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Bolaino Akwenuke

Big Oil-based corruption and fear of Boko Haram incite conflict among Niger Delta fighters for justice

In life you never know who you will meet. I say this while reflecting upon my decision to visit Nigeria last December 2015. What I did not know is the extent of involvement my host played in the situation. Nor did I know that his involvement would lead to my own. Fast forwarding to today and here we are: bombings still occurring in the delta region, Tompolo still being framed, and me assisting Akwenuke Bolaino Marho, to tell his story of involvement – not only how he is involved but also to disclose the real culprit behind the Shell and Chevron Texaco oil facility bombings.

Behind Enemy Lines

Help prisoners break the ban on Bay View

Dec 3, 2016
This clipping from The Wall Street Journal was mailed to the Bay View by Keith “Malik” Washington. The paper it was torn out of was delivered to a subscriber in his prison, Eastham Unit, in Texas. The Bay View has been banned in Texas for two months for reporting on the prison strikes. The Wall Street Journal is reporting on the prison strikes and is not censored.

Censorship of the Bay View around the country appears to have become a habit, a way to kill the paper once and for all. We have physical evidence now that the major media can report on prison strikes and not be censored. If you are a lawyer, read these three protests from prisoners who want and need and deserve their papers and help if you can. If you are a prisoner who hasn’t received your paper, do some brainstorming with your comrades. Make a way out of no way – and tell us when you succeed.

I tried my best to encourage the brothers to stand up

Dec 2, 2016
Nowhere more than in Angola do prisoners look more like slaves. Those who work in the fields are marched out every morning by the white overseer who supervises their work, for which they are paid nothing. In fancy wrought iron, the sign arching over the prison entrance says Angola Prison Farms.

A call for a national work stoppage was issued for Sept. 9, 2016, to inmates all across America to bring an end to the “exception” – the slavery clause – in the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment upholding slavery for prisoners. Sadly, I, along with a very small sprinkle of inmates here and there on “the farm” (a reference to Angola, a former slave plantation turned into the largest prison in the country) answered the call.

An innocent man, DeWayne Ewing wins order to show cause

Dec 1, 2016
DeWayne Ewing

In January 1994, 23-year-old DeWayne Ewing and a girlfriend discarded a condom as they left a park in the Oakland hills. A rape took place in the same park a few days later, and three days after the rape, police found the condom under a bush and put it with the rape kit. Thirteen years later, in June 2007, police pulled DeWayne over for an illegal turn and arrested him for rape on a cold hit DNA match.

Baridi X Williamson: I went inside my heart to survive the torture in the Pelican Bay SHU

Nov 29, 2016
Baridi X Williamson 2016

Leaving out of Pelican Bay solitary confinement torture prison facilities/units/cages for the first time on Jan. 23, 2015 – after arriving there Nov. 29, 1990 – I remember witnessing my first sunrise. It would be the first of many first time experiences of using my natural senses again after being buried alive in that concrete box deprived of the natural use of those senses for the last 25 years – a quarter century.

To all the brothers on the yard: Help us help ourselves

Nov 29, 2016
When we fight – as a team: the Bay View and all of you, readers and writers – we win. Help the Bay View, help yourself and let’s make some REAL progress. – Art: Malcolme Morgan, G-63825, CCCF C3C-214, P.O. Box 2760, California City CA 93504

The San Francisco Bay View is an African American newspaper based in San Francisco, California. For over four decades, its progressive liberation journalism has been championing human right issues nationwide, especially on behalf of the thousands of men and women being warehoused inside one of the hundreds of dungeons dotting the national landscape of America. The owners of this newspaper, Willie and Mary Ratcliff, have been uncompromising in their support for prisoners. We owe them not only our support but our appreciation for being our spearhead in advocating for a variety of prisoners’ rights issues.

Long live the spirit of Comrade W.L. Nolen
Organizer ‘Malik’ Washington transferred to toughest prison in Texas
President Obama, remember Leonard Peltier
Ode to Terence Crutcher: Who really killed him?
SF city attorney calls state bail schedule unconstitutional, announces he won’t defend it
Texas locks down prison on Labor Day to avert work stoppage
Prison strikes’ financial impact in California
To all those still locked inside
Protest prison censorship of the Bay View: Use this sample letter
In Pennsylvania, George Rahsaan Brooks fights for his censored Bay View – he won last time
Blood flows in Alabama prisons as state leaders sacrifice more bodies in pursuit of $1.5 billion for more prisons
Hell on earth in Alabama: Inside Holman Prison
Censoring the Bay View shows how much master fears a revolt
Nationwide epidemic of suicide in solitary: Solitary confinement is murder!
Michigan prisoners rise up!

News & Views

Citizens help stop SFMTA’s proposed service cuts to 19 Polk bus

Dec 1, 2016
San Francisco Main Library

San Francisco citizen activists and others appear to have succeeded – at least for now – in helping persuade the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board not to approve the SFMTA staff’s plan to eliminate all three stops closest to the Main Library and Civic Center on the northbound 19 Polk bus line. The SFMTA had planned to eliminate the stops as part of the agency’s Seventh and Eighth Street Safety Project.

The need for a united front against fascism

Nov 30, 2016
This poster and the front and back of the flier below announce a national conference of the United Front Against Fascism sponsored by the Black Panther Party held July 18-20, 1969, in Berkeley.

If there was ever a time to organize around a United Front Against Fascism, it is now. The next leader of the “free world” has just been “elected” – more like “selected” – to be president of the United States. He has thereby been given the authority to use power and weapons as he sees fit. This same so-called president-elect has shown limitless disdain for all who are not white, heterosexual and Christian.

The people of Haiti are under attack as they fight for their liberation!

Nov 30, 2016
Haitians fill the streets of Port au Prince to protest election fraud – again. – Photo: Hector Retamal, AFP

The following is a compilation of two breaking news reports that have come in from Haiti within the past two days. Even as we speak, bullets are flying and people are dying in the streets. The presidential elections in Haiti on Sunday, Nov. 20, were a repeat of the October 2015 fraudulent elections in favor of Jovenel Moise, the candidate supported by former Duvalierist president Martelly. The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP/KEP) carried out their electoral coup d’etat giving him a 55 percent win.

Open letter to Colin Kaepernick about Mumia Abu-Jamal

Nov 29, 2016
Mumia Abu Jamal and Colin Kaepernick

Greetings Colin, We salute your courageous action protesting police brutality throughout the U.S. We are heartened to see others, including entire teams and athletes in different sports, joining you. Besides shooting Black people to death in the streets every day and every night, American law enforcement is seeking the slow death in prison of dozens of heroes of the resistance of the ‘60s and ‘70s. We urge you to speak out on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Twelve ideas post-election from front line organizers

Nov 28, 2016
Protesters march outside the Detroit church where Trump spoke on Sept. 4, 2016. – Photo: Rebecca Cook, Reuters

When you find yourself in a suddenly darkened room, what do you do? Some rush blindly to where they think the door might be. Others stand still, let their eyes adjust to the different environment, re-orient themselves, then, cautiously and sensitively, move forward. Some search out people who might be able to show the way. Post-election, a lot of people are re-assessing and searching for the best way forward. Here are some ideas from experienced, thoughtful people who are organizing on the front lines.

Will Trump be willing to drain the student loan swamp?
Standing Rock: We are here to protect the water – because we all live downstream – but does eviction loom?
Salute to a great freedom fighter: The indomitable spirit of Fidel Castro will live forever
Fidel Castro: Africa has lost a friend
Poor people don’t have presidents
Standing Rock: Water cannons fired at water protectors in freezing temperatures injure hundreds
Ten ways to fight Trump
The jig is up!
Standing Rock, Flint and the color of water
Trump, Syria and oil in the Golan Heights
Can Oakland fix the homeless crisis it created?
‘When Yolanda Jones succeeds, we all succeed!’ say state leaders
Trump victory
Trump was already here – but so is interdependence, change and self-determination
Activists to San Francisco DA: Prosecute, Gascón!

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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December 4, 2016
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in the Neighborhood: Fun Day in the #Bayview Free Family Arts + Crafts 2:00 pm 4720 3rd St., between Newcomb and Oakdale, Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco TODAY! and Every Sunday Will Be Fun Day in the #... more>>
December 5, 2016
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation 7:30 pm Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broawday, Oakland COST: $12 advance, $15 door.

KPFA Radio 94.1FM, Hard Knock & Impact Hub ... more>>

Thoughts on bi-racial parenting and adoption

Dec 3, 2016
With so many mothers losing their parental rights when they go to prison, how many of the children put up for adoption have a loving mother they may never see again?

An ever growing number of folks are finding love with partners outside their race and raising children of blended cultures. There is also an increase in the number of families and individuals adopting children of color who have no actual knowledge or involvement with their cultures. Regardless of the culture or ethnic background of the adults, it is critical that certain realities be kept in mind. Children of color have distinct cultural histories and mores that should be acknowledged and consistently reinforced.

Colin Kaepernick just started a Black Panther-inspired youth camp to teach kids to fight oppression

Dec 2, 2016
Colin Kaepernick shares a laugh with teenagers at his Know Your Rights camp in Oakland. – Photo: Katrina Britney Davis, The Undefeated

After earning both soaring praise and burning ire for sitting out the national anthem, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has turned his protest against police brutality into a positive force for change – by opening an education-based camp to empower kids. Kaepernick, in other words, wants to teach young people how to be the change – to educate themselves and stay healthy and safe. On a recent Saturday, Kaepernick hosted a free youth camp called Know Your Rights.

Wanda’s Picks for December 2016

Dec 1, 2016
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz: Aug. 13, 1926 – Nov. 25, 2016

Death came to the old revolutionary – put out what was left of his cigar – leaving him his military cap – so they would not place laurels – that would bother him. It is no little thing to confront the empire – & survive its rage of a mad dog – from which a bone is taken. Oh Cuba of the bitter history, – of palms, dances, songs, – of the drums of Alegba and Yamayá, – of the cane made sweet by blood and sweat – mourn and remember, sing, dance, work – for justice and never return to slavery. © Rafael Jesús González 2016

Embracing discomfort, Bayview’s ‘Blackness in America’ dinner series forges dialogue

Nov 30, 2016
Guests dine while discussing racial inequality. – Photo: Meaghan M. Mitchell, Hoodline

In the wake of racial tension the United States is currently facing, renowned chef and author Tunde Wey has been making his way around the nation hosting a dinner series titled Blackness in America. On Tuesday night, he teamed up with Caleb Zigas of La Cocina, Fernay McPherson of Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement, Reem Assil of Reem’s California and Birite Market to host a conversation about racial and social inequalities that African Americans residents face daily in their communities over dinner in the Bayview’s Southeast Community Center.

Richard Washington brings luxury to Bayview

Nov 30, 2016
Richard Washington proudly invites everyone who appreciates luxury to his new Luxurious Nail Boutique and Spa, 4138 Third St., San Francisco. Call 415-285-2842 for an appointment.

Along with the many changes and new development that has come to Bayview Hunters Point, one in particular is extremely motivating. Bayview native Richard Washington, 44, is an inspiring entrepreneur who has set out to bring a little elegance and class back to the community. Once involved in a life of crime, he has decided to come back into his community and devote himself toward constructing a luxurious nail care salon for both the women and men of Bayview.

African American Breast Cancer Conference 2016
Black buttons tell Black history
Nate Parker’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ inspires and empowers Black people
Top Black, Brown and woman-owned bond firm welcomes equity partner Gary Hall to Oakland office
Wanda’s Picks for November 2016
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