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In the rendering by Lennar, the City’s “private partner,” new development on Treasure Island is located only on the part of Treasure Island that is relatively uncontaminated by the radiation and chemicals poisoning past and current residents. Development is also planned for Yerba Buena Island to the left, prompting plans to relocate those residents.

The TIDA board plunges into redevelopment, burying Treasure Islanders’ concerns: A tragedy in three parts – Part Three

May 23, 2015

Yerba Buena Islanders’ Icarus-like plunge from their remote mountaintop into the contaminated air, soil and water of Treasure Island’s radiological and chemical cleanup zone is imminent. This was the main topic at the Treasure Island Development Authority board’s Wednesday, April 8, 2015, annual on-island meeting. Yerba Buenans facing fall 2015 eviction who normally don’t attend because they feel unheard and their issues ignored, presented their concerns.

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This newborn was exposed to the Navy’s radiation and chemicals on Treasure Island and was born burned.

The TIDA board plunges into redevelopment, burying Treasure Islanders’ concerns: A tragedy in three parts – Part Two

May 23, 2015

With Yerba Buena islanders’ displacement imminent, six community members were present and vocal during the April 8, 2015, on-island meeting. The small group established politely assertive staying power. They asked a question which has for years remained front and center in collective City awareness. Where will the Treasure Island Development Authority get redevelopment funding?

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Treasure Island: Your Contamination Destination – Photo: Carol Harvey

The TIDA board plunges into redevelopment, burying Treasure Islanders’ concerns: A tragedy in three parts – Part One

May 23, 2015

Is the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) board hearing San Franciscans’ concerns about radiation and chemical contamination, earthquake liquefaction risks and displaced persons’ relocation rights? Actually, no! Employing blocking techniques that capitalize on the fear of speaking in public, the formidable TIDA board is plowing ahead with Redevelopment, insisting on – while resisting – public input.

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Hundreds marched behind this banner 30 blocks from Derrick Jones’ barber shop to the Fruitvale BART Station, where supporters of Oscar Grant and Derrick Jones, who was murdered only three days after Oscar Grant’s murderer, Johannes Mehserle, was given a slap-on-the-wrist sentence, amounting to only seven months with credit for time served and “good behavior,” rallied together against police terrorism. – Photo: Felix Barrett

22 months after Oscar Grant: OPD ‘justifiably’ murder unarmed Black barbershop owner in East Oakland

May 20, 2015

Local barbershop owner Derrick Jones was shot and killed by two Oakland police officers on Nov. 8, 2010. Five years later, this case is finally on the conveyor belt of cases to be heard at the federal appellate court on June 10. Attorney Ayanna L. Jenkins Toney will be arguing the case on behalf of the Derrick Jones estate. Here is what she had to say about the Derrick Jones case and the rampant police killings that are going on around the U.S. currently.

Protest racist sentencing of 14-year-old Black girl with clean record labeled ‘danger to society’

May 19, 2015

Judge Thomas Maddock, Juvenile Delinquency Court, Superior Court of California, Contra Costa County, labeled 14-year-old Lauryn G. “a danger to society” as he convicted her and took her immediately into custody without even the opportunity to hug her mother goodbye. Join the protest Tuesday, May 19, 8 a.m., Wakefield Taylor Courthouse steps, 725 Court St., Martinez.

After being interviewed by the Los Angeles Sentinel, a major Black newspaper, Young Malcolm stopped to pay tribute to his grandfather, Malcolm X, whose portrait hangs in the Sentinel offices. – Photo: LA Sentinel

Two years after his murder, his imam recalls the life of Malcolm Latif Shabazz

May 17, 2015

This upcoming week, on May 19, we will celebrate the 90th birthday of the late great El Hajj Malik El Shabazz aka our beloved Malcolm X, all over the world. But what will not be talked about in most of these celebrations, unrightfully so, will be the murder of his grandson, Malcolm Latif Shabazz two years earlier on May 10, 2013. Here is Hashim Aluddeen’s perspective on Young Malcolm, on the second anniversary of his assassination.

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Clean energy supporters hail key milestone: CleanPowerSF not-to-exceed rates approved by SFPUC will meet or beat PG&E

May 15, 2015

On May 12, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission approved not-to-exceed rates for CleanPowerSF, moving the City’s local renewable energy program one step closer to launch. The approval sets the stage for CleanPowerSF to deliver greener power to customers at lower rates than PG&E. California’s two operating community choice programs, in Marin and Sonoma counties, have already provided greener energy at lower rates to customers.

Is the Shipyard safe? Dr. Sumchai writes EPA opposing transfer of more Hunters Point Shipyard land to San Francisco and Lennar, as NBC questions radiation testing

May 13, 2015

To: Lily Lee, Cleanup Project Manager, Superfund Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 – I wish to submit the following comments regarding human health and safety concerns stemming from the proposed transfer of HPNS (Hunters Point Naval Shipyard) Parcels D2, UC1, UC2 and associated buildings 813, 819, 823 and IR 50 storm drains and sanitary sewer lines.

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Staff members from Intel, PUSH and OUSD posed together at the PUSHTech2020 Summit in San Francisco May 6. – Photo: Auintard

PUSHTech2020: Jesse Jackson and PUSH Silicon Valley host inaugural tech summit

May 12, 2015

Tech leaders, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from across the country attended the PUSHTech2020 Summit to continue the dialogue on diversifying the tech sector. The one-day conference, which was hosted by Rev. Jesse Jackson and the RainbowPUSH Silicon Valley Project took place May 6 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. In a pitch competition, diverse tech startup entrepreneurs competed for more than $15,000 in cash prizes.

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Anand Singh walks the picket line with Local 2.

Long-time UNITE HERE Local 2 President Mike Casey stepping down

May 11, 2015

Mike Casey, who has led San Francisco’s UNITE HERE Local 2 for over 20 years, is stepping down. Casey was first elected president of Local 2 in 1994, after a tumultuous period in the 1970s and 1980s that resulted in large membership losses. He has presided over a period of stabilization, consolidation and growth.

What does it do to a child when a judge calls her ‘a danger to society’?

May 7, 2015

The girl perceived as “a danger to society” has in fact been working hard, successfully and with great promise. Rather than her being a danger to society, the juvenile justice system is a danger to her. Our children and young people are clearly in pain. They do not need to be punished in institutionalized settings that kill their spirits. Come to a meeting to organize an action to advocate for our youth in the racist juvenile justice system this Saturday, May 8, 2 p.m., at 4 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond.

Black fathers snookered at Vallejo Senior Center

May 2, 2015

In December 2012, local resident and New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia donated a tournament size pool table and flat screen television to the Florence Douglas Senior Center in Vallejo. The pool table served as a catalyst in attracting growing numbers of African American men, mostly fathers, to the center. The pool players and their senior supporters are denouncing the racist decision to remove the pool table.

Richmond residents protest eviction.

ReBUTTal: The arguments for rent control in Richmond

May 1, 2015

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt has set himself up to be the spokesman for landlords in a campaign against rent control in Richmond. The jump in Richmond rents the past few years, reflecting trends in the Bay Area, has produced new calls for the progressive city council to respond with rent control and “just cause” requirements for eviction. The mayor’s arguments are classic examples of misusing numbers and logic.

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Mexican workers storm border Mexicali 020354 by UCLA Special Collections

Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 11

April 30, 2015

Mexican immigration 1900-1960: The patterns established during the last century continued into the 20th as well. Successive waves of immigrants came to this country from Mexico as a response to American labor demands in the industrial and agricultural sectors. Before 1910, Mexican laborers were employed generally without union status as agricultural workers, as miners, as maintenance and construction workers.

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The new $5 billion Apple campus under construction is providing jobs to thousands of construction workers.

Apple lifts ban on construction workers with felony convictions, must do more – two perspectives

April 21, 2015

We commend Apple for taking prompt action to change a facially discriminatory policy. The Cupertino campus project, expected to yield thousands of construction jobs, can still provide a unique opportunity for Apple to support the local economy and provide work for an underserved population. It is not too late for Apple to right a wrong, prove its commitment to inclusion, and become a leader on fair hiring practices.

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Photos by Poor News Network

San Francisco Mayor’s Office plans to sell public housing to private investors, leaving thousands of Black, Brown and poor families houseless

April 13, 2015

Join us at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the front of City Hall for an emergency press conference and then join poor youth and elders who will be impacted by the lie of RAD as we visit the Board of Supervisors to plead with them to NOT vote to sell off public housing to the RAD program.

At AfrikaTown, veggies and herbs are leaping out of the ground this spring. Nearby, a sign on the fence reminds everyone: “Food is medicine.”

Cultivating resistance in AfrikaTown, West Oakland

April 7, 2015

Under the block-long “Welcome 2 AfrikaTown” mural painted last year on the Qilombo community center, 2313 San Pablo at West Grant, a dozen garden beds are now bursting with food and people are always there. On March 26, a bulldozer and cops arrived to destroy the garden, but supporters blocked them. On April 3, AfrikaTown won a reprieve to negotiate purchase of the land.

Doctors Medical Center

Richmond asks, ‘Who killed DMC?’

April 5, 2015

A quarter of a million people in Richmond and West Contra Costa County, a majority people of color community, will be without a community hospital as a result of the decision made last Thursday to phase down and finally close the doors of Doctors Medical Center (DMC) in San Pablo by April 21, 2015. To not provide a full service hospital in West Contra Costa County is an example of environmental and institutional racism.

Asa Sullivan – Art: Nomy Lamm

The people’s investigation into the San Francisco police killing of Asa B. Sullivan

March 29, 2015

A collective of community folks organized with the family of Asa Benjamin Sullivan recently launched a people’s investigation into the killing of Asa by San Francisco police in 2006. Asa Sullivan was killed when SFPD responded to a “well-being check” at his residence then tracked him into an attic and shot him 17 times.* Police cannot be allowed to kill people and then claim that person was responsible for his own death and call it “suicide by cop.”

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At his March 26 press conference, Public Defender Jeff Adachi plays the recording of his interview with Ricardo Palikiko Garcia, a 150-pound Hawaiian and Filipino man, the smallest and only Asian in his pod at San Francisco County Jail, who was forced into gladiator fights with Stanly Harris, a 350-pound African-American man, the largest man in the pod, though neither wanted to fight. Garcia believes the deputies’ intent in forcing the fights was not only to entertain themselves as they gambled but to stir up racial animosity among prisoners. – Photo: Santiago Mejia, SF Chronicle

SF County Jail prisoners forced into interracial gladiator-style fights

March 27, 2015

A San Francisco sheriff’s deputy has been accused of forcing inmates to fight in gladiator-style matches while he and his colleagues bet on the outcomes, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced Thursday. One of the men forced to fight told Adachi, “I feel like they’re trying to stir (up) something racial … because I’m the only one of Asian descent” in an otherwise all-Black pod. Staged fights between prisoners of different races to aggravate interracial antagonism is reminiscent of the gladiator fights scandal in the California state prison system that made international headlines in the 1990s.

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