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Mumia Abu Jamal in wheelchair, Wadiya Jamal visit 040915, cropped

Wadiya Jamal: Help my husband get free! Mumia is dying in there!

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, I visited my husband, Mumia Abu-Jamal, at SCI Mahanoy. I saw the photos taken of Mumia during the visit on Monday, April 6, but I still wasn’t prepared for how Mumia looked. Seeing him in the prison visiting room, he was worse. I felt my husband is about to die. He was shivering so hard, I put my arms around him and my head to his chest to hear his heart and to bring some warmth to his body because he said he was freezing. We need to keep up the pressure. Let the warden and state corrections secretary know we insist that Mumia have medical specialists of his own choosing examine and treat him.

Behind Enemy Lines

Visitor decries racism at Pelican Bay in open letter to warden

Apr 10, 2015
Human Rights Pen Pal Program flier, web

What decade is this? It is unthinkable that your staff would be allowed to threaten Mr. Crawford for having a friendship with two white women. Does this threaten the officers, make them insecure? There have been centuries of racist and patriarchal violence such as this and I refuse to stand by while my friend Mr. Crawford is subjected to more of the same.

Struggle without sacrifice is useless

Apr 10, 2015
'BloodZ n CripZ It's on'

Our 45-year protracted “civil war” between Damus (Bloods) and Kiwes (Crips) has probably claimed thousands of lives, if not millions, and it probably will claim a lot more lives if we don’t begin to change this vortex of violence that has plagued us as a people internally. The unifying of our strengths is basic to our people’s survival.

Prisoner Human Rights Movement fights on many fronts to reclaim our lives and freedom

Apr 10, 2015
“Pelican Bay SHU Half Living, Half Dying” – Art: Michael D. Russell, C-90473, PBSP SHU D7-217, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532

We must carry out our prison struggle. We stand in solidarity with all oppressed prisoners, men and women. The Prisoners Human Rights Movement is needed to reclaim our lives and freedom, end all state and federal abuses of prisoners and stop the mass incarceration of humans, especially the poor.

See how sick Mumia is – keep calling!

Apr 7, 2015
Mumia, no glasses, barely able to stand Mahanoy infirmary 040615, cropped

Mumia struggled to get out of his wheelchair so that we could take a photo of him. We share these photos to give you a sense of the gravity of Mumia’s condition. He has lost over 50 pounds, and his entire body is covered with a hard, leathery layer of jet-black skin, that is bloody, painful and itchy. Yet he chuckled as he read letters from school children. Keep calling to demand that outside doctors of Mumia’s choosing be allowed to evaluate and treat him immediately. A National Day of Action has been called for Friday, April 10. The Bay Area rally is at 4 p.m. in front of the Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay St. Be there! And listen to the Block Report Radio interview with Mumia’s son, Jamal.

Mumia’s wife, Wadiya Jamal: It’s time to stop trying to kill my husband and free him now!

Apr 6, 2015
Mumia and Wadiya share the joy of their first contact visit (no glass between them) on Feb. 6, 2012, after he was released from 30 years on death row and in solitary confinement.

Guards stood outside the hospital room and one was inside the room with Mumia. I was shocked at his condition: He had lost over 40 pounds, was weak, barely able to sit up and keep his head up, handcuffed to his chair, with labored breathing and dry mouth. I told him about all the love outpouring for him and that the world is watching!

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Mumia’s son says, ‘My father is in pain,’ as Mumia is sent back to prison
Mumia Abu-Jamal hospitalized in diabetic shock, guarded, family and friends denied access
Gov. Jerry Brown, AG Kamala Harris and CDCr officials, you have the power to stop torture in California prisons
SHU-shifting: An update on and overview of the Ashker v. Brown class action
Free Speech Society: Forum for prison activists inside and out
The criminality of solitary confinement
Grant ‘Strategic Release’ to Abdul Olugbala Shakur
Successful motion in court strengthens California prisoners’ case against solitary
Prison artist uses ‘visual language’ to inspire his brothers
On leaving solitary confinement after 26 years, I salute all the advocates of progressive positive change
To Hunters Point
Nurse Paul Spector blows the whistle on torture in a California prison
My safari from Pelikkkan Bay

News & Views

Uganda’s Museveni to seek re-election in his 30th year in office

Apr 20, 2015
In 2016, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will be entering his 30th year in power.

Three presidents in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Burundi’s Nkurunziza, DR Congo’s Kabila and Rwanda’s Kagame, are all doing their best to stay in office beyond constitutional term limits. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, however, doesn’t have to overcome term limits because Uganda’s Parliament abolished them in 2005. He has already announced that he will run again in 2016, his 30th year in office.

South African shack dwellers condemn xenophobia: ‘Our African brothers and sisters are being openly attacked’

Apr 19, 2015
Hundreds march on April 8 in Durban to protest xenophobic violence sweeping the country, as South African resentment explodes, blaming immigrants from other African countries for “taking our jobs.” Many agree that the promises of economic opportunity made at the end of apartheid remain unfulfilled but believe the main culprit is government, not immigrants. – Photo: Rajesh Jantilal, AFP

For some time now we have been working very closely with the Congolese Solidarity Campaign. We have been working to build a politic from below that accepts each person as a person and each comrade as a comrade without regard to where they were born or what language they speak. In this struggle we have faced constant attack from the state, the ruling party and others.

Less than one lifetime: Eyewitness to nuclear development, from Hunters Point to Chernobyl and Fukushima, issues a warning

Apr 17, 2015
The Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard placed prisoners and others in a bomb shelter during exercises simulating a nuclear attack. – Photo courtesy TimePix

While sorting through papers, correspondence, news clippings, records etc., I realized that nuclear bomb and nuclear power development has occurred within my lifetime. It was July 16, 1945, when Trinity, the first atomic bomb, was detonated at Alamogordo nuclear site in New Mexico, followed by the uranium bomb dropped on Hiroshima and the hydrogen bomb on Nagasaki in August.

San Francisco Mayor’s Office plans to sell public housing to private investors, leaving thousands of Black, Brown and poor families houseless

Apr 13, 2015
Photos by Poor News Network

Join us at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the front of City Hall for an emergency press conference and then join poor youth and elders who will be impacted by the lie of RAD as we visit the Board of Supervisors to plead with them to NOT vote to sell off public housing to the RAD program.

California: For rich people only?

Apr 13, 2015
Aunti Francis of the Aunti Francis Self-Help Hunger Program and Love Mission marches against displacement on Martin Luther King Day in Oakland. – Photo: PNN

Thousands of families, elders and babies across the state are under attack by the concerted forces of gentrification and removal by the white-supremacist nation that would like to remove us all. From police terror to the acts of elder and child abuse caused by eviction to the endless building of prisons and militarizing of these colonizer created borders leaves us all asking who is this shiny state being built for?

ACLU: America’s obsession with locking up Black men led directly to death of Walter Scott
With no more cotton to pick, what will America do with 40 million Black people?
Witness who recorded shooting of Walter Scott speaks out: Cop had control before he shot
A Ugandan doctor describes the real ‘Ebola Hot Zone’
White cop charged with murder for shooting Black man in South Carolina
Quest for Democracy Day 2015: Formerly incarcerated people will press legislators to allow them to thrive
Cultivating resistance in AfrikaTown, West Oakland
Richmond asks, ‘Who killed DMC?’
Rwanda: Critics ask Canada to protect them from Kagame’s assassins
The people’s investigation into the San Francisco police killing of Asa B. Sullivan
The first monthly Statewide Coordinated Actions to End Solitary Confinement held March 23
SF County Jail prisoners forced into interracial gladiator-style fights
Making money with solar
A durable and sustainable plan: Reducing corrections spending in California
How does Africa get reported? A letter of concern to 60 Minutes

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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Media Briefing for Bay Area Reporters: Solutions to the Affordable Housing Crisis Apr 21 12:00 PM Rene Casenave Apartments, 25 Essex St. at Folsom, San Francisco Calling all Bay Area reporters! Join NPH and our partners more>> ---------------
Community Tuesdays at Radio Africa & Kitchen -- dinner for $10 Apr 21 5:00 PM Radio Africa & Kitchen, 4800 Third St., San Francisco You’re invited to “break bread” with us in the Bayview more>> ---------------
Out-migration of SF's African American Community: Closing Reception Apr 21 5:30 PM Thacher Gallery, Gleeson-Geshke Center, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisc The Hiraeth Exhibit now showing in USF's Thacher Gallery is more>> ---------------

Wanda’s Picks for April 2015

Apr 4, 2015
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper”

Over a 25 year period, 200 women in South LA went missing. Of these missing women, 100 were found dead. All of the women are Black and most were prostitutes. The refusal to let these women’s lives go unacknowledged is due to the work of Black Coalition Fighting Back Against Serial Murders. HBO will broadcast “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” on April 27.

Third Street Stroll …

Apr 1, 2015
Legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo and Maestro Curtis check the playlist. – Photo: Rochelle Metcalfe

The annual BLACK CUISINE, benefit Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, Inc., was very successful. Legendary percussionist and band leader PETE ESCOVEDO was the headliner joined by JUAN ESCOVEDO and MAESTRO CURTIS and band – ACTION WAS HOT! Pete was to see limited participation BUT FELT SOOO GOOD he performed the entire set, much to the joy of entertainment coordinator SUZY TYNER.

After 30 years leading City College Journalism Department, ‘not over yet’ for Juan Gonzales

Mar 31, 2015

Journalists, local newspaper publishers, instructors and students gathered on March 20 at Randy’s Place in the Ingleside to honor Juan Gonzales for his 30 years as a faculty member and chair of the Department of Journalism at City College of San Francisco. The mix of former and current students and colleagues attested to his dedication as they mingled, shot pool and enjoyed spaghetti and drinks in the cozy neighborhood bar.

Kev Epps talkin’ about his new film ‘Solutions Not Suspensions’

Mar 31, 2015
'Coleman Advocates Presents Solutions Not Suspensions, directed by Kevin Epps', web

Frisco filmmaker Kevin Epps is at it again with his weapon of choice, his camera. This time, the “Straight Outta Hunters Point” filmmaker just released his new film, “Solutions Not Suspensions,” which takes a look at who is being suspended from the San Francisco Unified School District and under what circumstance. He is taking a stand on an issue that does not get a lot of attention in our community.

Dear Black men: Help us save the lives of young Black men and boys by simply writing a letter!

Mar 30, 2015
AfroSolo Empowerment Hands, web

Inspired by President Barack Obama’s “My Brothers Keeper” initiative, AfroSolo will launch Project Empowerment: The Audacity to Succeed II. An anthology entitled “Lighting up the Future: Letters From Black Men to Young Black Men and Boys,” will be a collection of letters from Black men designed to celebrate, uplift and motivate young Black men and boys to successfully transcend youth to adulthood. We cordially invite your participation.

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