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Hours of powerful testimony on June 18 before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee were capped off by Dorsey Nunn – and the crowd erupted in cheers. – Photo: PNN

No more cops! No new jail!

My name is Dorsey Nunn. I’m with All of Us or None and executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. I’m sitting back there waiting for (agenda) Item No. 3 (a new jail for San Francisco), and while I’m waiting for it I’m listening to the testimony for Item No. 1 (hiring more police officers). And I can’t help but ask the question: “How much racism needs to be practiced for us to determine that we don’t need this jail?” Hours of powerful testimony on June 18 before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee were capped off by Dorsey Nunn – and the crowd erupted in cheers.

Behind Enemy Lines

The Black ones too

Jul 1, 2015

During the recent events surrounding the murder of unarmed Black males by white police officers in this country, it has been pointed out, and correctly so, that America has a steep and tortured history concerning the murders of Blacks by whites – legally and illegally! But what has for the most part been left out of this real life and death conversation is the fact that Black police officers have done, and are still doing, the same thing as their white police partners.

Message to Black youth

Jun 30, 2015

Primacy should be given to an understanding of the material fact we are all one family. Our relations are consanguineous (related by blood) stemming from our common Afrikan ancestry. Each of you constitutes one link in the great chain that is representative of the whole, i.e., the family, which is also our New Afrikan (Black) Nation.

Proposition 47: The clock is ticking to apply for relief

Jun 29, 2015

By now, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Proposition 47 (Prop 47). With more than 3,200 people released from state prisons and 115,000 petitions filed under the law within the first six months of its passage, Prop 47 is likely the most significant reform to California criminal justice policy since 2011’s Realignment. It is critical that individuals with eligible criminal convictions act quickly because the law created only a three-year application window.

New California prison censorship rules ban ‘Windows 7 for Seniors for Dummies’ and ‘Your Child’s Development from Birth to Adolescence’ as too hot for prisoners

Jun 28, 2015
“Censorship” – Art: Michael D. Russell, Pelican Bay

On April 30, the Office of Administrative Law gave the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation its approval on amended censorship regulations proposed by the department over a year ago. The amended regulations as approved and now in effect are essentially identical to those the department originally put forward on March 25, 2014, which drew sharp public criticism.

US prisoners sue for constitutional right to lifesaving Hep C cure

Jun 27, 2015
“Bidness Etc” illustration of Abbvie Pharmaceuticals Limited’s success at capturing market share with its Hep C cure, Viekira Pak, Feb. 2015

Attorneys filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts this week on behalf of prisoners who say they’re being denied new lifesaving treatment for Hepatitis C because of the cost of the drugs. Gilead Sciences manufactures two versions of the cure, Harvoni and Sovaldi. Abbvie Pharmaceutical Limited, formerly Abbot Labs, manufactures another, Viekira Pak. The cost of any one of the three is roughly $90,000.

CCI Step Down Program is bogus
Soledad Brother John Clutchette asks for your help
Unity between races is going strong; be proud of yourselves!
Rev. Pinkney, hero of Benton Harbor, speaks from prison
Strange fruit
We must leave the crops in the field
The New Underground Railroad Movement
Four years since our hunger strikes began, none of our core demands have yet been met: Our protracted struggle must continue
The Fairness and Restoration Act of 2015
Death Row prisoners challenge torturous conditions in San Quentin’s ‘Adjustment Center’
Johanna Fernandez: We need to bring Mumia home!
Top doc blasts California prison health care
Stop strip searching my mom!
New study shows 44% of Black women have incarcerated family member
We cannot live by bread alone: Texas abuses prisoners with denied food and bread-and-water diets

News & Views


Jul 2, 2015

White supremacy is the mother’s milk of Charleston, of South Carolina, of the South, of America. For surely as slavery funded and built America, the underlying principle was the devaluation, exploitation and oppression of Black life. It’s the only thing that makes the church massacre in Charleston even remotely intelligible. Nine Black people were sacrificed to the blind idol of white supremacy.

Rwanda: Kagame’s spy chief Karake arrested in UK

Jul 2, 2015
Emmanuel Karenzi Karake

Rwandan intelligence chief Emmanuel Karenzi Karake was arrested last Saturday in London on a European arrest warrant. The warrant was based on a Spanish court’s 2008 indictment of Karake and 39 other top Rwandan officials for genocide – that is, the massacre of Rwandan Hutu civilians and refugees in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has the story.

Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force to kick off July 22

Jul 2, 2015

Bayview Hunters Point residents are invited to attend the first monthly meeting of the new Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Community members, industry representatives and officials from local, regional, state and federal environmental agencies will be present and will participate in this important task force to remedy pollution problems in the community.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ twist of fate

Jul 1, 2015
Congresswoman Maxine Waters speaks at 'Walk for Life' LA 080914, web cropped

The pain and suffering of the nine months since unarmed Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer has given birth to a new era of intolerance for police brutality. On the heels of Mother’s Day, more than a thousand community members turned out for a luncheon to honor those whose children lost their lives to violence and to join forces with the Black Women’s Forum (BWF), of which Congresswoman Maxine Waters is co-founder.

Officer of the Year Eric Casebolt’s brutality inspires courageous youth to fight back

Jun 30, 2015
Birmingham Police Chief Bull Connor turned vicious police dogs and water hoses on children when their Children’s Crusade in May 1963 attempted for several days to march to City Hall to meet with the mayor. In September 1963, the brutal suppression culminated in the murder of the four little girls at the 16th Street Baptist Church. Today, the events are memorialized in lifelike statues mounted in Birmingham’s Kelly Ingram Park. – Photo: Shino, Flickr

The honorable bronze statues at Birmingham, Alabama’s Kelly Ingram Park show a display of courageous youth who refused to be silent and stood up for justice. Dear children, do not continue to be distracted by the ways of the world and its falsehoods. Your great legacies are at stake, and THAT is worth fighting for. And one day my grandchildren will visit your statues of courage in beautiful parks because you, too, like our ancestors, are not afraid.

Just cause eviction protections and rent control supported by Richmond City Council
‘Punishing the Poorest: How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty in San Francisco’
Racism and African American men: Killing without a gun
Recology noose update: Daryle Washington rejects settlement without policy change
I got bit by the Treasure Island Flea
Proposed SF jail would likely displace affordable housing residents in SOMA
Fifteen most outrageous responses by police after killing unarmed people
Study: Shocking racial disparities in San Francisco courts
Rebuke and praise after Charleston, South Carolina, church tragedy
The voice of reason regarding Burundi
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government agency that actually listens
White terrorist slays nine in Charleston church founded by Denmark Vesey on anniversary of his 1822 rebellion
The tragic, bloody origins of the Dominican Republic’s plan to erase much of its Black population
Monday, June 22: Protest banning of formerly incarcerated workers from building $5 billion Apple Campus 2
On the 23rd of every month, Californians demand, ‘End solitary confinement!’ – May report

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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Third Street Stroll …

Jul 2, 2015
A lonely tower stands in the rubble of the Candlestick Stadium parking lot. – Photo: Rochelle Metcalfe

HOW SWEET IT IS, GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 2015 NBA CHAMPIONS! NOW, THE BATTLE IS ON TO KEEP the team in Oakland and owners from moving WARRIORS TO SAN FRANCISCO Mission Bay and proposed new arena to be built at Third and 16th Street. While talking sports, CANDLESTICK STADIUM IS DOWN! GONE! Nothing left but the TOWER in the parking lot!

Brother Tehuti wore our colors proudly

Jul 1, 2015
Brother Tehuti & friend by Nefertina Abrams, web cropped

Our big brother, Tehuti, the man in red, black and green himself, passed Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the garden of the cottage where he lived. At this time, the cause of his death is unknown. But it is for certain that the Bay Area community, Pan Afrika and the world has suffered a great loss. He is irreplaceable! And is perhaps most notably recognized or remembered for wearing nothing but Afrocentric clothing.

Wanda’s Picks for July 2015

Jul 1, 2015
Brother Tehuti – Photo: Kimara Dixon

Libations to Ornette Coleman, musician, composer, March 9, 1930-June 11, 2015. Libations also for Brother Tehuti, a beloved elder who made his transition mid-June. Those of us who commemorate our African Ancestors of the Middle Passage have formed an organization which took me recently to Washington, D.C. At the website guests can learn about commemorations throughout the United States and beyond.

‘Concerning Violence’ introduces new generations to Frantz Fanon

Jun 30, 2015
'Concerning Violence' poster

“Concerning Violence” is a documentary film that reflects on the text of Fanon’s most definitive work, “Wretched of the Earth,” against the backdrop of raw footage from a number of African countries during their revolutionary struggles for independence in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s and interviews with revolutionaries and colonialists alike about their thoughts on the use of violence to protect their interests.

Tribute to civil rights activist Margaret Block

Jun 29, 2015
These are four of the Seven Samurai – Essie Mormen, Blanche Bebb, Margaret Block and Shirley Enomoto – at Delancey Street Restaurant in 2001.

Margaret Stroud Block, long time civil rights activist, passed away June 20 in Cleveland, Mississippi, where she was born and raised. She lectured at universities and organizations throughout the U.S., particularly in the eastern part of the country, on civil rights and current education policies. Margaret was a dear friend. We met each other in the mid-‘80s when Proposition J was proposed.

The San Francisco Black Film Festival enriched thousands of moviegoers, left them eager for more
Lisa Simone Kelly tells the real story of her mother, Nina Simone
‘Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp’ – new documentary on ‘my ghastly life’
Andre Ward demolishes Paul Smith, ‘The Real Gone Kid’
New Nina Simone documentary: ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’
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