidarity with Charlottesville

Aug 13, 2017

A large group took to the streets in Oakland for several hours Saturday evening to demonstrate in solidarity with Charlottesville. The diverse crowd of approximately 1,000 people managed to shut down all eight lanes of Highway 580. The freeway shutdown was brief but boisterous. Protesters vacated the freeway voluntarily and in a celebratory mood.

Fast and fatal: Car plows into crowd protesting Unite the Right rally to save Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville park
Killing the Congolese people, an interview with Sylvestre Mido
I see the Bay View as the New York Times of the prison abolitionist movement
If DC is too far, join the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in San Jose
U3Fit to open Bayview personal training center and café in September
Baba Jahahara: Black August 2017
The vicious cycle of CPS intervention
Black youth who led the Ferguson Rebellion and inspired the world are dying – is Cointelpro back?
Will the CIA obey a Trump order to stop funding terrorists?
15 tenants face unusual eviction in Bayview
Universal healthcare: Learning from the success of others
Will the Planning Commission allow the eviction of vets in the Bayview?
Protesters blockade Kinder Morgan Richmond Terminal demanding halt to Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline
A tale of Twin Cities
Don’t let Trump exploit an accident to foment hate

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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August 20, 2017
Black August: Honoring 41 Years of SF Bayview, Banquet & Fundraiser 1:00 pm Stuart Center 821 Varnum Street Northeast, Washington, D.C., DC 20017 To celebrate 41 years of service and dedication of the San ... more>>
August 20, 2017
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in the Neighborhood: Fun Day in the #Bayview Free Family Arts + Crafts 2:00 pm 4720 3rd St., between Newcomb and Oakdale, Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco TODAY! and Every Sunday Will Be Fun Day in the #... more>>
August 20, 2017
Anti-Police Terror Project (APTP) First Responders Training 2:00 pm 955 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607 This training introduces APTP first responders model for conducting independent ... more>>
August 21, 2017
VOLUNTEER for the Day Labor National Assembly (NDLON Asamblea Nacional) 2:00 pm Santa Clara University Day laborers and domestic workers from the SF Day Labor ... more>>
August 21, 2017
Meeting: Justice 4 Kayla Moore & Mental Health Alternatives 7:00 pm The Grassroots House 2022 Blake St, Berkeley, CA 94704-2604, United States Justice 4 Kayla Moore demands:

"Police must not be first responders ... more>>

Protests supporting Colin Kaepernick planned for NFL’s first week

Aug 16, 2017

Little doubt remains that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by the National Football League for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence against Black people and other people of color. Many quarterbacks with less impressive records have been signed, but Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job. KPFA’s Ann Garrison filed this report.

Wanda’s Picks for August 2017

Aug 10, 2017

Don’t forget the legacy of the Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey (Aug. 17, 1887-June 10, 1940) this Black August. There is an annual program at Marcus Books in Oakland, Sunday, Aug. 20, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Happy Birthday to Karla Brundage (8/29), Cousin Jeffery Lewis (8/29), Gene Howell Jr. and to all the ancestors lost in the Great Storm – Katrina (8/29/2005), and to those still swimming home on rafts and other flotilla. Follow the light.

Johnny Manziel: The NFL owners’ ‘good boy’

Aug 8, 2017

When NFL owners look at out-of-work quarterback Johnny Manziel, they see themselves. Or at least they see their ne’er-do-well son or nephew: the one who was raised in cushy wealth, partied too hard, maybe got in a few legal misunderstandings with the girls, but deep down is a “good boy” and always worthy of a second chance. Playing ability isn’t even part of the conversation. They want him in their club. When NFL owners look at out-of-work NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, they see a threat.

Assata Shakur: She who struggles

Jul 30, 2017

Meet a sista, comrade, soldier, warrior, guerrilla who exemplifies the meaning of revolution through the life that she lives, transforming from the day of her birth to this present day. Born with the slave name JoAnne Deborah Byron, after her emancipation from the shackles of capitalism she took on the name we’re most familiar with, Sista Assata Olugbala Shakur – Assata meaning “she who struggles,” Olugbala meaning “love for the people,” Shakur meaning “the thankful.”

Inner-view with ‘white-balled’ NBA star Mahmoud Abdul Rauf

Jul 29, 2017

Decades before our friend and former SF NFL star quarterback Colin Kaepernick found himself “unhireable” – for the “crime” of taking a knee to protest the rockets-red-glare-bombs-bursting-in-air “Star Spangled Banner,” theme song of continuing European white supremacist terrorism and racist murders – another gifted pro athlete was “white-balled” out of the NBA. Mahmoud Abdul Rauf was a nearly “unguardable” sweet shooting point guard for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets in the 1990s.

A warrior bends her knee in prayer
‘13th’ and the culture of surplus punishment
In memory of Gregory Matthew Hug
SF Mime Troupe’s 2017 production ‘Walls’ decries immigrant criminalization
Wanda’s Picks for July 2017
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