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Citizens help stop SFMTA’s proposed service cuts to 19 Polk bus

December 1, 2016

San Francisco citizen activists and others appear to have succeeded – at least for now – in helping persuade the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board not to approve the SFMTA staff’s plan to eliminate all three stops closest to the Main Library and Civic Center on the northbound 19 Polk bus line. The SFMTA had planned to eliminate the stops as part of the agency’s Seventh and Eighth Street Safety Project.

This photo, “I Am My Brother’s Keeper,” by Perkin Edwards is part of a project by St. Mary’s Center where homeless people documented homelessness in Oakland. Perkin Edwards said, “All human beings are family and friends we haven’t met yet.”

Can Oakland fix the homeless crisis it created?

November 11, 2016

City leaders announced the “New Oakland” as if to say it was no longer a “Black city.” As Oakland became more attractive to outsiders, housing costs rose and more African Americans were displaced. Oakland was voted one of the country’s “coolest cities,” but today, Oakland’s homeless people have been displaced into visible encampments located throughout the gentrified areas. They are mainly African Americans displaced by the city’s gentrification.

Yolanda Jones, CEO of YCAT-C, is awarded a proclamation naming YCAT-C Small Business of the Year by Sen. Mark Leno.

‘When Yolanda Jones succeeds, we all succeed!’ say state leaders

November 11, 2016

Yolanda’s Construction Administration and Traffic Control, Inc., was given a proclamation honoring YCAT-C as “Small Business of the Year” at a special ceremony, Thursday, Oct. 27, at YCAT-C’s Bayview Hunters Point headquarters in San Francisco’s Industrial Park. Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, honored YCAT-C’s CEO Yolanda Jones with a special proclamation, in recognition of her achievements and commitment to hiring locally.

Children learn to grow their own food at Homefulness Revolutionary Youth Summer Camp. – Photo: PNN

Trump was already here – but so is interdependence, change and self-determination

November 9, 2016

This country was stolen by hate-filled, manipulative wealth-hoarding colonizers like Trump who raped, abused and murdered first peoples of this land and bought, sold, raped and killed other humans for free labor. Trump is already here. He has been here for 525 years. So realize the work we are all doing is that much more serious now and we all need to stay strong and continue the badass organizing work we are already doing.

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Activists to San Francisco DA: Prosecute, Gascón!

November 9, 2016

We DEMAND that San Francisco District Attorney Gascón perform the duties of his office and charge the San Francisco police officers in the shooting death of Mario Woods, Jessica Nelson-Williams and other victims of deadly police violence. We DEMAND that San Francisco District Attorney Gascón bring forth murder charges against the San Francisco police officers who were involved in the shooting death of Black and Brown citizens of San Francisco. We DEMAND a response from the DA – to whom we have recently reiterated our position in a formal letter – by Nov. 15, 2016.

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Bay Area police underage sex scandal: Cities slapped with multi-million dollar claims

November 7, 2016

Multiple Bay Area cities have been slapped with multi-million dollar claims for the abuse that took place in their back yards. Jasmine Abuslin, formerly known as Celeste Guap, has come back swinging with a fusillade of abuse, neglect and modern day sex slavery claims against Bay Area police officers. Officers from several Bay Area cities have been charged with sexual misconduct, but most are retired. What about those still actively patrolling the streets and victimizing young girls?

The Bay View is proud to support and recommends you cast your vote for these candidates: Paul Henderson for Superior Court Judge, London Breed for Board of Supervisors District 5, Stevon Cook for School Board, Shanell Williams for College Board and Lateefah Simon for BART Board.

Bay View Voters Guide

November 1, 2016

It’s been a long, loud election season; let’s end it right by VOTING 100% as the oldtimers used to say. If you can’t vote the top of the ticket, elect these bright, young Black candidates. For the Nov. 8 election, weekend voting at City Hall began Oct. 29, and on Election Day, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can take this guide into the voting booth. To learn more, visit sfgov.org/elections or call 415- 554-4375.

Discussing “How to Not Call the Police EVER” is liberating – imagine not having to call the enemy when you need help. – Photo: Poor News Network

Capitalism killed everything, even our courage: Lessons from the first ‘How to NOT call the cops EVER’ workshop

October 30, 2016

“Due to the multitude of lies and stereotypes that permeate our capitalist society about poor people and people of color, we all have collectively bought into the idea that we need to call 911 to be safe,” said Jeremy Miller, organizer and revolutionary family member of POOR Magazine and Idriss Stelley Foundation and co-organizer of the recent How to Not Call the Police EVER workshop.

Anna Gonzalez, with her daughter Aidsa, 9, and son Nelson, 7, listens to speakers as tenants rally at the Creekview Apartments in Richmond on Thursday, Oct. 6. More than 100 renters are being evicted from the apartments. Tenants are demanding that the owner, PMI Properties, halt evictions and let the remaining tenants stay in the recently refurbished apartments. – Photo: Jane Tyska, Bay Area News Group

Fight over skyrocketing Bay Area rents to hit the ballot box

October 30, 2016

Renter protections will be on the November ballot in six cities in the Bay Area. No matter how hard the landlords and the California Apartment Association try to stop the renters movement, tenant advocates across the Bay Area are urging renters to vote on strong renter protections in Richmond, Oakland, Alameda, Burlingame, San Mateo and Mountain View. They urge people to vote “no” against any weak proposals placed on the ballot by the city councils in Alameda and Mountain View.

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Take Danny Glover’s advice and vote for Ben Choi and Melvin Willis for Richmond City Council.

Richmond election: When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion

October 29, 2016

An African proverb says: “When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion.” In this very critical election year, we must unify to defeat the forces that conspire against us. It is for that reason that I invite you to join me this November in healing Richmond by supporting Melvin Willis and Ben Choi for the Richmond City Council. The 2016 election is right around the corner. Some may say there’s not much that they can do to create the change we need locally, let alone nationally. I beg to differ.

Longtime Bayview homeowner Alfreda Furgensen poses with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco volunteers who cleared out massive blackberry bushes that took over her entire backyard.

Habitat Greater San Francisco revitalizes a Bayview neighborhood in three days

October 27, 2016

Last Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20-22, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco mobilized hundreds of volunteers to revitalize a neighborhood in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point district. Building Blocks: Bayview aims to extend the work of Habitat for Humanity renovating community assets such as schools and community centers, delivering critical home repairs to improve the health, safety and well-being of residents on a large scale, and beautifying parks and gardens.

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Extreme vetting: Apply it to police

October 21, 2016

I’ve been following the U.S. presidential debates very closely. As a Black man who also happens to be a Muslim with a mother who was originally from the Middle East, I am intrigued by this term “extreme vetting,” which is frequently used by presidential candidate Donald Trump. Maybe extreme vetting needs to be applied to the internal threat posed from rogue police.

Formerly incarcerated people rally for the 1,400 county jobs promised by Alameda County last June. Over the past eight years, since the county banned the box, 751 formerly incarcerated employees have been hired. – Photo: Justice Reinvestment Coalition

Alameda County, deliver on your promise of jobs for people returning from prison!

October 20, 2016

On Oct. 11, the Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County held a march and rally calling on Alameda County to fulfill its promise to provide jobs for formerly incarcerated people. In June 2016, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors had voted unanimously (5-0) in favor of a new Re-Entry Hiring Program that aims to provide 1,400 county jobs for people impacted by the criminal justice system and youth in the school-to-prison pipeline in Alameda County.

Juvenile Justice Center Director Luis Recinos walks into the Merit Center – ready but as yet unopened – at the Juvenile Justice Center's Woodside Learning Center on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Recinos is reportedly eager to open the center. – Photo: Lea Suzuki, SF Chronicle

Bizarre SF Juvenile Hall dog and pony show

October 17, 2016

The “Merit Center” at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center is a new room at the detention facility designed to reward kids for good behavior. According to staff, it was “100 percent complete” eight months ago. According to Juvenile Justice Center Chief of Probation Allen Nance, it is “95 percent complete” as of Oct. 6, 2016, and will be ready in “a few weeks.” No kid will be able to enjoy or play one game in this new room, until Allen Nance is finished playing the bizarre “Dog and Pony” game.

At a forum Sept. 24 in San Francisco’s Main Library, the scathing report on the SFPD by District Attorney George Gascón’s Blue Ribbon Panel was discussed by panel members, SFPD and other City officials, family members of police victims and activists who have fought all year for police accountability so fervently that they pushed the highest paid police chief in the nation out of office. – Photo: Adilifu Fundi

SF Blue Ribbon Panel: Brutal cop culture gives itself impunity

October 17, 2016

The news was expected to be bad. San Franciscans for Police Accountability (SFPA), a civilian watch group, held a public forum in the Koret Auditorium of San Francisco’s Public Library. It was Saturday, Sept. 24, and featured D.A. George Gascón’s specially appointed Blue Ribbon Panel – the forum appropriately titled, “Making SFPD Accountable: A Community Conversation.” And what a conversation this was – one I could not miss!

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Having been ejected, Ann and Jeremy had to resort to a broadcast to watch the Rwanda Day speeches. This is Rwanda President Paul Kagame.

Rwanda Day San Francisco: Bay View journalists get the boot

October 6, 2016

Rwanda Day-San Francisco was a bad day for identity politics. Rwandan President Paul Kagame stepped to the podium and said that he was happy to be in San Francisco because it’s so diverse, seeming not to understand that his guest speaker, Rev. Rick Warren, champion of the 2008 Prop 8 ballot measure banning same sex marriage, wouldn’t appeal to San Francisco’s diverse population.

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Treasure Island residents choking on toxic dust released into high winds as Navy excavations fast-track island redevelopment

September 30, 2016

The Navy is withholding from San Francisco taxpayers that, to jump-start billions for FivePoint Holdings, a branch of the Lennar corporation, it is fast-tracking Treasure Island redevelopment. San Franciscans remain uninformed that because the Navy is conducting 20 simultaneous building demolitions and site excavations, 39 chemical digs, and 820 radiation, arsenic and petroleum removal actions, islanders are currently hard-hit by wind-borne toxins.

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In a break with the tradition of impunity for police who commit crimes, Oakland police officer Brian Bunton stands alone outside the courtroom before his arraignment on the felony charge of obstruction of justice. – Photo: David DeBolt

First Oakland cop arraigned in underage sex scandal

September 29, 2016

On Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, the first Oakland police officer in our “crisis of corruption” went to court. Brian J. Bunton, who allegedly abused his power as an officer of the law was arraigned on several charges, including felony obstruction of justice and misdemeanor engaging in an act of prostitution. As we finally move forward in the continuing saga of abuse of power by police officials, the question looms, does obstruction of justice really matter? Is obstruction of justice a “victimless crime?”

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London Breed: San Francisco victorious in the fight for landmark affordable housing policies

September 28, 2016

After weeks of negotiations between the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and San Francisco officials, HUD announced Sept. 21 that it will authorize neighborhood preference policies for federally-funded affordable housing in the City – upholding landmark legislation by Board of Supervisors President London Breed. President Breed joined Supervisor Cohen and housing advocates to celebrate the monumental victory in San Francisco’s fight against neighborhood displacement.

Shanell and a fellow supporter urge everyone to vote and to vote YES on Prop W to make City College free again.

Shanell Williams: Make City College free again! Vote YES on Prop W

September 27, 2016

City College is the heart of San Francisco. Proposition W will allow us to re-grow our school to its full capacity and empower those who are most in need. In times like these, when the cost of living continues to rise, students shouldn’t be forced to choose between textbooks and food, or between tuition and rent. Join me this Nov. 8 in voting for Proposition W. Let’s make City College free again, and empower our school, our city and our community.

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