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M1 of dead prez headlines Black Media Appreciation Night 2015 on Sept. 12

Black Media Appreciation Night is rolling around again. Here is our opportunity to return the love that so many Black journalists, artists and organizers have dished out to us over the years in the form of articles, broadcasts, songs and events. We are inviting and urging you to come out to support the people who care about reporting and making art so that your voice can be represented on the airwaves and screens across the planet. Come show your love to this year’s award winners, led by Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza. Early bird tickets are only $25.

Behind Enemy Lines

California prisoners win historic gains with settlement against solitary confinement

Sep 1, 2015
This flier announcing the first of three historically huge hunger strikes uses the “logo” created for the strike by an artist who has grown famous in prison, Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, then caged in Virginia and punished for his activism by expulsion to other states’ prisons, first Oregon and now Texas.

Today, California prisoners locked in isolation achieved a groundbreaking legal victory in their ongoing struggle against the use of solitary confinement. A settlement was reached in the federal class action suit Ashker v. Brown, originally filed in 2012, effectively ending indefinite long-term solitary confinement and greatly limiting the prison administration’s ability to use the practice, widely seen as a form of torture.

Hugo Lyon Antonio Pinell, aka Daddy

Aug 31, 2015
Hugo 'Yogi' Pinell, daughter Allegra Taylor hugging him New Folsom 080215, web cropped

Aug. 12, 2015, I sat waiting for the mail to come as I did each day. This day it was different because for the first time my dad was in his first lockdown on the mainline. He had only been there 15 days – abruptly moved on July 29 after a meeting with the DRB (Departmental Review Board) on July 28. Each day I waited to hear from him hoping and praying he was OK. Finally the mailman delivered the letter I was waiting for.

KPOO interview: Kiilu Nyasha and Terry Collins remember Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell

Aug 30, 2015
Kiilu Nyasha – Photo: BAVC Commons

This interview was broadcast live on Aug. 18, 2015, on Terry Collins’ show, The Spirit of Joe Rudolph. Terry Collins: A lot of people around here are definitely in deep mourning for the murder of Hugo Pinell on the 12th of August, this month. From my correspondence with him over the past three or four years, I know he was a person full of love. Kiilu Nyasha: If there was one word that could describe Yogi Bear, it would be love.

Testimony of Everett D. Allen, M.D., former chief physician and surgeon at Pelican Bay State Prison, to US Senate Judiciary hearing, Part 2

Aug 28, 2015
Bato Talamantez of the San Quentin 6 makes the first public appeal, on June 17, 2011, to support the hunger strike, organized by prisoners in the Pelican Bay SHU, which began on July 1, 2011. Participation by an amazing 6,600 prisoners across the state was topped months later in the second hunger strike that 12,000 participated in and the last hunger strike, beginning July 8, 2013, which drew 30,000 participants, the largest hunger strike in world history. – Photo: United for Drug Policy Reform

Dr. Everett D. Allen’s testimony to Sen. Richard Durbin’s United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights at its hearing on “Solitary Confinement as Torture” on June 19, 2012, was previously published by the Bay View, and this testimony was presented to the second hearing, held Feb. 25, 2014.

The other death sentence: Deliberate indifference at Corcoran SHU

Aug 28, 2015
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“Deliberate indifference” is defined as “the act(s) or omissions of a prison official who knows that the prisoner faces a substantial risk of serious harm or significant pain and disregards that risk by not taking reasonable measures to abate it.” But what happens when deliberate indifference is longstanding, pervasive, well documented and expressly noted by officials over the course of time. Yet the state does nothing to correct it?

Death and life of Hugo Pinell
Prisoners speak out about the assassination of Hugo Pinell
Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell, comrade of George Jackson
Dorsey Nunn on Hugo Pinell and the Agreement to End Hostilities: An old man’s opinion
Hell in paradise: Visiting Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell at Pelican Bay State Prison
Support SB 124 to end solitary confinement for youth
Rest in power, Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell: A precious brother has been liberated from this earth
Hugo Pinell was assassinated under color of law
Beloved political prisoner Hugo ‘Yogi Bear’ Pinell, feared and hated by guards, assassinated in Black August after 46 years in solitary
Mumia Abu-Jamal has active Hepatitis C, is suing prison for medical neglect
Remember Black August and the people’s martyrs
On visiting George
Manifesto on rebuilding New Afrikan people, families and communities
We can’t breathe! Thoughts on our Agreement to End Hostilities
The president comes to see about prisoners

News & Views

The Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Conference comes to Oakland

Sep 1, 2015
All of Us 0915, web

All of Us or None’s upcoming Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Western Regional Conference is Sept. 20-21 at Oakstop, 1721 Broadway in downtown Oakland. It will be a time for people to discuss employment, housing, crimmigration, which is the connection between the punishment system in the U.S. and immigration policies, and more. Check out one of the main organizers, Manuel La Fontaine, about the conference and his life experiences.

Third Street Stroll 0915

Aug 31, 2015
Tens of thousands of mostly Black New Orleanians waited for days at the Convention Center and Superdome, where they’d been told to go for help, in over 100-degree heat without food or water. Many old people and babies died. The media were there and the world was watching, but military and police forces allowed no one to help.

The morning of Dec. 7 (2006) found me traveling through the UPPER AND LOWER NINTH WARD of NEW ORLEANS, where hundreds and thousands of homes were destroyed by the aftermath of HURRICANE KATRINA in August 2005! The storm ripped the hearts and souls of residents who fled the City to other parts of the country now waiting to COME BACK HOME.

The Scarlet Letter ‘R’: The unveiling of Katrina’s oldest survivor, Racism

Aug 30, 2015
Maj. Tracy Riley faces strong racist opposition to her Black business in the French Quarter, but she has a lot of support too.

Aug. 29, 2015, of this year marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s lethal brush with New Orleans. Although Katrina did not hit New Orleans head-on, the whip of her tail as she swept past the city’s southeastern perimeter caused a surge of wind and waves that only a head-on Category 3 could deliver. Amongst the survivors of the storm is New Orleans’ oldest resident, Racism.

South Sudan: African Union commission says oil resources must benefit the people for lasting peace

Aug 30, 2015
South Sudan children, web

The warring parties in South Sudan’s 20-month civil war signed a peace agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, earlier this week. Professor Horace Campbell says the recommendations of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, which include using the country’s oil wealth to benefit its people, must be implemented if there is to be any hope of lasting peace.

Oakland PD: ‘We’ve let the dogs out!’

Aug 29, 2015
Cops let their attack dogs loose on a 17-year-old protester in this iconic photo from the Civil Rights Movement. – Photo: Bill Hudson, AP

Instead of simply silently circling, observing and communicating to officers involved in the chase, Oakland helicopter police have begun blaring out warning announcements to the public below through some sort of loudspeaker or bullhorn system.
The warnings or announcements are repeated over and over, and go something like: “Stay in your house!” “We’ve set police dogs loose!” “Stand still if you see them! Do not run from the dogs or they will bite you!”

Decolonization not canonization: Enslaver Junipero Serra was no saint
Plan Lanmó – the Death Plan: The Clintons, foreign aid and NGOs in Haiti
In San Francisco, sleeping is a crime: New data shows SFPD giving mountains of tickets to homeless people for resting
War on Terror? US proxies Ethiopia and Rwanda terrorize their own people
Concerning reactionaries and thugs: The New Black Panther Party
Julian Bond, race man
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy goes out of his way to denounce solitary confinement
1,000 Black activists, scholars and artists sign statement supporting freedom and equality for Palestinian people
Ferguson police intensify abuse, but no amount of tear gas, hatred and contempt will deter us
I watched 14 police officers take down a one-legged homeless Black man outside Twitter HQ – and nobody could stop them
Rwandan diaspora calls for release of Victoire Ingabire and Déo Mushayidi
California Attorney General Kamala Harris must end the barbaric practice of solitary confinement
Nate Wilks, 24, murdered by Oakland PD for running while Black
Bobby Seale: Community control of police was on the Berkeley ballot in 1969
Part Two: She was homeless, so cops and Child Protective Services took her kids, then they all got sick on toxic Treasure Island

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Community Poster Session Sep 2 5:30 PM Bayview Hunters Point YMCA, 1601 Lane St., San Francisco As a part of its continued efforts to reach out more>> ---------------

Tajai of Hieroglyphics speaks on Hiero Day

Sep 1, 2015

West Coast pioneering MC Tajai of Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics, who can be on heard on Hip Hop classics like “93 til Infinity,” the debut classic of Souls of Mischief, and “One Life, One Love” on the “3rd Eye Vision” Hiero album, where he traded verses with his Hiero brothas Del and Casual over a Dj Toure-produced soundscape. Tajai in this interview talks about the Hiero Day Hip Hop Festival in Oakland, which is coming up on Monday, Sept. 7.

Paradise’s Theory of Relativity (to End Racism)

Sep 1, 2015

So this poem is for everybody on planet earth, even though I start it out by saying: When I was younger … I used to wonder … why my elders would be talking holes in my clothes about Blackness? I just thought it was to make me feel better about my situation: being a Black man in America. But a funny thing happened to me while I was searching for my blackness: I found God!

Rebel Diaz’ Ñ Don’t Stop webisode is biggest show on TeleSur English

Aug 29, 2015
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Revolutionary, Bronx based, political Latino rap group Rebel Diaz strikes again: This time it’s not a dose of reality Hip Hop that they serving, but a new political and cultural education tool better known as Ñ Don’t Stop, a webisode that regularly appears on the Venezuelan media website TeleSur English that will also soon be hitting television screens worldwide.

Raw G talks about her new album, ‘Esperanza’

Aug 27, 2015

Raw G is an up-and-coming Bay Area bilingual MC who just dropped her debut album, “Esperanza.” For years she has established a local presence, burning up the opening act slot for performers in the Bay. But most importantly, Raw G is an established “raptivist” – an MC who is involved in activism. In fact, Raw G will donate all proceeds from “Esperanza” to a high school in Oakland that is dedicated to working with newly arrived immigrants. Check out Raw G in her own words.

Greg Bridges’ jazz show is now nationally syndicated

Aug 27, 2015
The Bay View and the Block Report were proud to honor Greg Bridges with an award at the first Black Media Appreciation Night, on Nov. 26, 2012. – Photo: Malaika H Kambon

KCSM’s own Greg Bridges is one of the legendary Black broadcasters of the Bay, with the most radio-made voice you have ever heard. His knowledge of Jazz, rolodex of contacts, unique interview style and James Earl Jones-like presence on the mic has made him the premiere Jazz disc jockey in the region. His show has been recently picked up to become syndicated nationally. Check him out in this exclusive Q&A.

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