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The Bay View strongly supports David Campos for state Assembly.

Bay View Voters Guide: It’s time to claim our political and economic power

It’s time for Black people to wake up and use the power that set us free. We have not claimed our victory. We can get started on repairing our political power. We all must start turning out to vote. We can’t turn out at 20 percent or less and expect the power structure to meet our demands – or even our most basic needs. Let us show our resolve by getting our community ready to vote, then voting 100 percent in November. Oct. 20 is the last day to register for the Nov. 4 election.

Behind Enemy Lines

The truth and lies that targeted and convicted Sahara Fakhir, an Islamic activist

Oct 19, 2014

Sahara Fakhir is 33 years old. Prior to her incarceration, she was productive in the community, a member of Custodians of Faith, feeding the homeless. She is loved by family, friends and the homeless. She is a free-hearted, free spirited, loving individual. Even though she is physically restricted due to knees that render her immobile, she is always willing to sacrifice her own needs for the benefit of others.

What is solitary confinement?

Oct 18, 2014
With at least 20 prisoners on each tier, Alcatraz represented the dawning of a new theoretical concept, which was mass solitary confinement isolation. – Photo: © 2006 Betty Malloy

At first glance the question, What is solitary confinement? appears to be rhetorical, if not insulting, but you would be surprised, if not incredulous, how many prison rights activists are at a loss when I pose it to them. Even more perplexing, many prisoners are only able to provide the standard but antiquated response, which is: a prisoner in a cell behind a solid door, in which he/she is isolated from other prisoners and human contact.

Solidarity had the might to move the mountain of prison torture that kept us isolated and voiceless – we still need you now, even more

Oct 11, 2014
“Trapped, Isolated” – Art: Roger “Rab” Moore, G-02296, HDSP Z-168, P.O. Box 3030, Susanville CA 96127

CDCR deliberately lied about their implementation of the Security Threat Group Step Down Program sanctioned by Gov. Jerry Brown. Gov. Brown and CDCr administrators are currently violating our United States constitutional rights, the California Code of Regulations and other rules, laws, policies and standards with the intent of breaking down and destroying men and women prisoners, family bonds and moral ethics here in California.

The Agreement to End Hostilities must be re-implemented in all California prison and jail facilities

Oct 9, 2014

It has been two years since our Agreement to End Hostilities was released in October 2012, and we continue to stand united. While there have been a few conflicts here and there, we need to commit to ceasing all racial hostilities towards one another and remain peacefully united throughout all prison facilities. By re-reading and re-committing ourselves to the Agreement to End Hostilities, we are taking back control of our own lives and our own futures.

Tehachapi SHU is the worst of any SHU, prison or jail I have seen in 23 years

Oct 8, 2014

On Aug. 28, 2014, I spoke with the Corcoran State Prison Step Down Program (SDP) facilitator who confirmed I was on the list to be transferred to Tehachapi (California Correctional Institution, or CCI) and that I would be stepped up a step – from Step 2 to Step 3 of the SDP. On Sept. 16, 2014, I was advanced up a step, to Step 3, so that’s all good. But the big lie is that there is a functional Step 3 and 4 program at this prison.

After many long years in solitary confinement, I’m just asking
California transfers Pelican Bay SHU prisoners to general population despite calling them too dangerous during the hunger strikes
California prisoner representatives: All people have the right to humane treatment with dignity
Robert C. Fuentes, ‘poet, jailhouse lawyer and humanitarian in the hunger strikes,’ dies of CDCr medical neglect
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law blasts proposed prison visitor strip search policy as unconstitutional
Corcoran SHU prisoners start hunger strike for decent healthcare; support needed now
Former delivery boy, now poet, helps Bay View spread love and hope
Amy Buckley in Mississippi prison: I will not give up until I receive the medical care I deserve
Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 1135, Prison Anti-Sterilization Bill
Unresolved hunger strike issues: Five Core Demands, 40 Supplemental Demands and CDCR’s STG-SDP
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation tries to fast track draconian prison visiting policies, proposing use of canines and controversial ION scanners
Exposing a national crisis in Black mental health behind bars
Power concedes nothing, Part 2: a discussion on retaliation, censorship and fascism in the modern US state
Leaving Pelican Bay SHU, I’m a pup in a brand new world
Culture shock! Leaving Skeleton Bay after decades in solitary

News & Views

Kagame’s newspaper calls on the ICC to indict the BBC for ‘genocide denial’

Oct 19, 2014
International criminal defense attorney Peter Erlinder – in handcuffs for “genocide denial” – appears in a Kigali, Rwanda, courtroom with Kenyan lawyer Kennedy Ogetto in May 2010.

The BBC documentary, “Rwanda: The Untold Story,” has become the subject of fierce argument including many open letters to the BBC both applauding and attacking it. Paul Kagame accused the BBC of “genocide denial” and his state newspaper, The New Times, even called on the International Criminal Court to indict the network and/or its producers. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to international criminal defense attorney Peter Erlinder.

Gerald Perreira, chair of Black Consciousness Movement Guyana, refused entry to Jamaica for Million Man March Commemoration

Oct 19, 2014
Two million men gathered on the National Mall on Oct. 16, 1995, at the call of Minister Farrakhan.

Gerald Perreira was yesterday told he must get off an aircraft in Antigua before the plane could take off. Perreira was on his way to Jamaica, where he had been invited by the Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan to participate in the 19th anniversary of the Million Man March, on Oct. 19, at the National Arena in Kingston. He was told by the authorities in Antigua that he was removed from the flight because he had been refused permission to land in Jamaica.

Ebola, the African Union and bioeconomic warfare

Oct 17, 2014
A public health billboard in Monrovia, Liberia, warns and instructs the people. Despite the staggering challenges, Liberia and also Nigeria and Senegal are managing to contain the pandemic.

As the Ebola outbreak rages and there are projections of more than 1.4 million persons infected in the next few months, the African Union and the regional bloc ECOWAS have taken a back seat as the international media uses this virus to stigmatize Africa and Africans. Pious statements have been made by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the World Bank warns that Ebola could have “catastrophic” economic costs on the region of Western Africa.

Duvalier: Dead but not gone

Oct 14, 2014
In April 1971, at the age of 19, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier became president for life of Haiti upon the death of his father, Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier. Though initially he was the youngest head of state in the world, Baby Doc presided over the murder and torture of thousands of Haitians and hundreds of thousands more fled the country during his 15-year reign of terror.

Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier, responsible for the death of thousands and the theft of millions, who moved openly in the society of Haitian elites protected by the government, died on Oct. 4 a free man. He reportedly suffered a heart attack at the home of an associate in a wealthy enclave above Port-au-Prince. Baby Doc may be dead, but Duvalierism is embedded in this upside down Haiti of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their presidential puppet, Michel Martelly.

Oct. 14 take action to stop Pennsylvania’s ‘Gag Mumia and All Other Prisoners’ bill

Oct 13, 2014
Decarcerate PA Free Speech poster

Pennsylvania legislators are trying to stop prisoners from speaking about their ideas and experiences. Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Vereb introduced a bill, HB2533, called the “Revictimization Relief Act,” which would allow victims, district attorneys and the attorney general to sue people who have been convicted of “personal injury” crimes for speaking out publicly if it causes the victim of the crime “mental anguish.” The bill was written in response to political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s commencement speech at Goddard College and is a clear attempt to silence Mumia and other prisoners and formerly incarcerated people.

BBC asks ‘What really happened in Rwanda?’ (with French translation)
Cynthia McKinney on autism and Ferguson
United States Ebola death raises questions about quality of care
Joe Debro on racism in construction
Still no resolution: an interview wit’ Sheikh Hashim Ali Alauddeen, the Imam of Malcolm Shabazz
Rwanda attacks political prisoner Victoire Ingabire’s family (with French translation)
Public Defender, Quattrone Center to study consequences of race, justice in SF
More Black people killed by police than were lynched during Jim Crow
Governor veto of prosecutor misconduct bill criticized
Sen. Holly Mitchell’s California Fair Sentencing Act, ending crack disparity, becomes law
Oakland, thank God you haven’t lost your soul
National Afrikan Amerikan Family Reunion Association brings families together to free themselves from poverty
Unanimous vote renames Bayview Library for Linda Brooks-Burton
Why did you shoot me?
Join the #HandsUp mass mobilization in Ferguson Oct. 9-13

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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Ferguson, The Bay Area and Beyond: A Conversation About Race and Justice
Oct 20 5:30 PM
Presented by The Commonwealth Club

Brittany Ferrell, Organizer, Millennial Activists United
Tef Poe, Organizer, Hands Up United; Hip Hop Artist; more>>

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City Rally to Protest Bay Guardian Closure, Celebrate Newspaper’s 48-Year History
Oct 22 12:00 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 22 will mark the first time in 48 years that the San Francisco Bay Guardian—the Bay Area's progressive more>>
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Talking with our Grandmothers on the 100th anniversary of World War I
Oct 22 1:30 PM
Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers General Meeting

On the 100th anniversary of World War I, two activists from Burlington VT bring more>>

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Free Drop-in Job Counseling Every Fourth Wednesday
Oct 22 2:00 PM
Looking for a job? Or perhaps have a job and are not too sure that is a job you want more>>
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Henrietta Lacks’ Legacy: A Conversation with the Lacks Family -- in Bayview
Oct 22 5:30 PM
Center for Youth Wellness Hosts Community Conversation in the Bayview with the Lacks Family

The Center for Youth Wellness is more>>

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Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe ’s ‘Traveling While Black’ at Brava through Oct. 26

Oct 19, 2014

“Traveling While Black” is epic. It is a story that has audiences laughing while at the same time catching their breath as Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe takes us with her into situations only a well-written narrative can then retrieve us from unscathed. The journey is fraught with peril. Cooper-Anifowoshe transports us from a Muni bus ride in San Francisco to a slave ship off the coast of West Africa without a blink of an eye.

Wanda’s Picks for October 2014

Oct 7, 2014
Maafa 2014, web

Sunday, Oct. 12, marks our 19th Annual Maafa Commemoration. This is a time when we gather to remember our African ancestors, especially those who endured the transatlantic slave trade or the Middle Passage, the Black Holocaust. It is a time for Pan Africans to gather and celebrate life and recommit ourselves to the work of liberation: spiritual, psychological, economic and political.

Jacqueline Hairston to receive Howard Thurman Award

Oct 5, 2014

Noted composer, arranger, pianist, music educator, vocal coach, liturgical musician and clinician, Jacqueline Hairston will be presented the Howard Thurman Award at Fellowship Church’s 70th anniversary celebration and 19th annual Howard Thurman Convocation. Founded in 1944 by Drs. Howard Thurman and Alfred Fisk, the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples is the nation’s first fully interracial, interfaith congregation.

Da Cotton Pickas

Oct 4, 2014
'Da Cotton Pickas- Wat U Expext' cover

Da Cotton Pickas have emerged from the constant witnessing of the blatant disrespect that is daily being poured into our communities and our households nationwide. The time has come again for rebellious, radical, revolutionary, spiritual and gangsta music to be brought to the forefront with no apologies and no fear of repercussions.

‘Why the U.S. Government Assassinated Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.’

Oct 2, 2014

The question of who ordered the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. is a vital one. Those who dismiss the notion that the United States government would engage in assassination willfully ignore the 1975 Church Committee Report that exposed covert, illegal government activities and the many CIA-orchestrated assassinations and coups d’etat from Africa to Latin America.

The future of streaming music: an interview wit’ Vaytus owner Aniefre Essien
Black man on a quest: an interview wit’ Life is Living organizer Hodari Davis
Third Street Stroll …
Practice makes us better dads
Africa Towns and Ujamaa Villages: an interview wit’ city planner, author and gardener Menhuam Ayele
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