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Now that Treasure Island is the new hope for San Francisco housing after the Hunters Point botched cleanup, will the Navy blame Tetra Tech for malfeasance on the island so developers can make billions – poisoning residents and bleeding taxpayers?

For both armed and unarmed combat, the United States military is unparalleled in the world. So, when the U.S. Navy points the finger for its bungled Hunters Point cleanup at Tetra Tech to deflect from its own liability, it’s a carefully thought-out advance strategy that has worked for decades on contaminated Naval bases around the globe.

Behind Enemy Lines

Missouri guards called the Cowboy Gang say, ‘We’ll make your murder look like a suicide’

Mar 21, 2018

I hope this letter gets to the Bay View because correctional officers are destroying my outgoing mail. I had to defend myself against a correctional officer when he swung on me and I ended up busting his jaw and knocking him out. The results: All my property was destroyed, I was jumped on in cuffs and shackles, not fed, slept on concrete naked for weeks and everything imaginable. Corrections Officers have made death threats on my life.

Bay View offers solution to North Carolina crisis: Prisons too dangerous, guards quitting, so unban the Bay View

Mar 21, 2018

My January 2018 issue of your newspaper has been disapproved by the facility I am at, Alexander Correction Institution in North Carolina. According to this notice I was given, your newspaper is on the “Master List of Disapproved Publications” and thus I am not allowed to appeal the disapproval. As soon as I complete this letter, I will be composing a formal grievance on this matter. The Bay View seeks professional legal help, willing to file suit if necessary, to back up Tommy Accardi’s brave grievance.

LWOP (Life in Prison Without Parole): Dreams derailed or deferred

Mar 7, 2018

Imagine for a moment the faces, emotions and mind-set of teenagers and/or young adults from all walks of life who suddenly find, as I had, that because you are closely associated with someone or provided something to someone who committed murder, you too, under the law, are now just as responsible for capital murder without ever having such intent or a clue that anyone would be seriously injured or killed.

Rally, press conference and court solidarity to end sleep deprivation

Mar 6, 2018

On Feb 8, 2018, Northern District Judge Vince Chhabria held a hearing on a motion by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to dismiss civil rights lawsuits brought by two prisoners, Christopher Lipsey and Maher Suarez, who are suing CDCR for violation of their Eighth Amendment rights against cruel and unusual punishment. Specifically, they have brought their lawsuits to put an end to the sleep deprivation of prisoners caused by “security/welfare checks.”

Solitary crackers: Sleep deprivation is a whiplash to our souls

Mar 5, 2018

The cop enters the section, cracks a metal wand on a metal “security” button outside each cell. This contact-cracker creates a loud beep. They crack that pipe on each damned button until it elicits a response. Then continue on to the next button. Crack-crack-beep, crack-beep, crack-crack-crack-beepity-freakin’ beep. Try and sleep when all this happens every 30 minutes, 24 hours, seven days a week.

New legal action is a path to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom, but a re-ignited international mobilization is critical for victory
Mule Creek State Prison is run by white supremacists
Ruchell Magee, longest held political prisoner in the world, heads to parole hearing
We stand together so prisoners never have to go through the years of torture we did
From retaliation to torture in a Florida prison unfit for habitation
PTSD SC: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Solitary Confinement
Wrongfully returned to SHU: Six-month update
Prisoner firefighters poisoned by Montecito mudslide – no forewarning
Fake flu quarantine equals real lockdown in Michigan prisons
Shaka Shakur: Help resuscitate justice in Sullivan County
General TACO, embrace accountability for the good of the Black Riders
Free innocent Leonard Peltier! On his 43rd year in prison, he yearns to hug his grandchildren
End the isolation of Jamil Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown)
Criminalizing ‘Panther Love’ and the New Wave COINTELPRO tactics in Texas prisons
Seeing the problem, being the solution, making the sacrifice

News & Views

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize awarded to Charles Onana and Phil Taylor

Mar 21, 2018

The 2018 Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize was awarded on Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Brussels, Belgium. The prize honors Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Despite the African Court of Human and People’s Rights’ 2017 ruling that her imprisonment is unjust and that Rwanda should free her, she remains behind bars. This year’s Victoire Prize went to Cameroonian French journalist Charles Onana and Canadian radio broadcaster Phil Taylor.

Remember the My Lai Massacre on its 50th anniversary

Mar 16, 2018

The My Lai Massacre occurred on March 16, 1968, 50 years ago during the Viet Nam War. Over 500 babies, children, women and men were slaughtered by American soldiers. Many Vietnamese women and girls had been raped. Huts were burned, livestock was killed, food supplies destroyed. Besides the My Lai Massacre that occurred that day, another massacre occurred in the nearby hamlet of My Khe.

‘Black Panther’: Reflection on cultural solidarity and historic debt

Mar 7, 2018

Black Panther in a nouveaux peacock chair making deals with the CIA! I am like hold up?! Are you out of your mind? This must be a slapstick thrown in to distract and confuse the audience who do not know their history and who probably believe it’s OK to share secrets with the U.S. government. Like Okoyo, the CIA is all about meddling in international affairs that threaten white supremacy and its economic and military dominance. Wakanda has a seat in the U.N. Council.

War, what is it good for?

Mar 6, 2018

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Edwin Star sang those lyrics in 1970 on his album War & Peace. The song “War” was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 15 weeks. In 1970, the U.S. was deeply involved in the Vietnam war. I was 19, prime age for feeding the war machine. The lyrics have influenced my life ever since. Massive spending on our military hasn’t resulted in peace. Instead, we have more war and terrorism. Funding peace-building and peace-keeping should be a top priority of every member of Congress.

Free Mumia, free Meek Mill, free them all!

Mar 5, 2018

The frame-up of rapper Meek Mill by Philadelphia cops bears a telling resemblance to the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Both stand as indictments of the entire injustice system. Recent revelations about the fraudulent arrest and imprisonment of Mill demonstrate what police and prison abolitionists have known for decades: The entire institution of mass incarceration is a crooked, racist system. When we say, “Free Meek and free Mumia!” we also say, “Free them all!”

No justice yet for Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson
West Oakland’s class warfare
In honor of Shirley Chisholm, let’s elect leaders who speak truth
San Francisco Unified School District, CPS and SFPD fail to protect special needs children from abuse in school
Business owners declare Third Street an African American Cultural District
San Francisco SPCA to launch a free Veterinary Assistant Apprenticeship Program
Libyan National Popular Movement condemns attempt to assassinate Black aide to Qaddafi Dr. Bashir Saleh Bashir
Mass incarceration for profit: The dual impact of the 13th Amendment and the unresolved question of national oppression in the United States
The Kenesha Jackson story: Holding judges accountable in the age of accountability
Statement of the Libyan National Popular Movement on the Seventh Anniversary of the February Conspiracy
As San Francisco mayor, London will share power with the poor
‘Black Panther’: The masking of Oakland’s Panthers
Bay View needs benefactors
Parkland: If ‘Don’t-mention-his-name’ were Black
Kicking off San Francisco’s Black History Month, Board President London Breed proclaims, ‘I am nobody’s slave!’

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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March 21, 2018
Project WHAT! Scholarship Fundraiser 6:00 pm SomaR Bar 1727 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612 <br><span>The only scholarship of its kind!! <br><br>... more>>
March 22, 2018
San Francisco FOOD NOT BOMBS Thursday Food Share 6:00 pm 16th Street Mission station (2000 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110) <span>We will share free hot food in the 16th &... more>>
March 22, 2018
Black reSurgence!TV 7:00 pm Comcast Channel 76, Astoud 30 and ATT 99 In honor of yet another innocent Black Male who has ... more>>

Wanda’s Picks for March 2018

Mar 13, 2018

I don’t know how Avotcja does it all: host two radio shows, perform with her band Modupue and curate such a phenomenal series of poetry and storytelling events. Yet she does and has for more years than we have fingers and toes. This is why, though I appreciated and loved “Beloved Oakland,” I think two culture workers were left out: Avotcja and Paradise. I would not have excluded any of the awardees; however, to omit Avotcja is like forgetting to bow to the Queen (as in Califa, not Victoria).


Mar 6, 2018

He was born in 1933. He, of course, is Minister Louis Farrakhan but, like Oprah or Prince, one name is enough to garner recognition. Say “Farrakhan” – and everyone knows of whom you speak. This has especially been so since Oct. 16, 1995, the day his call for the assemblage of a million Black men was met by at least a million Black men. What other Black leader could have done this?

A loving farewell to Anita Labossiere, champion of environmental justice

Mar 6, 2018

Anita Corine Sanderson-Labossiere, beloved mother, caring grandmother, dedicated daughter, loving sister and friend, departed on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the age of 62. She was active as a rank-and-file union member of IFPTE Local 21, as well as in a number of other organizations. Among those, Anita was very passionate about one in particular, the Shafter Avenue Community Club, a community organization dedicated to environmental justice in the Bayview Hunters Point District in San Francisco.

‘Business in the Black’ is coming to San Francisco

Mar 5, 2018

“Business in the Black: The rise of Black business in America, 1800s-1960s” is a documentary. Finally there’s a film that looks at the achievements of African Americans in the arena of business starting with slavery times. This film is special because little is said about the accomplishments of slaves and African Americans in the area of business. “Business in the Black” is showing in San Francisco at Safehouse Arts Center, Saturday, March 10, 7 p.m. reception, film at 7:30 p.m., admission $10, tickets available on Eventbrite.

Oakland students embark on study abroad in South Africa

Mar 4, 2018

Twenty-eight Oakland students from McClymonds, Castlemont, Skyline, Oakland Tech, Emery High and Ile Omode Schools will soon travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in “The South Africa Project,” a two-week study abroad program. Kharyshi Wiginton, founder of Culture Keepers, works to build cultural awareness through study abroad opportunities for Oakland students. This year will be her third cohort of Oakland students participating in “The South Africa Project.”

San Francisco’s celebration of Black History Month done right
Free the land! Commemorating 50 years of the Republic of New Afrika
A tribe called identity: Finding your Wakanda
Black disabled folks have been separated from the Black community since slavery
Black Panther as neo-Tarzanism
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