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AIDS activists protesting high drug prices are asked to leave.

Drug discount helping African Americans is at risk

May 28, 2016

It is well established that low-income African Americans tend to be sicker when they arrive at the emergency room. It’s the mission of safety-net providers to treat them – and all patients – regardless of ability to pay. Unfortunately, the drug industry is working hard in Washington to make that much more difficult. At issue is a little known but enormously important federal statute called the 340B drug discount program.

Jessica Williams

Honoring the life of Jessica Williams

May 27, 2016

Join the Last 3% and the family of Jessica Williams today at 6:30 p.m. at Third Street and Palou in Bayview Hunters Point for a march to the Bayview Police Station. On the morning of Thursday, May 19 – National #SayHerName Day – a San Francisco Police sergeant killed Jessica Williams, 29, with a single shot at close range while she was unarmed, sitting in a car in the Bayview. This is the same neighborhood where a sergeant recently expressed a desire to kill Black people.

Finally, Albert Woodfox, locked in solitary for over four decades as one of the Black Panthers known as the Angola 3, can join forces with other freedom fighters, here with Minister of Information JR and Arthur League at the Malcolm X JazzArts Festival in Oakland on May 21, 2016. – Photo: JR Valrey, Block Report

Albert Woodfox speaks on being a political prisoner

May 27, 2016

BlockReportRadio.com interviews former Black Panther political prisoner Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 about his case, his over four decades in isolation, his life as a Panther political prisoner and his release. Finally, Albert Woodfox can join forces with other freedom fighters, here with Minister of Information JR and Arthur League at the Malcolm X JazzArts Festival in Oakland on May 21, 2016. To learn more about Albert Woodfox, visit the Angola 3 website, http://angola3.org/.

Prisoners in Texas grow 24 different crops and tend 10,000 head of cattle.

Who’s behind unpaid prison labor in Texas?

May 27, 2016

The Texas Board of Criminal Justice, which oversees Texas Correctional Industries, the prison industry division within the state’s Department of Criminal Justice, has authority over how much compensation inmates working for the state receive for their labor. Currently, inmates working for TCI are not paid for the work done while serving their time; the only inmates who are paid anything are the small fraction who are employed by TCI’s private sector prison industries program.

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Dutch lawyer Caroline Buisman and Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire

Rwanda blocks legal counsel to political prisoner Victoire Ingabire with Kafkaesque bureaucracy

May 25, 2016

On May 19, 2016, the Rwandan government ordered Dutch lawyer Caroline Buisman to leave Rwanda immediately, without even meeting her new client, political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Buisman had arrived in the country’s capital Kigali on May 14, 2016, to consult with Ingabire regarding the appeal of her conviction for terrorism, inciting popular revolt and minimizing the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

How can a prisoner even dream of raising a family when sentence enhancements keep him locked up forever? Yet to live, he must hope. This drawing is entitled, “Rise.” – Art: G. Lumumba Edwards, B-89208, San Quentin State Prison 5-N-23, San Quentin CA 94974

Federal sentence enhancements keep Black low-level drug offenders in prison for life without parole

May 25, 2016

Over the past few years, President Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, members of both houses of Congress and many other elected officials have expressed the need for criminal justice reform. Much concern has been raised regarding overly harsh penalties for low-level drug offenses and firearms violations. There is, however, one particularly egregious judicial injustice that has not made the headlines, perhaps because it primarily effects only poor African Americans.

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On May 3, while Mayor Ed Lee firmly pledged his loyalty to SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, who has been a curse on Black and Brown communities for decades, and Suhr swore he wasn’t leaving, the Frisco 5, demanding Suhr’s ouster, led a long march to City Hall in their wheelchairs with their fists raised, anticipating the victory that came only 16 days later.

Police chief forced to resign in victory for Frisco 500

May 24, 2016

May 19 was less than a month since the “Frisco 5” began their hunger strike with a single demand: that Police Chief Greg Suhr resign or be fired … this chief, who for five years has been crying crocodile tears while justifying every police killing of a Black or Latino person … this chief, who for five years has been vigilantly protected by the mayor, the media and the city’s Democratic political establishment. On May 19, the mayor forced him to resign.

Graphic: Nsiala Kongo

It’s personal: Bubba, your cover’s blown

May 23, 2016

It’s personal because your actions against the oppressed were calculating, premeditated and strategically targeting New Afrikans and other oppressed, poor citizens of this nation. Not only did you wickedly abuse the trust of the people who believed in you, but you demonstrated what hatred looks like in policy. Yes! Your charisma, accompanied with your oiled up tongue, allowed you to work your charms on the people while all the time preying on them like a wild, mad predator.

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Bernie is surrounded by supporters at Morehouse College earlier this year. Young Black voters are flocking to him, and older Blacks are recognizing that he is “unbought and unbossed” in the tradition of Shirley Chisholm. – Photo: John Amis, EPA

Bay View Voters Guide: Cali can make Bernie president if we vote our hopes, not our fears

May 20, 2016

TODAY, MONDAY, MAY 23, is the LAST DAY TO REGISTER for the June 7 primary election. Rarely in my lifetime has the choice been so clear. As U.S. president, Bernie Sanders would definitely make Black lives better. He is “unbought and unbossed” in the tradition of Shirley Chisholm. A big win in the California primary June 7 could give him the leverage to win the nomination – and the presidency. To vote for Bernie, you must be registered either as a Democrat or No Party Preference, and the last day to register for the primary election is Monday, May 23.

Shimeko Franklin

I’m a young Black woman in Oakland, single mom and student – and a Bernie Sanders delegate!

May 19, 2016

The Bernie Sanders platform spoke to me, and at the delegate caucus in Oakland, I was one of nine selected to represent Congressional District 13 for Bernie Sanders and my community. The Bernie Sanders platform relates to people like me faced with rising costs of living, disenfranchisement, gentrification and systemic racism. People who feel this pressure know it is not a radical idea to have a candidate like Sanders defending our issues and speaking truth to power.

The Afrikatown mural and community garden

Come to the Afrikatown Anti-Eviction Block Party on May 28

May 18, 2016

The Qilombo Collective reclaimed a plot of land on San Pablo and West Grand that had been neglected for decades and put a community garden on it. Recently, they have been ordered to move the garden, and the people feel like there should be space in the city for people to learn, organize and work free of corporate pressure. So the fight is beginning to take shape, and on May 28, everyone is invited to the Anti-Eviction Block Party at the Afrikatown Garden.

An architect’s rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Will George Lucas build Star Wars memorabilia museum on Treasure Island Death Star?

May 18, 2016

We read with amazement Matier and Ross’ announcement in the Sunday, May 15, Chronicle that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is “in talks with George Lucas” about “housing his collection of illustrative art and Hollywood memorabilia” on “a site already approved for redevelopment on Treasure Island.” The genius who conceived the “Star Wars” saga must not yet know that the place is thoroughly saturated with weapons grade chemicals and radioisotopes with half-lives of never, like plutonium and cesium 137, and that the Navy is not doing a bang-up job of digging the poisonous stuff out.

Graffiti in Jacmel: “Electoral coup d’état = revolution” – Photo: Marilyn Langlois

Haiti’s Election Verification Commission a step in the right direction

May 17, 2016

Democracy has been sorely missing in Haiti ever since the 2004 coup d’état backed by the U.S., France and Canada, which ushered in a two-year reign of terror, followed by the unjust exclusion of Haiti’s largest and most popular political party, Fanmi Lavalas, from participating in any elections until August and October 2015.

Somalian children dance on the wreckage of a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter brought down in a crash in October 1993 that killed 18 U.S. soldiers, whose bodies were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. U.S. outrage over those deaths prompted President Bill Clinton to pull out of Somalia and not to risk the lives of U.S. troops to save the Black lives of Rwandans when the genocide began there the following year. – Photo: Dominique Mollard, AP-Stars and Stripes

Do the Black lives on our planet really need another Clinton administration?

May 16, 2016

The Rwandan Genocide was not an exceptional incident for the Clinton administration in reference to the expendability of human lives of color; it was just one example of a consistent foreign and military policy from his first day in office to his last. Clinton later claimed he regretted his lack of action, but he never admitted to obvious prejudice in the decision making process that led to his catastrophic decision not to act.

Dr. Kizza Besigye held the Holy Bible and swore in as the president of Uganda on May 11, 2016. Yoweri Museveni's security forces arrested him three hours later. Dr Besigye has since been charged with treason.

Uganda: Besigye and Museveni, a tale of two presidents

May 16, 2016

Dr. Kizza Besigye and Gen. Yoweri Museveni both swore in as president of Uganda at competing inaugural ceremonies this week. Both claim to have won the Feb. 18 election, and Dr. Besigye has demanded an election audit. Gen. Museveni, the incumbent president now entering his fourth decade in power, had Besigye arrested and charged with treason. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has more.

At their huge May 9 rally, TWELF 2016 hunger striker Ahkeel Mestayer read their demands, concluding with the statement: “We are the Third World Liberation Front, the campaign to defend and advance ethnic studies and the historical organizations at San Francisco State University!” That’s Hassani Bell seated to the left of Ahkeel. – Photo: Steve Zeltzer, Labor Video Project

Hunger striker Hassani Bell speaks on the end of the Ethnic Studies hunger strike and what’s next

May 13, 2016

Block Report Radio interviews hunger striker Hassani Bell, one of four hunger strikers who were fighting to preserve and expand the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State. The hunger strikers were Hassani Bell, 18, Julia Retzlaff, 19, Sachiel Rose, 19, and Ahkeel Mestayer, 20, and their organization is called Third World Liberation Front 2016 in homage to the 1968 strike. After 10 days, many of the demands were met by the SF State administration of President Wong, but not all of them. The strike is suspended as the fight continues.

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Fellow journalist Joel Angel Juárez writes: “Photojournalist Gabriella Angotti-Jones, with El Tecolote and CCSF’s The Guardsman, gets shoved by San Francisco sheriff deputies while covering a protest at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, May 6, 2016. Angotti-Jones had her press credentials visible on her person. Angotti-Jones and three other journalists (including myself) were assaulted by SF deputy sheriffs while reporting during Friday’s ‪#‎Frisco5‬‬/ ‪#‎Frisco500‬‬/ ‪#‎hungerforjusticesf‬‬ protest.” – Photo: Noé Serfaty

Four journalists covering Frisco 500 City Hall occupation file brutality complaint against S.F. Sheriff’s Department

May 12, 2016

Four journalists filed official complaints on May 10 against the SF Sheriff’s Department charging they were intimidated and unlawfully roughed up while attempting to report on a May 6 protest inside City Hall that called for the firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr and the resignation of Mayor Ed Lee. Natasha Dangond and Gabriella Angotti-Jones are photographers for the City College campus newspaper, The Guardsman. Joel Angel Juárez photographs for the Mission neighborhood newspaper, El Tecolote. Sana Saleem is a reporter for 48Hills.

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Councilmember Jovanka Beckles

Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles: What really matters is improving the lives of Richmond residents

May 12, 2016

I have been consistent in my advocacy for improving the lives of Richmond residents, especially the disenfranchised. Bernie Sanders’ growing popularity shows us that the people want candidates with integrity. When Sen. Sanders visited Richmond, he did so because he knew that Team Richmond – Gayle McLaughlin, Eduardo Martinez and Jovanka Beckles – were candidates who were and will continue to be of the people, for the people and by the people.

Civil rights attorney John Burris counsels and comforts Gwen Woods, mother of Mario Woods, executed firing squad-style by five officers on Dec. 2, 2015. – Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP

As attorney John Burris reveals SFPD sergeant transferred to Bayview to ‘kill niggers,’ Supervisor Jane Kim calls for new police chief

May 11, 2016

“Sgt. Lawrence Kempinski, a 17-year department veteran, told fellow officers that he transferred to the Bayview Station in order to ‘kill niggers,’” reports civil rights attorney John Burris. “It is time to launch a search for a new chief who can implement fundamental reform,” announced Supervisor Jane Kim, “As long as Chief Suhr continues to lead this department,” says Kim, ”we will be unable to truly address the very serious problems raised by“ DA George Gascón’s Blue Ribbon Panel’s report.

During the Frisco 500 occupation of City Hall on May 6, a protestor prays for an end to police violence. – Photo: Sana Saleem

#Frisco500 shut down City Hall to stop police murders

May 9, 2016

Inspired by the stamina of the “Frisco 5” hunger strikers, hundreds of chanting supporters occupied the rotunda and grand staircase inside City Hall for seven hours on May 6. Their demand: “We won’t leave City Hall until the mayor fires Greg Suhr,” the top cop complicit in a string of police murders of Black and Brown people in the city. The movement to fire Chief Suhr, stubbornly resisted by the city’s political establishment, is nevertheless gaining momentum.

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