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Wherever you are, you too can strike a blow against the Dakota Access Pipeline

The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline takes many forms. Any blow that can be struck must be struck. Not everyone can make it out to the frontline here in Oceti Oyate. But everyone can divest. Divestment is the withdrawal of funds from organizations that finance the pipeline so that they feel financial pressure to withdraw their support. Individual divestment has already drained over $67 million from pro-DAPL banks alone. The work at Standing Rock also needs many hands. Are you ready to get on the bus to Standing Rock?

Behind Enemy Lines

Emergency financial appeal for Mumia

Feb 16, 2017

I’m writing on behalf of the Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal to ask if you might help us in an emergency. The Committee is the official fundraising venue for Mumia’s legal defense today. It has been raising funds, quietly, since Mumia was facing execution in the ‘90s. Since Mumia fell ill, we have been behind on payments to Mumia’s lead health attorney and we need to raise funds – quickly. Would you consider making a donation and identifying one or two others who might do the same?

Comrade Malik: Help end Islamophobia in Texas prisons

Feb 5, 2017

The order to ban entry to the U.S. by travelers from numerous majority-Muslim countries is subjecting not only Muslims coming here but also those already here to a reinvigorated campaign of Islamophobia. Now the state of Texas and its prison agency, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, is attempting to use a statement I made in 2012 as justification to deny me my religious right to grow a fist-length beard and wear my kuffi prayer cap throughout any TDCJ facility.

NY prison authorities punish Jalil Muntaqim for teaching young prisoners to end ‘tribal warfare’

Feb 5, 2017

Former Black Panther Jalil Muntaqim was transferred from Attica Correctional Facility to Southport Correctional Facility, a notorious supermax prison just south of Elmira, New York, in early January. “This is clearly a punitive transfer,” Anne Lamb told the Militant Jan. 11. “It also means he’s much farther away from his legal advisers in Buffalo.” Lamb is a spokesperson for the Jericho Movement, a group that Muntaqim helped found, which works to win amnesty for political prisoners.

Announcing Millions for Prisoners March for Human Rights

Feb 4, 2017

The purpose of this press release is to notify prisoners, community organizers and all those who care of the upcoming Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in Washington, D.C., scheduled for Aug. 19, 2017. This is a national effort to bring world attention to the 13th Amendment enslavement clause, its ramifications, and to solidify organizing efforts to amend it. In essence this is an abolitionist movement to abolish legalized enslavement.

Michigan prisoners speak out against ‘epic’ abuse and retaliation

Feb 3, 2017

On Sept. 9, 2016, prisoners participated in the largest prisoner work stoppage in the history of the country. Prisoners in at least four facilities in Michigan joined in the work stoppage, including Kinross Correctional Facility. The next morning, after retaliatory actions from staff, Kinross prisoners held a peaceful demonstration in the yard. Since then, hundreds have faced harsh, unjust retaliation. Harold “HH” Gonzales was a spokesperson for the prisoners at the demonstration at Kinross and wrote this account.

Ruchell Cinque Magee, sole survivor of the Aug. 7, 1970, Courthouse Slave Rebellion
Tier II is straight torture
Pennsylvania prisoner shackled, gassed, beaten
Resistance builds against social media ban in Texas prisons
Yogi schooled me and gave me hope
Prisoners United of Silicon Valley thank each other and supporters for a largely successful hunger strike against solitary confinement
Against racism, for hope and healing, support Coyote and his family as he returns to jail
Rashid attacked: Texas prison officials are punishing us for exposing their abusive ways to the media
President Obama, grant clemency to Dr. Mutulu, Veronza, Leonard, Oscar and, posthumously, Marcus Garvey
The Folsom 6 who stood up for Yogi are vindicated
Mumia: Hepatitis C gets a knockout punch! – Update: DOC appeals, the struggle continues
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

News & Views

The year of the warrior: Black contractor Doug Blacksher fights back

Feb 22, 2017

Doug is a warrior for justice. The Warriors’ new stadium, the Chase Center, is being built by Clark Construction. Doug is suing Clark because he believes Clark intentionally destroyed his business. Racism in the construction industry is legendary. It is a “buddy-buddy” network that was built to exclude Black contractors. We hope that the Warriors themselves, including Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and others, will not allow racism to put a stain on their house.

Profiled by BART cops for being a good son

Feb 22, 2017

This was a cop calling me. He had my 13-year-old son, Tibu, who he had “detained” at West Oakland BART for doing nothing wrong – for selling the newspapers that he and his comrades at Deecolonize Academy produced. The cop profiled him as “a runaway” – code for houseless youth. It’s a constitutional right to free speech that Tibu and the other newspaper sellers are exercising, something the youth skolaz are learning right now in their oppressed People’s Herstory class at school.

‘My constitutional and tenant’s rights were violated in John Stewart Co.’s subsidized HUD housing on Treasure Island!’

Feb 19, 2017

When The John Stewart Co., which functions as Treasure Island property management, got wind of this San Francisco Bay View news story exposing an employee for illegally bullying and attempting to break in on a subsidized tenant, the company hired the San Francisco-based Zanghi law firm to threaten the publisher, editor and reporter with a cease and desist letter. Read their letter and our response.

Black newspapers, now more than ever, must boldly tell the truth

Feb 18, 2017

Today, reading the current reporting and editorials of the large, white-dominated, corporate newspapers, I have a sense of déjà vu. But now it is not just the newspapers of the Southern segregationists that are spewing lies. The “alt right” haters have gained a prominent voice in the national discourse, and they are on their way towards gaining even greater influence, with Steve Bannon entrenched in the White House. So now, as much as ever, the voices of the Black newspapers are needed to combat the evil we face.

Library Information Foundation for Ethiopia: A country that reads is a country that leads

Feb 17, 2017

Yeewket Admas is Amharic meaning knowledge horizons. With knowledge, we can expand our horizons and improve our world. Library Information Foundation for Ethiopia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide good quality books to Ethiopians to help them develop a culture of reading and self-improvement. We have opened or assisted the opening of 22 libraries in Ethiopia. We humbly ask for your charitable contributions to help further our goal.

Another victory for Richmond rent control against the California Apartment Association
Slain man Amilcar’s vigil goes straight to SF DA George Gascón’s home
Standing Rock: Come help, come prepared
The truth about the eviction of Iris Canada
I am Felita Sample, a Black female whistleblower. LaKrista Jackson is my daughter.
Get on the bus to Standing Rock: Only the people, masses of people, can stop the Black Snake, the evil pipeline
A public bank for Oakland
Baron Davis and SF King Day address next four chilling years, but ex-NBA star misses room’s ‘huge elephant’
Trump declares war on the media: Build the Bay View to fight back
Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 15
DOT approves separate goals for women and African American businesses
America’s continued exclusion of Black-owned businesses: Open letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao
The Black Panther Party and Black anti-fascism in the United States
‘The US Mail is not for sale’: Union victory over Staples and postal privatization
In a county with more babies than any other, childcare comes at a cost – and not just for parents

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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February 23, 2017
Pack the Courthouse for Yuvette Henderson 11:00 am Oakland Federal Courthouse, 3rd Floor, Courtroom 4 ( Judge Ryu), 1201 Clay St., Oakland Yuvette Henderson was murdered by Emeryville police on 2/3/2015 who shot ... more>>
February 23, 2017
Historic Black Settlements Re-visited 5:00 pm Sonoma County History Museum, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa The Sonoma County County History Museum presents "The Votaw Colony ... more>>
February 23, 2017
Honor Roll Celebration for African American Students 5:00 pm St. Mary’s Cathedral 1111 Gough St. San Francisco Honor Roll Celebration for African American Students

It is our ... more>>
February 23, 2017
Black reSurgence!TV 7:00 pm Comcast Channel 76, Astoud 30 and ATT 99 In honor of yet another innocent Black Male who has ... more>>
February 23, 2017
Movement to End the New Jim Crow: Reimaging Justice 7:00 pm First Congregational Church of Oakland (UCC), 2501 Harrison, Oakland W/C Accessible

Tickets are sliding scale $5 - $20. No one ... more>>
February 23, 2017
The Link: Community Networking Event at IT Bookman 7:00 pm IT Bookman Community Center, 446Randolph Street, San Francisco *Networking, Conversations, Volunteer Opportunities*
All ages welcome more>>
February 24, 2017
February 24, 2017
Mindful Drumming 7:30 pm Attitudinal Healing, 3278 West St., Oakland Mindful Drumming is an ancient indigenous technology that uses the ... more>>

Honoring Sister Makinya Sibeko-Kouate, Queen Mother of Kwanzaa, who brought Black Studies to the East Bay

Feb 22, 2017

Sister Makinya Sibeko-Kouate (July 1, 1926-Feb. 4, 2017), named Queen Mother of Kwanzaa in 2015, hosted one of the first Bay Area Kwanzaas in her home, then took it across the world to 36 American states and 13 African nations, plus Europe and Mexico. She taught every grade from pre-school to post-graduate, wrote for the California Voice, hosted a show on KPFA for a decade, and performed as a pianist and dancer. A small ceremony will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m., in the Evergreen Mortuary chapel, 6450 Camden St. in Oakland.

‘Accidental Courtesy’ is the story of a Black bluesman who befriends Klansmen

Feb 17, 2017

In the film “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race and America,” the activist quietly befriends the philosophical offspring of the white supremacists who made Dr. King’s job so hard from Bombingham to Selma. Daryl Davis, Black man, holds the unique distinction of being an expert on the Ku Klux Klan. We get to travel across the country with Davis as he introduces us to his people – white supremacists and racists. The question he poses, “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?”

‘They Call Us Monsters’ review

Feb 15, 2017

Though the story of incarceration is always hard, it is more sobering when those affected are children. What if those youth convicted had an opportunity to reimagine their lives and interrupt and rewind the script? What would the scenario look like? Who would star in the feature? Ben Lear’s “They Call Us Monsters” 82 mins. (2017) is an invitation into such a story. There we meet Jarad, arrested at 16, Juan, arrested at 16, and Antonio, arrested one month after his 14th birthday. All the young men are facing minimally 90 years to life, Jarad 200 years.

Shola Adisa-Farrar brings her new CD home Feb. 15-16

Feb 14, 2017

Shola Adisa-Farrar is coming home to debut her new CD, “Lost Myself,” on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 15-16, in Oakland and San Francisco. Perhaps you remember her from The Ultimate Hustler reality television show she starred in Oct. 4-Dec. 13, 2005, while she was in New York? Maybe you recall how much fun you had with Shola as guide in the Walking in the Spirit: Black Paris and Beyond tours while there? No?

Wanda’s Picks for February 2017

Feb 10, 2017

Happy Black History Month. Knowledge is power, something Black people from Frederick Douglass to Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks to Kamala Harris have never taken for granted. If white people would kill a Black person for teaching someone to read, not to mention knowing how to read – enough said! The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s organization, has chosen the theme: “Crisis in Education” for 2017.

Saying no to power: Who was Bill Mandel and why should we care?
Black History Matters  
‘Gimmie Mines Reparations,’ Fleetwood’s new documentary film
Make your body a place where cancer is not welcome
Hubert Harrison: Growing appreciation for this giant of Black history
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