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South Carolina freedom fighters call for National Prisoners Strike Aug. 21-Sept. 9, 2018

Men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation declare a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution. Seven comrades lost their lives during a senseless uprising that could have been avoided had the prison not been so overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nation’s penal ideology. These men and women are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.

Behind Enemy Lines

Hunger strike at Polk supermax in North Carolina

Apr 26, 2018

By the time you receive this, many of the prisoners housed on H-Con supermax at Polk Correctional Institution will have started a hunger strike in protest of our conditions of confinement. Being that we are imprisoned, it is sometimes easier for society and executive management at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) to view us as sub-human, forget about us and assume that we are receiving quality care. This is not the case.

Rally to end Santa Clara County Jail hunger strike

Apr 25, 2018

Over 200 prisoners in Santa Clara County have been on a hunger strike since April 15, 2018, to end meaningless classification reviews and the torturous practice of indefinite solitary confinement etc.. Concerned families and community countywide rallied in support of their incarcerated loved ones on Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m. in front of the Main Jail in hopes that the jail administration and/or Sheriff Laurie Smith will engage with participating hunger strikers to end the hunger strike.

Survivors of Lucasville Uprising denied phone calls and threatened with solitary to censor them

Apr 22, 2018

The recent prison uprising in South Carolina is often described as the deadliest in 25 years, referencing the Lucasville Uprising, which began on April 11, 1993, and lasted 11 days and took the lives of nine prisoners and one correctional officer. This week is the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Lucasville uprising, which is being “celebrated” by correctional officers by silencing the survivors of that riot, some of whom were framed for murder while the prisoners responsible for the violence were able to plead out and avoid punishment.

Emergency action alert: The men who wrote the historic Agreement to End Hostilities are back in solitary – release them!

Apr 20, 2018

In October 2017, the two-year period expired for the court to monitor the Ashker v. Governor settlement to limit solitary confinement in California. Since then, the four drafters of the Agreement to End Hostilities and lead hunger strike negotiators – Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Arturo Castellanos, George Franco and Todd Ashker – have all been removed from general population and put in solitary in administrative segregation units, based on fabricated information created by staff and/or collaborating “inmate informants.”

Lucasville Rebellion, longest prison ‘riot’ in history, began 25 years ago, on April 11, 1993

Apr 11, 2018

Central Ohio IWOC, the Free Ohio Movement and Lucasville Amnesty call for actions and raising awareness around the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising on April 11-21. Drawing attention to this pivotal event in the history of prisons in Ohio and the U.S., protesters will hold a 3 p.m. noise demo on the 21st outside the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville where prisoners held a cell block for 11 days in April of 1993. Prisoner survivors of this rebellion have spent these 25 years acting as beacons of resistance despite suffering in solitary confinement and on death row.

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News & Views

Black and Brown community control of the police: Organize or die!

Apr 26, 2018

The recent police murders of Stephon Clark, a 22 year-old shot and killed on the evening of March 18 by two officers of the Sacramento Police Department in Sacramento, and Saheed Vassell, 34, murdered by Brooklyn police in New York on April 7, again reminds us that Black Lives have never mattered to state-sanctioned organizations popularly known as police departments. The mass responses to the murders of the two young Black men will initiate a familiar and repeated mass ritual that we have become accustomed to.

Death and courage at the Hunters Point Shipyard

Apr 26, 2018

Our story begins on any weekday morning in the mid 1940s, when thousands of men, migrants from the American South to “Frisco,” converged upon the gates of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard on their way to work. To do their jobs building and repairing ships for the biggest employer in the San Francisco Bay Area during the war time economic boom. By 1908, the San Francisco Drydock, operating at the shipyard, had become “the world’s greatest shipping yard.”

Political crimes of the United Kingdom exposed by Russian diplomat

Apr 25, 2018

Excerpts from remarks by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova delivered April 19, 2018 – And now I am asking everyone to fasten their belts. During a briefing on the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) report held for the international diplomatic community on April 13, UK Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow said that “the Russian state has a record in state-sponsored assassinations including in the UK.”

Black community leaders rally in support of voter registration

Apr 21, 2018

Board​ of Supervisors president and candidate for mayor London Breed is urging first-time voters to register for the upcoming June 5th election. Sunday, she hosted a rally for her #500forLondon voter registration drive, which coincided with the grand opening of her Bayview campaign office. “We need to make sure that every eligible San Francisco voter has a voice in this election,” said President Breed to a throng of supporters.

Do NOT privatize San Francisco’s public health clinics

Apr 18, 2018

Thousands of San Francisco families and residents rely on the services facilitated by the City’s Department of Public Health (DPH). We expect this important city to live up to our shared values of fairness, collaboration and respect. Our city’s health and well-being depend on it. STOP the privatization of the Potrero Hill Health Clinic. Rally Friday, April 20, 3-4 p.m., at Potrero Hill Health Clinic, 1050 Wisconsin St.

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Upcoming Events

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April 26, 2018
To Berkeley City Council - Humane Homeless Sidewalk & Encampment Policies 6:00 pm LONGFELLOW SCHOOL AUDITORIUM 1500 Derby St, Berkeley, CA 94703 RE: Proposed Policies on Sidewalks and Encampments

Mayor Arreguin and ... more>>
April 26, 2018
What's Menthol Got to Do With it? SPOKEN WORD CONTEST 6:00 pm Bayview Opera House 4705 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124 <br>The tobacco industry is the number#1 profiler of communities ... more>>
April 26, 2018
San Francisco FOOD NOT BOMBS Thursday Food Share 6:00 pm 16th Street Mission station (2000 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110) <span>We will share free hot food in the 16th &... more>>
April 26, 2018
Reproductive Rights? Film BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY 7:00 pm Ellen Driscoll Playhouse 325 Highland Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611 What has happened to women's reproductive rights since the historic ... more>>
April 26, 2018
Forum on Korea 7:00 pm Unitarian Center 1187 Franklin St (at Geary) San Francisco, CA 94109 As the world moves more toward confrontation between the US ... more>>
April 26, 2018
HOLLA BACK! OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHTS 9:00 pm East Side Arts Alliance 2277 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94606 Come check out one of the only open mic spots ... more>>
April 27, 2018
NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities Community Listening Session 8:30 am UCSF Mission Bay Campus, 1825 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158 The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) ... more>>
April 27, 2018
Vigil - Mothers on the March Against Police Murders 12:00 pm Hall of InJustice 850 Bryant St. San Francisco, CA 94103 Vigil every Friday on the steps of the Hall of ... more>>
April 27, 2018
RECEPTION for SF Arts Commission Exhibition: Culture Catalyst 6:00 pm SFAC Main Gallery (Ste. 126) 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102 Opening Reception for an exhibition celebrating the art and legacy ... more>>
April 27, 2018
SF Human Rights Commission hosts an evening with DR. CORNEL WEST 8:30 pm The Nourse Theater 275 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102 The San Francisco Human Rights Commission is pleased to host ... more>>

Melonie and Melorra Green speak on the economic and medical benefits of marijuana

Apr 15, 2018

BlockReportRadio returns in 2018 with an interview wit’ medical marijuana activists, curators, entrepreneurs, hosts of the KPOO show Ibeji Lounge (broadcast 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays) and renaissance women Melonie and Melorra Green as they talk about the Marijuana Revolution: its economic, political, and medical benefits and more. They will be featured at a discussion on Friday, […]

Find the root of the rot: ‘Follow the Money: Flashpoints Radio Voices for Peace and Justice’ released on Tax Day

Apr 15, 2018

On April 15, tax day, we think about money. If we follow the money, we find the root of the rot. That is the unifying theme of 66 incisive interviews with Dennis J. Bernstein on his Pacifica Radio Network KPFA Flashpoints program, in a just-released book, “Follow the Money: Radio Voices for Peace and Justice,” selected, transcribed and edited by Riva Enteen. The interviews, all during the Obama administration, are the writing on the wall that foreshadowed a Trump presidency.

In remembrance: Kiilu Nyasha

Apr 12, 2018

It is with great sadness we say good-bye to a truly remarkable revolutionary, Kiilu Nyasha. I first met Kiilu in New Haven, Connecticut, around 1969. She was serving as a coordinator, advocate and cook for the Black Panther Party Breakfast for School Children program there. My comrade, Kiilu Nyasha, was an uncompromising, revolutionary force. We will forever miss her courage and strength of character, her determination, her talents and her absolute devotion and love for her comrades and the people. Kiilu Nyasha, rest in peace.

The highest salute to the late Black Panther veteran Kiilu Nyasha!

Apr 12, 2018

Our beloved Kiilu, 78, passed peacefully into the welcoming arms of the ancestors in the early morning of April 10, 2018. Kiilu was a serious political animal. She didn’t just debate or go to meetings; she was on the frontlines of political struggle. Kiilu personified the spirit of a Black Panther and a dragon breaking free from a dungeon rolled into one, with the resiliency of a Haitian freedom fighter in their revolution and the resolve of a Palestinian resisting the settler colonial Zionist. Kiilu Nyasha, we love you, and we will never forget what you gave.

Paul Robeson remembered with love on his 120th birthday

Apr 9, 2018

One of author Dr. Gerald Horne’s latest volumes is “Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary.” I recently walked into the Parkdale Library in Toronto and saw a huge poster celebrating the great Robeson. Robeson, actor, athlete, political activist and one of the greatest singers of all time, would have been 120 years old today, April 9. Thousands of words have been written about Robeson’s interpretation of Jerome Kern’s song, “Old Man River,” but little has been mentioned about his participation in a unique musical collaboration.

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