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On May 3, the 13th day of their hunger strike, the Frisco 5, in wheelchairs pushed by the doctors and medical students who have been monitoring their health, march with a thousand supporters to City Hall for a showdown with Mayor Ed Lee, who ducked out. Ike Ali Pinkton is just out of camera range at the left. Selassie Blackwell was hospitalized the next day but was soon back with his comrades. – Photo: Mona Caron

The Frisco 5 statement on this afternoon’s phone call from Mayor Ed Lee plus new interview with Equipto

May 5, 2016

As a result of incredible pressure from the community, Mayor Lee finally contacted the Frisco 5 by phone. The Frisco 5 reiterated their one simple demand – fire Chief Greg Suhr. Mayor Lee told the strikers he would not fire the chief and he stood behind Chief Suhr’s record which includes the choking death of Mark Garcia in 1997, two demotions, the Fajitagate scandal, a personal harassment suit that cost the city millions, racist text messages exposed, a crime lab scandal and the murder of Mario Woods, Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Luis Gongora and many others.

Patrick Xu and friend, camping in Death Valley, use the survival skills they’ve learned by squatting – often without electricity and running water.

Patrick Xu of the Land Action 4 speaks on their case, human rights and squatter movements locally and internationally

May 3, 2016

The Land Action 4 are four people who were arrested after actively reclaiming neglected property. I was made aware of this case by housing activist Tim Killings, who organizes around housing rights in Oakland. I conversed with one of the members of the Land Action 4, Patrick Xu, about their case, their beliefs, human rights and the history of reclaiming property internationally. Check out Patrick Xu in his own words, and support the dropping of charges for the Land Action 4.

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The Frisco 5 hunger strikers, clockwise from top left, are Maria Cristina Gutierrez, 66, Ilyich “Equipto” Sato, 42, Selassie Blackwell, 39, Ike Pinkston, 42, and Edwin Lindo, 29. – Photos: Lola M. Chavez, Mission Local

Frisco 5 hunger strikers to SFPD: ‘Stop executing our people’

May 3, 2016

Five hunger strikers dubbed the Frisco 5 – angered by new police murders of Black and Brown people – have been occupying half the sidewalk in front of Mission Police Station since April 21. It’s Day 13 of their liquid-only fast and they’re losing weight, but they vow to keep it up until SF Police Chief Greg Suhr resigns or is fired. The Frisco 5 hunger strikers are Maria Cristina Gutierrez, 66, Ilyich “Equipto” Sato, 42, Selassie Blackwell, 39, Ike Pinkston, 42, and Edwin Lindo, 29.

Children’s Waiting Room staff gather at the Hall of Justice – from left, Maire Larkin, Dinky Manek Enty and Denise Bradford.

Tenacity turned into treasure at San Francisco courts’ Children’s Waiting Room

April 30, 2016

What began in 1991, thanks largely to the tenacious work of some women lawyers, eliminated the need for parents or guardian to panic when faced with the dilemma of having to do business in a San Francisco courthouse without childcare.
The Children’s Waiting Room is open and free for all who have court business in a San Francisco courthouse. They provide a safe place for infants, children and teens to have fun while their parents or guardian are doing business in the building.

People power – faculty, students and the public – can put “great futures” at the top of the priority list and force the administrators and regulators to restore and enhance the historic greatness of City College, the largest community college in California and one of the largest in the country. – Photo: Carl Finnamore

City College faculty strike for justice – to stop class reductions and pay cuts

April 28, 2016

After one frustrating year of union bargaining, AFT 2121 faculty at City College of San Francisco conducted a one-day unfair labor practice strike “of all classes at all 11 campuses” on April 27 because the administration has not been bargaining in good faith as it proposes “to shrink classes by 26 percent and lay off more than a quarter of the faculty.” These cuts are staggering.

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The Frisco 5 have been on hunger strike for over a week outside the Mission Police Station at 17th and Valencia, demanding that Mayor Ed Lee fire SFPD Chief Greg Suhr or resign. – Photo: Edwin Lindo

Hungry for justice: Equipto speaks for the Frisco 5 on hunger strike to demand SFPD Chief Suhr be fired or Mayor Lee resign

April 27, 2016

The latest front in the fight to fire SFPD Chief Suhr is a hunger strike outside the Mission Police Station led by rapper Equipto and his mother, Maria Cristina Gutierrez, whose idea it was back in 2014 when Alex Nieto was executed by SFPD. She says, “Enough is enough. I cannot live in this city anymore. I will not eat until the chief of police is gone.” Rapper Selassie is another of the Frisco 5, the moniker the press has given the hunger strikers, who have starved themselves for over a week.

Bayview residents gather for SFPUC’s Taco Tuesday at 1800 Oakdale, the building they fought for decades ago to house the Southeast Campus of City College and have taken great pride in ever since. – Photo: Bethaney Lee

Will the Southeast Campus of City College at 1800 Oakdale become a PUC office building?

April 27, 2016

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is proposing to relocate the Southeast Community Facility Commission building at 1800 Oakdale Ave., the decades-long home of the Southeast Campus of City College, to the corner of Third Street and Evans Avenue. On April 19, SFPUC hosted a Taco Tuesday for neighborhood residents to view two different proposals, plans for what the new Evans building could look like and another of a remodeled 1800 Oakdale Ave. building.

A very tense Chief Suhr responds to press questions about hunger strikers outside the Mission Police Station on April 21demanding his firing. The hunger strike is led by rapper Equipto and other members of the Black & Brown Social Club.

Mayor Ed Lee: Fire Police Chief Gregory P. Suhr now!

April 25, 2016

The people of San Francisco are outraged by the ongoing misconduct and mismanagement of the San Francisco Police Department by Police Chief Gregory P. Suhr. His history of breaking the laws he is sworn to uphold, along with his consistent refusal to discipline officers for their brutality and crimes against residents, has created a crisis in the city. We will accept no more. It is time for Suhr to go.

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An Oakland shipyard worker in 1943 takes a break. – Photo: Dorothea Lange, courtesy Oakland Museum of California

Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 14

April 24, 2016

A 1968 book-length report, titled “A Study of the Manpower Implications of Small Business Financing: A Survey of 149 Minority and 202 Anglo-Owned Small Businesses in Oakland, California,” was sent to the Bay View by its author, Joseph Debro, prior to his death in November 2013, and his family has kindly permitted the Bay View to publish it. This is Part 14 of the report.

Bernie Sanders embraces Danny Glover at a rally in Greenville, S.C., on Feb. 21, 2016. Former NAACP President Ben Jealous is behind them. – Photo: ABC News

Join ILWU Local 10 for May Day 2016 ‘National Day of Mourning’ for victims of police terror: Bernie Sanders, Danny Glover invited to speak

April 23, 2016

For the second consecutive year, the ILWU Local 10 will be withholding its labor for eight hours to commemorate May Day. This May Day, Local 10 is calling for a “National Day of Mourning” for Black and Brown unarmed victims of police killings across the country. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has been invited to speak May Day. Danny Glover will appear at one of the rallies.

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At the town hall meeting called by Chief Greg Suhr to discuss the killing of Luis Gongora, a Suhr tradition after every police murder, 200 angry people constantly called for Suhr’s firing. The photo of Luis Gongora was provided by his family in Mexico. His friends say he stayed in touch by phone with his three grown children. – Photo: Lola M. Chavez, Mission Local

Hell no! Chief Greg Suhr has got to GO!

April 20, 2016

SFPD has done it again … murdered another man in cold blood … in his own community … in broad daylight. Again, officers say that they were forced to fire their weapons. Again, cowardly officers kill a man whom they claim was wielding a knife. Again, this person suffered from mental disabilities. And sadly, again, the SFPD and Chief Greg Suhr have failed our communities.

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Hugo Pinell’s daughter Allegra invites you to join in honoring her father on April 23

April 19, 2016

On Aug. 12, 2015, within the walls of New Folsom Prison, freedom fighter and political prisoner Hugo “Yogi” Pinell of the San Quentin 6 was assassinated on the prison yard by members of the Aryan Brotherhood, with the assistance of the guards. Seven months later, the community who loves him is coming together to remember his life and contribution to the Black struggle for self-determination and human rights. We will be celebrating his life on Saturday, April 23, 1-5 p.m., at the African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St. in San Francisco. Any and everybody from the community is invited.

Iris Canada, 99, consults with her niece, Iris Merriouns, at the press conference on April 12. – Photo: 48 Hills

Seriously? Evicting a 99-year-old? Rally at Tuesday hearing

April 16, 2016

This is how bad things are getting: Iris Canada could lose her home of more than 60 years, despite a lifetime lease. CALL TO ACTION: Rally for Iris Canada, a 99-year-old African American woman in the Fillmore threatened with eviction. At a hearing Tuesday, April 19, 8:30 a.m., in the Courthouse, 400 McAllister, San Francisco, her lawyers will argue to make her temporary stay permanent. Join the two-to-three-hour rally outside.

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San Francisco continues destroying its Black community

April 15, 2016

Why is it necessary in America’s richest major City, one that is booming with development and tourism, to grab the last Black-owned cultural development in San Francisco? Gentrification, the denial of jobs and contracting opportunities, and just plain benign neglect contribute to the out-migration and destruction of San Francisco’s once proud and thriving African American community – including Harlem of the West, then a major destination for tourists from around the world.

Displacement on BlackArthur, East Oakland, one business, one family, one elder at a time

April 12, 2016

“I am worried about our drum teacher at Deecolonize Academy, Uncle Val, who, like Master Frohm and so many more, should not have been forced to leave our neighborhood,” said Tiburcio Garcia and Kimo Umu from Deecolonize Academy, who spoke at a recent Oakland City Council meeting which dealt with a proclamation for the powerful Love Life movement and an eviction moratorium.

Police officers texting by Arlen, Twitter

2nd SFPD texting scandal: Officers’ racist text messages condemned by public defender, supervisors and mayor

April 10, 2016

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi issued a statement on April 1 on the news that a second group of SFPD officers exchanged racist and homophobic text messages and sent a letter to District Attorney George Gascón on the topic. Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement April 4 after meeting with the San Francisco Police Department’s Police Employee Groups. At the full Board of Supervisors meeting April 5, Supervisor Malia Cohen and Board President London Breed issued a joint statement regarding the racist and homophobic text messages.

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SFPD took the life of Luis “Luigi” Gongora, 45, here on the sidewalk at 18th and Shotwell, where he lived, leaving his blood for the world to see. – Photo: Adriana Camarena

Shooting of homeless man shows need for sincere change in SFPD

April 9, 2016

A shooting by police officers of a homeless man camping on Shotwell Street near 18th Street occurred in the Mission Thursday, April 7. On Friday, the Medical Examiner identified the victim as 45-year-old Luis Gongora, a San Francisco resident. This shooting happened less than 24 hours after a late-night Police Commission meeting at which members of the Police Officers Association fought against changes to the Department General Order concerning use of force.

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NorCal People’s Housing Union – fighting gentrification in Oakland – meets Saturday

April 6, 2016

The politics, color and income of Oakland is changing rapidly, similar to what happened over in San Francisco, where the population went from 16 percent Black in the 1970s to 3 percent Black and shrinking today. Oakland, like many other largely Black cities, is being plagued by gentrification. Instead of suffering in silence, Timothy Killings, a member of the Northern California People’s Housing Union, invites you to join the collective this Saturday, 12-3 p.m., at the Quilombo Community Center, 2313 San Pablo in West Oakland. Food and child care will be provided and all are invited.

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Midtown tenants, neighbors and allies call on US Bank to stop funding developer Mercy California’s plan to demolish their apartment complex.

Tenants and homeowners of Mission, Fillmore and Bayview protest banks that fund displacement

April 4, 2016

On March 18, residents of Midtown Park Apartments, Cultural Action Network, ACCE Action and allies attempted to close down two Chase and US Bank locations they believe are connected to current tenant displacement in the Mission, Fillmore-Western Addition and Bayview through evictions and predatory-lending foreclosures. They also delivered petitions for those banks to pledge to divest from investments and practices that result in displacement of long-time San Franciscans.

Tenants fight gentrification as apartment buildings are flipped and rents raised in Highland Park, Los Angeles. – Photo: Michael Robinson Chavez, LA Times

California Apartment Association is stalking the tenants’ movement

April 3, 2016

On March 3, the same day that Oakland tenant activists filed a ballot initiative to strengthen renter protections called the “Renters Upgrade,” the California Apartment Association (CAA) announced that they were keeping an eye on things and are coming up with their own plan to counter the tenant’s movement efforts somehow, including in Richmond and Alameda.

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