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Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza

Rwanda and Burundi: Who’s ‘promoting instability through violence’?

As Burundian voters went to the polls on Tuesday, the U.S. State Department warned that “elections held under the current conditions in Burundi will not be credible and will further discredit the government.” It also said it planned to suspend partnerships that it hasn’t already suspended with “anyone promoting instability in Burundi through violence.” Will those “promoting instability through violence” include the renegade Burundian military officers who staged a failed coup attempt in May, then fled to Rwanda and declared war on Burundi? Will it include Rwandan military and political support for a rebel force?

Behind Enemy Lines

We can’t breathe! Thoughts on our Agreement to End Hostilities

Jul 25, 2015
“The Agreement to End Hostilities” – Art: Michael D. Russell, C-90473, PBSP SHU D7-217, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532

The Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary defines the word “hostility” as 1) a hostile state, condition or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness; 2) a hostile act; 3) Opposition or resistance to an idea, plan project, etc.; 4) acts of warfare; 5) war. So our initial question to the people is: “What does hostility mean to you?”

‘TDCJ placed me in harm’s way because I spoke out in reference to the extreme heat’

Jul 19, 2015
From the report: “The TDCJ also fails to provide effective medical care for its inmates. … The TDCJ neither monitors these inmates nor provides them with adequate living conditions to prevent suffering and death during the summer months. Indeed, all 14 inmates who have died since 2007 under the care of the TDCJ suffered from pre-existing medical conditions exacerbated by the heat … Five of the deceased spent less than a single week in custody before succumbing to the dangerously high temperatures in Texas facilities. … Even where the TDCJ has issued specific standards to protect heat-sensitive inmates, such as in work or recreation areas, the TDCJ fails to actually implement these standards.” – Photo: Lauren Schneider

Greetings, brothers and sisters. This year in Texas we have seen a marked increase in the exposure of heinous acts of abuse and mis­treatment perpetrated by state employees who work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Behind the scenes, the prisoners responsible for this massive movement to combat injustice have be­come victims of retaliation and harassment at the hands of prison officials and, elected state government officials.

While counting President Obama’s NAACP speech and prison visit as big wins, let us keep fighting

Jul 18, 2015
Responding to the movement begun by the California prisoners’ hunger strikes in 2011 and 2013 to stop mass incarceration and longterm solitary confinement, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, where he met with a group of prisoners. Afterward, he asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to “start a review of the overuse of solitary confinement across American prisons.” Accompanying the president is Federal Bureau of Prisons Direct Charles Samuels (right). – Photo: NBC News

On Tuesday, July 14, one day after commuting the sentences of 46 people currently serving sentences for nonviolent drug offenses in federal prisons, President Obama addressed the NAACP National Convention in Philadelphia. In his address, the president declared that our criminal justice system is “built on the legacy of slavery, segregation and other structural inequalities that [have] compounded over generations.” Our current system, the president said, is “not an accident.”

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike: Four years and still fighting

Jul 14, 2015
“Support Our Fight to End Solitary Confinement” – Art: Michael D. Russell, C-90473, PBSP SHU D7-217, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532

Four years ago prisoners in California – led by those in the control units of Pelican Bay – organized a hunger strike to demand an end to the torturous conditions of solitary confinement. Two more strikes would follow, with over 30,000 prisoners taking united action in the summer of 2013 – both in isolation and in general population in nearly every California prison. Current prison organizing continues a historic legacy of struggle.

Attorney Demitrus Evans on the case of political prisoner Aaron Patterson

Jul 9, 2015
Called “Chicago shows love to Jon Burge torture victims,” supporters staged a dramatic demonstration in the snow on Feb. 14, 2015, as Chicago deliberated reparations. The long line named 118 victims, including Aaron Patterson. – Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee

I caught up with Aaron Patterson’s lawyer, attorney Demitrus Evans, to get the story firsthand. This will be the first in a series of stories that I am working on to expose the cases of current day Black political prisoners in this country, because it is very important that our people know the truth about how this government deals with the people who truly do work on behalf of our empowerment.

The Black ones too
Message to Black youth
Proposition 47: The clock is ticking to apply for relief
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
US prisoners sue for constitutional right to lifesaving Hep C cure
CCI Step Down Program is bogus
Soledad Brother John Clutchette asks for your help
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’

News & Views

Midtown Park Apartments residents, promised ownership, rally against 300% rent increase

Jul 27, 2015
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On Monday, June 29, over a hundred working class families of Midtown Park Apartments were joined by community activists, concerned citizens and legal advisors for a rally in support of over 55 households whose rent increased 300 percent. The only such property that is owned by the City, Midtown’s original intent by then Supervisors Diane Feinstein and Ella Hill Hutch was to transform this complex into an equity cooperative – a promise that never materialized.

Burundi’s tense northern border with Rwanda

Jul 26, 2015
Burundian Foreign Minister Alain Nyamitwe – Photo: VOA

The Burundian army has been engaged by troops near its northern border with Rwanda and this week Aljazeera reported that young men in Rwandan refugee camps are being recruited to join a rebel force to fight in Burundi. Burundian Foreign Minister Alain Nyamitwe, speaking to The Voice of America, said that the Burundian government had asked the Rwandan government to prevent any action threatening Burundi’s security.

What I meant when I said that #BlackLivesMatter

Jul 25, 2015
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July 13 marks two years since #BlackLivesMatter was created. The #BlackLivesMatter movement has pushed to ensure that all Black lives are seen as an important part of an overall movement for social transformation. We have much to lose if we negate that all Black lives are central to the most well being for all of us. We must not rest until all of us are free.

Task Force shelter producing pounds of veggies on rooftop garden

Jul 25, 2015

The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless has made good on its plan to help feed the homeless people it serves through an organic rooftop garden, involving bees and a rainwater collection system. The garden is so successful an expansion is planned. Residents at the shelter, located in downtown Atlanta’s Peachtree and Pine Streets, will gain real life work skills removing the old roof and laying the new roof.

Freeing our families from the criminal justice chokehold

Jul 25, 2015

Calling all families: Come out for ‘A Fair Chance to Advance’ on Saturday, Aug. 1, 11-2, at At Thy Word Church, 8915 International Blvd, Oakland, to see how Prop 47, reducing many felonies to misdemeanors, can free your family – presented by Bay Area Black Workers Center, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, East Bay Community Law Center, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Assemblyman Rob Bonta.

Shit storm erupts in Treasure Island townhouse when sewer pipes break after Lennar’s vibro-compaction
The Bay Area Black Expo is coming to Frank Ogawa (Oscar Grant) Plaza on Saturday
After pier shooting, San Francisco immigrants mourn and organize
West Oakland youth are going to South Africa
Sandra Bland drove to Texas to start a new job, so how did she end up dead in jail?
The legacy lives on: Black Panther Party founding member Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard carries the message to San Diego youth
Friday is Kenny Day! Remembering Kenneth Harding Jr. on the 4th anniversary of his SFPD murder
Expand clemency! Freeing 46 is a start but not enough
Open letter to Rwanda prisons director protests intensified isolation of presidential contender Victoire Ingabire
Poor people need your help to survive corporate greed’s heat wave and fees
Albert Woodfox mural reminds New Orleans of 43 years of injustice
Stars and Bars and Stripes: Are you ready for this conversation on race?
Bree Newsome describes her role in persuading South Carolina to banish slavery flag
Aunt acquitted in niece’s hit-and-run death
Trinity, destroyer of worlds

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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Community Tuesdays at Radio Africa & Kitchen -- dinner for $10 Jul 28 5:00 PM Radio Africa & Kitchen, 4800 Third St., San Francisco You’re invited to “break bread” with us in the Bayview more>> ---------------
Second Chance Legal Clinic offers help expunging conviction records and more Jul 28 6:00 PM West Bay Community Center, 1290 Fillmore St. at Eddy, San Francisco Clients should call (415) 814-7610 to sign up.

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Frisco’s ‘Let’s Talk Sports Nation’ TV show broadcasts 100 episodes

Jul 27, 2015
Jameel Patterson, aka Tha #1 Neighborhood Sports Analyst, Jeremiah Khaleq and Brandon McGlothen want YOU to watch Let’s Talk Sports Nation every Saturday at 11 a.m. on Channel 29. Jameel and Jeremiah, both from Bayview Hunters Point, created the Facebook group, Let’s Talk Sports Nation, in 2010, and a year later, with 1,000 members already in the group, the TV show was born.

It is of primary importance that we begin to own our own sports media specifically, but media in general, so we can talk about what we want to talk about when we want to talk about it. San Francisco’s Let’s Talk Sports Nation, which comes on Frisco’s Cable 29 every Saturday at 11 a.m., is such a show. This community favorite has broadcast over 100 shows and is primarily hosted by Jeremiah Khaleq and Jameel Patterson, aka Tha #1 Neighborhood Sports Analyst!!!

Los Angeles’ Leimert Park Book Fair is August 1

Jul 24, 2015
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The most exciting literary event every year for Black people on the West Coast is the Leimert Park Book Fair, held this year on Saturday, Aug. 1. It brings out a lot of community members, community heroes and sheroes, as well as Hollywood celebrities to share in the festivities. Check out the founder of the Leimert Park Book Fair and author Cynthia Exum as she tells us about this year’s Leimert Park Book Fair.

‘The Emperor Jones,’ starring Carl Lumbly in the Paul Robeson role, is playing in Dogpatch two more weekends – discount for Bayview Hunters Point residents

Jul 21, 2015
Carl Lumbly stars in a tour de force performance of “The Emperor Jones.”

New City Company presents a unique original production of “The Emperor Jones” by Eugene O’Neill starring stage and screen star Carl Lumbly (“Alias,” “The Returned,” “Cagney and Lacy” etc.) in a tour de force performance! It is a story of greed and ingenuity and restoration of natural order. It will be preceded by a short film introduction about the play’s original lead, Charles Gilpin.

Rebecca Brando speaks about new doc on her dad, ‘Listen to Me Marlon’

Jul 20, 2015

Rebecca Brando, one of the 10 children of American cinema legend Marlon Brando, talks about the new documentary on his life, “Listen to Me Marlon,” the way that Brando revolutionized acting, his human rights work in solidarity with the Black Panthers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Native peoples and more. “Listen to Me Marlon” opens on Friday, Aug. 7, in San Francisco and Berkeley.

SOMArts’ ‘Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party’ is this Saturday

Jul 16, 2015
'Night Light' poster

This art exhibition will feature some of the hottest artists in the Bay Area, including Emory Douglas, Sage Stargate, Duane Deterville, Karen and Malik Seneferu and others. The night will pay tribute to the Bay Area’s rebel rousers, independents and outliers. I chopped it up with the curator and organizer Melorra Green about this Saturday’s event and also about the power and function of art in our society.

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