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M1 of dead prez headlines Black Media Appreciation Night 2015 on Sept. 12

Black Media Appreciation Night is rolling around again. Here is our opportunity to return the love that so many Black journalists, artists and organizers have dished out to us over the years in the form of articles, broadcasts, songs and events. We are inviting and urging you to come out to support the people who care about reporting and making art so that your voice can be represented on the airwaves and screens across the planet. Come show your love to this year’s award winners, led by Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza. Early bird tickets are only $25.

Behind Enemy Lines

Testimony of Everett D. Allen, M.D., former chief physician and surgeon at Pelican Bay State Prison, to US Senate Judiciary hearing, Part 2

Aug 28, 2015
Bato Talamantez of the San Quentin 6 makes the first public appeal, on June 17, 2011, to support the hunger strike, organized by prisoners in the Pelican Bay SHU, which began on July 1, 2011. Participation by an amazing 6,600 prisoners across the state was topped months later in the second hunger strike that 12,000 participated in and the last hunger strike, beginning July 8, 2013, which drew 30,000 participants, the largest hunger strike in world history. – Photo: United for Drug Policy Reform

Dr. Everett D. Allen’s testimony to Sen. Richard Durbin’s United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights at its hearing on “Solitary Confinement as Torture” on June 19, 2012, was previously published by the Bay View, and this testimony was presented to the second hearing, held Feb. 25, 2014.

The other death sentence: Deliberate indifference at Corcoran SHU

Aug 28, 2015
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“Deliberate indifference” is defined as “the act(s) or omissions of a prison official who knows that the prisoner faces a substantial risk of serious harm or significant pain and disregards that risk by not taking reasonable measures to abate it.” But what happens when deliberate indifference is longstanding, pervasive, well documented and expressly noted by officials over the course of time. Yet the state does nothing to correct it?

Death and life of Hugo Pinell

Aug 27, 2015

It was with true sadness that, on Aug. 13, I received the news that legendary California prison activist Hugo Pinell was killed in a California prison. Hugo Pinell was locked up in California state prisons for 50 years! That is insane. Hugo Pinell spent decades teaching, advocating and struggling for human rights, justice and dignity for prisoners. He taught and fought for racial and revolutionary unity among all prisoners.

Prisoners speak out about the assassination of Hugo Pinell

Aug 25, 2015

These are letters recently received from the writers by the Bay View. Guards seemed to be in a celebratory frame of mind — Since prisoncrats could not break him, they set him up — Hugo Pinell was locked up longer than any other SHU prisoner — This is a revolutionary time; the pig is in a panic as prisoners show humanity, restraint and intelligence —

Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell, comrade of George Jackson

Aug 25, 2015
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On Aug. 12, Hugo “Yogi” Pinell (1944-2015) was killed in the California State Prison-Sacramento. Pinell was a comrade of George Jackson, W.L. Nolen, James Carr and other founders of the modern prison movement. He was released from solitary confinement in 2014 after 45 years, the longest any state prisoner has spent in solitary.

Dorsey Nunn on Hugo Pinell and the Agreement to End Hostilities: An old man’s opinion
Hell in paradise: Visiting Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell at Pelican Bay State Prison
Support SB 124 to end solitary confinement for youth
Rest in power, Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell: A precious brother has been liberated from this earth
Hugo Pinell was assassinated under color of law
Beloved political prisoner Hugo ‘Yogi Bear’ Pinell, feared and hated by guards, assassinated in Black August after 46 years in solitary
Mumia Abu-Jamal has active Hepatitis C, is suing prison for medical neglect
Remember Black August and the people’s martyrs
On visiting George
Manifesto on rebuilding New Afrikan people, families and communities
We can’t breathe! Thoughts on our Agreement to End Hostilities
The president comes to see about prisoners
‘TDCJ placed me in harm’s way because I spoke out in reference to the extreme heat’
While counting President Obama’s NAACP speech and prison visit as big wins, let us keep fighting
Pelican Bay Hunger Strike: Four years and still fighting

News & Views

Oakland PD: ‘We’ve let the dogs out!’

Aug 29, 2015
Cops let their attack dogs loose on a 17-year-old protester in this iconic photo from the Civil Rights Movement. – Photo: Bill Hudson, AP

Instead of simply silently circling, observing and communicating to officers involved in the chase, Oakland helicopter police have begun blaring out warning announcements to the public below through some sort of loudspeaker or bullhorn system.
The warnings or announcements are repeated over and over, and go something like: “Stay in your house!” “We’ve set police dogs loose!” “Stand still if you see them! Do not run from the dogs or they will bite you!”

Decolonization not canonization: Enslaver Junipero Serra was no saint

Aug 28, 2015

For the last few months, myself and other POOR Magazine family of poverty and indigenous skolaz have been traveling to Missions across CalifAztlan alongside First Nations elders and revolutionaries to address the 21st century violence of granting sainthood to Junipero Serra by Pope Francis. Using indigenous bodies for brutal slave labor, Junipero Serra “founded” nine of 21 Franciscan missions along the Pacific coast.

Plan Lanmó – the Death Plan: The Clintons, foreign aid and NGOs in Haiti

Aug 26, 2015
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is joined by her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and Sen. Pat Leahy at a new power plant during their visit to Caracol, Haiti, in 2012. This photo illustrates a Wall Street Journal article headlined: “How the Clintons Worked the Angles in Haiti: Bill handled earthquake aid while Hillary was secretary of state; the nation deserved better.” – Photo: Larry Downing, AFP

When Bill and Hillary Clinton married in 1975, a friend gave them a trip to Haiti for their honeymoon. The Washington Post reported: “Since that honeymoon vacation, the Caribbean island nation has held a life-long allure for the couple, a place they found at once desperate and enchanting, pulling at their emotions throughout his presidency and in her maiden year as secretary of state.”

In San Francisco, sleeping is a crime: New data shows SFPD giving mountains of tickets to homeless people for resting

Aug 25, 2015

At a time that the Department of Justice is calling the citing, arresting and forced displacement of homeless people for sleeping cruel and unusual punishment, new data from the SFPD indicates that it is fully engaged in this practice: Homeless people received 11,920 citations for resting in public space in 2014. A total of 13,390 citations were given to homeless people for anti-homeless “offenses.”

War on Terror? US proxies Ethiopia and Rwanda terrorize their own people

Aug 23, 2015
The Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia puts humanity before ethnicity and says that no Ethiopians will be free until all are free.

Two hundred delegates from African governments and institutions met in Kigali, Rwanda, yesterday for a symposium on “democratization and development.” Hailemariam Desalegn and Rwandan President Paul Kagame both spoke of the primacy of state power and African agency in development. Washington D.C.-based Ethiopian activist Obang Metho spoke to KPFA’s Ann Garrison about what was wrong with this picture.

Concerning reactionaries and thugs: The New Black Panther Party
Julian Bond, race man
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy goes out of his way to denounce solitary confinement
1,000 Black activists, scholars and artists sign statement supporting freedom and equality for Palestinian people
Ferguson police intensify abuse, but no amount of tear gas, hatred and contempt will deter us
I watched 14 police officers take down a one-legged homeless Black man outside Twitter HQ – and nobody could stop them
Rwandan diaspora calls for release of Victoire Ingabire and Déo Mushayidi
California Attorney General Kamala Harris must end the barbaric practice of solitary confinement
Nate Wilks, 24, murdered by Oakland PD for running while Black
Bobby Seale: Community control of police was on the Berkeley ballot in 1969
Part Two: She was homeless, so cops and Child Protective Services took her kids, then they all got sick on toxic Treasure Island
Why the police killing of football player Christian Taylor matters
The Movement for Black Lives Convening walks the talk, rescues teen from cops: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for
50th anniversary of the Watts Rebellion, a turning point in the struggle for Black liberation
Africa’s problem from hell: Samantha Power

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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The Annual Palestine Cultural Day Aug 30 10:00 AM Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave and Lincoln, San Francisco. Free parking and Shuttle at St Anne of the Sunset Church on Judah and 14th Ave. The Palestinian American Coalition (PAC) in San Francisco Bay Area more>> ---------------

Rebel Diaz’ Ñ Don’t Stop webisode is biggest show on TeleSur English

Aug 29, 2015
Ñ Don’t Stop logo

Revolutionary, Bronx based, political Latino rap group Rebel Diaz strikes again: This time it’s not a dose of reality Hip Hop that they serving, but a new political and cultural education tool better known as Ñ Don’t Stop, a webisode that regularly appears on the Venezuelan media website TeleSur English that will also soon be hitting television screens worldwide.

Raw G talks about her new album, ‘Esperanza’

Aug 27, 2015

Raw G is an up-and-coming Bay Area bilingual MC who just dropped her debut album, “Esperanza.” For years she has established a local presence, burning up the opening act slot for performers in the Bay. But most importantly, Raw G is an established “raptivist” – an MC who is involved in activism. In fact, Raw G will donate all proceeds from “Esperanza” to a high school in Oakland that is dedicated to working with newly arrived immigrants. Check out Raw G in her own words.

Greg Bridges’ jazz show is now nationally syndicated

Aug 27, 2015
The Bay View and the Block Report were proud to honor Greg Bridges with an award at the first Black Media Appreciation Night, on Nov. 26, 2012. – Photo: Malaika H Kambon

KCSM’s own Greg Bridges is one of the legendary Black broadcasters of the Bay, with the most radio-made voice you have ever heard. His knowledge of Jazz, rolodex of contacts, unique interview style and James Earl Jones-like presence on the mic has made him the premiere Jazz disc jockey in the region. His show has been recently picked up to become syndicated nationally. Check him out in this exclusive Q&A.

‘My Dedon, my Dedon, my Dedon: Dedon Kamathi still ready for the revolution!’

Aug 26, 2015
Dedon Kamathi, Cynthia McKinney and friends enjoy a day in the park.

In a time when true friendship is a lost art, I can truly say that Dedon Kamathi was my friend. How difficult it is for me to use the past tense. Dedon would say that he was my most loyal follower. But the truth of it was that he was my leader. His favorite saying was “Ready for the Revolution.” Dedon was ready for the revolution, but the community that he gave so much to continues in its state of unreadiness.

When it gets to this point

Aug 21, 2015

Michael Brown? … I had never heard of him … had never heard anything he’d done … before the news of his death came … whoever he might have become … whatever he might have achieved … had he lived longer … not been riddled lifeless by … bullets from Darren Wilson’s gun … and crumpled on the pavement of a Ferguson street … for more than four hours in … the heat of that August day … and before … I’d never heard of Trayvon Martin

My summer vacation
‘The Spot’ brings back the hip hop countdown show
‘The Brothers Size’ and ‘Grounded’ at Ubuntu Theater
Khoree the Poet
‘The Legend of Jocko’: an interview with author Waymon Lefall
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