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Libations for Kiilu Nyasha on Wanda’s Picks Radio

Introduction: Kiilu Nyasha, Black Panther veteran, revolutionary journalist and mother of every movement, joined the ancestors on April 10, and just three days later, Bay View Arts Editor Wanda Sabir opened the phone lines on her morning radio show for tributes to our revered comrade. To listen to the entire show, go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wandas-picks/2018/04/13/wandas-picks-radio-show-special-tribute-to-kiilu-nyasha or listen here. – Editor

Behind Enemy Lines

Former Black Panther Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald will remain behind bars

May 9, 2018

On May 4, former Black Panther Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald agreed to a five-year denial of parole instead of insisting on a parole hearing, even though he has served more time than any former Black Panther still behind bars: 49 years. Chip is now 67 years old and living with the consequences of a stroke; his friends and family fear he will die in prison. He has been moved from one state prison to another over the years and is currently in the California State Prison-Los Angeles. I spoke to his lawyer, Charles Carbone, whose office is in San Francisco.

Protect Political Prisoner Delbert Africa, icon and leader of MOVE

May 4, 2018

ONA MOVE! This is an urgent message about our brother, Delbert Africa. Delbert is experiencing disturbing symptoms that are eerily similar to what our brother, Phil Africa, experienced before passing away in prison. Delbert tells us that he’s having vision problems, he’s seeing spots and he’s also urinating nearly every hour. This system is hell bent on killing off MOVE people and we know it. May 13, 1985, proves that.

‘WE are the Bay View’: Kevin Jones-Bey and Sundiata Acoli salute the Bay View

May 3, 2018

I am not a world-renowned freedom fighter. In fact, I contributed to the destruction of lives and communities. In spite of this ugly truth, Willie and Mary Ratcliff and the Bay View family have given me opportunities when no one else would. I am not unique. The Bay View is THE voice of countless Sisters and Brothers. Indeed, WE are the Bay View, and if we are not for ourselves, who will be for us? Twenty-four dollars is a paltry sum. The San Francisco Bay View is priceless.

Too many parole denials at New Folsom

May 2, 2018

Those of us here at New Folsom State Prison are at odds with the overwhelming number of parole denials here, as well as overly negative board psych reports. The fact that less than 4 percent of prisoners here are paroled should speak volumes to the public as well as state legislatures who enacted SB 261 and like bills. Prisoners who have served over 25 years and have completed many rehab programs and self-help programs should be eligible for parole.

Former Black Panther Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald seeks parole after 49 years behind bars

May 1, 2018

On April 26, former Black Panther Herman Bell was released from prison in New York State after 45 years. That leaves at least 10 surviving members of the Black Panther Party behind bars, including Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, who is currently held at the California State Prison-Los Angeles. His next parole hearing is scheduled for May 4. I spoke to his friend Arthur League, a former Panther who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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’
Prisoners United for Human Rights: A new era of sentencing reform and restorative justice for the violent offender
Hunger strike at Polk supermax in North Carolina
South Carolina freedom fighters call for National Prisoners Strike Aug. 21-Sept. 9, 2018
Rally to end Santa Clara County Jail hunger strike
Survivors of Lucasville Uprising denied phone calls and threatened with solitary to censor them
Emergency action alert: The men who wrote the historic Agreement to End Hostilities are back in solitary – release them!
Lucasville Rebellion, longest prison ‘riot’ in history, began 25 years ago, on April 11, 1993
The forgotten one: Sentenced to 500 years though no one was hurt
Juneteenth Call to Action
Bay View: Baddest paper on the planet

News & Views

John Crew: Don’t be fooled by the POA, No on H, more aggressive use of Tasers

May 22, 2018

This June, San Francisco voters will make an important decision on whether to hand over a dangerous power to the San Francisco Police Officers Association (POA). Proposition H, a measure funded by the POA, is an attempt to loosen important use of force restrictions on Tasers that were pushed on the troubled SFPD by a team of experts from the Obama Justice Department. Police unions don’t get to decide their own use of force policies. Don’t be fooled. Vote No on Prop H!

Sparks fly at Mayoral Candidates Forum hosted by Commonwealth Club

May 22, 2018

On May 14, 2018, a Mayoral Forum was held at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club. The race for mayor of San Francisco is close to the wire, with the election coming up on June 5. If elected, front-runner and San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed will become San Francisco’s first Black woman mayor.

Bay View Voters Guide: VOTE 100%! Make BVHP known for ballots, not bullets

May 19, 2018

Why do Black folks catch more hell in San Francisco than just about anywhere else? Why has a larger portion of the Black population been pushed out of San Francisco than any U.S. city? We detect the reason is Black Power, which used to be wielded skillfully by community leaders back in the day. With London Breed, a Black woman born and raised in the projects – someone who understands us as we understand her – leading the mayor’s race, this election is our opportunity to rebuild our Black Power by making up our minds to VOTE 100%!

Challenging Democratic Party corruption in Pennsylvania’s District 197

May 19, 2018

In 2017, Cheri Honkala, the founder of the Poor People’s Campaign for Economic Human Rights, ran for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Philadelphia’s District 197. I spoke to her about what happened. It was a special election last year for a representative to the Pennsylvania State House. On the night of the election, there were literally hundreds of calls to our campaign headquarters and the district attorney’s office about election fraud.

Black Alliance for Peace condemns slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza

May 18, 2018

While a delegation from the Trump administration and leaders from various parts of the world gathered in Jerusalem to witness the illegal and immoral move of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to the beleaguered and contested city, Israeli soldiers slaughtered unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. The latest count reports more than 50 dead and 2,700 wounded. The Black Alliance for Peace demands the United States condemn Israeli state violence and the use of U.S.-supplied weapons to murder unarmed Palestinians, a violation of U.S. law.

Jovanka Beckles, candidate for State Assembly District 15, urges Oakland to continue opposing coal shipments – as youth plan to protest tonight 6 p.m.
Workers march with pride and power on May Day, International Workers’ Day
SFHDC celebrates 30 years in affordable housing with Power in Numbers gala
Board of Supervisors to hold public hearing May 14 on alleged massive fraud at Hunters Point Shipyard Superfund Site
We can’t stop now! Help single father in Uganda educate his disabled daughters
Nancy Pelosi opposes universal healthcare
Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 18
Darius Thomas, a promising young scholar from Bayview Hunters Point
Eureka NAACP to HSU: Cease recruitment in minority-majority neighborhoods until substantial support is implemented
Do NOT privatize San Francisco’s public health clinics
Black and Brown community control of the police: Organize or die!
Death and courage at the Hunters Point Shipyard
Political crimes of the United Kingdom exposed by Russian diplomat
Black community leaders rally in support of voter registration
A call for justice for the real victims in the Tetra Tech scandal: taxpayers and sick Treasure Island and Hunters Point residents

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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May 23, 2018
Free Drop-in Job Counseling Every Fourth Wednesday 2:00 pm Central Library, 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, Berkeley Looking for a job? Or perhaps have a job and ... more>>
May 24, 2018
2018 Economic Summit - THE GREENLINING INSTITUTE: Speakers include Dolores Huerta, Melissa Harris-Perry, Alicia Garza, and Sen. Kevin de León 8:30 am Oakland Marriott City Center 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607 In these turbulent times, our 2018 Economic Summit marks The Greenlining ... more>>
May 24, 2018
JUDI BARI DAY 11:30 am Park Blvd at E. 34th St., in front of Oakland High School, Oakland, CA 94611 Please join us to COMMEMORATE the anniversary of the 1990 Oakland ... more>>
May 24, 2018
San Francisco FOOD NOT BOMBS Thursday Food Share 6:00 pm 16th Street Mission station (2000 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110) <span>We will share free hot food in the 16th &... more>>
May 24, 2018
Bay Area Jazz Society's FUNDRAISER FOR LEE HILDEBRAND 7:00 pm Geoffreys Inner Circle 410 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612 <br>Legendary Bay Area Music Critic Lee Hildebrand recently suffered ... more>>
May 24, 2018
HOLLA BACK! OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHTS 9:00 pm East Side Arts Alliance 2277 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94606 Come check out one of the only open mic spots ... more>>

Shero Kiilu

May 19, 2018

by Tiny   What is a shero who never gave up & NEVER let go never stood down, sold out or took the politrickster road who breathed liberation from every pore who resisted kkkrapitalism, plantations and shouted at every prison door   This is Kiilu and whenever i felt like giving up, i would dream […]

The Legacy Museum: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration demands we face the truth

May 16, 2018

Slavery has indeed marked this nation. Its soot leaves a residue the best detergent cannot wipe away or wash out. Truth – bitter, the missing ingredient is hard to swallow, let alone see – yet this is what The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and by extension The Legacy Museum: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration demands we face. It is not in your head or imagination that these atrocities to other people reside.

The invention of white people, the absurdity of race and fear of a Black planet

May 10, 2018

According to Theodore W. Allen’s book, “The Invention of the White Race,” in 1619 there were no “white” people in America listed in colonial records. Europeans first became “White by law” in 1691. Mr. Allen goes on to say that the White Race was invented as a socio-political construct, designed to create a ruling class and bring the eternally warring factions of Europe together against a common enemy: people of color in general, Black people more specifically, and Black men in particular.

The Matatu Concert and Film Series is back May 19-25

May 8, 2018

The Matatu Film and Concert series is one of many dynamic film festivals that call the Bay their home, but its most unique quality is that it highlights filmmakers from Africa and the diaspora outside of the U.S., as well as covers subjects that are important to how we see ourselves, and how we see the world. Michael Orange, the Matatu curator, has exquisite taste in cinema. Here is our back-n-forth about what Matatu has in store for May.

VICTORY! Some Critical WINS for Afrikan People

May 2, 2018

In our grand traditions of African Liberation Day/Month – and May First/International Workers’ Day – WE remember and honor our Beloved Ancients and Ancestors from yesteryears and yesterday. Recently, super-(s)heroes such as freedom fighters Mama WINNIE MADIKIZELA-MANDELA and KIILU NYASHA made their Spiritual Transformations. Warrior Kiilu is a great inspiration and uncompromising advocate for Power to the People, freeing our political prisoners and abolishing prisons.

‘Solitary Man’ play and panel at the Black Rep – pain, survival, resistance
For Sistar Kiilu Nyasha: Freedom Is a Constant Struggle…
Good night, Kiilu!
Melonie and Melorra Green speak on the economic and medical benefits of marijuana
Find the root of the rot: ‘Follow the Money: Flashpoints Radio Voices for Peace and Justice’ released on Tax Day
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