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When this photo was taken in 2007, these “Caution” signs were everywhere, warning people that the area is radioactive. Yet construction of new homes that families are already living in went on unabated. – Photo: Bob Nichols

Community welcomes agreement to reexamine radiation risk at Hunters Point Shipyard

September 25, 2016

The SF Bay View newspaper applauds the strength and integrity of state and federal regulators who have taken the ultimate stand in protecting the health and future of the Bayview Hunters Point community. In so doing you have joined the “Forest of Mighty Oaks” planted in Bayview Hunters Point who have stood in open defiance against the tyranny and onslaught of political corruption and for-profit development operating in San Francisco. But we hate to say we told you so … for over 15 years!

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Richmond renters and their supporters rally Sept. 13 before the City Council meeting to urge the council to vote “yes” on the moratorium against rent increases and evictions. – Photo: Abner Hauge, Richmond Confidential

Richmond mayor took money from landlord PAC before he voted ‘no’ on eviction moratorium

September 25, 2016

On Sept. 13, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and Councilmembers Nat Bates and Vinay Pimplé blocked a proposed 45-day “urgency” moratorium on rent increases and no-cause evictions. Before Mayor Tom Butt voted “no” to block the moratorium, he failed to disclose to the residents at the Sept. 13 City Council meeting that he has been accepting political contributions from the California Apartment Association, an organization representing the interests of landlords, not tenants.

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The caption for this photo written by The Associated Press describes police-initiated violence: “Police fire teargas as protestors converge on downtown following Tuesday's police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Protesters have rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn't immediately clear how. Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance.” – Photo: Gerry Broome, AP

God bless Charlotte: Clergy believe protester killed by police

September 23, 2016

A few things we should all be thinking about: First of all, a young man named Cantrell was shot in the head during last night’s demonstrations in Charlotte. The first accounts came from clergy and other eyewitnesses including Eddie Thomas, who lives in Charlotte. This is what he penned on his Facebook page. “Been in Uptown Charlotte with the protesters since 7:30. It was peaceful. Then for some reason, riot cops showed up. And within 5 mins (no exaggeration) a dude lay bleeding on the ground. After the young man went down, it became chaos. The police started this though. Remember that. Don’t let the news lie to you. Don’t let CMPD lie.”

At right, holding the banner honoring all four young men, is Yolanda Banks Reed, community leader with the Hebrew Cultural Community. – Photo: Poor News Network

An arrest is made in the quadruple homicide of young African-American sons in the Fillmore

September 22, 2016

“We are determined to get justice for our children,” said Sala-Haquekyah Chandler as she and other mothers stood outside the San Francisco courthouse where the alleged murderer of her son and three other young African sons in a quadruple homicide Jan. 9, 2015, was being tried. Had it not been for the endless resistance, marching, speaking, praying and fighting on the part of the mothers and families of the four murdered boys, this case would not have gotten this far.

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Is the U.S. government dumping guns in the hood?

September 20, 2016

There is a well-documented history of the U.S. government supplying weapons and arms to both friends and foe for political purposes and for profit. In addition to publicly known global arms deals to U.S. political allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia, revelations about the rise of ISIS indicate that U.S. arms and military trainees have been a critical factor in the rise of the terror group. With the recent rise of violence in Chicago involving over 3,000 shooting victims in 2016 so far, it appears that another case of U.S. sponsored gun-smuggling and intentional destruction of inner-city communities may be at play.

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These Rwandan Hutu refugees seek safety in a camp in the Congo. Called genocidaires – or perpetrators of genocide – Hutus have been pursued relentlessly wherever they fled by Kagame’s forces.

Declaration of genocide against Rwandan Hutu

September 19, 2016

Since 1994, Rwanda and the international community invested tremendous resources in acknowledging, documenting, remembering and bringing to justice the perpetrators of the genocide against Tutsi. Sadly, though well documented by the international community and known by the victims, there has never been an acknowledgement that the crimes committed against the Rwandan Hutu fully satisfy the definition of genocide according to the Genocide Convention of 1948.

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni – Photo: AFP

Uganda: ‘A Brilliant Genocide’

September 18, 2016

“A Brilliant Genocide” tells the story of the Acholi Genocide that President Yoweri Museveni and his army committed against the Acholi people during their 20-year war and occupation of the Acholi homeland in northern Uganda, from 1986 to 2006. Museveni waged that war in the name of fighting Kony and claimed to be protecting the Acholi, not destroying them. RT will air “A Brilliant Genocide” on Oct. 1.

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Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka accept the Green Party nomination at the University of Houston, Texas, in August 2016.

Green Party’s Stein and Baraka on ballot for 90% of US voters

September 18, 2016

The Green Party campaign for presidential candidate Jill Stein and vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka has completed its 2016 ballot access drive. Stein-Baraka will be on the ballot in 45 states, including Washington, D.C., and they will be official write-in candidates in three more states. Ballots cast for official write-in candidates are counted, whereas unofficial write-in ballots are not. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to Rick Lass, ballot access coordinator for the Stein-Baraka campaign.

Greenaction has been rallying the community for decades, demanding real cleanup of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, while Navy contractor Tetra Tech routinely committed fraud with impunity – so far.

Further Hunters Point Shipyard land transfers halted while Tetra Tech’s radiation cleanup fraud investigated

September 17, 2016

In response to the escalating community outcry over the falsification of radioactive soil samples and concerns about reports of possible illegal dumping of radioactive soils by the U.S. Navy’s contractor Tetra Tech at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Superfund Site in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the U.S. Navy have agreed to put on hold any further transfers of Navy property at the Shipyard.

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Ownership of this part of the Hunters Point Shipyard has not yet been transferred from the Navy to the City, which will then be obligated to transfer it to its chosen “master developer,” Lennar and its spin-off, FivePoint. The part of the Shipyard where Lennar is currently building and selling condos, known as Parcel A, had admittedly not been fully cleaned when it was transferred, at the insistence of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, to the City. The Navy was opposed to this “dirty transfer,” but Rep. Pelosi said she “twisted the admiral’s arm.”

Regulators ask Navy to halt Shipyard land transfers amid investigations

September 17, 2016

State and federal regulators asked the Navy to stop transferring land from the Hunters Point Shipyard to San Francisco’s control while investigators look into reports that contractor Tetra Tech misrepresented its work cleaning up the toxic Superfund site. In a Sept. 13 letter to Navy official Lawrence Lansdale, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Angeles Herrera and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Janet Naito requested confirmation that the Navy will not propose any land transfers for the time being.

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Iris Canada, the 100-year-old hero who has been fighting unjust eviction – she has a life tenancy and has met her responsibilities – is resting in the Intensive Care Unit after becoming violently sick upon seeing the eviction notice saying she would be forced to move today. – Photo: Poor News Network

Iris Canada hospitalized: Sheriff’s notice to vacate sends 100-year-old to ICU; eviction of elders = death

September 14, 2016

Iris Canada, who just turned 100, was hospitalized early yesterday morning, just a day before the sheriff was set to evict her from the Page Street flat that she has called home for over half a century. She is in guarded condition. Ms. Canada, who made national headlines earlier this year with her fight to keep her home, was rushed to the hospital after seeing the sheriff’s notice warning her that she would be locked out of her place on Wednesday, Sept. 14. We are asking people to send emails urging that Iris be allowed to stay in her home.

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Support political prisoner Imam Jamil Al Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) in Oakland on Friday, Sept. 16

September 13, 2016

Please join The National Day of Action to Exonerate and Free Imam Jamil Al-Amin on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, hosted by the Oakland Islamic Community Center in association with Imam Jamil Action Network. The National Day of Action will comprise a series of nationwide initiatives designed to educate some and re-acquaint others on who Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin is, where he is, and how he got where he is.

Showing solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, four Miami Dolphins – Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills – kneel during the national anthem at their game Sunday against the Seahawks, who reneged on their plan for the whole team to protest. – Photo: Stephen Brashear, AP

Solidarity with Kaepernick ripples through the NFL on Sept. 11

September 12, 2016

On Sunday, a small group of National Football League players risked their careers, their endorsements and their livelihoods. They did so through the simple act of refusal. They stood in the proudest tradition of athletes who have used their platforms for social change, and they have already felt a backlash that would ring familiar, almost note-for-note, to anyone acquainted with what that last generation had to endure.

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Protesters who had chained themselves together managed to hold on and keep the main entrance to the Alameda County Fairgrounds closed as 23 of the group of more than 500 were arrested. – Photo: Stop Urban Shield

More than 500 activists lock down entrances to Urban Shield to stop the militarization of police

September 12, 2016

On Friday, Sept. 9, activists chained themselves to the entrances to the Alameda County Fairgrounds to protest Urban Shield, the highly controversial SWAT training and weapons expo hosted annually by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Twenty-three activists were arrested, cited and released. Over 500 community members from many cities across California, joined the Stop Urban Shield Coalition in a massive mobilization, march and rally.

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One day after the people of Standing Rock filed for an injunction to prevent destruction of a major burial site they had just identified, the pipeline contractor sent a crew out before dawn on Saturday, Sept. 3, and bulldozed the site, destroying ancient cairns and stone prayer rings. As they do every morning – not taking the Labor Day weekend off – the people of Standing Rock and their allies from five dozen Native tribes marched to the construction site only to discover the destruction. A security firm hired by the contractor met them with attack dogs, and the scene reminded the watching world of dog attacks on civil rights protesters.

Lakota women call on President Obama to stop violence by Dakota Access Pipeline

September 12, 2016

Our Kunsi of Brave Heart, White Buffalo Calf Woman Society and Stone Boy Society, are calling on President Obama to intervene in the horrific incident at Standing Rock in which vicious dogs and pepper spray were used by Dakota Access Pipeline security to attack protectors of sacred sites near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies to live up to their trust responsibility and stop this pipeline immediately. Our children deserve a thorough environmental impact statement based on meaningful tribal consultation. We are not invisible and will not be erased.

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Bay Area solidarity with the heroic Indigenous resistance at Standing Rock in North Dakota was demonstrated at a rally Aug. 24. – Photo: Poor News Network

A multi-nationed prayer from San Francisco to Dakota land protectors

September 12, 2016

Today and every day throughout this struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, I prayed in thanks to the spirit of my orphaned Taino-Boriken mama, the Ohlone relatives of this (Oak)land and so many of our ancestors from all four corners who I pray to every day, as word from Obama came through that he has finally listened to us all and suggested the halting of this corporate desecration called the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Champion of resistance: Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3, survivor of 43 years in solitary confinement, speaks in San Francisco

September 10, 2016

I had the true honor of attending a welcoming reception for Albert Woodfox, the last of the Angola 3, on Sept. 7 in San Francisco. Albert spent 43 years of his 44 years in prison in solitary confinement, mostly in Angola, Louisiana State Prison, a former slave plantation, actually still a slave plantation-prison. Not only did Albert look wonderful, with a big smile on his face, but he looked relaxed, happy and full of revolutionary optimism and resistance.

The teenager at the eye of the storm, who was called “Celeste Guap” on the street, is really named Jasmine. This picture was taken when she was 13.

‘Celeste Guap’ sent to ‘rehab,’ then jailed in Florida, as Oakland PD fires, suspends a dozen cops

September 8, 2016

Since May 2016, citizens of the Bay Area have been shocked and appalled by revelations of abuse of power by police officers in six different law enforcement agencies. The central figure caught in the eye of the storm is a teenage girl, who says that she has lived in the Bay Area’s commercial sexual exploitation marketplace since she was 12. This photo is who she really is and how she looked when she was just 13 years old.

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Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown spoke in praise of Colin Kaepernick on Sunday at Third Baptist like the firebrand he was when he first won election as a California legislator in 1964 with the enthusiastic support of a powerful Black community that then comprised some 17 percent of the city’s population.

Praise for Colin Kaepernick at San Francisco’s historic Third Baptist Church

September 5, 2016

On Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, San Francisco’s historic Third Baptist Church was the place for all to see and hear San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick – or so said the word that had spread like wildfire the previous day. The church was packed and the media attended in droves, but Kaepernick had to cancel. Still, The remarks of John Burris and Willie Brown especially, recorded here in their entirety, made attending the service well worthwhile.

College students show how they will influence the 2016 presidential debates and election with their smart phones and social media.

Dominican University partners with CPD to exclude Jill Stein from presidential debates

September 4, 2016

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Bay Area Green Parties will protest the Commission on Presidential Debates’ youth engagement function at Dominican University in San Rafael. The CPB is a private, corporate-funded corporation controlled by the Republican and Democratic National Committees that excludes third parties. Dominican University is partnering with the private entity to produce College Debate 16, an event they say will encourage student involvement.

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