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CARICOM deals a blow to US plans for regime change in Venezuela

Venezuela Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez recently tweeted that the “U.S. State Department deployed its ambassadors in the region to attack Venezuela. We come with renewed vigor to defeat them at the OAS.” So said, so done. Last week, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway spewed the U.S. false narrative regarding Venezuela in our local newspapers. U.S. ambassadors in a number of other Caribbean countries did the same. It was a coordinated attempt to mislead the people of Guyana and the region about what is really happening in Venezuela.

Behind Enemy Lines

A mass work stoppage is the ultimate sanction

Jun 25, 2017

I would like to share my thoughts and some solutions to inmate pay. More and more people need to start filing grievances, doing legal work and writing state legislators in regards to our pay – peacefully. What has happened to me in the 20 years since our pay was last increased? Tobacco has gone up 600 percent, the average costs of food has gone up 300 percent, the price of TVs have doubled, more money is being made from the tablets, and the sizes of products have gone down while the prices go up.

Believing In Myself

Jun 23, 2017

I created my brand – my foundation – out of necessity. It was essential to my existence to find a purpose for my life that was greater than myself. I was tired of aimlessly traveling through life when all I had to show for it was a life sentence. That hangs over my head like a dark cloud. I had to ask myself, “What is your legacy going to be?” After pondering that question, I decided to turn my family name, Bim, into an inspirational slogan, Believing In Myself. I’m proud that I created something that the masses can relate to.

Have anti-Muslim sentiments arrived in prison?

Jun 23, 2017

The Central California Intelligence Center received a Suspicious Activity Report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2010. A guard reported that he conducted a search of two inmates’ cells. “Both inmates are Muslims who appear to have radical Islamic views. Both inmates have since been placed in our Administrative Segregation” (the hole). Anti-Muslim sentiments do not only exist in the outside world, they exist in prison, too.

Muslims at Texas’ Clements Unit are being starved during Ramadan: ‘Don’t like it? Become a Christian’

Jun 21, 2017

In a year where Islamophobia is at an all-time extreme in Texas prisons, I think it is a perfect time for me to shed light of the injustice Muslim brothers are facing here at the Clements Unit. I am not Muslim myself, but I am against the oppression of all humans no matter how unpopular their social standing is. Since I have been in solitary confinement at the Clements Unit, I’ve witnessed the administration fail miserably at recognizing brothers fasting during Ramadan.

Why so many suicides at Lane Murray Unit, a Texas women’s prison?

Jun 15, 2017

For women in Texas prisons, it’s a perpetual fight. After five long, atrocious years of mental, emotional and physical abuse in prolonged solitary confinement at Lane Murry Unit – infamously nicknamed “Miserable Murray” – I have suffered tremendously. The percentage rate continues to rise for women committing suicide at Lane Murray Unit. When will justice be served? How many women must die before Lane Murray Unit is finally investigated by internal affairs and/or closed down?

Palestinian prisoners support network stands in solidarity with U.S. prisoners on hunger strike in Folsom State Prison, while celebrating Palestinian hunger strikers’ victory
Neutralize their activities: The footprints of COINTELPRO from the Black Panther Party to the MOVE Organization and beyond
Losing direction: The abysmal history of mental health care at Pelican Bay State Prison
Russell Maroon Shoatz: Rage, humiliation, testosterone, youth and the politics of liberation
It’s a wonderful life – is it?
Old Folsom prisoners hunger strike for their 8th Amendment right – freedom from cruel and unusual punishment
Folsom hunger strikers issue demands and grievances
The antithesis of oppression: How I survived 20 years of solitary confinement
Folsom hunger strike begins today, May 25 – your support is needed
Hunger strike set to begin May 25 in Old Folsom ASU/Ad-Seg
Modern day slavery is real
Delaware returns to death penalty debate after prison uprising
It’s back on now
Dr. Belay D. Reddick awarded honorary degree
Comrade Malik: Update on the End Prison Slavery in Texas and Fight Toxic Prisons movements

News & Views

Colin Kaepernick, Philando Castile and the lost wisdom of Roger Goodell’s father

Jun 25, 2017

When Philando Castile’s killer, Officer Jeronimo Yanez, was found not guilty on Friday – despite the fact that Castile’s murder was livestreamed on Facebook – shock immediately spread from the streets to social media. Some celebrities in the world of sports and entertainment used their expansive platforms to spread the message that a great injustice had occurred. They decried the fact that a man had been killed solely because of a police officer’s reaction to the color of his skin, and there would be no penalty for that killing.

Defending sanctuary and fighting for abolition: It’s our time to be bold

Jun 24, 2017

We find ourselves in a moment with a great deal at stake. Our communities are fighting to define and create sanctuary spaces, while enduring a dangerous presidential administration that has emboldened white supremacist and xenophobic action. The Trump agenda has caused increased harassment, fear and even death. In the movement for abolition of policing, imprisonment, surveillance and the entire prison industrial complex, now is our time to be bold.

Your internet privacy – a thing of the past?

Jun 24, 2017

Remember when you were a child and adults told you that you had better do right because “someone” is always watching? They meant God, but these days there is also a human made omnipotence watching your every move. Your internet service provider (ISP) is an all seeing eye in the clouds. That reality is not so new. What is new is that ISPs can legally sell your entire web browsing history to anyone who wants it. They don’t have to ask you first and they don’t have to let you know they did it.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and the UK’s socialist surge

Jun 23, 2017

Great news when Theresa May’s Conservative Party lost their Parliamentary majority in the U.K.’s June 8 snap election and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party surged, adding 30 seats to their total. Pollsters, who predicted a Conservative Party victory, were way off, but for what it’s worth, they’ve since reported that Corbyn’s popularity continues to rise.

Where are the police in the murder investigation of Humboldt State student David Josiah Lawson?

Jun 22, 2017

It has been two months since the murder of David Josiah Lawson, a Humboldt State student who was stabbed at an off-campus party Easter weekend. Lawson was a 19-year old sophomore at HSU from Perris, California, in Riverside County. Police arrested 23-year-old Kyle Zoellner at the scene. After five days of preliminary hearings and 17 witness testimonies, Eureka Judge Dale Reinholtsen released Zoellner due to a lack of physical evidence.

The federalization of local police: Why the Urban Shield vote failed
City of Berkeley to vote on Urban Shield war games and weapons expo
Love life, don’t take life: First Love Life billboard is up at 24th & Adeline, Oakland
Jeremy Corbyn wants to lay the white man’s burden down
Oakland nonprofit jacks up the rent as Trump proposes $6.2 billion in cuts to HUD
Ending the bail system
SFSU commencement speaker Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, graduates with honors
Who cares when children are taken from home to foster home – and abused?
Free summer meals program for SF children celebrates 20th anniversary
Making a case for beds in the Bayview
TownBiz II, a launching pad for Black vendors, coming June 4 to Oakland’s Splash Pad Park
‘Haiti will never accept the electoral coup d’etat’
Mumia Abu-Jamal: The fall
10th annual Black Health and Healing Summit coming June 1-3
Why the rash of Bay Area police shootings?

Culture Currents

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June 27, 2017
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After 47 years as an Alabama political prisoner and 3 years free, Sekou Kambui makes his transition

Jun 24, 2017

Our dear brother and Black Panther comrade Sekou Kambui made his transition May 9, 2017. The struggle for freedom defined him in so many ways. After 47 years as a political prisoner in Alabama prisons, and his release in 2014, he can now rest in peace. Farewell, my dear friend. – Audri Scott Williams — We will never forget you, Sekou Kambui. Thank you for being an inspiring part of our lives and your relentless commitment to struggle. We miss you deeply. #RestInPower – Denver ABC

Straight no chaser: Ward vs Kovalev 2 is the Battle of the Century

Jun 16, 2017

The first Ward vs. Kovalev fight, on Nov. 19, 2016, ended with the defeat of the Russian champion and the loss of his WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight title belts to Andre Ward, in a unanimous 114-113 decision. Now, 79 years after the 1938 Louis vs. Schmelling rematch, history will record the June 17, 2017, rematch between light heavyweights Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and Sergei “The Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs).

Black drug zombie short ‘Saltz’ is favorite at SF Bay Film Fest

Jun 15, 2017

“Saltz” is hands down one of my favorite films in the San Francisco Black Film Festival, partly because it is half a Black horror film and half a “this can really happen” film. The film is a futuristic look at the coming drug saltz epidemic, in the midst of today’s opioid epidemic. It is also a look at our own attitudes on race where the story is told twice, once with a Black cast and one with a white cast. Check out first time director Dominique McClellan as he discusses his film, “Saltz.”

‘90 Minutes of the Fever’ looks at martial law, computer viruses and family at SF Black Film Fest

Jun 15, 2017

One of my favorite feature films in the San Francisco Black Film Festival is a futuristic film called “90 Minutes of the Fever.” The film is about a family who has to deal with a major computer virus, martial law and the ramifications that these catastrophes have on personal relationships within a family. It is a funny story about endurance, patience, acceptance, unconditional love and more. I talked to filmmaker Joan Carlson about her career in film as well as her power work of cinema art. Check her out in her own words.

‘Cut My Hair, Barber’ portrays complicated father-son relationship at SF Black Film Festival

Jun 12, 2017

Patrick Thomas’ short film “Cut My Hair, Barber” is a powerful portrayal of a father and son relationship that is disturbing and extremely dysfunctional, yet familiar. It is a story that many single Black mothers and Black young and old men, especially, could relate to in our communities. I got a chance to interview filmmaker Patrick Thomas about his cinematic creation, “Cut My Hair, Barber.” Check it out.

Opening night of the SF Black Film Fest hosts Danny Glover and his new film ‘93 Days’
‘The Lucky Specials’ interweaves awareness about tuberculosis into SF Black Film Festival
‘A Path to Excellence’ on the history of teaching fencing to inner-city youth chosen for SF Black Film Festival
‘Cocoa Butter,’ a comedy about whites wanting to be Black without headaches, at SF Black Film Fest
‘Tom Freeman of the North’ short looks at gentrification and identity in post-Obama Trump era
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