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Video: SFPD officer strikes, pepper sprays homeless man

February 26, 2015

On Feb. 26, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released video showing a San Francisco police officer striking a homeless man repeatedly with a baton and pepper spraying him after the incapacitated man objected to being pushed off a Muni bus. The video is the second to surface this year in which an SFPD officer appears to dramatically escalate his use of force after overreacting to a minor conflict. In January, a private citizen released footage of an officer trying to dump a paralyzed man from his wheelchair.

The courageous students hung this banner outside Haviland Hall.

Graduate students host teach-in to address institutionalized racism at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare

February 26, 2015

A contingent of 60 graduate students led a teach-in and mediation at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in response to racist comments made by a tenured professor. Present were Dean Jeffery Edleson and Professor Steven Segal. The action was organized in support of 25 graduate students enrolled in Segal’s Mental Health Policy course, which must be completed this semester by all students in the Community Mental Health concentration.

The Oscar Grant rebellions were Black and young, and protesters knew and loudly proclaimed exactly why they risked arrest or worse in their quest for justice. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Centuries of rage: The murder of Oscar Grant III

February 25, 2015

Six years ago, on Jan. 1, 2009, Oscar Grant III, 22, was shot and later died of bullet wounds received when Johannes Mehserle, then a BART police officer, fired his gun at point blank range into Grant’s back – after Grant and his friends had been taunted with racial epithets and assaulted by Mehserle and other BART officers on the scene, while Mehserle’s partner, Tony Pirone, held Grant down with both hands and a knee on his head and neck.

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The group that shut down BART on Black Friday in November and shut down Oakland police headquarters in December – making Black Lives Matter a household phrase around the world – struck again on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, Saturday, Feb. 21, shutting down Home Depot in Emeryville for five hours, the length of time Yuvette Henderson’s body lay in the street after she was gunned down by Emeryville police. – Photo: Cece Carpio

Black Lives Matter activists shut down Emeryville Home Depot for 5 hours, demand answers in police murder of Yuvette Henderson

February 23, 2015

Activists locked down entrances to the Emeryville Home Depot to demand answers about the murder of Yuvette Henderson, a 38-year-old Black mother of two children who was shot and killed by the Emeryville Police Department on Feb. 3, 2015, allegedly accused by the store of shoplifting. Activists chained themselves to multiple store doors as supporters rallied outside. Protesters shut down the store for five hours, the amount of time Yuvette Henderson lay in the street after being shot by police.

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On a celebratory election night at Richmond Progressive Alliance headquarters, re-elected Richmond City Councilors Gayle McLaughlin and Jovanka Beckles listen as City Councilor Eduardo Martinez speaks. Chevron spent $1 million each to defeat them – and failed. In an October speech to a packed Richmond Auditorium, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont, had said, “If you can stand up and beat (Chevron) with all of their money, you’re going to give hope to people all over America.” – Photo: Tom Goulding, Richmond Confidential

Does Richmond, California, have a progressive majority?

February 15, 2015

The Richmond Progressive Alliance, commonly known as the RPA, is backing Planning Commissioner Marilyn Langlois for the vacant seat on the Richmond City Council. The RPA made national and international headlines last November, when each of their three City Council candidates won their seats even though Chevron Corp, spent $1 million each to defeat them. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to Richmond City Councilor Eduardo Martinez.

As the Chevron refinery fire of Aug. 6, 2012, raged, this mushroom cloud hanging over Richmond spread toxic air pollution that sent 15,000 people to the hospital. – Photo: Harrison Chastang

Richmond residents to Chevron: Get your dirty money out of politics

February 13, 2015

Richmond residents, social justice advocates, elected officials and Chevron shareholders today announced a resolution being put forward at Chevron’s upcoming shareholders meeting that would prevent the company from dumping money into the political cycle. The resolution comes after Chevron spent more than $3 million to influence elections in Richmond – a small portion of the millions spent to influence elections at all levels across California and the country.

Clarence Thomas by Delores Lemon Thomas, cropped

On West Coast, bosses threaten lockout of longshore workers

February 10, 2015

Despite an original agreement to hold negotiations between the PMA and the ILWU negotiating committee in secrecy, which has been upheld on the union’s side since the contract expired on June 30, the PMA has chosen to go public with their offer in an attempt to negotiate the contract through the media. In taking these steps, the PMA is putting out an all or nothing proposition and challenging the union’s right to negotiate the contract under normal fair bargaining practices.

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Dozens of justice seekers rallied Friday night to save the home of Annette Miller, her children and her father, James Johnson, promising to lock arms and physically protect the home if the bank tries to forcefully remove them, as it has threatened to do next week.

West Oakland unites to keep Black families in their homes!

February 4, 2015

A Black West Oakland family is set to be forcefully thrown out of their home in days by NationStar Bank. Annette Miller and her family have lived in their home for the last 60 years and are among the oldest Black homeowners in a quickly gentrifying West Oakland. “They’ve foreclosed on a lot of people around here.” Neighbors have pledged to fight back to keep this home in the hands of the Miller family.

The Deecolonize and POOR family marched with thousands through the streets of San Francisco on Martin Luther King Day. That’s 9-year-old Queena in front dressed in pink. – Photo: Poor News Network

From Selma to San Francisco, BlackLivesMatter from 1963 to 2015

February 2, 2015

Students of the Revolutionary Youth Media Education class at Deecolonize Academy haven been learning, writing and living police terror and resistance as children of Black, Brown and poor parents. On Jan. 19, all of the youth skolaz at Deecolonize Academy and adult poverty skolaz at POOR Magazine began the day marching for MLK, for Black lives and for all of us, followed up by a trip to see the movie “Selma” and ended with a die-in outside the movie theatre in SF.

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In its first year of earthmoving, 2006-2007, Lennar excavated 1.2 million cubic yards of earth. Many dangerous toxins are present in the soil and the dust. – Photo: Paul Chinn, SF Chronicle

Shipyard workers demand environmental justice

February 1, 2015

A cleanup worker at the decommissioned Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in southeast San Francisco is facing a rare life threatening cancer he believes is caused by his exposure to known toxins at the federal Superfund site. Diagnosed with a Peripheral T Cell Lymphoma, an aggressive high grade lymphoid malignancy with a five year survival rate of 32 percent, the worker has retained the high powered New York law firm Weitz & Luxenberg.

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On Friday, Jan. 16, to kick off the #ReclaimMLK weekend, protesters with Third World Resistance chained themselves to the Oakland Federal Building entrances, shutting it down for four hours and 28 minutes. – Photo: Critical Resistance

Third World Resistance: Reclaiming the radical Dr. King to protest police and prisons

February 1, 2015

Dr. King devoted his life to struggle. The end of his career was characterized by a devout rejection of militarism, economic inequality, racism and imperialism. Yet state sponsored commemorations on MLK Day have consistently left out this narrative. In our first post-Ferguson MLK weekend, people around the country mobilized to honor Dr. King’s legacy the way he would have wanted it – through massive demonstrations, direct actions and shutdowns.

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Sin Barras organized the Cages Kill-Freedom Rally to save lives after six people locked up in the Santa Cruz County Jail have died since August 2012, declaring, “These deaths are an act of collective punishment against people who are most in need of aid, and who are consistently denied community-based resources.” – Photo: Denica De Foy

Cages Kill-Freedom Rally in Santa Cruz

January 30, 2015

Sin Barras organized the Cages Kill-Freedom Rally to save lives after six people locked up in the Santa Cruz County Jail have died since August 2012. The Jan. 24 rally was endorsed by a wide range of local, statewide, national, and international groups, demonstrating that murder and torture is happening in jails and prisons everywhere, not just in Santa Cruz. Stop the abuse and torture in the Santa Cruz County Jail and jails and prisons everywhere!

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Deputy public defender unjustly arrested

January 28, 2015

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released video on Jan. 28 showing a deputy public defender being unlawfully arrested outside a courtroom as she attempted to protect her client’s right to counsel. San Francisco Police Inspector Brian Stansbury arrested Deputy Public Defender Jami Tillotson for refusing to let her client, a young African American man, be questioned without the presence of his attorney.

Yalani Chinyamurindi and his sister, Takeyah Davis-Chandler, in about 2013

Yalani just wanted to cash his paycheck to help his mom with the rent

January 28, 2015

On Jan. 9, 2015, at close to 10:00 p.m., my son, Yalani (Mighty Born) Chinyamurindi (of Zimbabwe Hahari, the House of Reverence), was working at BeniHana Japanese Restaurant in San Francisco’s Japantown. Yalani had a half hour lunch break. Even though the rent was paid, he was eager to contribute to the household. With check in hand, he left the restaurant with a work colleague to cash it. Only life is what’s happening as you make other plans … The funeral is Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, 2:00 p.m., at Bryant Mortuary, 635 Fulton St., San Francisco.

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Community protector Bo Frierson tipped from wheelchair for protesting SFPD’s assault on his cousin

January 27, 2015

Devaughn Frierson Jr., better known as Bo, endeavors every day to protect his community and, like the Black Panthers, he doesn’t turn his back to abuse by police. As a community journalist who is a Black disabled man like Bo, I wanted to get to know what drives this activist, who is a hero to his neighbors but was treated abominably by San Francisco police.

Project WHAT! members participated in the Statewide Action Against Jail Expansion in Sacramento in December 2013.

Children of incarcerated parents say no to a new jail in San Francisco

January 24, 2015

San Francisco’s jail population is steadily decreasing, and we hope that the number of San Francisco youth struggling to find support during their parents’ and family members’ incarceration will decrease with it. This is why we as youth who have all experienced parental incarceration in San Francisco oppose a new jail in our city. Why invest in a new jail rather than the potential of our youth?

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The POOR family stands proudly surveying their hard work in 2012, the early days at Homefulness when the garden was the focus. No one had moved in yet, so they came as often as they could, busting up the concrete and asphalt to uncover the rich earth underneath that was soon producing delicious, nutritious edibles. The food was shared with folks in the neighborhood, who were soon participating in Community Newsroom, reporting on their lives and community. Homefulness is a very special place. Instead of anyone trying to destroy it, we should all be replicating it where we are. – Photo: Poor News Network

Shaking down the poor: The infiltration of a landless people’s movement

January 22, 2015

Homefulness is a poor people-led revolution that has taken root in Oakland. Homefulness can also be called humbleness. It is a sweat-equity model of housing that honors the land that was stolen from our ancestors. As history has shown us with poor people-led revolutions and movements of the past, there are those who will try to undermine a humble revolution. This manipulation is rooted in envy. It has no place in our humble revolution known as Homefulness. We will continue to live the revolution by any means necessary.

Following her introduction, Nicole Banks welcomes Mayor Ed Lee to the stage at the Wholesale Produce Market, one of countless new buildings in San Francisco.

Black men disrespected in Mayor Ed Lee’s State of the City address

January 21, 2015

What has changed for the better for the Black community in and around the city? Does the City of San Francisco care about this group of disenchanted people who helped build this great city? Though the mayor heralded The City’s low unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, many Black men hearing the word “jobs” in San Francisco know better than to get too excited.

District 5 Supervisor London Breed, though still in her first term, was elected president of the board on Jan. 8, 2015.

New SF board president should fight for new Human Rights Commission

January 18, 2015

There is a new sheriff in town … I mean a new president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She is Supervisor London Breed and I don’t need to tell anyone who knows of her that she is no shrinking violet. However, Blacks excited at the fact that a Black person will now guide this board is a trap that only sycophants can really enjoy. City Hall is still hostile to the San Francisco Black community.

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The Addition, formerly Yoshi’s SF, at 1330 Fillmore St., is an elegant – and expensive – venue. When the Fillmore district was known as Harlem of the West, San Francisco was largely segregated, but though many occupations were off limits, most Blacks were able to earn a living and support the many Black clubs and other businesses. Today, very few Blacks can afford many evenings at a venue like this.

Today the Fillmore went dark!

January 16, 2015

The Addition, formerly Yoshi’s, closed its doors, 77 people lost their jobs and many will wind up on unemployment. Gussie’s, the Black soul food restaurant diagonally across the street, left a couple of months ago. Rassellas Jazz Club up the street on Fillmore is gone. Will the Fillmore, once rivaled only by Harlem with its 31 restaurants and jazz clubs, die? The City did this! The question is: Did the City do enough to rectify its mistakes?

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