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Robert Washington was tied up and then “subdued” by CERT Team officers at Holman Prison. These pictures were taken of him before and after his beating.

Blood flows in Alabama prisons as state leaders sacrifice more bodies in pursuit of $1.5 billion for more prisons

As the culture of violence in Alabama’s prison system continues to spiral out of control, yet another provocation has resulted in another day of violence at Holman Prison. Holman is experiencing major staff shortages as a result of officers joining and supporting the non-violent work strikes being led by Free Alabama Movement. ADOC commissioners responded by dispatching CERT Team staff notorious for violent beatings, sexual harassment and excessive force.

Behind Enemy Lines

In Pennsylvania, George Rahsaan Brooks fights for his censored Bay View – he won last time

Oct 27, 2016

In a number of prisons around the country, the September Bay View was banned, and we suspect the October paper will be too. If your paper was denied, the prison is required to give you and the Bay View a notice saying why banning the Bay View is constitutional, allowing you and us to appeal that decision. So the first step is to insist on a notice and then appeal it; so will we. Here is George Rahsaan Brooks’ appeal. We think he’ll win, just as he did before.

Hell on earth in Alabama: Inside Holman Prison

Oct 22, 2016
Fed-up Holman prisoners rose up like Nat Turner and rebelled on March 11, broadcasting their photos to the world. See more of their photos at

Since opening its doors on Dec. 15, 1969, Alabama’s William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, has been a bastion of violence, fear, pain and baleful human suffering. A Holman inmate was stabbed during a four-way fight and another died of an apparent suicide less than two weeks after the Department of Justice launched an investigation into violence, sex abuse, overcrowding and other issues at Alabama’s prisons.

Censoring the Bay View shows how much master fears a revolt

Oct 20, 2016
Before the hunger strikes and the Ashker settlement ended indefinite solitary confinement in California and released nearly everyone from solitary into general population, artists in solitary played a major role in the movement. This is by one of the best and most prolific. – Art: Michael D. Russell, C-90473, HDSP D3-20, P.O. Box 3030, Susanville CA 96127

I recently received a form that was generated by the California City Correctional Facility administration. This form notified me that I would not be allowed to read my Bay View newspaper this month. While this may seem like a clear constitutional violation, CDCR has stipulated by law that no inmate may possess any literature “which contains or concerns plans to disrupt the order, or breach the security, of any facility.”

Nationwide epidemic of suicide in solitary: Solitary confinement is murder!

Oct 16, 2016
“Stop isolating suicidal people” was a major message delivered by hundreds of protesters who traveled from around California to the infamous California Institute for Women (CIW) state prison near Los Angeles to protest conditions that have caused a spate of suicides and for a vigil in remembrance of recent victims. – Photo: California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)

This year at Holman in Atmore, Alabama, there have been five suicides in its segregation unit – more suicides or homicides than in its population. The latest was a mentally ill young man in his 20s. The conditions in the Administrative Segregation housing wings at the H.H. Coffield Unit located at Tennessee Colony, Texas are horrible, and these conditions have driven prisoners to suicide, approximately 13 deaths just this year! We need the broadest exposure of this horrifying trend.

Michigan prisoners rise up!

Oct 15, 2016

Not since the 1980s, when the state of Michigan simultaneously ratcheted up “tough on crime” laws and eliminated good time credits, have Michigan’s prisons been so overcrowded and seething with so much discontent. Crammed into overcrowded prisons, underfed, denied proper medical care and programming while forced to work for declining slave wages as commissary prices rise, no wonder Michigan prisoners are rising up! The only question is, Why did it take so long?

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News & Views

Habitat Greater San Francisco revitalizes a Bayview neighborhood in three days

Oct 27, 2016
Longtime Bayview homeowner Alfreda Furgensen poses with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco volunteers who cleared out massive blackberry bushes that took over her entire backyard.

Last Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20-22, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco mobilized hundreds of volunteers to revitalize a neighborhood in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point district. Building Blocks: Bayview aims to extend the work of Habitat for Humanity renovating community assets such as schools and community centers, delivering critical home repairs to improve the health, safety and well-being of residents on a large scale, and beautifying parks and gardens.

The Greens are a movement party

Oct 25, 2016
Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Jill Stein and Dr. Ajamu Baraka

Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka, Stein-Baraka campaign manager David Cobb and Jill Stein surrogate YahNé Ndgo were in Downtown Berkeley on Saturday, Oct. 22, for a rally at the Berkeley City Club. A “political revolution is absolutely necessary in this country, but a political revolution cannot be run, r-u-n, in just one election cycle,” Cobb says. The Green Party is a party of activists, a party of social change.

Countdown to Congo’s election: A tale of youth power and a regime decline

Oct 23, 2016
During an opposition rally in Kinshasa on Sept. 19, Congolese protest President Kabila’s decision to delay elections, furious at his attempt to cling to power. – Photo: Eduardo Soteras, AFP

On Sept. 19, 2016, widespread protests took place across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Congolese population sent a clear message to President Joseph Kabila that he had only 90 days left to vacate the presidency because his last of two presidential terms expires on Dec. 19, 2016. President Joseph Kabila has made it clear to the Congolese people that he is bent on holding onto power by any means necessary even if it means gunning down dozens of unarmed protesters in the streets of Kinshasa.

Extreme vetting: Apply it to police

Oct 21, 2016

I’ve been following the U.S. presidential debates very closely. As a Black man who also happens to be a Muslim with a mother who was originally from the Middle East, I am intrigued by this term “extreme vetting,” which is frequently used by presidential candidate Donald Trump. Maybe extreme vetting needs to be applied to the internal threat posed from rogue police.

Alameda County, deliver on your promise of jobs for people returning from prison!

Oct 20, 2016
Formerly incarcerated people rally for the 1,400 county jobs promised by Alameda County last June. Over the past eight years, since the county banned the box, 751 formerly incarcerated employees have been hired. – Photo: Justice Reinvestment Coalition

On Oct. 11, the Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County held a march and rally calling on Alameda County to fulfill its promise to provide jobs for formerly incarcerated people. In June 2016, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors had voted unanimously (5-0) in favor of a new Re-Entry Hiring Program that aims to provide 1,400 county jobs for people impacted by the criminal justice system and youth in the school-to-prison pipeline in Alameda County.

The ‘woke tailgate’: The brave of Buffalo kneel in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick
Six years since Ingabire arrest, 20 since DRC invasion
Bold, brave & bullied: Meet the Beaumont Bulls
Bizarre SF Juvenile Hall dog and pony show
SF Blue Ribbon Panel: Brutal cop culture gives itself impunity
Haiti needs us now! Donating to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (HERF) puts every dime in Haitian hands
Alprentice ‘Bunchy’ Carter ‘would have rode with Nat Turner’
Bay View Voters Guide
Rwanda Day San Francisco: Bay View journalists get the boot
Alfred Olango, from US-backed persecution in Uganda to police execution in US
Alfred Olango, killed by California cop, dreamt of opening family restaurant
Let’s re-ignite the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal!
A salute to the Black Panthers – at home and abroad!
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First Oakland cop arraigned in underage sex scandal

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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October 28, 2016
Tell the City Again: No New Jails OR Jail-like Facilities in SF! 2:00 pm 25 Van Ness, Room 610, San Francisco Come to the Final Meeting of the SF Jail Replacement ... more>>
October 28, 2016
Palestine: A forgotten issue in the 2016 Elections 7:00 pm ANSWER, 2969 Mission St., San Francisco Both Democrats and Republicans have voted to give billions of ... more>>
October 29, 2016
Time for Bay Area Lifer School 2016! 10:00 am UC Berkeley School of Law, Room 100, Berkeley Lunch provided.

Recent changes in the law impact up to 14,000 ... more>>
October 29, 2016
Harvesting the Fruits of the Black Panther Party 11:00 am 970 Grace Ave, Oakland Hosted by Phat Beets Produce

Come join us for a ... more>>
October 29, 2016
Oakland Treasure Hunt 1:00 pm 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland The Oakland Treasure Hunt is a unique urban sleuthing adventure ... more>>
October 29, 2016
Classical African Pyramid Builders in Sudan & Egypt 1:00 pm Contra Costa College, Knox Center, San Pablo Save Nubia Project Seminar on African Pyramid Builders

The Save ... more>>
October 29, 2016
BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELF-SUFFICIENCY CELEBRATES 45 YEARS OF INNOVATION, HOPE, SERVICE & COMMUNITY 6:00 pm The Pavilion at Scott's Seafood, Jack London Square, Oakland BOSS's 45th anniversary gala - A Mardi Gras Party! The ... more>>

Welcome to ‘The Tech Boom’: an interview with producer Traxamillion

Oct 27, 2016

Many young people want to pursue a career in music but don’t understand the science behind creating and producing. San Jose producer Traxamillion has mastered this science and constructs an iconic sound with every song he touches. His blaring beats have made him the driving force behind the historical hip hop sounds of the notorious hyphy movement. His new project, titled “The Tech Boom,” has given local artists an opportunity to showcase their talent.

‘Already a Legend’: Soaking up game with young rap legend G-Val

Oct 14, 2016

G-Val, born and raised in Bayview, is an artist who spits dope lyrics that young children in inner city communities, especially Bayview, can look up to. G-Val is not just an artist; he is a dream. His smile and positive attitude causes him to be loved by his community and communities nationwide. Check out what G-Val has to say about staying focused and committed to being successful and making it out the hood …

Troubled legacy: a review of Nate Parker’s ‘Birth of a Nation’

Oct 14, 2016
Nat Turner (Nate Parker) and his rebel force at the armory in Jerusalem face an armed militia.

Perhaps the reason why Nat Turner is almost completely buried within documented and oral histories is connected to the fear his rebellion caused in the Southampton and by extension the Southern antebellum community. Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” visits this story as Donald Trump draws a white male constituency very much in keeping philosophically with the angry mob who tear the flesh from the iconic Prophet Nat Turner’s body.

We don’t heel, we kneel!

Oct 12, 2016
This stunning mural honoring Colin Kaepernick recently appeared at 22nd and Telegraph in Oakland.

What Colin Kaepemick has done is not only courageous but long overdue. The game plan, henceforth, should be to turn that momentum into a nationwide movement. Yes, the best way to show solidarity and support for Colin Kaepemick is to emulate his heroic act. Stand for something bigger than “self.” You can accomplish this by taking a knee. Let’s see who has the heart, character and courage to kneel for change.

Wanda’s Picks for October 2016

Oct 10, 2016
To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Hunters Point Uprising, Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin (in the colorful dress), chair of the African American Studies Department at City College, who was born and raised in Hunters Point, organized two commemorative events. The second, exactly 50 years after the police murder of Matthew “Peanut” Johnson on Sept. 27, 1966, which sparked the uprising, included a march down Third Street, the main street in Bayview Hunters Point; here they are on the block where the Bay View lives. The intent of both events was to honor Peanut and all who have been lost over the past 50 years. – Photo: Katrina Williams

This Maafa Commemoration Month we continue to lift “A Love Supreme” as we organize a defense against state violence. Congratulations to Professor Aaliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, whose community vigil and program honored the lives of the Bayview Hunters Point revolutionaries killed 50 years ago when the community rose up after SFPD killed Matthew “Peanut” Johnson and more recently when the community turned out after SFPD killed Mario Woods.

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