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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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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.

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.

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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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.

Colin Kaepernick has not allowed the storm of controversy to distract him from his job as a great NFL quarterback – a Black quarterback – and today the 49ers announced that he’ll keep his place on the roster. Here, he’s warming up for their exhibition game against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 1. – Photo: Denis Poroy, AP

Dear readers, let’s reach out to Colin Kaepernick about supporting the SF Bay View newspaper

September 3, 2016

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has vowed to donate “$1 million” to community groups who are dedicated to the fight against Black oppression and police brutality. I hope Kaepernick will consider financial support for the work of the San Francisco Bay View newspaper and its commitment to keeping the Black community – as well as prisoners and oppressed people throughout the world – informed in print and online. The Bay View has been fighting against Black oppression and police brutality since 1976.

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Gloria’s life lurched to a halt when her identity was stolen

September 1, 2016

At age 77, Gloria has lived in the same house in Bayview for over 40 years. Despite being severely sight impaired, she remains an active member of the community by volunteering her time to read to kids in schools, taking modern dancing classes and swimming on a regular basis. Gloria’s lifestyle came to a halt, however, when she discovered that someone had stolen her identity.

Diamond Hair Studio – Photo: Lee Hubbard

Black businesses survive on the new Ocean Ave.

August 31, 2016

It’s a hectic afternoon at Diamond Hair Studio on Ocean Avenue in the Ingleside district of San Francisco. Bridget Miller, the salon’s owner and master stylist, moves in between her hair work station, to the sink, to the dryer, working on three clients in a matter of minutes. “It’s a busy day, but we make things happen at this shop,” said Miller. “Doing hair is my passion, and at Diamond Hair we aim to please and work our magic.”

CAPTION: A man faces off with police after shots were fired into a crowd of unarmed youth. The police and National Guard began shooting on word of a sniper. Neither a sniper nor a gun was ever found. This photo and news of the uprising made headlines around the world. – Photo: UPI (United Press International)

Breaking historical silence to heal from historical wounds: Remembering the 1966 Hunters Point Uprising

August 31, 2016

During the fall of 1966, racial and economic disparity exploded into a violent three-day conflict between local and state law enforcement, the National Guard and the Black community of Bayview Hunters Point after the fatal killing of 16 year-old African-American youth Matthew Johnson by white police officer Alvin Johnson. This left a deep wound adding to the historical trauma experienced by African-Americans. Now more than ever it is time for us to tell our stories. Join the conversation at the Linda Brooks Burton Library on the 50th anniversary of the BVHP Uprising.

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Dorsey Nunn, fist raised, and a delegation from All of Us or None deliver more than 100,000 signatures supporting their petition to Ban the Box to the nation’s capital last November.

The Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People and Families Movement 1st National Conference is coming to Oakland Sept. 9-10

August 30, 2016

Of the millions of people imprisoned in the U.S., most will return home someday – but to what? Barriers to finding a place to live or earning a living – or merely surviving – surround formerly incarcerated people like prison walls. We’re organizing The Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People and Families Movement 1st National Conference in Oakland to come together and find ways to break down those walls.

Oakland business owners packed The Oakstop on Aug. 4 – and most of them were Black. They’re hoping to do business with Uber, which will soon be headquartered in Oakland. – Photo: The Registry

Oakland: Standing room only at Uber local business outreach event

August 28, 2016

On Aug. 4, 2016, Oakland-based firm 360 Total Concept teamed with Uber Technologies for an outreach event to maximize local business participation as the ride-sharing company prepares to expand its headquarters to Oakland. This was the second event in the series of connector sessions for local firms and Uber, also featuring the project developer, Lane Partners.

Colin Kaepernick – Photo: Brook Ward, Flickr

Colin Kaepernick won’t stand up for slavery

August 28, 2016

Lots of people are up in arms asserting you are unpatriotic if you refuse to stand for the Star Spangled Banner. We see this playing out with Colin Kaepernick. People like to romanticize about how it’s an expression of pride for this beloved country. How many of y’all patriots know we only sing one verse to that song? How many of y’all know the other verses are about hunting down slaves? The song is about recapturing slaves who tried to run away and even fought against their masters to escape bondage during the War of 1812. But Colin needs to stand and sing that song? Yeah, right.

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