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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

Proposition 57 dashes hopes for lifers and Three Strikers, turning cirrhosis into death sentence

Mar 23, 2018

Gov. Brown’s Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 was a sham that gave false hopes of freedom to thousands of juvenile offenders who have grown up – and are now adults – in California prisons and Three Strikers, who believed they would finally see their 20-, 30- and 40-year-old priors, which have kept them behind bars long after their current sentence has been completed, go away. But that’s not the reality.

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
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

News & Views

London Breed launches plan to tackle homelessness

Mar 23, 2018

Board of Supervisors President and candidate for mayor London Breed has announced an aggressive plan to address San Francisco’s homelessness crisis, focused on building more housing, more quickly; preventing those who are currently housed from falling into homelessness; improving street behavior and offering more services for addiction and mental health issues; and getting tent encampments off the street.

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!
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

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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March 24, 2018
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES - San Francisco 1:00 pm Civic Center San Francisco, CA 94102 <span>The youth across the Bay Area are making our ... more>>
March 24, 2018
Presentation: Issues of Evictions, Rent Increases and Habitability Facing Tenants of University Housing 1:00 pm J. Paul Leonard Library (Rm286) SF State University 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132 SF State Tenants Denied SF Housing Rights: 34% Rental Increases and ... more>>
March 24, 2018
Film Screening & Discussion: HIDDEN TREASURE 3:00 pm Potrero Hill Neighborhood House 953 De Haro St, San Francisco, CA 94107 Bringing attention to the widespread incidence of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, Hidden ... more>>
March 24, 2018
Drop LWOP Town Hall 5:00 pm Red Bay Coffee Roastery 3098 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94601 (near Fruitvale BART) At the Drop Life Without Parole (LWOP) Town Hall, hosted ... more>>
March 24, 2018
Palestinian Youth Movement Hosts Screening & Discussion of "500 DUNAM ON THE MOON" 7:00 pm Reem's 3301 E. 12th St. Suite 133, Oakland, CA 94601 <span>In commemoration of Yawm al Ard or Land Day, ... more>>
March 24, 2018
HOW TO BE A WHITE MAN (Full length Comedy! Performances March 23-April 1) 8:00 pm Buriel Clay Theatre 762 Fulton St. San Francisco, CA 94102 <br><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_688905973" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ"></... more>>
March 25, 2018
UUSF Breakfast Forum: Rodrigo Torres, Immigration Activist 9:30 am First Unitarian Universalist Society of SF (MLK Room) 1187 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94109 Rodrigo Torres is a volunteer with CIVIC (Community Initiatives for ... more>>
March 25, 2018
HOW TO BE A WHITE MAN (Full length Comedy! Performances March 23-April 1) 2:00 pm Buriel Clay Theatre 762 Fulton St. San Francisco, CA 94102 <br><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_688905973" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ"></... more>>
March 25, 2018
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>>

Oakland, you deserve a parade: Black joy to the world

Mar 23, 2018

The Black Joy Parade in Oakland, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 25, was a heartwarming and overwhelming success! A great thing that just happened in Oakland that has practically received no media play. But what a day – a history making day! I’ve never seen anything like it in all my days. Initially, I really didn’t know what to expect and yet I had great expectations. The buzz about the event had been good for at least a month.

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
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
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