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Espanola Jackson, veteran of countless City Hall showdowns on the fate of her people, smiles to encourage the younger folks at a hearing on the environmental impact report on the Hunters Point Shipyard on Dec. 17, 2009. At the behest of developer Lennar, the supervisors approved it despite the shipyard’s status as one of the most contaminated places in the country. But with Espanola’s encouragement, the community fights on. – Photo: Carol Harvey

In celebration of the charismatic life of Sister Espanola Jackson, a born leader and chosen woman

Mama “E” was a well-loved woman who changed California, San Francisco and Bayview Hunters Point forever. With Bible scriptures, fearlessness, faith and divine love planted in her huge heart, chosen and powerfully guided from above, she set out to make changes, for justice and equality. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Grace Tabernacle Community Church, 1121 Oakdale Ave., and a homegoing service on Friday, Feb. 5, 12 noon, at Providence Baptist Church, 1601 McKinnon, off Third Street, both in Hunters Point, San Francisco.

Behind Enemy Lines

Free Rev. Pinkney!

Feb 3, 2016

Rev. Edward Pinkney is the kind of preacher that Martin Luther King would have admired. Pinkney has for years advocated for his community, fighting for water rights, fair elections and social justice for the people of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Because of his political activities, he’s been targeted by the government, tried by the Michigan political machine before an all-white jury and, with no evidence, convicted of allegedly altering five petition dates!

CHOOSE1’s Three Strikes Reform Act needs 500,000 signatures by July 17 to make the November ballot

Feb 2, 2016

In late December, CHOOSE1, a grassroots, non-profit organization, received approval to begin gathering signatures to have the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2016 placed on the November 2016 election ballot. The California Attorney General’s Office has given CHOOSE1 until June 17 to gather signatures from registered voters to qualify the initiative. The goal is 500,000 signatures to ensure enough are gathered to meet statutory requirements.

Three prisoners bid a loving farewell to Hugo Pinell

Feb 1, 2016

I often visit the spot where they took you from us. I still can’t accept it. Although we didn’t know each other, I knew your spirit. I cried for you the day your light was dimmed. I never met you, but you were my brother, my father, my dear friend. Yogi, I’m afraid. I’m afraid because the same climate that dimmed your light is still here on this yard. The gatekeepers on this yard are still playing chess with brothers’ lives.

Support the loved and loyal Bay View: Keep the voice of the people alive

Jan 31, 2016

During these 14 years straight of Security Housing Unit time I’m forced to endure, the Bay View has been – and will hopefully continue to be – my stabilizer, mentally, the komrade, homie as well as the teacher and tutor for myself and many others in these SHU, Ad-Seg etc. prison industrial slave complex isolation units. So I – we – ask those of you who’re able to please subscribe or make a donation to the loved and loyal Bay View National Black Newspaper.

I was one of the last ones to see our beloved Brotha Yogi alive

Jan 30, 2016
A closer view of Steven James’ painting, which he’s offering to donate to Allegra, Yogi’s daughter

My name is Devon Bush, a Black Afrikan inmate in struggle here in CSP Sac. Look, I was involved in the riot that took place Aug. 12, 2015, in the B-Yard. Also, I was one of the last ones to see our beloved Brotha Hugo L.A. “Yogi Bear” Pinell R.I.P. alive. His last words to me was, “Do come back.” The short three and a half weeks I spent with him on the yard is filled with enough love and realism to last me a lifetime.

They’re releasing us to GP, where they’d rather see us war and kill one another off
Growing up in Compton: A woman’s story
Historic settlement to end California’s indefinite solitary confinement finalized in court
Bomani Shakur (Keith LaMar), innocent on death row
CURB responds to CDCR’s new master plan: ‘A concerning vision of a more powerful prison system’
‘Annotated Tears: America’s Auschwitz’
Mumia in the crosshairs: Stop efforts to murder him by medical neglect
Jabari Scott in GP! ‘Man, it was beautiful enjoying my first cup of joe’
Yogi and Harold were leaders among men: Two stories of revolutionary valor
Mumia’s fight for medical treatment
The passive aggressive murder of a living legend
David Johnson of the San Quentin 6 on his comrade Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell
Tension at New Folsom between Blacks and guards since assassination of Hugo Pinell
Assassination of Hugo Pinell: One guard asked another, ‘Did they get him?’
I should NOT have to cut my hair; it’s who I am

News & Views

African Union refuses to invade Burundi

Feb 5, 2016
Ibrahima Fall, Senegalese diplomat and the AU’s special representative to the African Great Lakes Region

U.S. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the U.S. State Department, the E.U. and Belgium have fiercely advocated for the deployment of 5,000 African Union troops in Burundi, whether Burundi agrees or not. Senegalese diplomat Ibrahima Fall, the African Union’s special representative to the African Great Lakes Region, told Radio France International that deploying AU troops without Burundi’s consent was “unimaginable.”

Looking at Mugabe’s Zimbabwe and the African Union in 2015: an interview wit’ US correspondent to the Zimbabwean Herald Obi Egbuna

Feb 4, 2016
Evans Gororo is a farmer near Chinamora, Zimbabwe, whose “corn is as high as an elephant’s eye,” as the song says. Blacks are proving to be even more productive farmers than the whites who stole the land from them. – Photo: AFP

2015 was a historic political year for the African continent because one of the continent’s most radical anti-imperialist leaders chaired the African Union, and I am talking about President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. I talked with Obi Egbuna, the U.S. correspondent for the Zimbabwean national newspaper, The Herald, about what President Mugabe accomplished leading Zimbabwe and the African Union in 2015. Here is what he had to say.

I’m the same as you – I just don’t have a roof

Feb 3, 2016
'The Real Super Bowl City' homeless tents 022416 by Oscar Paul Guzman

There are so many untold stories of how and why people become un-housed. Loss of a job, a partner, the onset of an illness or a crisis, but most of the time, in the Bay Area, it’s because of a greed-inspired landlord raising rent, evicting for profit so he or she can house the droves of 20-30-something wealthy, mostly white people streaming into town for the tech industry.

UN panel hears wrenching testimony of abuse in Black Chicago

Feb 2, 2016

After 2.5 years of foundation laying work, Willie JR Fleming of the Anti-Eviction Campaign has finally caught the attention of the international community. At his behest, the United Nations sent its Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent to Chicago to take first-hand testimony from people of color who have suffered and continue to suffer the effects of systemic racism and colonialism.

Black worker on Bay Bridge told to wear noose

Feb 1, 2016

An African American man filed a lawsuit against his employer, Bay Bridge contractor Adams & Smith, Inc., for racial discrimination and retaliation just a little over a week after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The complaint cited incidents in which a foreman lowered a hangman’s noose in front of plaintiff James H. Brown and a co-worker told him to wear the rope around his neck.

NAACP secures changes to California Marijuana Initiative
Black Chicagoans with disabilities stand solid against police terror
Can labor support both Black Lives Matter and police unions?
Lennar, the corporation that ate San Francisco, gobbled up Hunters Point and is devouring Treasure Island
Burundi: Nkurunziza refuses to bow to Samantha Power’s demands
Outrage against big pharma!
US police are killing people with war-crimes ammunition
Uganda: Upcoming elections and ongoing US influence, an interview with Milton Allimadi
The longest trade embargo in the history of the world
Congresswoman Waters urges Secretary Kerry not to support flawed elections in Haiti
Boycott Michigan! Jail Snyder, cronies for Flint lead poisoning, domestic terrorism, racism
Fighting for justice: It’s a unity thing
Covered California ‘Big Sunday’ connects with more than 500 African American churches statewide
Asians 4 Black Lives: #WakeUpEdLee, fire Chief Suhr and Mario Woods’ killer cops
Mario Woods’ mother and attorney John Burris call for Department of Justice investigation and external review of SFPD

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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February 5, 2016
Debating the 2016 Presidential Elections & the Key Issues of Our Time: Panel discussions and debates in Oakland and SF 7:00 pm Friday in Oakland: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St.; Saturday in SF: Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St. Socialist Action presents two panel discussion/debates… Oakland & San Francisco

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February 5, 2016
Book & Art Tour: 'When We Fight We Win!' 7:00 pm Marcus Bookstore, 3900 MLK Jr. Way, Oakland "Young organizers and activists need to know why and how ... more>>
February 5, 2016
Debating the 2016 Presidential Elections & the Key Issues of Our Time: Panel discussions and debates in Oakland and SF 7:00 pm Friday in Oakland: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St.; Saturday in SF: Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St. Socialist Action presents two panel discussion/debates… Oakland & San Francisco

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February 6, 2016
Mardi Gras San Francisco Style and Super Community Celebrations in the Fillmore 12:00 am Fillmore Street, San Francisco The Village Project will add a pre-Mardi Gras Celebration: “Super ... more>>
February 6, 2016
26th Annual Celebration of African Americans and Their Poetry 1:00 pm West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St., Oakland This year the theme is #Black Lives Matter; however, all ... more>>
February 6, 2016
Honoring Black History Month 2:00 pm Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave. at Prince Street, Berkeley Peace and Freedom Party and Movement of Alameda County
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February 6, 2016
Mardi Gras San Francisco Style and Super Community Celebrations in the Fillmore 12:00 am Fillmore Street, San Francisco The Village Project will add a pre-Mardi Gras Celebration: “Super ... more>>
February 6, 2016
Mardi Gras San Francisco Style and Super Community Celebrations in the Fillmore 12:00 am Fillmore Street, San Francisco The Village Project will add a pre-Mardi Gras Celebration: “Super ... more>>
February 6, 2016
Mardi Gras San Francisco Style and Super Community Celebrations in the Fillmore 12:00 am Fillmore Street, San Francisco The Village Project will add a pre-Mardi Gras Celebration: “Super ... more>>

Wanda’s Picks for February 2016

Feb 4, 2016
The Black world mourns the loss of Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, shown here at the October 2014 Florida AMU Black Psychology Conference with Wanda Sabir, and celebrates her legacy. – Photo: Wanda Sabir

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing (“Isis Papers”) made her transition Jan. 2, 2016. She was 80. The psychiatrist who challenged white supremacists on what she called “The Cress Theory of Color Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy)” to look at their own melanin deficiency for what it is, “envy,” stirred and continues to stir the waters. She always stated theoretically that “Black lives matter,” way before the #blm movement.

Must-see movie documents God’s unchanging hand in the evolving lives of gays

Feb 4, 2016
'No Gays' contemplative Black man

Clay Cane’s new documentary, “Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church,” is an emotional drive-by shooting. The gut-penetrating personal stories in the hour-long film will leave you ducking for cover to avoid being shot dead through the heart. You will not succeed. The film features nightmarish tales that create a reality for many young African Americans who identify as members of the LGBT community.

Oakland’s DB Tha General

Feb 3, 2016
DB Tha General, web cropped (1)

West Coast Hip Hop is going through a renaissance of new voices with people like Trill Youngins, Anderson Paak, Vince Staples, Nef the Pharoh, Cousin Fik and Oakland’s DB Tha General. I became aware of DB Tha General because the streets was talking, but I heard his music for the first time when my cousin Smock pulled up “Mac Blast” on YouTube and told me that this was one of the coldest battle/diss records ever produced from out of the Bay.

From mean streets to mansions: The Denise Smith story

Feb 3, 2016

It has often been said that one who has never known the pain of struggle can never truly appreciate the sweet taste of success. Denise Smith knows that struggle. Born in the San Francisco General Hospital and reared in Bayview-Hunters Point, the real estate entrepreneur has certainly experienced her share of ups and downs. Her new autobiography, “Rags to Real Estate: One Woman’s Journey to Empowerment,” inspired many.

Third Street Stroll – and beyond

Feb 2, 2016
Handsome Sam Jordan stands next to a poster from his boxing career.

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ TO THE FAMILY OF THE LATE SAM AND RUTH JORDAN IN CELEBRATION OF THE 57TH ANNIVERSARY of the legendary SAM JORDAN’S Bar, located in the Bayview on Third Street, across from the Bayview shopping mall. PROUD the family continues in the tradition set forth by their parents, who passed several years ago. Sam’s is the OLDEST standing Black-owned club in the City. Doors opened in 1959.

SF African American Historical Society’s annual Black History Month program
Acknowledging and encouraging our fathers ‘inside’
The Newtons – Cam, Huey and Isaac – and why you and Cam should boycott the Super Bowl
Bethel AME Church youth empowerment recognition
Celebrate 40 years of life in the Black Community: The SF Bayview Anniversary Party is Feb 21, 1-5 p.m., at SF Main Library – Free
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