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FBI, the political police

When FBI director James Comey dropped a propaganda bomb that blew up the 2016 presidential election and probably changed how the U.S. will be governed for some time to come, he wasn’t acting for the Russians. Comey wasn’t acting as an individual rogue actor either. He was acting in the tried and true tradition of the FBI as a political police agency that uses its authority – legally, illegally and effectively – to intrude into the political processes of our country. One hallmark of what we like to think of as our great democracy is the separation of the police and military from our political processes.

Behind Enemy Lines

Against racism, for hope and healing, support Coyote and his family as he returns to jail

Jan 22, 2017

Coyote Acabo caught a felony assault case in July of 2015 during a Black Lives Matter protest while defending a comrade who was put in a chokehold by a white inebriated man enraged that his good time country music show was interrupted by a group of cacophonous, banner-bearing protesters. The Bay View met Coyote years ago when he was locked up in Nevada and sent us one of his brilliant commentaries on the evils of imprisonment. We rejoiced with him when he was released and ask readers to support him now as he’s locked up for doing the right thing. Donate what you can at https://rally.org/supportcoyoteacabo.

Rashid attacked: Texas prison officials are punishing us for exposing their abusive ways to the media

Jan 19, 2017

It is well known among staff and prisoners that if we file a grievance without any physical evidence, their failure to admit the allegations results in our claims being dismissed. Simply enough, they lie during any investigation. Outside pressure and exposure is one aspect that can counter this, which is what Rashid has been doing for years. Staff are now realizing this, too, and are retaliating to cause disruption and preserve their practices.

President Obama, grant clemency to Dr. Mutulu, Veronza, Leonard, Oscar and, posthumously, Marcus Garvey

Jan 14, 2017

Dear Mr. President, On behalf of The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, a memorial and humanitarian project dedicated to preserving the legacy of Malcolm X in New York City, we urgently, though respectfully, implore you to grant executive clemency to Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Veronza Bowers, Leonard Peltier, Oscar Lopez Rivera and posthumously to Marcus Garvey for both humanitarian reasons and in the interests of justice.

The Folsom 6 who stood up for Yogi are vindicated

Jan 14, 2017

On Oct. 14, 2016, the last six convicts – the Folsom 6 – were brought to court in Folsom State Prison accused of ambushing several correctional officers on C Facility, Sept. 24, 2015, six weeks after Brother Hugo “Yogi” Pinell was ambushed by several white inmates on B-Yard with some corrupted correctional officers’ assistance. The judge could not fix his face to the camera as he read the decision that the charges were dismissed on all defendants on the basis of insufficient evidence.

Mumia: Hepatitis C gets a knockout punch! – Update: DOC appeals, the struggle continues

Jan 10, 2017

Just a few hours ago, I placed a call to my civil lawyer, Bret Grote of the Pittsburg-based Abolitionist Law Center. I could hear the excitement in his voice. “Did you hear the news yet?” he asked. I hadn’t. Then he told me that U.S. District Judge Robert Mariani granted our motion for a preliminary injunction, ordering heath care staff on the DOC’s Hepatitis Care Committee to cease their unconstitutional protocol in my case and to begin treatment of my hepatitis infection with direct-acting antiviral medications.

Prison strike organizers to protest food giant Aramark
Decarcerate Louisiana for sustainable economies
Attorney General Loretta Lynch: Grant compassionate release to Richard ‘Mafundi’ Lake
California blames incarcerated workers for unsafe conditions and amputations
President Obama: Support Dr. Mutulu Shakur’s clemency petition
President Obama: Issue a medical parole for Imam Jamil Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown
Killing time: Lawsuit reveals officials killed prisoner, framed cellmate and lied to media
Sitawa: Exiting solitary confinement – and the games CDCr plays
If Black lives really matter, we need the courage to police the police and stop killing us
When we don’t fight hate, we are preparing for others to die
Alabama prisoner commits suicide just weeks after testifying in federal mental health trial
Mutope: Because the Bay View was there for us, the world came to our defense
From media cutoffs to lockdown, tracing the fallout from the U.S. prison strike
Women in Texas prison decry abuse, banning of Bay View: ‘There’s no exaggerating the inhumane treatment that saturates Miserable Murray’
Free Alabama Movement: Kinetik Justice under attack; protect him now!

News & Views

Camp 120 in front of City Hall is protesting Mayor Lee and DA Gascón’s failure to charge SFPD killer cops

Jan 20, 2017

To honor the call for 120 hours of direct actions to uphold the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., local community organizers have been camping out in front of San Francisco’s City Hall until Jan. 20, 2017. Camp 120 is occupying space in front of City Hall to highlight the ineffectiveness and inaction of DA Gascón and Mayor Ed Lee regarding the heightened policing of Black and Brown residents by the San Francisco Police Department.

Fifty-five years after Lumumba’s assassination, Congolese see no relief

Jan 20, 2017

One of the most devastating U.S. interventions was the overthrow of the democratically elected leader of the Congo, Prime Minister Patrice Emery Lumumba, in 1960. That overthrow has been devastating for the Congolese people, because not only did the U.S. overthrow and assassinate the democratically elected leader, but they also imposed a dictatorship on the Congolese people for over three decades, and it has crushed and destroyed the country and the people.

Former BPP members say, ‘NO! In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America’

Jan 19, 2017

We call upon ALL people to sign and ACT on the Call from RefuseFascism.org which appeared in the Jan. 4 edition of the New York Times and the following week in the Washington Post. Today the Fascist pig Trump, his pick for attorney general Jeff Sessions and the rest of those who make up the Trump-Pence regime – this whole legion of doom is shouting: “Law and Order!” as they threaten to force people to respect the police – respect their whole way of governing and ruling … or else.

In a fiery statement, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announces inauguration boycott, promises to lead the resistance

Jan 19, 2017

In 2001, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., was the one and only member of Congress who voted to oppose authorizing the Bush administration to use military force in response to the 9/11 attack. She called the vote and the authorization a “rush to judgement” and warned it could lead to blank checks and endless war. Lee emerged as a resistance leader to George W. Bush’s agenda and now she’s stepping up to lead the resistance again, saying she will not be a part of normalizing “the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party.”

Wise words from Dr. King, a revolutionary thinker who practiced what he preached

Jan 16, 2017

Here are some quotes I think are apropos for today’s political reality, which shows what a revolutionary thinker Dr. King was; even better, he practiced what he preached. “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Citywide homeless people’s assembly Tuesday to honor Martin Luther King
We did it! City College regains full accreditation
New study shows Covered California consumers saving and paying much less than expected for quality health care coverage – deadline Jan. 20
Heartless San Francisco demolishes ‘Box City’ encampment in pouring rain
Judge denies TRO against Measure L renter protections in Richmond
Washington Post attacks Burundi
The politics of oppression
Disgraced former HUD secretary vouches for Trump pick Ben Carson to run HUD
BOBSA creates direct link to China to cut costs for Black hair-care store owners
Bayview community celebrates newly renovated Hilltop Park
Candlelight vigil marks year since Mario Woods was killed by police
We are all connected, from Standing Rock to Oakland
Honduras: Government-supported tourism pushes Garifuna maroons off their land of 200 years
The Auset Movement: Loving humanity into wholeness on Christmas
Resisting the lynching of Haitian liberty!

Culture Currents

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January 24, 2017
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Black Family Day is Jan. 21 at Willie Brown Middle School

Jan 20, 2017

Mark your calendars! The first Black Family Day of 2017 takes places on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. This event will be at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School, 2055 Silver Ave. in the Bayview district. The goal of Black Family Day is to connect Black families to much needed resources and to capitalize on the leadership skills already present by giving them the skills needed to navigate public and private systems on behalf of their families. The focus of this event is reducing summer learning loss.

Glen Upshaw to receive Humanitarian Award from Living Jazz at ‘In the Name of Love’ annual tribute to Dr. King on Sunday

Jan 13, 2017

Coming of age in the ‘60s was a trying time for young African American men whose taste of power made it hard to relinquish their dreams of equality and true democracy shortly thereafter in the ‘70s during the Reagan years with the war on Black people, disguised as a war on drugs. Nonetheless Glen Upshaw did not let fear mitigate or guide his behavior. A peacemaker or violence interrupter, his job is to de-escalate situations before they happen or restore peace and safety in situations where violence has taken place.

Review of the new blockbuster ‘Hidden Figures’

Jan 12, 2017

Scientists Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, profiled in “Hidden Figures” (2016), exemplify what writer Margot Lee Shetterly calls “everyday courage,” a kind of imaginative power that filled these women – Black women, white women, invisible women – with a sense of pride and purpose even when deserved recognition went unstated. Director Theodore Melfi’s film is all the buzz.

Why our schools need community volunteers

Jan 5, 2017

This holiday season, many are wondering what we can possibly do to get involved and create real change in our communities. One way to make a difference at the local level is to become a volunteer in public schools, especially schools that are under-resourced and can really use the support. Anyone who has stepped inside a school knows teachers and principals simply cannot do it alone. It takes a whole team of caring adults to educate a child.

Estella Washington: 108 years of loving service to family and community

Jan 4, 2017

In 1908, Estella Washington was born to Eli and Ellie Bendy in Texas. Later, she joined her family in California, where she worked at the Post Office and taught special needs children in the San Francisco public schools. Estella was a devout Christian. On Nov. 19, 2016, Estella Washington departed this life surrounded by family in the arms of her loving granddaughter. She went peacefully and did not suffer.

Uppity Edutainment presents ‘Out of Darkness’ Jan. 14
Wanda’s Picks for January 2017
Loving farewell to James Curtis Ratcliff
FREEDOM
Introducing Uncle Du, SF Bay View’s new comic strip!
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