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Shafia Monroe, founder of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing, seeks more Black midwives, doulas; Erykah Badu keynotes Oct. 9-11 conference

Shafia Monroe speaks wit’ the Block Report about how to stay healthy during pregnancy and the need for more Black midwives and doulas in the nation. Blacks have by far the highest infant mortality rates, with 17 of every 1,000 Black babies dying in their first year, compared with 3-4 in other communities. Learn more and meet keynoter Erykah Badu – who herself is a doula – at the ninth annual International Black Midwives and Healers Conference Oct. 9-11 in Portland, Oregon.

Behind Enemy Lines

Menard hunger strike, Sept. 23-28: Trying to make it better for the next person who rests in this tomb

Oct 4, 2015
This is the grim façade of the Menard Correctional Center, built in 1878, Illinois’ second oldest prison, on the banks of the Mississippi River in Chester, Ill. – Photo: The Southern

On Sept. 23, 2015, at least 19 and possibly as many as 22 men in Administrative Detention at the Menard Correctional Center began a hunger strike that ended on Sept. 28. It was nearly a week after the hunger strike ended before we received any mail from them. The following is a composite account based on what they sent us, written on the first and last days of the hunger strike.

Hugo Pinell, like George Jackson, shall ever be an example of New Afrikan manhood: three perspectives

Sep 30, 2015
“Hugo ‘Yogi Bear’ Pinell” – Art: Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, 1859887, Clements Unit, 9601 Spur 591, Amarillo TX 79107

Today I sit in my caged existence away from the outside world and still connected to the revolutionary community. Recently a New Afrikan brother and comrade wrote me with news: Hugo Pinnell was executed on the prison yard at Folsom. This was heartbreaking news and it sent me into a rage. Hugo Pinnell, like George Jackson, was and shall ever be an example for New Afrikan manhood.

Messing with Major

Sep 30, 2015

Major George Tillery is a Pennsylvania lifer, 65, who confronted SCI Mahanoy Superintendent John Kerestes over Mumia Abu-Jamal’s deteriorating health. Prison authorities retaliated against Major Tillery – repeatedly ransacked his cell and denied him medical treatment for seeking medical assistance for Mumia and other prisoners. Tillery was transferred to SCI Frackville and then falsely charged with drug possession, disciplined and given six months in “the hole.”

Gracias for the anti-solitary class action settlement from a named plaintiff

Sep 27, 2015

Can you please give me a little space in Bayview, so that I can say gracias – thank you. I’m one of the named plaintiffs in our class action lawsuit, Ashker v. Brown, at Pelican Bay SHU. By now you have all heard that it was settled Sept. 1, 2015. I’m happy for all of us in the SHU. For now we must enjoy this ONE victory of many more to come. It’s just the beginning.

Summary of settlement terms in anti-solitary confinement class action, Ashker v. Brown

Sep 26, 2015

When Ashker v. Brown (Governor of California) was filed as a class action in 2012, California held thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement, in Security Housing Units (SHU). In September 2015, the case was settled, and far-reaching reforms were ordered. These reforms are expected to dramatically reduce the number of prisoners currently detained in the SHU and limit the way SHU confinement is used going forward.

Update from Menard: Hunger strike resumes Sept. 23
Eva Contreraz: San Quentin Adjustment Center from my perspective
Good men, not worst of the worst
Build unity: Don’t let CDC undermine the Agreement to End Hostilities
Revolutionary eulogy by Texas Chicano POW-political prisoner Alvaro Luna Hernandez for Comrade Brother Hugo ‘Yogi Bear’ Pinell
For Mumia, we demand no retaliatory transfer and treatment to cure his Hepatitis C now!
Karima Al-Amin speaks on the health of her husband, Imam Jamil Al-Amin
Prisoners report on San Quentin health crisis: Legionella outbreak prompts water shutdown
Stop the execution of Imam Jamil, the former H. Rap Brown, by medical neglect in federal prison
California prisoners win historic gains with settlement against solitary confinement
Hugo Lyon Antonio Pinell, aka Daddy
KPOO interview: Kiilu Nyasha and Terry Collins remember Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell
Testimony of Everett D. Allen, M.D., former chief physician and surgeon at Pelican Bay State Prison, to US Senate Judiciary hearing, Part 2
The other death sentence: Deliberate indifference at Corcoran SHU
Death and life of Hugo Pinell

News & Views

The Broken Windows Theory is broken

Oct 7, 2015
POOR WeSearchers present their “Broken Windows” report outside the Marriott Marquis Hotel as “Broken Windows” Theory creator Richard Kelling was speaking to the Downtown Association’s Conference inside. – Photo: Suze Leon, Poor News Network

The broken windows model of policing uses code words like “disorder” and the metaphor of “broken windows,” focusing on the importance of “fixing,” aka policing, getting rid of, cleaning out broken windows as a way of “preventing” more “serious crime.” The poor, disabled and houseless scholars from POOR Magazine who have experienced the violence of this private policing launched the WeSearch Policy Group in 2013.

Burundi accuses Rwanda of training rebels for cross border attacks

Oct 4, 2015
Father Thomas Nahimana at KPFA Radio in Berkeley

Burundian Foreign Minister Willy Nyamitwe has accused neighboring Rwanda of training rebels to destabilize Burundi with cross border attacks. Rwandan President Paul Kagame responded that the Burundian president was simply trying to distract people from his own problems, but Carina Tertsakian, a Human Rights Watch researcher in Burundi, confirmed the foreign minister’s accusation. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to Father Thomas Nahimana.

Physician Janette Sherman on US gun mania

Oct 4, 2015

On Oct. 3, U.S. forces shot up the hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, run by Doctors Without Borders, killing 12 staff and seven patients. This news upset me greatly. U.S. military personnel can remotely direct drones to kill whatever target they want to hit thousands of miles away. Americans have developed an amazing killing ability. This last week, 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer killed nine people and wounded nine at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

Rwanda: Nahimana asks why the US wants to deport Munyakazi

Oct 3, 2015
Dr. Léopold Munyakazi, a former French professor at Goucher College

Dr. Léopold Munyakazi is in the custody of ICE, on the verge of being deported to Rwanda. The Rwandan government accused Professor Munyakazi of genocide crime after he made several speeches to university audiences in which he said that the Rwandan massacres were not genocide but class conflict. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to Father Thomas Nahimana about the Munyakazi case.

Burkina Faso: France, the US and the spirit of Sankara

Sep 29, 2015
Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso 1983-1987

Paul Sankara says the Burkinabe army is supporting the people against the coup plotters. Dr. Gnaka La Goke says that anyone who thinks the presidential guard would attempt a coup d’état without the knowledge and complicity of the U.S. and France is refusing to see how things are done in the 21st century.

More street trees coming to Bayview Hunters Point in November
2,000+ Bayview residents celebrate learning at BMAGIC’s backpack giveaway
The cost of criminalizing homelessness just went up by $1.9 billion
Don’t be fooled by ‘Inclusive Capitalism’ – it’s still a disaster!
Largest rent control petition in San Francisco history denied, Midtown residents vow to continue their quest for justice
Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 12
In loving memory of Elzie Byrd, hero of Geneva Towers
Who gets hepatitis C drugs? Who pays?
As sheriff, John Robinson will aim to reduce disproportionate Black and Brown incarceration
World politics: 4 years after Qaddafi, 2 years after Chavez
Bernie Sanders files bill to ban private prisons for federal, state and local prisoners
An open letter to Bernie Sanders about Hugo Chavez
Cuba to release 3,522 prisoners on the eve of Pope Francis’ visit; why can’t Obama do the same?
Regime change refugees on the shores of Europe
Dominican Republic apartheid

Culture Currents

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The water and the wind, a song for Dedon

Sep 30, 2015
Dedon loved surfing. He was a charter member of the Black Surfers Collective and past president of the Black Surfers Association.

Some heroes will be forever unsung — But I met one, when my consciousness was young — You helped a brotha out when he wasn’t solid — Guided me on my political path, introduced me to Dr. Khallid — When me and my queen arrived on the scene — Rocking boots and jeans, looking clean and mean — You told us you dig us doing our thing — And appreciated the things we would rap and sing

Third Street Stroll …

Sep 28, 2015
Guy Johnson captured at Bayview Gateway with his lovely wife – Photo: Rochelle Metcalfe

In the mix, during the recent hot Friday early evening, for the PORT OF SAN FRANCISCO RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY, that included Supervisor SCOTT WIENER, D-8. Local Bayview community members and Port officials, that included Commission President LESLIE KATZ and Commissioner KIMBERLY BRANDON. Special guest GUY JOHNSON, son of the late MAYA ANGELOU, accompanied by his wife, lovely STEPHANIE FLOYD JOHNSON, took part in the celebration.

First fruits: Celebrating the future of our village

Sep 27, 2015
Village elders celebrate the upcoming birth of Amir: Verneen Golson, Morris Turner, William Newman, and proud grandpa Clarence Penney. – Photo: Morris Turner

Family and friends who traveled from as far away as the Sierra Foothills and the San Francisco Peninsula were brought together in celebrating what was to be an upcoming birth forged by the union of Nicole Penney and Derrell Lewis. On Sept. 15, their beautiful son Amir was born. These two longtime friends, equally yoked in their demonstrated love and support for one another, are evidence that the future of our village is in good hands.

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s eighth book: ‘Writing on the Wall’

Sep 26, 2015
'Writing on the Wall' by Mumia Abu Jamal cover

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s eighth book written from prison cells in the state of Pennsylvania, USA, is a selection of 107 essays that date from January 1982 to October 2014. They cover practically the entire period of his incarceration as an internationally recognized political prisoner. Most of the pieces were written while he was on death row after being framed for the murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981, in the city of Philadelphia.

A-APRP comrade speaks on the work of the late Dedon Kamathi

Sep 25, 2015
As host of Freedom Now, Dedon Kamathi used the KPFK airwaves to build Pan-Africanism.

When the African world revolution lost Dedon Kamathi, we lost an organizer’s organizer, a void that will definitely be very hard to fill. I talked to one of Dedon’s close comrades in the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, Munyiga Lumumba, so that he could give the people who didn’t know Dedon like we did a glimpse into the politics and the spirit that made Dedon Dedon.

‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’
The Matatu Festival of Stories is in full swing
Oakland’s Black Spirituals is a headliner at Matatu Festival of Stories
Chef Bryant Terry speaks on food justice
Richmond’s Donte Clark, the King of Spoken Word?
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