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The highest salute to the late Black Panther veteran Kiilu Nyasha!

Our beloved Kiilu, 78, passed peacefully into the welcoming arms of the ancestors in the early morning of April 10, 2018. Kiilu was a serious political animal. She didn’t just debate or go to meetings; she was on the frontlines of political struggle. Kiilu personified the spirit of a Black Panther and a dragon breaking free from a dungeon rolled into one, with the resiliency of a Haitian freedom fighter in their revolution and the resolve of a Palestinian resisting the settler colonial Zionist. Kiilu Nyasha, we love you, and we will never forget what you gave.

Behind Enemy Lines

Survivors of Lucasville Uprising denied phone calls and threatened with solitary to censor them

Apr 22, 2018

The recent prison uprising in South Carolina is often described as the deadliest in 25 years, referencing the Lucasville Uprising, which began on April 11, 1993, and lasted 11 days and took the lives of nine prisoners and one correctional officer. This week is the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Lucasville uprising, which is being “celebrated” by correctional officers by silencing the survivors of that riot, some of whom were framed for murder while the prisoners responsible for the violence were able to plead out and avoid punishment.

Emergency action alert: The men who wrote the historic Agreement to End Hostilities are back in solitary – release them!

Apr 20, 2018

In October 2017, the two-year period expired for the court to monitor the Ashker v. Governor settlement to limit solitary confinement in California. Since then, the four drafters of the Agreement to End Hostilities and lead hunger strike negotiators – Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Arturo Castellanos, George Franco and Todd Ashker – have all been removed from general population and put in solitary in administrative segregation units, based on fabricated information created by staff and/or collaborating “inmate informants.”

Lucasville Rebellion, longest prison ‘riot’ in history, began 25 years ago, on April 11, 1993

Apr 11, 2018

Central Ohio IWOC, the Free Ohio Movement and Lucasville Amnesty call for actions and raising awareness around the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising on April 11-21. Drawing attention to this pivotal event in the history of prisons in Ohio and the U.S., protesters will hold a 3 p.m. noise demo on the 21st outside the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville where prisoners held a cell block for 11 days in April of 1993. Prisoner survivors of this rebellion have spent these 25 years acting as beacons of resistance despite suffering in solitary confinement and on death row.

The forgotten one: Sentenced to 500 years though no one was hurt

Apr 9, 2018

I was recently able to view a documentary titled “The Cooler Bandits.” It’s the story of four young men who were sentenced to hundreds of years in prison for robbing Akron, Ohio, area restaurants in the early ‘90s. The film tells the story of the four men, all in their teens and early 20s when the crimes were committed. What type of justice is this? Five hundred years for a crime where no one was injured is a gross miscarriage of justice, especially when the offender was only 18 years old.

Juneteenth Call to Action

Apr 4, 2018

Our movement is fighting hard to amend the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to strike its “slavery clause” that forces prisoners to work for free or for pennies in the prisons, in the fields like slaves of old and in sweatshops manufacturing goods. We are calling for your help in raising the public’s awareness of the existence and the urgent need to end prison slavery inside the state of Texas and across the nation. Let’s dedicate Juneteenth 2018 to abolishing slavery once and for all!

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Political crimes of the United Kingdom exposed by Russian diplomat

Apr 25, 2018

Excerpts from remarks by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova delivered April 19, 2018 – And now I am asking everyone to fasten their belts. During a briefing on the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) report held for the international diplomatic community on April 13, UK Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow said that “the Russian state has a record in state-sponsored assassinations including in the UK.”

Black community leaders rally in support of voter registration

Apr 21, 2018

Board​ of Supervisors president and candidate for mayor London Breed is urging first-time voters to register for the upcoming June 5th election. Sunday, she hosted a rally for her #500forLondon voter registration drive, which coincided with the grand opening of her Bayview campaign office. “We need to make sure that every eligible San Francisco voter has a voice in this election,” said President Breed to a throng of supporters.

Do NOT privatize San Francisco’s public health clinics

Apr 18, 2018

Thousands of San Francisco families and residents rely on the services facilitated by the City’s Department of Public Health (DPH). We expect this important city to live up to our shared values of fairness, collaboration and respect. Our city’s health and well-being depend on it. STOP the privatization of the Potrero Hill Health Clinic. Rally Friday, April 20, 3-4 p.m., at Potrero Hill Health Clinic, 1050 Wisconsin St.

A call for justice for the real victims in the Tetra Tech scandal: taxpayers and sick Treasure Island and Hunters Point residents

Apr 15, 2018

Hunters Point and Treasure Island are historical Siamese twins, inextricably linked by Navy nuclear activity and toxic dumping. As Tetra Tech’s fakery and malfeasance is exposed, Hunters Point is receiving massive attention, but Treasure Island victims continue to be poisoned and evicted, attracting scant notice and no help. Taxpayers are footing the bill to the tune of billions for massive Navy remediation, botched cleanups and two redeveloped, but toxic, Naval bases, where, in the end, no one can safely live.

The City of Arcata receives notice for damages in David Josiah Lawson’s death after police chief resigns

Apr 15, 2018

This Sunday, April 15, will mark one year since David Josiah Lawson, who was a sophomore at Humboldt State University (HSU), died after suffering multiple stab wounds at an off-campus party. Currently, no one is in custody for his death. Shelley Mack is an attorney in Arcata and is currently working with Kyndra Miller, a lawyer based in San Francisco, to assist Ms. Lawson with litigation. On April 13, Mack delivered a notice of claim to the City of Arcata in Lawson’s death.

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Upcoming Events

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April 25, 2018
Demand San Francisco DA George Gascon CHARGE KILLER COPS WITH MURDER 8:30 am Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Join families who have lost loved ones to police brutality ... more>>
April 25, 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>>
April 25, 2018
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: LOADED: A Disarming History of 2nd Amendment 7:30 pm St. John's Presbyterian Church 2727 College Ave Berkeley, CA 94705 From the nation's origins in slavery and colonization to today's ... more>>
April 26, 2018
Resilient Bayview Heat Wave Workshop 8:30 am Bayview Hunter's Point YMCA 1601 Lane St, San Francisco, CA 94124 Last year the Bayview experienced the most powerful heatwaves ever ... more>>
April 26, 2018
To Berkeley City Council - Humane Homeless Sidewalk & Encampment Policies 6:00 pm LONGFELLOW SCHOOL AUDITORIUM 1500 Derby St, Berkeley, CA 94703 RE: Proposed Policies on Sidewalks and Encampments

Mayor Arreguin and ... more>>
April 26, 2018
What's Menthol Got to Do With it? SPOKEN WORD CONTEST 6:00 pm Bayview Opera House 4705 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124 <br>The tobacco industry is the number#1 profiler of communities ... more>>
April 26, 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>>
April 26, 2018
Forum on Korea 7:00 pm Unitarian Center 1187 Franklin St (at Geary) San Francisco, CA 94109 As the world moves more toward confrontation between the US ... more>>
April 26, 2018
Reproductive Rights? Film BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY 7:00 pm Ellen Driscoll Playhouse 325 Highland Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611 What has happened to women's reproductive rights since the historic ... more>>
April 26, 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>>

Melonie and Melorra Green speak on the economic and medical benefits of marijuana

Apr 15, 2018

BlockReportRadio returns in 2018 with an interview wit’ medical marijuana activists, curators, entrepreneurs, hosts of the KPOO show Ibeji Lounge (broadcast 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays) and renaissance women Melonie and Melorra Green as they talk about the Marijuana Revolution: its economic, political, and medical benefits and more. They will be featured at a discussion on Friday, […]

Find the root of the rot: ‘Follow the Money: Flashpoints Radio Voices for Peace and Justice’ released on Tax Day

Apr 15, 2018

On April 15, tax day, we think about money. If we follow the money, we find the root of the rot. That is the unifying theme of 66 incisive interviews with Dennis J. Bernstein on his Pacifica Radio Network KPFA Flashpoints program, in a just-released book, “Follow the Money: Radio Voices for Peace and Justice,” selected, transcribed and edited by Riva Enteen. The interviews, all during the Obama administration, are the writing on the wall that foreshadowed a Trump presidency.

In remembrance: Kiilu Nyasha

Apr 12, 2018

It is with great sadness we say good-bye to a truly remarkable revolutionary, Kiilu Nyasha. I first met Kiilu in New Haven, Connecticut, around 1969. She was serving as a coordinator, advocate and cook for the Black Panther Party Breakfast for School Children program there. My comrade, Kiilu Nyasha, was an uncompromising, revolutionary force. We will forever miss her courage and strength of character, her determination, her talents and her absolute devotion and love for her comrades and the people. Kiilu Nyasha, rest in peace.

Paul Robeson remembered with love on his 120th birthday

Apr 9, 2018

One of author Dr. Gerald Horne’s latest volumes is “Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary.” I recently walked into the Parkdale Library in Toronto and saw a huge poster celebrating the great Robeson. Robeson, actor, athlete, political activist and one of the greatest singers of all time, would have been 120 years old today, April 9. Thousands of words have been written about Robeson’s interpretation of Jerome Kern’s song, “Old Man River,” but little has been mentioned about his participation in a unique musical collaboration.

Creating wealth in our communities

Apr 4, 2018

The vision board is the oldest success tool in the world – perhaps a million years old. Cave men, before they learned to invent language, had vision boards, made drawings on their cave walls to remind themselves to stay focused on what they wanted to eat and meet, on their goals and dreams. Try using a vision board at work for your team of coworkers, at home for your children. Have fun putting your favorite things, your goals and dreams on your vision board.

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