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Oakland City Council President Lynette McElhaney weighs in on OPD sex scandal

June 25, 2016

Oakland City Council President Lynette McElhaney has been one of the few fearless voices inside city government who is speaking out about the outrageous and unthinkable sex scandal where more than two dozen officers from law enforcement agencies all around the Bay had sex or inappropriate dealings with a young woman in the sex trade. Here she is in her own words.

Since the Clinton era destruction of the safety net that provided public housing, “welfare,” low college tuition and other programs, many young women have had little choice but “the life.” No photo of Diamond is being published to protect her safety and privacy.

Babies on the blade: ‘Diamond’ speaks out on police and young prostitutes

June 25, 2016

“Police are some of our best customers,” stated Diamond, 29, as we sat and talked. Diamond is one of the many names she goes by while working as a prostitute now in cities throughout the Bay Area. With the recent Bay Area police sex scandal, involving the sexual exploitation of Celeste Guap, much of it when she was a minor, it is important for victims of sexual violence to speak out! Here is Diamond’s story.

President McElhaney is a strong advocate for West Oakland, which in 1930 was home to 280,000 Black people and the center of Black life in the Bay Area. Today, Blacks are being pushed out by intense gentrification. To boost the spirits of those who remain, she attends “Friday Night Live,” a tradition of block parties on Fridays in various West Oakland neighborhoods during the summer. In 2014, she restored the funding and the fun, evenings of music, basketball, chess and dominoes, barbeque and children playing. “We want this to be the normal,” she says. – Photo: Max Gibson

City Council President McElhaney speaks on West Oakland conflict between developer and neighbors

June 23, 2016

There are concerns cited by the 2015-2016 Grand Jury report about my representation of the community’s concerns with a proposed development adjacent to my home. Prior to my election to office, an out of town investor purchased a historic Victorian house next to my home with the stated intention to rehabilitate it. The neighbors welcomed the promised renovation of the home and volunteered to keep watch over the site.

At last November’s Maafa Film Festival, Elilta Tewelde, Eliciana Nascimento and Kele Ntoto listen to fellow panelist Adimu Madyun, who is an award-winning filmmaker. – Photo: Wanda Sabir

Oakland’s Prosperity Movement fights gentrification by supporting local culture

June 18, 2016

Prosperity Movement, an Oakland-based group of artists and activists, is using its platform to promote peace and prosperity in a changing Oakland landscape. The group’s founder and front man, Adimu Madyun, makes it his mission to use art as a way of educating local youth and adults, who he says are bearing the brunt of gentrification in their native city.

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Oakland City Council President Lynette McElhaney

Oakland City Council President Lynette McElhaney speaks on OPD pedophile scandal – now with full transcript

June 17, 2016

Oakland City Council President Lynette McElhaney discusses the most recent sex scandal sweeping OPD and other Bay Area law enforcement agencies, where over two dozen officers and agents had sex or inappropriate dealings with the same underage girl. Councilwoman McElhaney equates sex work with slavery. She also stresses the need for the community to help organizations that support women and girls who have been abused by the sex industry.

An architect’s rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin re-proposes toxic ‘special sauce’ for Treasure Island – George Lucas’ memorabilia museum

June 13, 2016

A “space mountain,” “a behemoth,” “a colossus,” “a palace for Jabba The Hut” and “a half-baked baked Alaska” – that’s how columnists have described George Lucas’ $400 million 300,000-square-foot Museum of Narrative Art, a collection of Americana and Hollywood memorabilia. On May 16, 2016, San Francisco Supervisor, Aaron Peskin, appeared on CBS Bay Area talk show “Matier in the Morning,” where he reintroduced Treasure Island as a site for the project.

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Ten families, the owners and operators of 10 small businesses on MacArthur – BlackArthur in Deep East Oakland – lost everything in a mysterious fire in the wee hours of the morning on May 21. This photo was taken at 4 a.m.

From fires to foreclosures: BlackArthur (MacArthur Blvd) displacement crisis

June 10, 2016

“No one in the neighborhood believes that fire was an accident,” continued Donald about the recent tragic three-alarm fire that completely destroyed 10 small and very small thriving businesses on 73rd and BlackArthur. Along with the eradication of people’s long-time rented and owned homes through all means of politrickster moves and paper trails which the youth skolaz reveal in their report, local businesses are under attack.

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Equipto raps at the second annual Malcolm X Day held in Hunters Point in Kenny’s (Mendell) Plaza on May 22, at the place where, in 2011, SFPD murdered 19-year-old Kenneth Harding Jr. Equipto and his Frisco 5 comrades are heroes for their 17-day hunger strike to demand the ouster of SFPD Chief Suhr – a protest so long and so serious that it caught and held the attention of the people of San Francisco and even the media until the people finally prevailed. – Photo: Noé Serfaty

Frisco 5 Hunger Striker Equipto speaks on Jessica Williams-Nelson’s murder by SFPD and former Chief Suhr’s ouster

June 1, 2016

I am interviewing Equipto of the Frisco 5 Hunger Strike about the history of their movement, as well as his feelings on the resignation of Police Chief Suhr in San Francisco, after the police murder of Jessica Williams-Nelson. M.O.I. JR: What prompted you to organize the collective that eventually became known as the Frisco 5? Equipto: It was just a group of people that came together and decided to go on a hunger strike. The movement just sprouted from that basically.

The Sacramento-based Nelson family came to Bayview for the march and healing circle in front of the Bayview Police Station. – Photo: Apollonia Jordan

Long live Jessica Williams-Nelson

May 31, 2016

Sacramento native Jessica Leann Williams-Nelson, a young, beautiful Black mother of four, is sadly the latest victim slain by the hands of SFPD. On May 19, 2016, 29-year-old Jessica was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car, alone and unarmed, in the Bay View when she was gunned down. Her life was taken in an instant, with one shot at close range, by Sgt. Justin Erb.

Byron Gill

Racism reigns at James Rolph Park, San Francisco

May 30, 2016

On May 12, 2016, Black gardener Byron Gill, who works for the City of San Francisco, was informed that a San Francisco Superior Court jury rejected his retaliation claim against his employer, SF Recreation and Park. Gill, represented by attorney Gregory P. Brock, described the matter in his closing arguments as “death by a thousand cuts.” He painted a picture of employer retaliation and harassment.

Jessica Williams

Honoring the life of Jessica Williams

May 27, 2016

Join the Last 3% and the family of Jessica Williams today at 6:30 p.m. at Third Street and Palou in Bayview Hunters Point for a march to the Bayview Police Station. On the morning of Thursday, May 19 – National #SayHerName Day – a San Francisco Police sergeant killed Jessica Williams, 29, with a single shot at close range while she was unarmed, sitting in a car in the Bayview. This is the same neighborhood where a sergeant recently expressed a desire to kill Black people.

On May 3, while Mayor Ed Lee firmly pledged his loyalty to SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, who has been a curse on Black and Brown communities for decades, and Suhr swore he wasn’t leaving, the Frisco 5, demanding Suhr’s ouster, led a long march to City Hall in their wheelchairs with their fists raised, anticipating the victory that came only 16 days later.

Police chief forced to resign in victory for Frisco 500

May 24, 2016

May 19 was less than a month since the “Frisco 5” began their hunger strike with a single demand: that Police Chief Greg Suhr resign or be fired … this chief, who for five years has been crying crocodile tears while justifying every police killing of a Black or Latino person … this chief, who for five years has been vigilantly protected by the mayor, the media and the city’s Democratic political establishment. On May 19, the mayor forced him to resign.

Shimeko Franklin

I’m a young Black woman in Oakland, single mom and student – and a Bernie Sanders delegate!

May 19, 2016

The Bernie Sanders platform spoke to me, and at the delegate caucus in Oakland, I was one of nine selected to represent Congressional District 13 for Bernie Sanders and my community. The Bernie Sanders platform relates to people like me faced with rising costs of living, disenfranchisement, gentrification and systemic racism. People who feel this pressure know it is not a radical idea to have a candidate like Sanders defending our issues and speaking truth to power.

The Afrikatown mural and community garden

Come to the Afrikatown Anti-Eviction Block Party on May 28

May 18, 2016

The Qilombo Collective reclaimed a plot of land on San Pablo and West Grand that had been neglected for decades and put a community garden on it. Recently, they have been ordered to move the garden, and the people feel like there should be space in the city for people to learn, organize and work free of corporate pressure. So the fight is beginning to take shape, and on May 28, everyone is invited to the Anti-Eviction Block Party at the Afrikatown Garden.

An architect’s rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Will George Lucas build Star Wars memorabilia museum on Treasure Island Death Star?

May 18, 2016

We read with amazement Matier and Ross’ announcement in the Sunday, May 15, Chronicle that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is “in talks with George Lucas” about “housing his collection of illustrative art and Hollywood memorabilia” on “a site already approved for redevelopment on Treasure Island.” The genius who conceived the “Star Wars” saga must not yet know that the place is thoroughly saturated with weapons grade chemicals and radioisotopes with half-lives of never, like plutonium and cesium 137, and that the Navy is not doing a bang-up job of digging the poisonous stuff out.

At their huge May 9 rally, TWELF 2016 hunger striker Ahkeel Mestayer read their demands, concluding with the statement: “We are the Third World Liberation Front, the campaign to defend and advance ethnic studies and the historical organizations at San Francisco State University!” That’s Hassani Bell seated to the left of Ahkeel. – Photo: Steve Zeltzer, Labor Video Project

Hunger striker Hassani Bell speaks on the end of the Ethnic Studies hunger strike and what’s next

May 13, 2016

Block Report Radio interviews hunger striker Hassani Bell, one of four hunger strikers who were fighting to preserve and expand the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State. The hunger strikers were Hassani Bell, 18, Julia Retzlaff, 19, Sachiel Rose, 19, and Ahkeel Mestayer, 20, and their organization is called Third World Liberation Front 2016 in homage to the 1968 strike. After 10 days, many of the demands were met by the SF State administration of President Wong, but not all of them. The strike is suspended as the fight continues.

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Fellow journalist Joel Angel Juárez writes: “Photojournalist Gabriella Angotti-Jones, with El Tecolote and CCSF’s The Guardsman, gets shoved by San Francisco sheriff deputies while covering a protest at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, May 6, 2016. Angotti-Jones had her press credentials visible on her person. Angotti-Jones and three other journalists (including myself) were assaulted by SF deputy sheriffs while reporting during Friday’s ‪#‎Frisco5‬‬/ ‪#‎Frisco500‬‬/ ‪#‎hungerforjusticesf‬‬ protest.” – Photo: Noé Serfaty

Four journalists covering Frisco 500 City Hall occupation file brutality complaint against S.F. Sheriff’s Department

May 12, 2016

Four journalists filed official complaints on May 10 against the SF Sheriff’s Department charging they were intimidated and unlawfully roughed up while attempting to report on a May 6 protest inside City Hall that called for the firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr and the resignation of Mayor Ed Lee. Natasha Dangond and Gabriella Angotti-Jones are photographers for the City College campus newspaper, The Guardsman. Joel Angel Juárez photographs for the Mission neighborhood newspaper, El Tecolote. Sana Saleem is a reporter for 48Hills.

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Councilmember Jovanka Beckles

Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles: What really matters is improving the lives of Richmond residents

May 12, 2016

I have been consistent in my advocacy for improving the lives of Richmond residents, especially the disenfranchised. Bernie Sanders’ growing popularity shows us that the people want candidates with integrity. When Sen. Sanders visited Richmond, he did so because he knew that Team Richmond – Gayle McLaughlin, Eduardo Martinez and Jovanka Beckles – were candidates who were and will continue to be of the people, for the people and by the people.

Civil rights attorney John Burris counsels and comforts Gwen Woods, mother of Mario Woods, executed firing squad-style by five officers on Dec. 2, 2015. – Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP

As attorney John Burris reveals SFPD sergeant transferred to Bayview to ‘kill niggers,’ Supervisor Jane Kim calls for new police chief

May 11, 2016

“Sgt. Lawrence Kempinski, a 17-year department veteran, told fellow officers that he transferred to the Bayview Station in order to ‘kill niggers,’” reports civil rights attorney John Burris. “It is time to launch a search for a new chief who can implement fundamental reform,” announced Supervisor Jane Kim, “As long as Chief Suhr continues to lead this department,” says Kim, ”we will be unable to truly address the very serious problems raised by“ DA George Gascón’s Blue Ribbon Panel’s report.

During the Frisco 500 occupation of City Hall on May 6, a protestor prays for an end to police violence. – Photo: Sana Saleem

#Frisco500 shut down City Hall to stop police murders

May 9, 2016

Inspired by the stamina of the “Frisco 5” hunger strikers, hundreds of chanting supporters occupied the rotunda and grand staircase inside City Hall for seven hours on May 6. Their demand: “We won’t leave City Hall until the mayor fires Greg Suhr,” the top cop complicit in a string of police murders of Black and Brown people in the city. The movement to fire Chief Suhr, stubbornly resisted by the city’s political establishment, is nevertheless gaining momentum.

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