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A loving farewell to Iris Canada, 100 years of Black herstory killed by capitalism

“I was born in 1916,” Iris whispered into the camera in her last hours of life. “Peter, I can’t believe you did me like this.” Her eyes were pools of sacred time. Sacred, like a prayer. Sacred like things you hold lightly to protect and dream about and kneel to. Not evict and harass and drag to court and intrude and disrespect and eventually kill. Iris Canada joined the ancestors on Monday, March 27, one month after being evicted. Iris was murdered by the people and the systems that rule this stolen land. Iris was killed by landlord Peter Owens, the sheriff, the DA, the mayor, the judge and everyone who protects them.

Behind Enemy Lines

Prison lives matter

Mar 29, 2017

All across this kkkountry we are hearing and seeing the masses exclaim, “Black lives matter!” We heard Obama counter that by telling the people, “All lives matter” and “Police lives matter.” But what about the more than 2 million lives being held captive across this kkkountry in amerikkka’s kkkoncentration kkkamps (jails and prisons)? So we must raise the questions needed to spark the discussion so many fail to acknowledge: Do prison lives matter?

California Board of Prison Hearings Prisoners are guests of honor at KKK lynchings

Mar 28, 2017

A recent case submitted for review in the United States District Court Central District of California, CV-16-08378-DDP (KK), alleges Board of Prison Hearing (BPH) staff on Dec. 3, 2016, intentionally conspired with the psychs to assassinate the character of Pan African inmates in California prisons. The case also alleges that the BPH appoints ineffective assistance of counsel to petitioners.

Fight Toxic Prisons National Convergence is in Texas this June

Mar 27, 2017

In its mission to challenge the prison systems that are putting prisoners and surrounding communities and ecosystems at risk of dangerous environmental conditions, the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons is taking its second annual convergence to Texas this year. In Denton and Ft. Worth on June 2-5, the gathering of activists from around the country will feature speakers, panels, workshops, protests and cultural activities, including an art show and hip-hop performances.

Alabama’s Holman Prison bans the Bay View for being ‘racially motivated,’ subscriber declares hunger strike

Mar 26, 2017

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), specifically W.C. Holman Correctional Facility, has openly declared war against the SF Bay View National Black Newspaper. The administration of this prison has informed me that your newspaper is no longer allowed in this prison because your paper is “racially motivated.” I’m going to fight with all my might in protest by going on a hunger strike until they lift this racist, ignorant and illegal ban prohibiting the SF Bay View National Black Newspaper from coming into this prison and/or prison system as a whole!

Why isn’t ‘prison reform’ seeking an effective demand for change?

Mar 26, 2017

The criminal justice system, as an instinct to protect itself and profit from its agenda, protects “criminality” as an inherent reaction and vision of poor people of color. Those who are the most victimized by crime are not those in positions to make and implement policy. Therefore, the image of crime has ethnic connotations that create class disparities that accept an “us against them” social policy which paints crime as a social activity of poor people of color, and punishment as a task of the privileged class to maintain order.

CDCr must effect genuine changes in its old policies, culture and practices
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A young prisoner dies, his comrades pour out their love
I was a slave working under the California Department of Corrections
End prison slavery in Texas now! Part II: Class consciousness and international solidarity
A solitary distinction
New California bill honors the dignity of transgender prisoners
Zolo Agona Azania is FREE – and he needs our help
Psychological warfare in prison: Segregation is the soul breaker
What happened at Vaughn prison?
We who were lulled to sleep by Obama should be jarred awake by Trump
New release of Black Panther file reveals FBI rigged investigation of murdered policeman
Join Decarcerate Louisiana in resistance and solidarity
Alabama’s prisons flow with needless deaths yet again. We know one of the reasons why.
Florida Corrections says its job is care, custody and control – but there’s no care

News & Views

Gentrifying West Oakland: ‘They wanted the building to burn’

Mar 29, 2017

“I’ll tell you … they really wanted that building to burn down,” said by one of elder survivors of the West Oakland apartment building fire, at 2551 San Pablo, which has taken four precious lives, hospitalized several people and displaced over 100 residents – disabled elders, community members and families with children – on a dark and cold morning on Monday, March 27, at 5:40 a.m.

Extreme confidentiality conceals CPS wrongdoing, hurts the children

Mar 29, 2017

Most people who have never been through it have no idea how easily it can happen to them. Everyone has heard of Child Protective Services, or CPS. Many envision them as saviors of horribly abused children, guardians of innocence. But an accidental fall, a medical misdiagnosis, a difference of belief or values, a choice to homeschool, domestic violence, or a vindictive partner, family member or neighbor can trigger CPS to swoop in and shatter your entire world.

SF United Against Trump joins Midtown housing fight

Mar 28, 2017

San Francisco United Against Trump acknowledges that the issues faced by minority groups, particularly immigrants and people of color, under our current administration, are not only an integral part of our city’s history, but of nearly EVERY major American city’s history. Our organization aims to combat President Trump’s regressive and destructive policies, as well as fight injustice at local levels of government.

Black Oakland should grow a spine against NFL

Mar 28, 2017

On March 27, 2017, NFL owners voted 31 to 1 in favor of allowing the Oakland Raiders to move from Oakland to Las Vegas. The lone vote against the move came from Miami Dolphin’s owner, Stephen Ross. Call me crazy, but I say the statement by Ross and a June 2011 letter from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should embarrass the league enough to trigger an NFL Black fan revolt to reverse the decision to move the Raiders to Las Vegas. Since 1970 I have been fooled into thinking the NFL really made strides against racism in America. A Black team leaves a Black city, and Blacks have nothing to say about it?

Is Trump conspiring to incarcerate former President Barack Obama

Mar 27, 2017

In the wake of Trump’s Russia scandal to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, President Trump made a series of unsubstantiated claims in tweets early Saturday, March 4, that Obama “had my wires tapped in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” and, minutes later, “Is it legal for a sitting president to be wire-tapping a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court order. A NEW LOW!”

Radiation expert Dr. Janette Sherman: Less than one lifetime
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is punishing a prosecutor for opposing the death penalty
The woman who should be president of Haiti to speak in Oakland April 23
Rwanda fails to answer Victoire Ingabire’s appeal
Haiti Action Committee denounces the attempted assassination of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
NFL owners fear Kaepernick
Famous Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege considered for future Nobel Peace Prize
Driver’s license amnesty: Reinstate your suspended DL before 3/31
San Francisco leads the country in African-American employment disparity
How the racist backlash to Barack Obama gave us Donald Trump
New report: Major California insurers do almost no business with firms owned by people of color
Rwanda, Paul Kagame’s economic mirage: an interview with David Himbara
Emerging fear-states: Mumia Abu-Jamal’s speech to the Rosa Luxemburg Conference
Navy’s pick to review Shipyard cleanup fraud also faked data
Collective liberation: The time is NOW

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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March 30, 2017
Family-to-Family education class for family members caring for a loved one with a mental health condition 5:00 pm Silver Avenue Health Center, 1525 Silver Ave, San Francisco NAMI San Francisco is excited to announce an upcoming Family-to-Family ... more>>
March 31, 2017
Sam Murray's Retirement PARTY 5:00 pm Potrero Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro St., San Francisco After 19 years at the SFPUC and more than three decades ... more>>
March 31, 2017
You are cordially invited to A JOINT ART RECEPTION featuring BILL DOGGETT's "History Interactions," an extended visceral Photo Essay of 40 images created during the opening weekend of the new Washington DC Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture 7:00 pm Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St, San Francisco *Easy parking in remodeled showcase space*

BLACK HISTORY EXHIBIT CLOSING ... more>>
March 31, 2017
The People Fight Back! Trump Attacks Workers, Immigrants and the Environment / ¡La Gente se Defiende! Trump Ataca a Trabajadores, Inmigrantes y al Medio Ambiente 7:00 pm 2969 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Español abajo)
PSL Public Forum • Foro Público del ... more>>

A solution to the ‘Who is the baby daddy’ question

Mar 29, 2017

For too many years, men have been making babies and often taking no responsibility for the resulting beautiful product, unless forced to do so by the court system. I acknowledge there are many reasons that a man may deny being the father of a child. He may be “creeping” around and “messing” with one or more women “on the side.” Or he may just be “playing the field.” It does happen that even good men – although immature – are sometimes overwhelmed at the thought of “all that responsibility.”

In the age of tomfoolery, we must see Black genius

Mar 28, 2017

With President Agent Orange sitting in the White House surrounded by his harem of small-handed Klansmen, we must understand that this homogenous group of fascists is intent on wreaking havoc on intellectual strength. We cannot sink into the depths of mental despair and spiritual neglect. This is exactly what they want. The tyranny of a totalitarian regime and the suffering and oppression that ensues is nothing new to the Black psyche.

Donald Trump’s boast may be the best thing that ever happened to Colin Kaepernick

Mar 24, 2017

Donald Trump is bragging about his ability to keep Colin Kaepernick unemployed. But Trump isn’t hurting Kaepernick. If anything, Trump may have done Kaepernick one hell of a favor. By boasting about his ability to strike fear into the hearts of NFL owners he may have revealed evidence of “collusion” or what is known as “tortious interference,” or “the intentional interference with contractual relations.” Trump could have inadvertently handed Colin Kaepernick a lawsuit on a silver platter – or put tremendous pressure on the NFL to find one owner willing to bring Kaepernick into training camp.

Erica Deeman: Silhouette explores Black female identity

Mar 22, 2017

When one thinks of Black women photographers, Carrie Mae Weems comes to mind and, regarding silhouettes, Kara Walker. Though certainly a historic revisioning of beauty and portraiture, a form reserved for the aristocracy, Erica Deeman’s first major solo exhibition at Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive celebrates the form – the Black female form. The large-scale portraits, created over the course of nine months in 2013, is up through June 11, at the BAMPFA, 2120 Oxford St., Berkeley.

‘Without Mercy’ review: What to do when your daughter is murdered?

Mar 22, 2017

When a person dies, the living find it hard sometimes to carry on. The loss of a loved one is something one never gets over, and when the death is violent and the victim young, the bitterness is that much harder to swallow. In Patricia Milton’s new play, “Without Mercy,” closing this weekend, Thursday-Saturday, March 23 and 25, 8 p.m., at the Off Broadway West Theatre Company, we meet a grieving mother and daughter, Joanna Parks and Bethany Matthews.

Review of ‘Eclipsed,’ which closes on the Vernal Equinox
‘Port Chicago 50’ at Black Rep this weekend
Lynne Stewart, people’s lawyer, freedom fighter, presente!
Meet Professor Sonja Williams, biographer of pioneering radio journalist ‘word warrior’ Richard Durham, Saturday in Oakland
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