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MOVE member Debbie Africa released

In the early morning of June 16, after nearly 40 years of unjust imprisonment by the state of Pennsylvania, political prisoner and MOVE 9 member Debbie Sims Africa was granted parole and released from the State Correctional Institution-Cambridge Springs. Messaging on Instagram, the MOVE Organization wrote: “Our sister Debbie Africa is FREE! What a beautiful day to find freedom! Let’s keep fighting for our bros and sisters still behind bars — Mike [Sr.], Eddie, Chuck, Janet, Janine and Delbert! The struggle is underway!” This important victory comes exactly two years after Debbie, Janet and Janine Africa were last denied parole in 2016.

Behind Enemy Lines

Alabama’s mistreatment of prisoners with mental illness has led to a dramatic increase in suicides

Jun 16, 2018

Since the beginning of 2018, four people in ADOC custody – three in solitary confinement and one on death row – have died by suicide. The suicide rate in Alabama prisons is one of the highest in the country. In June 2017, U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson declared the mental health system in Alabama prisons “horrendously inadequate,” an unconstitutional failure that led to what Thompson called a “skyrocketing suicide rate” among prisoners.

The rich go free and the poor get LWOP

Jun 3, 2018

I am speaking to how I personally feel about the disparity in justice for the rich and the poor, the people who have friends and family that are willing to fight and those who don’t and who are left with no voice. I have been all alone in my fight for freedom some 30 or so years. I have no family who speaks out, I was too young to have friends and the few that I do have now are ones that I have met since my incarceration.

SHU-shifting redux: Plaintiffs in Ashker v. Brown seek relief from ongoing isolation

Jun 1, 2018

As the San Francisco BayView goes to press, a critical ruling is soon expected in Ashker v. Brown (aka Ashker v. Governor, Docket No. 4:09-cv-09-5796 CW (N.D. Cal.)), the federal class-action lawsuit challenging indefinite solitary confinement in California. The anticipated ruling concerns plaintiffs’ motion challenging the ongoing conditions of extreme isolation endured by many class members.

Open letter to Gov. Rauner from the Stateville Debate Team

May 31, 2018

Dear Gov. Rauner: We, the Stateville Debate Team, write this letter to implore you to reverse Assistant Director Gladyse Taylor’s (and thus the IDOC’s) unjustified decision to terminate the Stateville Debate Team and class and reverse the unjustified ban of our teacher, Katrina Burlet, from Stateville Correctional Center and other IDOC (Illinois Department of Corrections) facilities.

Judge skeptical of CDCr’s excuses for sleep deprivation in solitary confinement

May 30, 2018

A number of hardy souls ventured to Sacramento on May 18 to a federal court hearing on CDCr’s motion to dismiss Jorge Rico’s suit opposing the every-half-hour Guard One “security/welfare checks” that take place in isolation units throughout the state. With Guard One, guards press a metal baton into a metal receiver positioned either in or beside cell doors, making a loud disruptive noise in most cases, waking prisoners up every 30 minutes and causing sleep deprivation.

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Amerika uses military grade chemical weapons on prisoners that it bombs Syria for using in civil war
Former Black Panther Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald will remain behind bars
Protect Political Prisoner Delbert Africa, icon and leader of MOVE
‘WE are the Bay View’: Kevin Jones-Bey and Sundiata Acoli salute the Bay View
Too many parole denials at New Folsom
Former Black Panther Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald seeks parole after 49 years behind bars
Call for a Juneteenth 2018 Mobilization Against Prison Slavery
Prison Panthers and awakening the Black radical
Prosecutorial objection to bringing a parole system to Illinois
The wheels of injustice: He spent 24 years in prison for something he didn’t do – here is the evidence to prove it
Amy Buckley: ‘Any friend you make will be moved away from you’

News & Views

Truth tribunal for the poisoned and exploited residents of Treasure Island today, 5:30, before Tetra Tech RAB meeting

Jun 19, 2018

Join us today, June 19, at Building One, Treasure Island, at 5:30 to speak at a Tribunal holding bad actors Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi to account for their RICO crimes. The Tribunal is being held just before the 7:00 p.m. RAB meeting, where speakers will talk to the Navy and the RAB members. Looking forward to seeing you today.

The organized poor: Poor People’s March on Washington and HUD in honor of Dr. King’s March on Washington

Jun 17, 2018

“We are surrounded by Black cops,” said Leroy Moore, with POOR Magazine and Krip Hop Nation, about the 15 Black cops who surrounded us houseless and formerly houseless mamas, uncles, children and elders from the Poor People’s March when we walked humbly into the Washington, D.C., office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to demand our housing back. “We are here to meet with Ben Carson,” we all said.

In an open letter to the Board of Supervisors, the BVHP community demands full retesting and cleanup of the Hunters Point Shipyard Superfund site

Jun 14, 2018

On behalf of our many members and constituents in Bayview Hunters Point, we thank you for holding a hearing in response to Tetra Tech’s fraud at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Superfund site. During the hearing, the Board of Supervisors sent a loud and clear message to the Navy, its contractors, state and federal regulatory agencies, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Now it is imperative that we do everything in our collective power to ensure the Hunters Point Superfund site remediation is comprehensive, transparent and trustworthy.

Black is back in San Francisco! Welcome back, Mayor London Breed

Jun 13, 2018

Thanking God for reparations, we heartily congratulate San Francisco Mayor London Breed, offering her our support and our love. Rejoice, Black San Francisco, in this historic victory! Let us work hard with London to rebuild the Black community and make it thrive again. Like it or not, we live in a chaotic world, but out of chaos come opportunities. Black talent, energy and ingenuity can make San Francisco the most exciting city in the world and restore its soul.

The Singapore Summit: Working for peace in Korea

Jun 12, 2018

President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un’s summit meeting is a historic and bold step toward achieving peace in the Korean Peninsula. Their agreement to work toward denuclearization by North Korea, as well as the other goals to achieve piece, such as guaranteeing security to North Korea, are welcome progress.

Declaring a public health crisis at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco ,  a federal Superfund site
With lead expanding, results show London dominated citywide voting
California’s chance to lead for poor children
Black privilege loses to white power, white politics and white privilege in SF June election’s Proposition I
‘Went Down to the Rich (White) Man’s House’: Poor and unhoused people march on Washington DC for their lives and self-determination
Divide and rule: Balkanizing the Democratic Republic of Congo
Six hundred supporters party with mayoral hopeful London Breed on election night
Environmental justice has a May Day in court: $27 billion class action filed against Tetra Tech
Bay area protests against CPS and Family Court injustice
Bayview community farmers market launches
OSHA attorney Dr. Darrell Whitman: Whistleblower connects the dots
It isn’t easy being a Green Party candidate in a Democratic Party town
Bayview public schools rising: Public Malcolm X 5th graders outscore private Kipp 5th graders
Vote Stacey Abrams for governor to build a Georgia where everyone has the freedom and opportunity to thrive
Bay View Voters Guide: VOTE 100%! Make BVHP known for ballots, not bullets

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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June 20, 2018
FREE 8-week Village Project SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP (June 11-Aug 3) 9:00 am Cyprian's Center – Arts, Resilience, Community - 2097 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94115 For San Francisco youth, the camp runs from 9 a.m. ... more>>
June 20, 2018
Bayview Hunters Point ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE Meeting 2:00 pm Southeast Community Facility (Alex Pitcher Community Room)1800 Oakdale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124 Attention Bayview Hunters Point and Southeast San Francisco Friends and ... more>>
June 20, 2018
ANTI POLICE-TERROR PROJECT General Meeting 7:30 pm East Side Arts Alliance 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606 APTP meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.​

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June 21, 2018
FREE 8-week Village Project SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP (June 11-Aug 3) 9:00 am Cyprian's Center – Arts, Resilience, Community - 2097 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94115 For San Francisco youth, the camp runs from 9 a.m. ... more>>
June 21, 2018
San Francisco FOOD NOT BOMBS Thursday Food Share 6:00 pm 16th Street Mission station (2000 Mission St) San Francisco, CA 94110 We will share free hot food in the 16th & Mission ... more>>

The joys, and CRIMES, of Juneteenth

Jun 18, 2018

As WE commemorate Juneteenth Freedom Day(s) again this year, it is always necessary to OVERstand the real Lessons in the Blessings (as my beloved God-Mother ELIZABETH ELIZANN OAKS-ARMSTRONG would often say). While Juneteenth is possibly the oldest and largest commemoration of the “official” ending of the murderous war of enslavement, many of our people have never grasped its true origins and significance.

Sickle cell disease hits young Californians hard

Jun 16, 2018

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that can cause pain, anemia, infection and other serious health problems. As young people living with sickle cell disease (SCD) age, their health care needs change. This World Sickle Cell Day, observed each year on June 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are providing special support to young adults living with SCD.

Wolfpack Gunshot Response Team: Out of the projects come the saviors of their hood

Jun 11, 2018

It was a historic day in April when a team of young people completed their training to take on the job of saving their hood in Cleveland, Ohio. Four young adults ranging from 19-29 became the first civilian gunshot response team in Ohio history. Not to mention they are African American and from the projects. Breniesha Lightfoot, DeAndre “Boss Hog” Glover and Belton Sanders, along with local activist and Washington, D.C., native Suncere Ali Shakur, make up the Wolfpack Gunshot Response Team of Cleveland. Our job is to stop the bleeding from wounds for the first 5-10 minutes until EMS arrives.

Dorris Vincent presents SFHDC Power of Words award to Ratcliffs

Jun 2, 2018

The most elegant event we’ve ever attended was the San Francisco Housing Development Corp.’s 30th Anniversary Gala at the wondrous California Academy of Sciences – yes, guests could see the exhibits! – on Friday, May 11. We, Dr. Willlie and Mary Ratcliff, were invited to accept the Power of Words award, and we were thrilled to be presented it by SFHDC Board Member Dorris Vincent, an old friend and a pillar of the Bayview Hunters Point community. These are her remarks:

Poverty people as benefactors sending out a clarion call Blackonizing the other Amerika where LOVE abounds and our Jesus is found

May 31, 2018

I’m sending out the most important press release that it has been my prayerful blessing to accomplish as a clarion call to Black Family Amerika to take a stand. To Black Mega­Church Amerika to take a stand. No more playing the do-nothingism game while expecting great change to occur. The Black family’s path forward is known as “ethno-aggregation,” found in two textbooks by Dr. Claud Anderson, “PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America” and “A Black History Reader: 101 Questions You Never Thought to Ask.”

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