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City attacks Black culture to erase Blacks from San Francisco

“My entire family enthusiastically applauds, supports and genuinely appreciates the Bayview Hunters Point community’s powerful expressions of appreciation for our mother, Ruth Williams’, hard fought struggles to insure that the neediest of the needy have access to that building, the Ruth Williams Memorial Theater Bayview Opera House, at a very nominal charge,” writes Kevin Williams. “All of my family has pledged, along with dozens of other families rooted deepest in BVHP, to simultaneously rise up in protest against Black culture being hijacked by local government controls.“

Behind Enemy Lines

Hunger strike at Wabash Valley

Nov 17, 2017

by IDOC Watch Several inmates at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility have announced that they have begun a hunger strike to protest their deteriorating conditions. Their immediate demands include removal from camera monitored cells, relocation from abusive staff, and the cessation of tampering with food and the confiscation, reading and withholding of mail by administration. The […]

Are California prisoners the property of prison staff?

Nov 9, 2017

I frequently hear correctional officers make statements such as, “Inmate, get off my table,” “Inmate, get off my yard,” “Inmate, get off my bed” and so on. The idea that they own everything in the prison sounds like they have serious ownership issues, along with superiority complex and delusions. It could also be the reason they abuse prisoners so much. If correctional officers believe we are their property, they could justify abusive treatment of “their” property.

Glenn Dyer Jail hunger strike: ‘We have people that are only getting out of cell twice a month’

Nov 7, 2017

In mid-October, 125 prisoners at the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in downtown Oakland – over 30 percent of the prisoners housed there – participated in a five-day hunger strike to protest what they say are abusive conditions of isolation and poor healthcare in Alameda County jails. On Oct. 17, over 30 supporters rallied outside of the Alameda County administrative building, where the county supervisors’ offices are located, to draw attention to the striking prisoners.

Jalil A. Muntaqim: The making of a movement

Nov 6, 2017

I would like to propose it is time to organize a new international campaign to persuade the U.N. International Jurists to initiate a formal investigation. This investigation would be based on discovering U.S. human rights violations as they pertain to our long-held political prisoners. I am proposing this campaign be organized under the slogan of “In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela,” as it is believed this slogan will resonate with progressives around the world. It will inspire them in international solidarity to join our efforts to persuade the U.N. International Jurists to initiate this call for a needed investigation.

We are all bound by the same chain

Nov 5, 2017

Prisons are corporate entities. We can make the calls to End Prison Slavery and Amend the 13th all we want, but the fact remains that if we don’t organize around defunding the enterprise, nothing is going to change. The Campaign to Redistribute the Pain 2018 is more than just a boycott against prison contractors. It is more than just a call for the next salvo in the struggle to end slavery. It is, among other things, the next step in the process to forge our struggle into a national movement.

Demand justice for women in West County Jail
Only 22 with freedom less than a year away, TB was damn sure not suicidal
Incarcerated women risk their lives fighting California fires – part of a long history of prison labor
Support demands of Prisoners United on hunger strike in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties
Don’t let CDCR reverse our hunger strike-won legal victory: Statement of prisoner representatives on second anniversary of Ashker v. Brown settlement
Free speech is a battlefield and the oppressed must unite
‘Security/welfare checks’: Call for 602s, 22s and artwork
Aljerwon Moran: Can a Black man get George Zimmerman’s verdict?
Letter to a young gangster
Watani Stiner: Tending to historical wounds
Let’s fight hard to get Rashid out of Florida now!
O’ dungeon master, my dungeon master!
Lynching culture: Florida officials are experts at killing prisoners by natural causes
War on Blacks at Wabash Valley: Shaka Shakur charged with attacking guard

News & Views

Victory for academic freedom: Judge dismisses Israel Lobby suit against SF State and Palestinian professor

Nov 17, 2017

On Nov. 8, a federal judge said that he will dismiss a lawsuit against San Francisco State University, several SFSU administrators and Professor Rabab Abdulhadi. The suit was filed in June by The Lawfare Project, the self-described “legal arm of the pro-Israel movement.” Lawfare accused defendants of “fostering a hostile environment for Jewish students” by tolerating the activism of Palestinian students and loud criticism of Israel’s policies. “I am pleased that the judge saw through the bunch of lies by The Lawfare Project,” Abdulhadi said.

Burundi defies the Imperial Criminal Court, an interview with John Philpot

Nov 16, 2017

The International Criminal Court (ICC) propagates injustice as stark as slavery or South African apartheid. It’s a Western court that prosecutes Africans exclusively. In June 2011, the ICC indicted Libyan President Muammar al-Qaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam Qaddafi. Now, six years later, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has announced that she will investigate Burundian officials for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the country’s past three years of civil unrest.

How did friendly Berkeley come to be spying for the FBI?

Nov 12, 2017

Berkeley’s police are collaborating with some very unsavory federal police agencies. In the process, our civil rights and civil liberties have been put in jeopardy. Which side is Berkeley on? Do we really want to be part of a national police network headed by “America’s top cop,” the arch-racist attorney general, Jeff Sessions? The City Council needs to decisively sever Berkeley from a militarized surveillance state that is spreading its tentacles everywhere.

Plan to protect San Francisco neighborhoods from fire after a major earthquake abandoned

Nov 12, 2017

As the smoke clears from the devastating fires north of San Francisco that burned roughly 200,000 acres, incinerated more than 7,000 houses and killed 42 people, San Francisco might notice the distant roar of its own disastrous inferno approaching. More than 15 San Francisco neighborhoods could burn to the ground due to a lack of water at the SF Fire Department’s disposal after a major earthquake. A plan to expand the city’s emergency firefighting network was stalled for years because of political interference and one city agency’s refusal to ask voters for all of the money that is needed to protect neighborhoods in the southern and western parts of the city.

Judicial sovereignty: Victoire Ingabire and the African Court

Nov 10, 2017

Friends and supporters of Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire are still waiting for the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to rule on her appeal. In 2010, Victoire attempted to run for president against military dictator Paul Kagame and went to prison instead. Many Rwandans describe their country as a tinderbox, an earthquake fault, or a smoldering volcano because of its brutal oligarchy, unresolved ethnic polarization, and repressed memories of violence and loss.

Healthcare is a human right!
Hipster-gentrifiers defend their illusions of ‘innocence’ in Oakland’s homeless crisis
Bayview nonprofit to transform liquor store into STEM school
ACLU calls on Alameda School District to lift Black Lives Matter ban
Mario Woods and the movement for justice in our second year
ISIS of Central Africa a new cover for plundering Congo
Public defenders stand up to money bail
Making sure ‘brothers and sisters’ attain real jobs and contracts on Alice Griffith Housing Development Project
Reclaiming our land when gentrifiers lurk
Burundi exits the ICC, an interview with David Paul Jacobs
Community pushes for equity in cannabis licensing
New Community Leadership Foundation announces creation of Oversight Board for Fillmore Heritage Center
Disgraced CPS worker ousted: Contra Costa County fails to fix lives she unnecessarily destroyed
Tasers kill, but not in San Francisco: Community, unified for 13 years, suffers setback at Police Commission
Remembering Muammar Qaddafi and the great Libyan Jamahiriya

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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November 17, 2017
Rotunda Dance Series: San Francisco School of the Arts World Music and Dance Program 12:00 pm San Francisco City Hall 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States Free monthly dance performance, presented by Dancers’ Group and World ... more>>
November 17, 2017
Ward Churchill is Wielding Words Like Weapons 7:00 pm The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics 518 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 An evening with acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the ... more>>
November 17, 2017
LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD 8:00 pm Z Below 470 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Z Space presents: Love Is A Dirty Word, a one-man ... more>>
November 18, 2017
Freedom Farmers' Market Oakland (every Saturday 10am - 3pm) 10:00 am 5316 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-1920, United States Our mission is to bring traditional legacy foods from Black ... more>>
November 18, 2017
Soul Power! Business + Branding FREE Community Workshop for Women 11:00 am Red Bay Coffee Roastery & Bar 3098 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94601 Let us help you gain CLARITY and CONTROL of your ... more>>
November 18, 2017
Oakland Community Block Party 12:00 pm The California Endowment's Center for Healthy Communities Oakland 2000 Franklin St, Oakland, California 94612 Celebrate the grand opening of the California Endowment's Oakland office ... more>>
November 18, 2017
CELEBRATE THE ZAPATISTA REVOLUTION with new film: Zapatista Moon 7:00 pm Omni Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, California 94609 Benefit screening of a new documentary film ZAPATISTA MOON.

Zapatista ... more>>
November 18, 2017
LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD 8:00 pm Z Below 470 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Z Space presents: Love Is A Dirty Word, a one-man ... more>>

School to be named after Bayview’s own Mary L. Booker

Nov 9, 2017

Parents and community members working to open a new school in Southeast San Francisco gathered for a naming ceremony at the Bayview Opera House earlier this month. With hopes of creating a school that embodies the core values of equity and leadership, they chose to name the school Mary L. Booker Leadership Academy (MLBLA). Mary L. Booker was one of Bayview Hunters Point’s greatest community leaders.

3UFirst: Bringing billions back to you

Nov 8, 2017

So what is 3UFirst and how does it bring billions back to our community? 3UFirst was created specifically to solve the major problems in the Black community. The focus is on creating jobs, business and investment opportunities, building wealth, sponsoring, funding the best programs locally and across the country, solving the other problems in our community, and donating 50 percent of the net profits back into the community.

In the Bayview Imani Breast Cancer Support Group, women heal, feel safe and know they are not alone

Nov 7, 2017

The incidence of breast cancer among African-American women, which has typically been lower than among white women, increased 0.4 percent in the past 10 years, according to a 2015 report by the American Cancer Society. The Bayview Imani Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the third Wednesday afternoon of the month. Their website describes these meetings as “a place where women can find comfort, feel safe, gather information and understand that they are not alone in the fight against breast cancer.”

New report shows San Francisco schools near bottom statewide for low-income Black and Latino students

Nov 6, 2017

On Oct. 26, the nonprofit Innovate Public Schools released a new report that reveals a deep conflict between San Francisco’s image as a bastion of progressivism and the reality playing out in its public schools. Concerned parents and community leaders gathered on the steps of City Hall for a press conference on the findings of “A Dream Deferred: How San Francisco schools leave behind the most vulnerable students.”

Spreading the word to African Americans about PrEP

Nov 5, 2017

A drug that prevents HIV infection has been available for five years. But even in San Francisco, a city where one might expect information about the drug to be easy to come by, only some people have heard of it – and it’s not the communities that remain disproportionately affected by HIV. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis, commercially called Truvada) helps prevent individuals who are HIV-negative from contracting HIV.

Can the military do some good?
Wanda’s Picks for November 2017
22nd annual Maafa Commemoration
Black psychologist Dr. Jonathan Lassiter fights for society’s ‘ultimate underdogs’
‘Whose Streets?’ Free community screenings Oct. 25 in Fruitvale, Nov. 10 in Bayview Hunters Point
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