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Patrick Xu and friend, camping in Death Valley, use the survival skills they’ve learned by squatting – often without electricity and running water.

Patrick Xu of the Land Action 4 speaks on their case, human rights and squatter movements locally and internationally

May 3, 2016

The Land Action 4 are four people who were arrested after actively reclaiming neglected property. I was made aware of this case by housing activist Tim Killings, who organizes around housing rights in Oakland. I conversed with one of the members of the Land Action 4, Patrick Xu, about their case, their beliefs, human rights and the history of reclaiming property internationally. Check out Patrick Xu in his own words, and support the dropping of charges for the Land Action 4.

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The Frisco 5 hunger strikers, clockwise from top left, are Maria Cristina Gutierrez, 66, Ilyich “Equipto” Sato, 42, Selassie Blackwell, 39, Ike Pinkston, 42, and Edwin Lindo, 29. – Photos: Lola M. Chavez, Mission Local

Frisco 5 hunger strikers to SFPD: ‘Stop executing our people’

May 3, 2016

Five hunger strikers dubbed the Frisco 5 – angered by new police murders of Black and Brown people – have been occupying half the sidewalk in front of Mission Police Station since April 21. It’s Day 13 of their liquid-only fast and they’re losing weight, but they vow to keep it up until SF Police Chief Greg Suhr resigns or is fired. The Frisco 5 hunger strikers are Maria Cristina Gutierrez, 66, Ilyich “Equipto” Sato, 42, Selassie Blackwell, 39, Ike Pinkston, 42, and Edwin Lindo, 29.

The 1972 Burundian Hutu Genocide was commemorated on the state capitol grounds in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on April 30, 2016.

Remembering Burundi’s 1972 Hutu Genocide

April 30, 2016

Burundi’s 1972 Hutu genocide, in which hundreds of thousands of Burundian Hutu people were massacred by the country’s Tutsi army, was commemorated in Burundi on April 30. Commemorations were also held in other parts of the world, including one on the state capitol grounds in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Children’s Waiting Room staff gather at the Hall of Justice – from left, Maire Larkin, Dinky Manek Enty and Denise Bradford.

Tenacity turned into treasure at San Francisco courts’ Children’s Waiting Room

April 30, 2016

What began in 1991, thanks largely to the tenacious work of some women lawyers, eliminated the need for parents or guardian to panic when faced with the dilemma of having to do business in a San Francisco courthouse without childcare.
The Children’s Waiting Room is open and free for all who have court business in a San Francisco courthouse. They provide a safe place for infants, children and teens to have fun while their parents or guardian are doing business in the building.

Is there a balm in Gilead?

April 29, 2016

The great Black activist and artist Paul Robeson in 1958, in Carnegie Hall, sang the gospel song, “Balm in Gilead”: “♪There is a balm in Gilead, ♪To make the wounded whooole♪ ….” These words in song sprang back from over half a century, when the news emerged of a big pharmaceutical, Gilead Sciences, Inc., buying the drug Sofosbuvir – and then tripling its preferred price – to treat hundreds of thousands of people suffering from Hepatitis C.

People power – faculty, students and the public – can put “great futures” at the top of the priority list and force the administrators and regulators to restore and enhance the historic greatness of City College, the largest community college in California and one of the largest in the country. – Photo: Carl Finnamore

City College faculty strike for justice – to stop class reductions and pay cuts

April 28, 2016

After one frustrating year of union bargaining, AFT 2121 faculty at City College of San Francisco conducted a one-day unfair labor practice strike “of all classes at all 11 campuses” on April 27 because the administration has not been bargaining in good faith as it proposes “to shrink classes by 26 percent and lay off more than a quarter of the faculty.” These cuts are staggering.

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The Frisco 5 have been on hunger strike for over a week outside the Mission Police Station at 17th and Valencia, demanding that Mayor Ed Lee fire SFPD Chief Greg Suhr or resign. – Photo: Edwin Lindo

Hungry for justice: Equipto speaks for the Frisco 5 on hunger strike to demand SFPD Chief Suhr be fired or Mayor Lee resign

April 27, 2016

The latest front in the fight to fire SFPD Chief Suhr is a hunger strike outside the Mission Police Station led by rapper Equipto and his mother, Maria Cristina Gutierrez, whose idea it was back in 2014 when Alex Nieto was executed by SFPD. She says, “Enough is enough. I cannot live in this city anymore. I will not eat until the chief of police is gone.” Rapper Selassie is another of the Frisco 5, the moniker the press has given the hunger strikers, who have starved themselves for over a week.

Bayview residents gather for SFPUC’s Taco Tuesday at 1800 Oakdale, the building they fought for decades ago to house the Southeast Campus of City College and have taken great pride in ever since. – Photo: Bethaney Lee

Will the Southeast Campus of City College at 1800 Oakdale become a PUC office building?

April 27, 2016

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is proposing to relocate the Southeast Community Facility Commission building at 1800 Oakdale Ave., the decades-long home of the Southeast Campus of City College, to the corner of Third Street and Evans Avenue. On April 19, SFPUC hosted a Taco Tuesday for neighborhood residents to view two different proposals, plans for what the new Evans building could look like and another of a remodeled 1800 Oakdale Ave. building.

While Hillary Clinton tries to recast herself as a champion of Black empowerment, even a child can sense the hypocrisy behind the smile.

Hillary Clinton is no friend of Black empowerment

April 26, 2016

As an African American, I have struggled to understand why so many of my Black brothers and sisters seem to prefer Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Hillary’s record on civil rights is indeed extensive, albeit inconsistent and often ignoble. By contrast, Bernie has a long, proud, consistent record on fighting inequality – often far ahead of the Democratic Party in this regard – and always far, far ahead of Hillary Clinton.

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Free Wil B and the other 13 defendants fighting police terror in LA!

April 26, 2016

Block Report Radio interviews Wil B about the charges that can land him in prison for eight and a half years after being arrested at an anti-police terrorism rally a year ago in Los Angeles. Some of Wil’s 13 codefendants have taken plea deals, but he says that he will fight the charges until the end and declare his innocence. Please read the attached letter to the faith community calling for folks to contact LA Prosecutor Mike Feuer and ask him to DROP THESE CHARGES.

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A very tense Chief Suhr responds to press questions about hunger strikers outside the Mission Police Station on April 21demanding his firing. The hunger strike is led by rapper Equipto and other members of the Black & Brown Social Club.

Mayor Ed Lee: Fire Police Chief Gregory P. Suhr now!

April 25, 2016

The people of San Francisco are outraged by the ongoing misconduct and mismanagement of the San Francisco Police Department by Police Chief Gregory P. Suhr. His history of breaking the laws he is sworn to uphold, along with his consistent refusal to discipline officers for their brutality and crimes against residents, has created a crisis in the city. We will accept no more. It is time for Suhr to go.

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Bill & Hillary Clinton, talking with former Amb. Prudence Bushnell, visit State Dept 4 days after Rwanda Genocide begins 041194 by Prudence Bushnell, cropped

How much do ‘Black Lives Matter’ to Clinton? Rwanda Genocide offers answer

April 25, 2016

During the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, President Bill Clinton and members of his administration pushed for the reduction of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Rwanda from over 2,500 troops to 270, with the remaining troops’ mandate being reduced to a mere observer’s role. The U.S. government evacuated foreign – read: White – personnel from Rwanda and pretty much ensured the total success of the 100-day slaughter that occurred when peacekeepers were also pulled.

This flame, lit to commemorate the Rwandan Genocide, will burn for 100 days in Kigali, Rwanda, from April 7 into the first week of June.

Rwanda: Evidence undermines the ruling narrative

April 24, 2016

The New Times of Rwanda, one of several state sanctioned media outlets, reports that a monument has been built on the banks of the River Nyabarongo “in memory of victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis who were dumped into the waters.” KPFA’s Ann Garrison reports that the story is disputed with evidence that the victims were actually Hutus rather than Tutsis.

An Oakland shipyard worker in 1943 takes a break. – Photo: Dorothea Lange, courtesy Oakland Museum of California

Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 14

April 24, 2016

A 1968 book-length report, titled “A Study of the Manpower Implications of Small Business Financing: A Survey of 149 Minority and 202 Anglo-Owned Small Businesses in Oakland, California,” was sent to the Bay View by its author, Joseph Debro, prior to his death in November 2013, and his family has kindly permitted the Bay View to publish it. This is Part 14 of the report.

Bernie Sanders embraces Danny Glover at a rally in Greenville, S.C., on Feb. 21, 2016. Former NAACP President Ben Jealous is behind them. – Photo: ABC News

Join ILWU Local 10 for May Day 2016 ‘National Day of Mourning’ for victims of police terror: Bernie Sanders, Danny Glover invited to speak

April 23, 2016

For the second consecutive year, the ILWU Local 10 will be withholding its labor for eight hours to commemorate May Day. This May Day, Local 10 is calling for a “National Day of Mourning” for Black and Brown unarmed victims of police killings across the country. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has been invited to speak May Day. Danny Glover will appear at one of the rallies.

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Crystal Chaplin’s sons André and Bryson

Two sons shot in the back by police: A mother’s cry for justice

April 23, 2016

As I write these words with tears in my eyes, my chest is so heavy and it aches like I’m living those days again. I relive the nightmare every day of being told my boys were shot. I live this every day. A mother should never have to hear those words or, even worse, be told that their child has died. My heart goes out to the families that have lost a loved one to this madness. I want justice for my sons Bryson and André.

Toveet Radcliffe, Israeli soldier

Emigres demand answers after first African American dies during Israeli army service

April 22, 2016

The African Hebrew Israelite community has launched a protest movement in recent weeks seeking to learn the truth about the untimely demise of community member Toveet Radcliffe, the first African American to die while serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Rejecting the Israeli army’s ruling that no one other than the 19-year-old Radcliffe was involved in her own death, members of the community have launched a campaign to pressure the IDF to reopen the case.

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At the town hall meeting called by Chief Greg Suhr to discuss the killing of Luis Gongora, a Suhr tradition after every police murder, 200 angry people constantly called for Suhr’s firing. The photo of Luis Gongora was provided by his family in Mexico. His friends say he stayed in touch by phone with his three grown children. – Photo: Lola M. Chavez, Mission Local

Hell no! Chief Greg Suhr has got to GO!

April 20, 2016

SFPD has done it again … murdered another man in cold blood … in his own community … in broad daylight. Again, officers say that they were forced to fire their weapons. Again, cowardly officers kill a man whom they claim was wielding a knife. Again, this person suffered from mental disabilities. And sadly, again, the SFPD and Chief Greg Suhr have failed our communities.

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Hugo Pinell’s daughter Allegra invites you to join in honoring her father on April 23

April 19, 2016

On Aug. 12, 2015, within the walls of New Folsom Prison, freedom fighter and political prisoner Hugo “Yogi” Pinell of the San Quentin 6 was assassinated on the prison yard by members of the Aryan Brotherhood, with the assistance of the guards. Seven months later, the community who loves him is coming together to remember his life and contribution to the Black struggle for self-determination and human rights. We will be celebrating his life on Saturday, April 23, 1-5 p.m., at the African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St. in San Francisco. Any and everybody from the community is invited.

Iris Canada, 99, consults with her niece, Iris Merriouns, at the press conference on April 12. – Photo: 48 Hills

Seriously? Evicting a 99-year-old? Rally at Tuesday hearing

April 16, 2016

This is how bad things are getting: Iris Canada could lose her home of more than 60 years, despite a lifetime lease. CALL TO ACTION: Rally for Iris Canada, a 99-year-old African American woman in the Fillmore threatened with eviction. At a hearing Tuesday, April 19, 8:30 a.m., in the Courthouse, 400 McAllister, San Francisco, her lawyers will argue to make her temporary stay permanent. Join the two-to-three-hour rally outside.

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