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Hours of powerful testimony on June 18 before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee were capped off by Dorsey Nunn – and the crowd erupted in cheers. – Photo: PNN

No more cops! No new jail!

My name is Dorsey Nunn. I’m with All of Us or None and executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. I’m sitting back there waiting for (agenda) Item No. 3 (a new jail for San Francisco), and while I’m waiting for it I’m listening to the testimony for Item No. 1 (hiring more police officers). And I can’t help but ask the question: “How much racism needs to be practiced for us to determine that we don’t need this jail?” Hours of powerful testimony on June 18 before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee were capped off by Dorsey Nunn – and the crowd erupted in cheers.

Behind Enemy Lines

Proposition 47: The clock is ticking to apply for relief

Jun 29, 2015

By now, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Proposition 47 (Prop 47). With more than 3,200 people released from state prisons and 115,000 petitions filed under the law within the first six months of its passage, Prop 47 is likely the most significant reform to California criminal justice policy since 2011’s Realignment. It is critical that individuals with eligible criminal convictions act quickly because the law created only a three-year application window.

New California prison censorship rules ban ‘Windows 7 for Seniors for Dummies’ and ‘Your Child’s Development from Birth to Adolescence’ as too hot for prisoners

Jun 28, 2015
“Censorship” – Art: Michael D. Russell, Pelican Bay

On April 30, the Office of Administrative Law gave the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation its approval on amended censorship regulations proposed by the department over a year ago. The amended regulations as approved and now in effect are essentially identical to those the department originally put forward on March 25, 2014, which drew sharp public criticism.

US prisoners sue for constitutional right to lifesaving Hep C cure

Jun 27, 2015
“Bidness Etc” illustration of Abbvie Pharmaceuticals Limited’s success at capturing market share with its Hep C cure, Viekira Pak, Feb. 2015

Attorneys filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts this week on behalf of prisoners who say they’re being denied new lifesaving treatment for Hepatitis C because of the cost of the drugs. Gilead Sciences manufactures two versions of the cure, Harvoni and Sovaldi. Abbvie Pharmaceutical Limited, formerly Abbot Labs, manufactures another, Viekira Pak. The cost of any one of the three is roughly $90,000.

CCI Step Down Program is bogus

Jun 27, 2015

I have taken the position to shut down this fake SDP (Step Down Program) crap. So all of Step 4, who have the most to lose – we all agree that these latest types of 115s, or RVRs (CDCR Form 115, Rules Violation Reports), are just another way to keep us held in SHU or a means of bringing us back once we make it out to the General Population mainline, and we’d rather take our stance now!

Soledad Brother John Clutchette asks for your help

Jun 26, 2015
This 1968 poster shows John Clutchette, George Jackson and Fleeta Drumgo being escorted by guards.

I have read your publication periodically over the years, and after some discussion with fellow prisoners, it was suggested I seek your assistance with getting the message out there that I need help! The enclosed documents tell a lot of the story of what I’ve been up against for years. Most of my support system has died – mother, wife, daughter and sister. The Brother Keith Wattley took my case and fought it to a short lived victory.

Unity between races is going strong; be proud of yourselves!
Rev. Pinkney, hero of Benton Harbor, speaks from prison
Strange fruit
We must leave the crops in the field
The New Underground Railroad Movement
Four years since our hunger strikes began, none of our core demands have yet been met: Our protracted struggle must continue
The Fairness and Restoration Act of 2015
Death Row prisoners challenge torturous conditions in San Quentin’s ‘Adjustment Center’
Johanna Fernandez: We need to bring Mumia home!
Top doc blasts California prison health care
Stop strip searching my mom!
New study shows 44% of Black women have incarcerated family member
We cannot live by bread alone: Texas abuses prisoners with denied food and bread-and-water diets
My struggle for freedom in the midst of Virginia’s Truth-in-Sentencing and Abolition of Parole laws
Pennsylvania prison bars Bay View; prisoner fights back – and wins

News & Views

‘Punishing the Poorest: How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty in San Francisco’

Jun 29, 2015

The Coalition on Homelessness Report, “Punishing the Poorest: How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty in San Francisco,” details the effects of criminalization on homeless residents of San Francisco. The COH report documents and analyzes the impacts of the rising tide of anti-homeless laws in our era of mass incarceration on those experiencing homelessness in San Francisco.

Racism and African American men: Killing without a gun

Jun 28, 2015
Dr. Vickie M. Mays

Dr. Vickie M. Mays, a clinical psychologist and professor of health policy and management at UCLA, has published a number of studies showing how experiencing racism contributes to high morbidity and mortality in African Americans. Mays said she is concerned that not enough attention is paid to the lethal consequences of discrimination African American men face every day.

Recology noose update: Daryle Washington rejects settlement without policy change

Jun 27, 2015

Last year the SF Bay View reported on the racism and intimidation tactics by Recology Corp. of San Francisco against Daryle Washington, an employee with an immaculate work record. This is a follow-up article to provide readers an update on his current situation. Read Daryle’s account of how things stand as well as a statement from his lawyer.

I got bit by the Treasure Island Flea

Jun 27, 2015
I bought the cherries and coffee tile art. – Photo: Carol Harvey

In May 2015, I crashed the Treasure Island Flea Market. It’s held on the island on the last weekend of each month – that would be this weekend. As they wander the Great Lawn looking for bargains, I doubt shoppers know that this noisy affair called Treasure Island Flea is happening around them on what Naval Environmental Coordinator Keith Forman reported was the site of an old World War II POW camp.

Proposed SF jail would likely displace affordable housing residents in SOMA

Jun 26, 2015

Californians United for a Responsible Budget filed an appeal challenging the environmental report put out by the SF Planning Department regarding the proposed construction of a jail at 855 Bryant St. as insufficient. A central concern for opponents of the jail is that the planners of the project did not seriously assess the high likelihood of displacing people in 14 Single Resident Occupancy (SRO) units living at 480-484 Sixth St.

Fifteen most outrageous responses by police after killing unarmed people
Study: Shocking racial disparities in San Francisco courts
Rebuke and praise after Charleston, South Carolina, church tragedy
The voice of reason regarding Burundi
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government agency that actually listens
White terrorist slays nine in Charleston church founded by Denmark Vesey on anniversary of his 1822 rebellion
The tragic, bloody origins of the Dominican Republic’s plan to erase much of its Black population
Monday, June 22: Protest banning of formerly incarcerated workers from building $5 billion Apple Campus 2
On the 23rd of every month, Californians demand, ‘End solitary confinement!’ – May report
RIP Darnell Benson: While under fire for previous transgressions, SF law enforcement quietly kills again!
Hundreds occupy intersection, then march to protest OPD killing of Demouria Hogg
Would Hillary Clinton change new US policy on Rwanda?
Brutal, child abusing cop at Texas pool party resigns, should be charged
Coup plotters sheltered by Rwanda declare war on Burundi
Challenging the Western consensus on Burundi

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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FIFTY-FIVE WESTERN ADDITION FAMILIES RALLY FOR RENT CONTROL PROTECTION TO STOP RENT INCREASES AS HIGH AS 300% Jun 29 11:00 AM Midtown Park Apartments, 1415 Scott St. at O’Farrell St., San Francisco This morning, amid rampant concerns that San Francisco’s affordability crisis more>> ---------------
The Business of Backlash: The Attack on the Palestinian Movement and Other Movements for Justice Jun 29 7:00 PM 518 Valencia St., San Francisco Featuring a discussion with
Sara Kershnar
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network more>>
Housing, Tenants, Non-Profits, Privatization & Labor -- Free forum with Lynda Carson and Tony Robles Jun 29 7:00 PM ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 2nd St. next to AT&T Ball Park, San Francisco San Francisco is rapidly turning into a city only for more>> ---------------

Tribute to civil rights activist Margaret Block

Jun 29, 2015
These are four of the Seven Samurai – Essie Mormen, Blanche Bebb, Margaret Block and Shirley Enomoto – at Delancey Street Restaurant in 2001.

Margaret Stroud Block, long time civil rights activist, passed away June 20 in Cleveland, Mississippi, where she was born and raised. She lectured at universities and organizations throughout the U.S., particularly in the eastern part of the country, on civil rights and current education policies. Margaret was a dear friend. We met each other in the mid-‘80s when Proposition J was proposed.

The San Francisco Black Film Festival enriched thousands of moviegoers, left them eager for more

Jun 28, 2015
Interviews on the Red Carpet were conducted by Conchetta. This was her third year volunteering for the San Francisco Black Film Festival – and what a great look! She epitomizes the youthful, exciting, gutsy spirit of the festival. – Photo: Val Kai

The San Francisco Black Film Festival has been the best Black oriented event in the Bay Area this year. The plethora of worthy films that screened this year was phenomenal. I sat down with the co-director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival, Kali O’Ray, and talked about the happenings at this year’s triumphant San Francisco Black Film Festival. Check him out in his own words.

Lisa Simone Kelly tells the real story of her mother, Nina Simone

Jun 26, 2015
Nina Simone, daughter Lisa-2, cropped

Block Report Radio interviews Lisa Simone Kelly, the only child of the late great protest musician Nina Simone. We talk in depth about the new amazing Netflix documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” We also talk about Simone’s contribution to Civil Rights Movement, the upcoming film, “Nina,” as well as Lisa moving to and touring in France. To hear more from the Block Report, tune in to

‘Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp’ – new documentary on ‘my ghastly life’

Jun 24, 2015
DVDs of the new Iceberg Slim documentary are available at

“Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp” is a documentary about the illustrious life of a pimp who metamorphosed into one of the most well known Black writers in this nation’s history. In the opening lines of the documentary, “Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp,” taken from his autobiography, “Pimp,” Iceberg Slim states: “In this book, I will take you the reader with me into the secret inner-world of the pimp. I will lay bare my life and thoughts as a pimp.”

Andre Ward demolishes Paul Smith, ‘The Real Gone Kid’

Jun 22, 2015
Several hard left jabs thrown by Andre Ward connected with a hapless Paul Smith’s face as Andre Ward demolished Mr. Smith’s defenses. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Moments into the second round, it was evident that Andre “Son of God” Ward would demolish Paul “The Real Gone Kid” Smith. Smith can now return to England and let them know first hand that Andre Ward is a really dangerous man in the ring. In a decision that was unanimously in his favor even before his opponent threw in the towel, Mr. Ward easily picked apart the defenses of Paul Smith.

New Nina Simone documentary: ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’
Loving the San Francisco Black Film Festival June 11-14
Hollywood to Houston
‘Mac Dre’ filmmaker Zachary Butler on Bay Area Hip Hop history
‘Moses’ tackles human sex trafficking in Africa at the SF Black Film Fest this year
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