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The Bay View strongly supports David Campos for state Assembly.

Bay View Voters Guide: It’s time to claim our political and economic power

It’s time for Black people to wake up and use the power that set us free. We have not claimed our victory. We can get started on repairing our political power. We all must start turning out to vote. We can’t turn out at 20 percent or less and expect the power structure to meet our demands – or even our most basic needs. Let us show our resolve by getting our community ready to vote, then voting 100 percent in November. Oct. 20 is the last day to register for the Nov. 4 election.

Behind Enemy Lines

At Tehachapi, release from SHU means more solitary confinement

Oct 24, 2014

Thanks for keeping the public informed of the rough, horrendous conditions those of us who’re serving time face in California’s prisons known as the SHU. I felt it was necessary that I bring forth the atrocious and severe conditions us inmates face at CCI SHU in Tehachapi. It’s not so much the time we’ve served while doing our SHU term; it’s the pathetic process we’re enduring while awaiting transfer back into the general population.

The truth and lies that targeted and convicted Sahara Fakhir, an Islamic activist

Oct 19, 2014

Sahara Fakhir is 33 years old. Prior to her incarceration, she was productive in the community, a member of Custodians of Faith, feeding the homeless. She is loved by family, friends and the homeless. She is a free-hearted, free spirited, loving individual. Even though she is physically restricted due to knees that render her immobile, she is always willing to sacrifice her own needs for the benefit of others.

What is solitary confinement?

Oct 18, 2014
With at least 20 prisoners on each tier, Alcatraz represented the dawning of a new theoretical concept, which was mass solitary confinement isolation. – Photo: © 2006 Betty Malloy

At first glance the question, What is solitary confinement? appears to be rhetorical, if not insulting, but you would be surprised, if not incredulous, how many prison rights activists are at a loss when I pose it to them. Even more perplexing, many prisoners are only able to provide the standard but antiquated response, which is: a prisoner in a cell behind a solid door, in which he/she is isolated from other prisoners and human contact.

Solidarity had the might to move the mountain of prison torture that kept us isolated and voiceless – we still need you now, even more

Oct 11, 2014
“Trapped, Isolated” – Art: Roger “Rab” Moore, G-02296, HDSP Z-168, P.O. Box 3030, Susanville CA 96127

CDCR deliberately lied about their implementation of the Security Threat Group Step Down Program sanctioned by Gov. Jerry Brown. Gov. Brown and CDCr administrators are currently violating our United States constitutional rights, the California Code of Regulations and other rules, laws, policies and standards with the intent of breaking down and destroying men and women prisoners, family bonds and moral ethics here in California.

The Agreement to End Hostilities must be re-implemented in all California prison and jail facilities

Oct 9, 2014

It has been two years since our Agreement to End Hostilities was released in October 2012, and we continue to stand united. While there have been a few conflicts here and there, we need to commit to ceasing all racial hostilities towards one another and remain peacefully united throughout all prison facilities. By re-reading and re-committing ourselves to the Agreement to End Hostilities, we are taking back control of our own lives and our own futures.

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
Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 1135, Prison Anti-Sterilization Bill
Unresolved hunger strike issues: Five Core Demands, 40 Supplemental Demands and CDCR’s STG-SDP
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation tries to fast track draconian prison visiting policies, proposing use of canines and controversial ION scanners
Exposing a national crisis in Black mental health behind bars
Power concedes nothing, Part 2: a discussion on retaliation, censorship and fascism in the modern US state
Leaving Pelican Bay SHU, I’m a pup in a brand new world

News & Views

The official Michael Brown autopsy report doesn’t say what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says it does

Oct 24, 2014

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch article about the controversial leaked autopsy report quotes California forensics expert Dr. Judy Melinek extensively, but it turns out that she didn’t say what the story says she did. If you think the official autopsy report exonerates Darren Wilson, blame it on a couple of reporters who blithely misquoted a forensics expert to – apparently – support the headline they wanted to write.

Richmond: Obscene corporate spending!

Oct 23, 2014

Chevron has openly bought out pretty much all the billboards in Richmond and surrounding cities. They’ve bought TV ads, radio ads, tons of expensive, glossy mailers that state false, misleading information against me, Gayle McLaughlin and Eduardo Martinez. They are printing the same lies over and over again hoping that the more often you see them, the more likely you are to believe them.

Suspicious death at San Francisco County Jail: They call it suicide – would you?

Oct 23, 2014
Antolin Marenco at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

On Friday, Oct. 3, Antolin Marenco was dead, found “blue” and hanging in his cell in SF County Jail, an apparent suicide. I say apparent because evidence surrounding his death is still coming in and, as someone who was in regular contact with Antolin, I can say with certainty that if he took his own life, he was driven to this extreme act by over a year of sustained torture, brutality and neglect at the hands of the SFPD and the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

Rev. Pinkney: Why I’m charged with election fraud

Oct 21, 2014

The USA proclaims itself the “land of freedom,” but the reality is we live under the world’s most corrupt legal system. It has rigged courts, bribed judges, phony trials, extortion by lawyers and over 2 million prisoners. That’s more prisoners than any other country, in real numbers and proportionately. You can be sent to prison and even put to death with absolutely no evidence.

Haitian-Americans win long awaited visa program to reunite families

Oct 21, 2014

Advocates of the Reunite Haitian-American Families Campaign have achieved a significant victory in the Oct. 17 Department of Homeland Security announcement of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP). Prior to this federal announcement, longstanding support for FRPP grew from key national efforts like the Reunite Haitian American Families Campaign that is sponsored by the national coalition Black Immigration Network.

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
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)
Cynthia McKinney on autism and Ferguson
United States Ebola death raises questions about quality of care
Joe Debro on racism in construction
Still no resolution: an interview wit’ Sheikh Hashim Ali Alauddeen, the Imam of Malcolm Shabazz
Rwanda attacks political prisoner Victoire Ingabire’s family (with French translation)
Public Defender, Quattrone Center to study consequences of race, justice in SF
More Black people killed by police than were lynched during Jim Crow
Governor veto of prosecutor misconduct bill criticized

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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Umoja Community Choir presents… Remembering Legends in Music & Poetry Oct 25 12:00 AM Unity Church of Richmond, 351 28th St., Richmond A scholarship fundraiser

Hear the music of Billie Holiday, Etta James, Paul Robeson, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Maya Angelou, more>>

HUNDREDS TO BLOCK ISRAELI SHIP AT THE PORT OF OAKLAND Oct 25 8:00 AM Berth 57, Port of Oakland Following Historic Bay Area Victory in August, Communities Continue to Demand an End to 7-Year Siege on Gaza and a more>>
NFC to Raise Funds to Build Future Fitness Courts Through Free Fitness Challenge Event on the Marina Green Oct 25 8:30 AM Marina Green Fitness Court, 200 Marina Blvd at Webster, San Francisco Free fitness event includes Tribesports Fitness Court Boot Camp, led by Alvin Holden of Barry’s Bootcamp and “Battle of the more>>
Mandela Foods Co-op Diet and Disease Prevention Workshop Oct 25 2:00 PM Mandela Foods Cooperative, 1430 Seventh St., West Oakland Concerned about your health? Learn to make food choices that can improve the overall quality of your health. According to more>>
Lower Bottoms Bay Bridge Bike Ride Oct 25 2:00 PM Begin at Bikes 4 Life Bike Shop, 1600 7th St., West Oakland (near West Oakland BART Station) Join Bikes 4 Life Bicycle Shop for a group bicycle ride with West Oaklanders across the Bay Bridge. All welcome. more>>
Sisterhood and Solidarity: A 5-week discussion group on multi-racial revolutionary feminist organizing Oct 25 3:00 PM New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St. (at Ellis), San Francisco Saturdays, October 25 – November 22, 3pm – 4:30pm
Sisterhood and Solidarity: A 5-week discussion group on multi-racial revolutionary feminist more>>

15th Annual Potrero Hill History Night Oct 25 5:30 PM International Studies Academy, 655 De Haro St. at 18th Street, in San Francisco Pizza, Live Music, and a Free Program!

Featuring “Irish Hill, The Potrero’s Lost Neighborhood”
and Stories from 5 generations of more>>

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents TAKE THIS HAMMER Directed by Richard O. Moore: James Baldwin meets with young Black men in San Francisco in 1963 Oct 26 2:00 PM Screening Room, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), Howard & Mission Streets, San Francisco In the current state of profound, painful transition in San Francisco, it's more important than ever to remember the City’s more>>

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.

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe ’s ‘Traveling While Black’ at Brava through Oct. 26

Oct 19, 2014

“Traveling While Black” is epic. It is a story that has audiences laughing while at the same time catching their breath as Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe takes us with her into situations only a well-written narrative can then retrieve us from unscathed. The journey is fraught with peril. Cooper-Anifowoshe transports us from a Muni bus ride in San Francisco to a slave ship off the coast of West Africa without a blink of an eye.

Wanda’s Picks for October 2014

Oct 7, 2014
Maafa 2014, web

Sunday, Oct. 12, marks our 19th Annual Maafa Commemoration. This is a time when we gather to remember our African ancestors, especially those who endured the transatlantic slave trade or the Middle Passage, the Black Holocaust. It is a time for Pan Africans to gather and celebrate life and recommit ourselves to the work of liberation: spiritual, psychological, economic and political.

Jacqueline Hairston to receive Howard Thurman Award

Oct 5, 2014

Noted composer, arranger, pianist, music educator, vocal coach, liturgical musician and clinician, Jacqueline Hairston will be presented the Howard Thurman Award at Fellowship Church’s 70th anniversary celebration and 19th annual Howard Thurman Convocation. Founded in 1944 by Drs. Howard Thurman and Alfred Fisk, the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples is the nation’s first fully interracial, interfaith congregation.

Da Cotton Pickas

Oct 4, 2014
'Da Cotton Pickas- Wat U Expext' cover

Da Cotton Pickas have emerged from the constant witnessing of the blatant disrespect that is daily being poured into our communities and our households nationwide. The time has come again for rebellious, radical, revolutionary, spiritual and gangsta music to be brought to the forefront with no apologies and no fear of repercussions.

‘Why the U.S. Government Assassinated Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.’
The future of streaming music: an interview wit’ Vaytus owner Aniefre Essien
Black man on a quest: an interview wit’ Life is Living organizer Hodari Davis
Third Street Stroll …
Practice makes us better dads
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