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The stars came out in Richmond on Oct. 16: Eduardo Rodriguez, Gayle McLaughlin, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Jovanka Beckles and Tom Butt. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

City in the shadow of Chevron fights back: Vote Team Richmond

As Chevron Corp. tries to kill the world, one tiny corner of the world is fighting back. Running for seats on the 2014-2015 Richmond City Council, Team Richmond, comprised of Gayle McLaughlin, Jovanka Beckles and Eduardo Martinez, continue to rise to the occasion. Nov. 4 is days away. For the Bay View’s election recommendations, see Bay View Voters Guide: It’s time to claim our political and economic power http://sfbayview.com/2014/10/bay-view-voters-guide-its-time-to-claim-our-political-and-economic-power/

Behind Enemy Lines

CDCr issues SHU sentences illegally

Oct 31, 2014

The Ad Seg unit at DVI has to be one of the worst in CDCr. It’s filthy and fundamentally used as a warehouse for prisoners. The Step Down Program (SDP) committee is a complete sham at DVI and has been conducting unauthorized SDP committee hearings on prisoners from March 2013 to the present – 17 months of illegally validating men to indeterminate SHU sentences.

A village cannot be built in a jail: Why gender responsive is not gender justice

Oct 30, 2014

The issue of “gender responsiveness” as an excuse to open more prisons has been rearing its ugly head lately with the expansion of CDCR’s supposed “reentry hubs” and “community based facilities.” Yet one woman in the new Female Community Reentry Facility in McFarland recently called Justice Now, saying she feels like “they were sold a dream”; and others report of similar, if not worse, conditions than they faced in CIW or CCWF.

Stop prison censorship! Submit comments by Nov. 10 on revised regulations misleadingly titled ‘Obscene Materials’

Oct 29, 2014

The proposed censorship regulations that we collectively and vehemently opposed a few months ago have been revised, as of Oct. 20. The deadline for public comments is Nov. 10 – short notice. To the extent that the revisions incorporate language from the newly approved STG regulations that went into effect on Oct. 17, 2014, they need to be robustly resisted. Please submit your comments regarding the revisions as soon as possible! A sample letter is included.

When it comes to solitary confinement, U.S. fails the mice standard

Oct 27, 2014

Federal agency guideline on the use of solitary confinement: An individual should never be locked in solitary confinement, except as an absolute last resort. Individuals, when in isolated confinement, must have the ability to socialize, to communicate and to physically interact with other individuals. This would be great news for those of us working on solitary reform, except for one thing: this guideline doesn’t apply to humans; it applies to mice.

Woman prisoner reveals torture of children by police and juvenile authorities

Oct 25, 2014
This well worn photo shows Christy as a teenager.

I am writing to you to report the abuse inflicted on juveniles in the juvenile detention centers in San Bernardino, California. The abuse is inflicted by law enforcement officers or police officers in San Bernardino. I was one of these juvenile detainees who experienced abuse at the hands of the police officers and juvenile hall correctional officers while detained at the Rialto police department and later the San Bernardino juvenile hall.

On racism, resistance and state violence: a discussion on the politics of greed and hate
At Tehachapi, release from SHU means more solitary confinement
The truth and lies that targeted and convicted Sahara Fakhir, an Islamic activist
What is solitary confinement?
Solidarity had the might to move the mountain of prison torture that kept us isolated and voiceless – we still need you now, even more
The Agreement to End Hostilities must be re-implemented in all California prison and jail facilities
Tehachapi SHU is the worst of any SHU, prison or jail I have seen in 23 years
After many long years in solitary confinement, I’m just asking
California transfers Pelican Bay SHU prisoners to general population despite calling them too dangerous during the hunger strikes
California prisoner representatives: All people have the right to humane treatment with dignity
Robert C. Fuentes, ‘poet, jailhouse lawyer and humanitarian in the hunger strikes,’ dies of CDCr medical neglect
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law blasts proposed prison visitor strip search policy as unconstitutional
Corcoran SHU prisoners start hunger strike for decent healthcare; support needed now
Former delivery boy, now poet, helps Bay View spread love and hope
Amy Buckley in Mississippi prison: I will not give up until I receive the medical care I deserve

News & Views

Breast cancer happens to real people, not abstractions on paper

Oct 30, 2014
It was a full house at the Alex Pitcher Room for the African American Breast Cancer Conference organized by Concerned Network of Women. By some counts, Bayview Hunters Point has one of the highest rates of breast cancer anywhere, especially among Black women, even young mothers.

Politics at any level will never completely determine the faith of a community with enormous concerns regarding poor health service. San Francisco city government has known for too many years the need for funding breast cancer services and for more than seven years has failed to provide such services. Witnessing this service gap, a newly created group of women called Concerned Network of Women picked up the project.

NAAFRA: We need a youth hip-hop vanguard for change

Oct 29, 2014

NAAFRA, our family movement, calls for a youth vanguard to provide added strength for immediate results. The need for a youth vanguard is made very clear in Ferguson, Missouri, where the world has been watching our youth confront a militarized police force prepared to fire on unarmed Black citizens. With these courageous youth directly in the line of fire, at that moment we were too close to a line we do not want to cross.

Another ‘Mumia Rule’

Oct 28, 2014
World famous commentator and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal gave the commencement speech Oct. 5 at Goddard College, where he earned his degree, at the invitation of the students and with the backing of the administration, which had to move the ceremony forward three hours to avoid threatened disruption from police who have long sought to silence Mumia. Immediately, Philadelphia’s Fraternal Order of Police pressured the state Legislature for this Victim Revictimization Relief Act, enabling victims to sue to stop a prisoner from causing them mental anguish, thus silencing Mumia and other state prisoners. “Unconstitutional Tom” Corbett, Pennsylvania’s very unpopular governor, urged legislators to pass the bill. They did and he signed it on Oct. 21. Prison censorship has hit a new low!

Anyone even remotely familiar with my case knows about the “Mumia Rule.” That’s when the court or agency changes its rule or precedent to go against me. When Amnesty International wrote about my case, that was its essential focus: that laws and precedents that applied to other cases would be changed when it came to me. Now, the Mumia Rule has been enacted into law, the so-called Victim Revictimization Act.

Corrections Dept. agents bang on activist’s door at 8 a.m. over a postcard she wrote to a prisoner

Oct 27, 2014

This morning, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at 8 a.m., I woke up to sounds of hard banging at my door. I thought it was the person to fix my broken heater, but once I looked outside my peephole I saw what I thought were two sheriff’s officers. My heart pounded thinking something terrible had happened to my child if two officers are standing outside my door with full blown police gear on.

Will US policymakers review ‘Rwanda; The Untold Story’ before sending in the Marines?

Oct 27, 2014
Tanzanian President Jacaya Kikwete, right, has encouraged Rwandan President Paul Kagame, left, to negotiate with the FDLR militia for the safe return of Rwandan refugees in eastern Congo to Rwanda. Kagame has absolutely refused.

“Rwanda: The Untold Story,” a controversial BBC documentary first aired in the U.K. on Oct. 1, undermines the rationale for military action against the FDLR fighters in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu Provinces. The FDLR has been described as the militia that committed the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, but the documentary suggests that no one was more responsible than Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame himself.

National Day of Action: It’s right to rebel!
Abu Jihad: A living, fighting museum for prisoner movement affairs
The official Michael Brown autopsy report doesn’t say what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says it does
Richmond: Obscene corporate spending!
Suspicious death at San Francisco County Jail: They call it suicide – would you?
Rev. Pinkney: Why I’m charged with election fraud
Haitian-Americans win long awaited visa program to reunite families
Rachel Maddow: Chevron spends $1.3 million to buy Richmond election
Kagame’s newspaper calls on the ICC to indict the BBC for ‘genocide denial’
Gerald Perreira, chair of Black Consciousness Movement Guyana, refused entry to Jamaica for Million Man March Commemoration
Ebola, the African Union and bioeconomic warfare
Bay View Voters Guide: It’s time to claim our political and economic power
Duvalier: Dead but not gone
Oct. 14 take action to stop Pennsylvania’s ‘Gag Mumia and All Other Prisoners’ bill
BBC asks ‘What really happened in Rwanda?’ (with French translation)

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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3rd on Third HALLOWEEN PARTY Oct 31 4:00 PM Mendell Plaza (Bayview Town Center), Third & Palou, BVHP, San Francisco We are honoring Michael Jackson

Haunted House, Pumpkin Carving, Costume more>>

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MUSICAL HAPPY HOUR at Radio Africa & Kitchen Oct 31 5:30 PM Radio Africa & Kitchen, 4800 Third St. (across the street from the Bayview Opera House), San Francisco Bayview Opera House @Radio Africa & Kitchen

4800 Third Street, more>>

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‘Party People’

Oct 31, 2014
In “Party People” at the Berkeley Rep, Christopher Livingston plays the Panther cub, Malik. – Photo: KevinBerne.com

In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords totally transformed the psychology of people in the United States with their survival programs, their muti-layered platforms, their fight for human rights against capitalism and imperialism, and their armed self-defense against the police. On Oct. 24, “Party People,” a play developed and directed by Liesl Tommy, premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theater.

Elder Ronald and Roland Freeman, presente!

Oct 30, 2014
A high point of Cynthia McKinney’s California tour came on April 23, 2013, at the Kaos Network on Leimert Boulevard in Los Angeles, when Kathleen Cleaver came with the Freeman brothers, Roland and Ronald, better known as Elder. They are standing on either side of Kathleen, Elder Freeman between Kathleen and Cynthia. Kathleen had come to California to raise money for Elder Freeman to travel to Cuba for cancer treatment, and her mission was accomplished. He would never make the trip, however, as his doctors said he was too sick. With the Panthers and KPFK broadcaster Dedan Kimathi, along with Minister of Information JR, host and organizer of the tour, it was a gathering of veterans of the struggle. – Photo: Block Report

Lifelong freedom fighter and field secretary and founding member of the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party Ronald Elder Freeman made his transition on Oct. 8, 2014, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Ironically, Elder Freeman’s brother, Roland Freeman – the two were born only a year apart and were, they say, as close as twins – died exactly a week after Elder as he was preparing to bring Elder’s ashes back to California.

Third Street Stroll …

Oct 29, 2014
Dorothy Cook, with husband Alvin Cook and, at left, grandson Stevon Cook, candidate for SF Board of Education, celebrates her 80th birthday with a musical in her honor at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church. – Photo: Rochelle Metcalfe

OH, HAPPY DAY! It’s wonderful to receive one’s FLOWERS WHILE ONE CAN STILL SMELL THEM!!! Sister DOROTHY COOK, mesmerized by their fragrance, beautifully dressed in gold colored suit, matching hat, celebrated her 80th birthday in what was a magnificent BIRTHDAY musical in her honor at CORNERSTONE Missionary Baptist Church, located in the Bayview, corner Third and Paul, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 18.

Christopher Xavier Earl-Rockefeller wins Heroes and Legends Award

Oct 28, 2014

This year’s Heroes and Legends Awards were presented at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in Hollywood, California, where Christopher Xavier Earl-Rockefeller, 16, of San Leandro, California, was honored and awarded with the Berry Gordy Family Foundation Scholarship for his work in the performing arts through television and poetry.

The meaning of Black Media Appreciation Night 2014

Oct 24, 2014
For the masses who loved him, Legacy Award winner Kevin Weston’s spirit lives through the three powerful women who accepted his award, little daughter Lelah, his spittin’ image, wife Lateefah Simon and mother Geraldine Singleton. They and the countless media makers he mentored are his legacy. – Photo: TaSin Sabir

On Sept. 13, 2014, the most progressive of the Bay Area’s Black and pro-Black journalists came together to celebrate one another and to give awards to a well deserving few. It was also a salute to the real legacy of Black journalism in the United States that was born out of the fight for human rights and self-determination. The night was dedicated to the memory of the recently transitioned journalist and editor Kevin Weston.

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