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Huey P. Newton’s brother Melvin speaks on their Panther histories

August 22, 2016 interviews Melvin Newton, about his brother Huey P. Newton and their history in the Black Panther Party in Oakland California. Melvin talks about Huey facing the death penalty after killing Oakland Police officer Frey, the Huey Newton Defense Committee, Huey’s concept of globalization called Intercommunalism, the founding of Black Studies at Merritt College, and more.


“Blood in My Eye” 45 years later wit’ David Johnson of the San Quentin 6

August 21, 2016

The People’s Minister of Information JR interviews David Johnson of the San Quentin 6 about the 45th Anniversary since the publishing of “Blood in My Eye” in relation to the 45th anniversary of the assassination of the late great prison human rights leader and Field Marshall of the Black Panther Party George L. Jackson. We talked about the George Jackson and Che Guevara’s concept of the New Man, as well as the chapter in the book that deals with after the revolution has failed. We talked about some of the teachings of the great Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh, his thoughts in regards to what’s going on in the streets today, and more. Tune into

Lil Black boy in street watches cop downtown Oakland

Want to stop the violence? Get involved – really involved

August 17, 2016

The killings we see and hear about taking place not just in Oakland, but in communities all around the country via intra-community violence are such that they simply can’t be tucked away under a rug. These tragedies pierce our souls and touch our hearts. They leave us sad, angry, traumatized and frustrated, especially if you organize or are in any way politically active and know intimately the forces at work that help foster a climate where Black and Brown life is devalued.

Mitchell Herrington was harassed and evicted for organizing a rent strike to protest radioactivity near Island homes

Treasure Island whistleblower Mitchell Herrington faced retaliation from power broker consortium

August 15, 2016

Four brave Treasure Islanders who’ve spoken out about the radiation and other toxins sickening residents have learned they face swift retaliation engineered by the powers-that-be. Mitchell Herrington lived on Treasure Island from 1999 to 2013, when he was harassed off the island by eviction. During his tenancy, Mitchell lived with a roommate who worked for Shaw Environmental. The fact that this Shaw employee had to be protected by a hooded hazmat suit suggested the serious danger of contamination present in his cleanup zone work.

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A fully militarized OPD SWAT-type team approaches the entrance to Omar Shakir’s home to raid it at 5:30 a.m. It’s hard to see in the low early morning light, but note the sniper at right with his gun raised. A warrant for the raid was not issued until 7:07 a.m.

OPD falsely accuses East Oaklander of shooting at police

August 14, 2016

Relations between the OPD and the community are and have been tense for a long time. The fact that the OPD is still, after 13 years, being monitored by the federal government, with the sad reality of the current sex scandal and the slaughter of the police in Dallas and Baton Rouge – this translates into a climate of low morale, paranoia and dysfunction.
All this is made clear by the overreaction of the OPD in its unjustified arrest of Omar Shakir Sunday morning.

George Jackson Black August poster

Police run feel-good PR campaign while criminalizing Black August

August 11, 2016

Last week I was alerted to an inflammatory story from Bay Area ABC news reporter Dan Noyes that basically sought to disparage the Black August commemorations. The story noted that “police sources” had leaked an FBI bulletin to him stating that prison guards and police were going to be attacked by members of the Black Guerilla Family in commemoration of Black August. Many found the allegations to be outlandish. Black August is a month that is held to high esteem by many in the Black community who celebrate the resistance movements that have long been a part of our history for the past 300 years.

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Iris Canada, 99 in her home by Sydney Johnson, KGO-TV

Elder abuse in San Francisco: Owner goes to court to evict 100-year-old Iris Canada

August 9, 2016

The owners are pressing forward with their eviction of Iris Canada, the 99-year-old African American woman in the Fillmore who just turned 100, by asking Superior Court at 400 McAllister on Wednesday, Aug. 10, to grant them an order to throw her out of her home of over 50 years. Come to the courthouse at 400 McAllister at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10, to applaud Iris as she arrives and wish her luck

The campaign for justice for Andy Lopez, led by Latino youth, has been a Black-Brown collaboration from the beginning. Despite a long and very strong united effort, Santa Rosa activists have been just as disappointed and angry as those all over the country at the impunity of law enforcement. – Photo: Daniela Kantorova

Gelhaus gets a promotion after getting away with the murder of Andy Lopez

August 7, 2016

On Oct. 22, 2013, in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus shot and killed unarmed, 13-year-old Andy Lopez without cause. Gelhaus, a trained weapons instructor and firearms expert, fired eight shots at Andy, hitting him seven times. So here we are, almost three years later and now the news that Deputy Gelhaus has been promoted to sergeant. This is outrageous.

Black San Franciscans will never forget this old Marcus Book Store, an official historic landmark, at 1712 Fillmore St., its home for 33 years. The graceful old Victorian had previously been home to Jimbo’s Bop City jazz club back when the Fillmore District was known worldwide as Harlem of the West and had been saved from Redevelopment bulldozers when the district was destroyed.

Marcus Books is coming back to San Francisco

August 5, 2016

We are pleased to announce an event on Aug. 16, 2016, to celebrate the union of Marcus Books and the African American Arts and Culture Complex (AAACC) in the Fillmore District of San Francisco. Over the past few months, Marcus Books and the AAACC have been collaborating on the details of their new partnership which will manifest as a bookstore within the first floor lobby of the complex. The event, to be held Tuesday, Aug. 16, 6-9 p.m., on the first floor of the AAACC, is meant to share the exciting plans with the community.

This bomb disposal robot is similar to the one used by Dallas PD to blow up Micah Johnson by strapping explosives to it with duct tape. The U.S. military has been using robots as weapons for some time, but Johnson’s murder was the first time a robot had been used by police to kill.

Sistah Fa speaks on OPD’s recent use of robot and trumped up charges against her son, Omar Shakir

August 1, 2016 interviews East Oakland’s Sistah Fa about her son, Omar Shakir, being locked up on trumped up charges of trying to murder a police officer on July 24, 2016. When the OPD raided her house, they did it with a robot and with the use of an undisclosed green substance that confused residents. Black people, welcome to the era of “Terminator” robot policing alongside the regular modus operandi of trumped up charges, police pimping, police murders, unwarranted raids and the use of undisclosed chemicals.

The fence surrounding the remodeled Opera House makes it look more like a prison than a welcoming community center. The Joe Lee Gym is at the right. This sidewalk is the place where Kenneth Harding, 19, bled to death after being shot by SFPD for not paying his T-train fare. – Photo: Lee Hubbard

Rebuilt Bayview Opera House opens to community concerns

August 1, 2016

The hub of Hunters Point at Third and Oakdale was buzzing with traffic and throngs of people as they assembled outside of the Bayview Opera House. The Moon Candy soul band was on the stage as people began to sit in the new seats in the outside auditorium. The Opera House had been closed for remodeling for four years. Finally, on July 20, the new Opera House was unveiled to the public.

On Sept. 28, 1966, the day after police murdered Matthew “Peanut” Johnson, 16, Mayor John Shelley called Gov. Pat Brown, father of current Gov. Jerry Brown, and asked for the National Guard – and here they are, “clearing” Third Street. Tanks were sent too – military tanks that rumbled up and down Third Street for days – all for the purpose of terrorizing Hunters Point, which some called the Bay Area’s fiercest Black neighborhood, into silence.

50 years since the 1966 Hunters Point Uprising and ‘Black Lives [Still Don’t] Matter’

July 31, 2016

Join us Sunday, Sept. 25, 1-3 p.m., and Wednesday, Sept. 27, 3-5 p.m., at the Linda Brooks Burton Library, 5075 Third St., at Revere, San Francisco, to honor the life of the many Black men and women whose lives were taken too soon and to learn more about the 1966 Hunters Point Uprising. We must, as Arthur Schomburg challenges Black Americans, “dig up our past in order to remake our future.”

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In one of many dramatic events during their 17-day hunger strike, on May 3, the Frisco 5 – Ike Pinkston, Ilych “Equipto” Sato, Selassie Blackwell, Cristina Gutierrez and Edwin Lindo – “marched” in wheelchairs pushed by the doctors and medical students who tended to their health from the site of the strike, outside the Mission Police Station, to City Hall, where they expected to finally meet with the mayor. He stood them up, so they continued down the hall to the weekly Board of Supervisors meeting, then underway, and made passionate statements that probably speeded their success. They ended their strike after being hospitalized on May 7, and on May 19, SFPD Chief Suhr resigned, fulfilling their No. 1 demand. – Photo: Joel Angel Juárez, El Tecolote

Members of the Frisco 5 officially reject the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Hero Award

July 27, 2016

On July 28, 2016, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission will be presenting the Frisco 5 with a Hero Award. While we appreciate the consideration, some of us cannot accept this award. It is insulting to us that the very administration who executes the will of developers and big business instead of the will of the voters would think that awarding us for fighting their failed policies would be acceptable. How can we accept such an award when our city is in a state of crisis?

Phyllis Haugabook MFT

The psyche of a sexually abused child: Why children may protect the cops who abuse them

July 27, 2016

In hopes of getting people to understand the mind and psyche of a sexually abused minor, I took a moment to speak with child psychologist Phyllis Haugabook. Phyllis is a therapist who has worked with sexually, mentally and physically abused children for over 17 years. Listen to what she has to say about the effect sexual abuse has on the psyche of the child and why so many sexually abused children often protect their abusers.

Moments before murdering Oscar Grant, BART Officer Johannes Mehserle pins him face down to the platform, on Jan. 1, 2009. – Screenshot: Tommy Cross via LA Superior Court

The ‘fundamentalism’ in police operations

July 27, 2016

As police murders accumulate, and police chiefs get fired and replaced because they cannot stop it – as in Oakland and San Francisco – the notion that this represents a political crisis becomes a truism. It is not a “crisis of policing,” which would suggest a situation beyond the capacities of the police. It is the police who have become the crisis.

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Nearly half the prisoners in San Francisco County Jail at 850 Bryant are Black at a time when gentrification, police occupation and absence of economic opportunities has pushed most Blacks out of the City, a disaster reflected in the name of a local Black Lives Matter group, “Last 3 percent.” – Photo: Michael Macor, SF Chronicle

Coalition that stopped new SF jail wins human rights award as jail system blasted by civil grand jury

July 25, 2016

The No New SF Jail Coalition has been selected to receive the prestigious Hero Award by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and its Equity Advisory Committee. The coalition celebrated a monumental victory last December, when, after years of community organizing and advocacy, they persuaded the Board of Supervisors to reject plans for a new jail in San Francisco.

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As the powers-that-be forge ahead relentlessly to realize this architect’s rendering of Treasure Island that will enable mega-developer Lennar Corp. to house and entertain millionaires and billionaires with fabulous views, these wealthy, connected politicians are fully aware that the current residents stand in the way of their vision and enrichment. John Stewart’s working class market rate renters as well as subsidized at-risk-for-homelessness folks have few resources. Some have become the canaries in the coal mine, sick from the radiation and other deadly toxins that may never be removed. Their swift punishment for speaking out is engineered by the movers and shakers who fear they’ll alert potential buyers to the chemicals and radiation lurking in the groundwater under the luxury condos soon to be built.

Treasure Island whistleblowers face immediate retaliation from power broker consortium

July 25, 2016

The truth about the radiation and chemicals that poison Treasure Island has been deliberately hidden from view since 1941, when the Navy began using the island as a trash dump. To conceal the extent of the toxicity and the poisoning of many sailors and civilians, recent plans to redevelop the island have required powerful players to shroud activities there in an even thicker fog than the mist that daily crawls under the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Retired Judge LaDoris Cordell, a member of the three-judge Blue Ribbon Panel, reads from the report on discipline, transparency and other SFPD issues. – Photo: Connor Radnovich, SF Chronicle

San Francisco Civil Grand Jury and Blue Ribbon Panel rip SFPD for racial bias

July 21, 2016

The Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement has released its final report detailing its year-long investigation into issues of potential bias in the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). The panel found that the SFPD is in need of greater transparency, lacks robust oversight, must rebuild trust with the communities it serves, and should pay greater attention to the potential for bias against people of color, with respect to both its own police officers and members of the public.

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Paula Beal, who was recently forced out of her home by a sudden 27 percent rent increase and who has seen her seven children, 27 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren displaced out of Oakland, is the subject of an April 21, 2016, story in the London Guardian called “Oakland's housing crisis: ‘I’m the last one here. I don’t know if I can stay or go.’”

Oakland displaced housing activist Paula Beal speaks

July 19, 2016 talks to Oakland-based housing activist Paula Beal, who is herself a displaced senior, about the lack of affordable housing, a crisis in Oakland. She talks about the struggles that homeless displaced people go through in this town, her recent demonstration at the door of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and what people can do to assist displaced families and to support the fight for affordable housing in Oakland. Paula says: “Right now … it’s a housing crisis! … From 2010 to 2015, 50,000 people have been evicted,” 5,000 already this year, just in Oakland.

In Ferguson, Uncle Bobby talks with Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, and Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, on Aug. 27, 2014. – Photo: Kumasi Aaron

Oscar Grant’s Uncle Bobby speaks on Alton Sterling, Phil Castile, Obama, Dallas and OPD – now with full transcript

July 18, 2016

Oscar Grant’s Uncle Bobby, aka Cephus Johnson, speaks about the recent police execution of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Phil Castile in Minneapolis. We talk about the role of new media in exposing these two cases. He also discusses Obama’s response to the police executions of Black and Brown people and his inaction. We also discuss the Dallas sniper killing a number of police officers last night in response to the rampant police terrorism plaguing the Black communities of the U.S.

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