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The caption for this photo written by The Associated Press describes police-initiated violence: “Police fire teargas as protestors converge on downtown following Tuesday's police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Protesters have rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn't immediately clear how. Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance.” – Photo: Gerry Broome, AP

God bless Charlotte: Clergy believe protester killed by police

A few things we should all be thinking about: First of all, a young man named Cantrell was shot in the head during last night’s demonstrations in Charlotte. The first accounts came from clergy and other eyewitnesses including Eddie Thomas, who lives in Charlotte. This is what he penned on his Facebook page. “Been in Uptown Charlotte with the protesters since 7:30. It was peaceful. Then for some reason, riot cops showed up. And within 5 mins (no exaggeration) a dude lay bleeding on the ground. After the young man went down, it became chaos. The police started this though. Remember that. Don’t let the news lie to you. Don’t let CMPD lie.”

Behind Enemy Lines

Celebrating the 75th birthday of Soledad Brother George Lester Jackson, Sept. 23, 1941-Aug. 21, 1971

Sep 25, 2016
“I have a plan. I will give and give and give of myself until it proves our making or my end.” – Black Panther Party Field Marshal George Jackson

As we honor the 75th birthday of our beloved Comrade George Jackson, field marshal of the Black Panther Party behind prison walls, may we remember his revolutionary ideas and practice, his mentors and his sacrifice. Author of two books, “Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson,” a 1970 bestseller reprinted three times and translated into several languages, and “Blood in My Eye,” published posthumously and recently reprinted.

Leonard Peltier: On solidarity with Standing Rock, executive clemency and the international Indigenous struggle

Sep 20, 2016

I have been asked to write a SOLIDARITY statement to everyone about the Camp of the Sacred Stones on Standing Rock. Thank you for this great honor. I must admit it is very difficult for me to even begin this statement, as my eyes get so blurred from tears and my heart swells with pride as chills run up and down my neck and back. I’m so proud of all of you young people and others there.

Strike the punishment clause from the 13th Amendment

Sep 18, 2016
A prisoner builds furniture for a company called Furniture Medic – in prison, where concern for workers’ safety is scarce. One prisoner told of having to smash the glass on old TVs and computer screens all day with no protection from the flying glass.

In a society where peaceful resistance is purported to be the correct method of protest, we must ask ourselves why these thousands of prisoners, engaging in peaceful methods of protest, are being retaliated against and punished in the most brutal and inhumane ways? The answer is simple. The actions of these courageous prisoners – however peaceful – are not constitutionally protected.

Is the serious humanitarian crisis developing at Holman Prison an ADOC ploy to build more prisons?

Sep 17, 2016
On April 9, 2016, Free Alabama Movement Mothers and Families called a protest outside Holman Prison to show solidarity with the men inside organizing to end intolerable conditions and prison slavery itself.

Since Sept. 13, 2016, when Warden Raybon released approximately 20 people from segregation, most of whom were there for violent incidents – only to see several stabbings take place, including one person critically injured and another losing an eye – a total of eight more officers have either quit or given notice. Now officers are expressing concern that ADOC commissioners are intentionally exacerbating violence at the expense of human life in efforts to push forward their plan to extort the public for $1.5 billion to build new prisons in next year’s legislative session.

Sept. 9 prison strike was HUGE and is continuing

Sep 15, 2016
In Lansing, Michigan, protesters know that it doesn’t take a crowd to shut down traffic.

Anyone relying on mainstream media wouldn’t know it, but the U.S. prison system is shaking up right now. No one knows how big the initial strike was yet, but the information is slowly leaking out between the cracks in the prisons’ machinery of obscurity and isolation. Over the weekend more than 50 protests erupted across the country and around the world in solidarity with the Sept. 9 nationwide prisoner work stoppage and protest.

George Jackson University supports the historic Sept. 9 strike against prison slavery
How Free Alabama Movement birthed the Sept. 9 nationwide protest, workstrike, boycott and demonstrations
Why we’re about to see the largest prison strike in history
New Afrikan Community Parole, Pardon and Clemency Review Board – Mission Statement
Prisoners call for a national strike on Sept. 9, the anniversary of Attica
From solitary confinement in ‘Miserable Murray,’ fighting for women in Texas prisons
Amend the 13th: Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika Movement Mission Statement
Censorship in Virginia
Hard lessons in the struggle to end prison slavery
Forcing out two women’s prison wardens is scapegoating, not accountability
The key or the peephole: A look inside the prison industrial complex and where movements should go from here
Is it illegal to be Black in America?
Sept. 9: Strike against prison slavery, strike against white supremacy
Free Speech Society emergency bulletin
Black August, a story of African freedom fighters

News & Views

Haiti’s Fanmi Lavalas and the Black Panther Party­

Sep 26, 2016
Like the Panthers, Lavalas knows it’s essential to meet the people’s most basic needs. A family at the table is the party symbol.

In 1969 I decided to join the Black Panther Party and commit myself to a lifetime of revolutionary struggle. In the early 1990s I became a supporter and advocate of Fanmi Lavalas. Lavalas means a cleansing flood that would wash away political corruption and Fanmi means family. I saw the similarities in practice of our Panther and Lavalas activists, whose dedication to the liberation of our peoples and provision of essential goods and services were paramount and well worth any risk to our lives.

Community welcomes agreement to reexamine radiation risk at Hunters Point Shipyard

Sep 25, 2016
When this photo was taken in 2007, these “Caution” signs were everywhere, warning people that the area is radioactive. Yet construction of new homes that families are already living in went on unabated. – Photo: Bob Nichols

The SF Bay View newspaper applauds the strength and integrity of state and federal regulators who have taken the ultimate stand in protecting the health and future of the Bayview Hunters Point community. In so doing you have joined the “Forest of Mighty Oaks” planted in Bayview Hunters Point who have stood in open defiance against the tyranny and onslaught of political corruption and for-profit development operating in San Francisco. But we hate to say we told you so … for over 15 years!

Richmond mayor took money from landlord PAC before he voted ‘no’ on eviction moratorium

Sep 25, 2016
Richmond renters and their supporters rally Sept. 13 before the City Council meeting to urge the council to vote “yes” on the moratorium against rent increases and evictions. – Photo: Abner Hauge, Richmond Confidential

On Sept. 13, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and Councilmembers Nat Bates and Vinay Pimplé blocked a proposed 45-day “urgency” moratorium on rent increases and no-cause evictions. Before Mayor Tom Butt voted “no” to block the moratorium, he failed to disclose to the residents at the Sept. 13 City Council meeting that he has been accepting political contributions from the California Apartment Association, an organization representing the interests of landlords, not tenants.

An arrest is made in the quadruple homicide of young African-American sons in the Fillmore

Sep 22, 2016
At right, holding the banner honoring all four young men, is Yolanda Banks Reed, community leader with the Hebrew Cultural Community. – Photo: Poor News Network

“We are determined to get justice for our children,” said Sala-Haquekyah Chandler as she and other mothers stood outside the San Francisco courthouse where the alleged murderer of her son and three other young African sons in a quadruple homicide Jan. 9, 2015, was being tried. Had it not been for the endless resistance, marching, speaking, praying and fighting on the part of the mothers and families of the four murdered boys, this case would not have gotten this far.

Is the U.S. government dumping guns in the hood?

Sep 20, 2016

There is a well-documented history of the U.S. government supplying weapons and arms to both friends and foe for political purposes and for profit. In addition to publicly known global arms deals to U.S. political allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia, revelations about the rise of ISIS indicate that U.S. arms and military trainees have been a critical factor in the rise of the terror group. With the recent rise of violence in Chicago involving over 3,000 shooting victims in 2016 so far, it appears that another case of U.S. sponsored gun-smuggling and intentional destruction of inner-city communities may be at play.

Declaration of genocide against Rwandan Hutu
Uganda: ‘A Brilliant Genocide’
Green Party’s Stein and Baraka on ballot for 90% of US voters
Further Hunters Point Shipyard land transfers halted while Tetra Tech’s radiation cleanup fraud investigated
Regulators ask Navy to halt Shipyard land transfers amid investigations
Iris Canada hospitalized: Sheriff’s notice to vacate sends 100-year-old to ICU; eviction of elders = death
Support political prisoner Imam Jamil Al Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) in Oakland on Friday, Sept. 16
Solidarity with Kaepernick ripples through the NFL on Sept. 11
More than 500 activists lock down entrances to Urban Shield to stop the militarization of police
Lakota women call on President Obama to stop violence by Dakota Access Pipeline
A multi-nationed prayer from San Francisco to Dakota land protectors
Champion of resistance: Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3, survivor of 43 years in solitary confinement, speaks in San Francisco
‘Celeste Guap’ sent to ‘rehab,’ then jailed in Florida, as Oakland PD fires, suspends a dozen cops
Praise for Colin Kaepernick at San Francisco’s historic Third Baptist Church
Dominican University partners with CPD to exclude Jill Stein from presidential debates

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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September 26, 2016
Discussion on proposal to remove the City College Southeast Campus out of the building at 1800 Oakdale -- If you live in 94124, come voice your opinion! 6:00 pm Alex Pitcher Community Room, 1800 Oakdale at Phelps, Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco Live in 94124?

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September 27, 2016
Community Tuesdays at Radio Africa & Kitchen -- dinner for $10 5:00 pm Radio Africa & Kitchen, 4800 Third St., San Francisco You’re invited to “break bread” with us in the ... more>>
September 27, 2016
Arab Youth Organization Open House 5:30 pm The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia St., San Francisco Come learn more about the Arab Resource and
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September 27, 2016
Middle East Children's Alliance presents: An American Feminist in the Arab World, First Tie Your Camel 7:00 pm Park Day School Magnolia Building, Great Room, 360 42nd St., Oakland Book Reading with Author/Activist CHIVVIS MOORE

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September 27, 2016
AYESHA CURRY The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith & the Joy of Eating Well Talking with MICHAEL MINA, SF Celebrity chef, restaurant owner, and cookbook author 7:30 pm First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland Hosted by Linda Khoury

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Nathaniel Mason Jr., pillar of the community

Sep 26, 2016

Nathaniel Mason Jr., nicknamed Red Bean and Sonny Boy, 87, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, peacefully in his home in Oakland, after a brief illness. Throughout his life, Nathaniel worked as a school teacher, a postman, a sheriff for the City and County of San Francisco, a police officer for the City of San Francisco, and Head Start director for the City of San Francisco, to name a few. Nathaniel lived his life to the fullest and he did it his way! We will miss his caring, loving and strong personality.

#7: Seventh Son

Sep 24, 2016

Colin Kaepernick, Yusef Lateef, Willie Dixon — Prelude: It’s nev-er, it’s nev-er, ever the time, — It’s nev-er, it’s never, never, ever the way — Never, ever time for free-dom fight-ing — It’s al-ways, it’s al-ways, always the wrong way — It’s al-ways, al-ways, al-ways wrong and unwise — Al-ways wrong and un-wise, to fight for free-dom (REPEAT) — The Chinese had a saying — About single sparks igniting prairie fires — #7’s that spark – for The Fire This Time …

Dameion Brown is Othello in Marin Shakespeare Company production

Sep 23, 2016
Dameion Brown plays Othello in the new Marin Shakespeare Company production. – Photo courtesy Lori A. Cheung

William Shakespeare’s “Othello” rings with contemporary accuracy in the Marin Shakespeare Company’s production. Damieon Brown, who performed in Marin Shakespeare Company’s 2015 “Shakespeare at Solano” theater arts program at Solano State Prison, studied, pursued, auditioned and won the role of Othello, one of Shakespeare’s most complicated and enthralling characters. The show closes Sept. 25.

Original Good in East Palo Alto

Sep 3, 2016
In East Palo Alto for their annual Original Good Community Barbeque are the members of “Original Good,” not “Original Gangsters.”

Black people are genetic experts at dislocation and assimilation; what with centuries of practice, we come to this place with authority and grief. However, Saturday, July 30, at the fifth OG or Original Good Community Barbecue, children, youth and adults had a chance to mingle, eat and enjoy the chance to introduce Gen X to those elders who made this city situated between Silicon Valley giants – Palo Alto and Menlo Park – what it was, if not what it is now.

Colin Kaepernick, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali and Curt Flood

Sep 2, 2016
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before the team’s NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, on Thursday, Sept. 1, in San Diego. – Photo: Chris Carlson, AP

Colin Kaepernick just became an instant national hero in the Black community, risking his career like Muhammad Ali, taking a stand or a seat like Rosa Parks, and shocking the sports world by doing what the vast majority of modern day athletes wouldn’t dare even think about doing and jeopardize their million dollar contracts by speak out against injustice. So WE GOT YOUR BACK, CAP!

Wanda’s Picks for September 2016
Black Family Resource Network to convene annual Black Family Day on Sept. 17
Black Elders Fund
Black Breastfeeding Week helps moms share in the joys of breastfeeding
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