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Colin Kaepernick won’t stand up for slavery

Lots of people are up in arms asserting you are unpatriotic if you refuse to stand for the Star Spangled Banner. We see this playing out with Colin Kaepernick. People like to romanticize about how it’s an expression of pride for this beloved country. How many of y’all patriots know we only sing one verse to that song? How many of y’all know the other verses are about hunting down slaves? The song is about recapturing slaves who tried to run away and even fought against their masters to escape bondage during the War of 1812. But Colin needs to stand and sing that song? Yeah, right.

Behind Enemy Lines

Is it illegal to be Black in America?

Aug 29, 2016
The life of Kevin Cooper, since the death penalty moratorium was lifted last November, is in more imminent danger than at any time since he came within hours of execution in 2004. Be prepared, once again, to join the campaign to save and free him. This photo was taken Oct. 23, 2013.

Sometime in the early 19th century, former United States President Thomas Jefferson stated, “Unchecked power twisted white men’s characters.” Since he was a slave owner and an oppressor, he should know what he speaks about! Here in the early 21st century, it still seems that within the hands of America’s criminal justice system as a whole, unchecked power has indeed “twisted” certain white people’s characters.

Sept. 9: Strike against prison slavery, strike against white supremacy

Aug 27, 2016
'Prisoners Are Striking Nationwide Sept 9' Oakland poster by BlackOUT Collective

On Friday, Sept. 9, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising in New York, prisoners are calling for a general strike across all prisons in the United States against prison slavery. As the initial call out for the strike stated: “Slavery is alive and well in the prison system, but by the end of this year, it won’t be anymore. … This is a call for a nationwide prisoner work stoppage to end prison slavery, starting on Sept. 9, 2016. They cannot run these facilities without us.”

Free Speech Society emergency bulletin

Aug 24, 2016
Free Speech Society logo

It is no secret that CDCr’s counterintelligence units have been plotting revenge on the class members of Ashker v. Brown to have us returned to indefinite solitary confinement. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that it wasn’t a matter of coincidence, as we embark upon the first anniversary of Brotha Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell’s assassination, that the media began leaking fraudulent reports to the public generated by IGI, ISU, OCS and the FBI about the BGF plotting to avenge the death of Hugo Pinell.

Black August, a story of African freedom fighters

Aug 21, 2016
Ruchell Magee, George and Jonathan Jackson – Art: Kiilu Nyasha

On this 37th anniversary of Black August, first organized to honor our fallen freedom fighters, George and Jonathan Jackson, Khatari Gaulden, James McClain, William Christmas and the sole survivor of the Aug. 7, 1970, Courthouse Slave Rebellion, Ruchell Cinque Magee, it is still a time to embrace the principles of unity, self-sacrifice, political education, physical fitness and/or training in martial arts, resistance and spiritual renewal.

The Justice Department is going to stop using private prisons

Aug 18, 2016
'Prison-for-Profit Is Wrong' meme

The Justice Department plans to stop using privately run prisons that typically house undocumented federal inmates following a report finding they are less safe than those that are federally run, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced today. Stock prices of the country’s two biggest private prison companies – Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group – nosedived by nearly 25 percent this morning.

My first Black August
Free political prisoners Chip Fitzgerald and Ruchell Magee!
Lucasville Rebellion survivor talks about upcoming Sept. 9 Nat’l Prison Strike
Black woman prisoner in Alabama fights for voting rights: Transformation v. modification
Black August 2016
Black August Memorial: an interview with Kasim Gero, Patuxent Prison
Jalil Muntaqim: The 13th Amendment – prison slavery and mass incarceration
Judge refuses to halt force feeding of inmate in solitary confinement protest
Maroon sues DOC and wins! Settlement reached in Shoatz v. Wetzel
Sundiata Acoli: Ride and denied
Announcement of nationally coordinated prisoner work stoppage for Sept. 9, 2016
White House officials and local leaders attend debate, organized by prisoner, between prisoners and Morehouse students
The Black August Slave Rebellion: Every slave has a right to rebel
Governor’s new budget supports more incarceration
Hugo Pinell, aka Dahariki Kambon: Decades of assassination attempts against the man most feared by CDCr

News & Views

Reparationists take the power, and da funk, to Parliament in London!

Aug 29, 2016
Baba Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at stands with thousands of other reparationists on Emancipation Day, 1 Mosiah (August) 2016, for three minutes of silence for the Ancestors on the Westminster Bridge in London, England. Behind them is the British Parliament – House of Commons and House of Lords – with the “Big Ben” clock tower, where a major rally was later held. Petitions demanding reparations were also delivered to No. 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British prime minister.

On 1 Mosiah (August), thousands of Pan Afrikanists from around England, Europe, the Afrikan continent, the Caribbean, Australia and other former colonies like West Papua – accompanied by billions of our Afrikan forbearers! – assembled in London for major mass actions. In this, the Annual Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March, the themes of “Stop the Maangamizi: We charge genocide and ecocide” and “Demand reparatory justice and reparations” united all.

Who is killing indigenous people in Beni, DR Congo?

Aug 28, 2016
‘Congo’ graphic

Beni Territory is a vivid example of the phrase, “Everybody wants a piece of Congo.” Beni Territory is rich in oil, timber, gold, diamonds, wolfram, coltan and cassiterite. Now the people of Beni are being massacred for their land and its riches. KPFA’s Ann Garrison filed this report after speaking to a Congolese human rights defender and author of “Congolese Genocides from Leopold II to Paul Kagame,” Boniface Musavuli.

Oakland: Standing room only at Uber local business outreach event

Aug 28, 2016
Oakland business owners packed The Oakstop on Aug. 4 – and most of them were Black. They’re hoping to do business with Uber, which will soon be headquartered in Oakland. – Photo: The Registry

On Aug. 4, 2016, Oakland-based firm 360 Total Concept teamed with Uber Technologies for an outreach event to maximize local business participation as the ride-sharing company prepares to expand its headquarters to Oakland. This was the second event in the series of connector sessions for local firms and Uber, also featuring the project developer, Lane Partners.

HUD policies threaten poor, elderly and disabled tenants with eviction

Aug 28, 2016
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed – Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, SF Chronicle

A proposal by HUD and the Obama administration that is allegedly meant to combat segregation and break up concentrations of poverty actually threatens Section 8 renters (Housing Choice Voucher holders) – the elderly, poor and disabled – with higher rents and eviction. It has many Section 8 tenants worried about their future in the Bay Area, New York and elsewhere.

Un-arm the paid killers and child molesters: The people call for a national Moratorium on Police Use of Force

Aug 27, 2016
Advocates gather at the Mission Police Station to call for a 90-day Moratorium on Police Use of Force. – Photos: Poor News Network

While two heavily armed police officers stood directly across the street watching us, a group of the most impacted, unhoused, criminalized, injured, disabled, Black, Brown, Trans and Indigenous peoples gathered to demand a 90-day moratorium on the killing of our Black, Brown, disabled and unhoused residents of this city and all cities struggling with the ongoing murder of our children, youth, elders and families.

Unworthy victims: Houthis and Hutus
Are Black folks getting what they need from Hillary?
More on the psyche of a sexually abused child
20 year anniversary of the invasion of the Congo: wit’ Claude Gatebuke
The decline of western civilization: w/ international journalist Gerald Perriera
Katrina Pain Index 2016: Race and class gap widening
Huey P. Newton’s brother Melvin speaks on their Panther histories
“Blood in My Eye” 45 years later wit’ David Johnson of the San Quentin 6
SNCC Legacy Project endorses the Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform
Booker T. Washington’s work in the African world
Tajai of Hiero speaks on Hiero Day ’16 roster, Golden Era shoes, and raising an MC daughter
Want to stop the violence? Get involved – really involved
Fake ‘Day of Rage’: COINTELPRO action, not ‘Anonymous’ video
The Haitian Revolution and the origin of the Dominican Republic
Treasure Island whistleblower Mitchell Herrington faced retaliation from power broker consortium

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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August 30, 2016
Youth Job Fair at Valencia Gardens 10:00 am Valencia Gardens, 390 Valencia, San Francisco John Navarra, Business Parnterships Specialist with the United Way of ... more>>
August 30, 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>>
August 30, 2016
Town Hall on Housing, Transportation & Urban Planning with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, BART candidate Lateefah Simon and Salon founder David Talbot 6:30 pm Mission High School Auditorium, 3750 18th St, San Francisco TOO MANY FAMILIES are being forced out of the Bay ... more>>
August 31, 2016
Help Shape the Future of Subways in San Francisco 4:00 pm SE (Southeast) corner of Mission Street and Silver Avenue, San Francisco San Francisco’s transportation network reflects the city’s livability, ... more>>
August 31, 2016
Hot August Nite Yard Party: Come Meet and Greet Organizations That are Doing the Good Work 4:30 pm 349 Mandela Parkway, Oakland FOOD- MUSIC- KID CORNER

Workshops on Air Monitoring


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August 31, 2016
The Commonwealth Club the nation’s premier public affairs forum PRESENTS RHODESSA JONES 5:30 pm Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., San Francisco SPEAKER:
Rhodessa Jones: Co-Artistic Director, Cultural Odyssey; Actress; Teacher; Writer; ... more>>
August 31, 2016
Do we need a Black Panther Party today? 5:30 pm West Oakland Youth Center, 3233 Market St., Oakland Do We Need A Black Panther Party Today?
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We salute Colin Kaepernick

Aug 27, 2016
Colin Kaepernick

“Kaepernick’s action was a righteous protest against the epidemic of racism and police brutality in this country,” said Gloria La Riva. “As a socialist and proud, long-time resident of San Francisco, I salute the stand taken by SF 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem at Friday night’s game. La Riva spoke from her San Francisco office in California where she is running for U.S. president as the Peace and Freedom Party candidate.

Celebrating a major milestone: Mary Lee Wilson’s 100th birthday

Aug 25, 2016
Mary Wilson celebrates her birthday over lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.

Mary Lee Wilson is a native of Texas, born Sept. 16, 1916, in Refugio, Texas, where her early years were spent. Her family later relocated to Corpus Christi, Texas, where she met and married the love of her life, Curtis L. Wilson Sr., and to that union six children were born. They relocated the family to San Francisco, California, in the late ‘40s, where she was very active in the community in which she lived, reaching out to all in need and known to all as Ms. Mary Lee.

Rapper Beeda Weeda talks “Revolution” remix w/ M1, Killa Mike, and Jay Rock

Aug 23, 2016
Beeda3 interviews Oakland’s lyrical kingpin Beeda Weeda right after BET picked up his song “Revolution”, that is currently the West Coast anthem against police terrorism. We also discuss Beeda’s relationship with Too Short and his camp Pushing the Beat, and his upcoming “Revolution” remix that will feature the frontline revolutionary rapper M1, T.D.E.’s Jay Rock, and one of the biggest political voices in rap music today, Killa Mike. Tune in for more at

Author Sista Souljah speaks on “The Coldest Winter Ever” and “Midnight” book series

Aug 23, 2016

The legendary author, activist, and rapper Sista Souljah spoke with the Block Report about the origin of her name and we go on to discuss her career as an activist and a Hip Hop artist that was a part of Public Enemy. She also talks extensively about her getting the book deal for her debut book “No Disrespect” and what she was trying to convey in the “The Coldest Winter Ever” and “Midnight” series of fiction books that she has been writing for over a decade. We talk about manhood, womanhood, and love. If you want to know anymore, you are going to have to tune in.

In ‘Southside with You,’ we meet Michelle and Barack on their first date

Aug 22, 2016
Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers, as Michelle and Barack, talk following a recent press screening of “Southside with You.” – Photo: Wanda Sabir

In “Southside with You” (2016), which opens nationally Aug. 26, 2016, Richard Tanne makes his feature film directorial debut. “Southside” is the story of youthful love, first love for Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, 25, a sheltered Chi-town daughter who is working hard – pressing against glass ceilings from a philosophical basement at a prestigious law firm, as she supervises the charming, cute intern, 27-year-old Barack Obama.

Coco Peila’s music has a scorching new sound
Author Nalo Hopkinson discusses her creative process and the imagination
Brides of Funkenstein and Parliament Funkadelic member Dawn Silva talks about the 70’s
Cuban poet Nancy Marejon speaks on Black culture on the island
West Oakland rapper J. Stalin speaks on his career
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