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The crowd that came to hear Mike Brown Sr. filled every inch of the Third Baptist sanctuary. – Photo: Kia Croom

Mike Brown Sr. speaks to San Francisco

December 20, 2014

Nearly 800 community members, public officials, faith and thought leaders packed the pews of Third Baptist Church on Sunday to hear remarks from Mike Brown Sr., father of the 18-year-old shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer. The event comes amid a storm of local protests decrying police brutality that have gained national attention. A somber Brown had little to say, but expressed gratitude to attendees for their support.

The plaza at Fruitvale BART resonated with angry, hardcore and inspiring speeches by high school students on Dec. 15. – Photo: Poor News Network

A #FreeOakland movement: High school students march against police brutality

December 20, 2014

On Dec. 15 in Oakland, a protest was planned, held and led by students on the issue of police brutality. It was held at the Fruitvale BART Station where Oscar Grant had unfortunately lost his life at the hands of BART police officers. Over 200 students gathered to have their voices heard – and they would not take no for an answer. Youths who are angry with what is happening made hardcore and inspiring speeches.

Kayla Moore’s sister, Maria, and father, Arthur, protest at a rally before the Berkeley City Council meeting on April 30, 2013, where they were attacked by BPD. The pain of police murders – the sense of betrayal by those we pay to protect us – runs so deep that loved ones never forget. – Photo: Emilie Raguso, Berkeleyside

Berkeley Copwatch: Make the police obsolete

December 16, 2014

Berkeley Copwatch co-founder Andrea Prichett spoke to KPFA about justice for Kayla Moore and organizing for the long haul, to make police obsolete. Berkeley Copwatch has been taking action against police violence in Berkeley since 1990. The Copwatch organizing model and investigative techniques have spread across the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. This week Berkeley Copwatch posted a list of local campaigns to create real change in Berkeley.

Supervisor Avalos introduces resolution to review racial profiling and use of force by SFPD, upholds right to nonviolent protest

December 16, 2014

On Dec. 9, Supervisor John Avalos introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors to address racial profiling and the use of force by police officers, nationally and locally, as well as to uphold the right to nonviolent protest. Supervisors David Campos, Jane Kim, Malia Cohen and Eric Mar signed as cosponsors. A final vote on the resolution will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 16, and a large showing of support is vital to its passage.

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Black protest organizers give a Black Power salute as the climber ascends the flagpole. – Photo: BaySolidarity

Protesters shut down Oakland Police Department for almost 4.5 hours today, demand end to police aggression against Black people

December 15, 2014

At approximately 7:30 Monday morning, the Oakland Police Department Headquarters was blockaded by protesters demanding an end to racist violence against the Black community. One person climbed the flagpole directly in front of the OPD Headquarters to fly a banner in honor of Black people murdered by police. Minutes later, a group of about 30 Black protesters occupied the space in front of the police department and called for an immediate end to the war on Black people.

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No justice, no peace: National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area chapter turns up the heat against police violence and racism

December 14, 2014

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls for an immediate end to police violence, the taking of Black lives and the terrorizing of Black communities. We are inspired by the determination and courage of the people of Ferguson, Black people across the United States, and solidarity protests. In the face of such incredible injustice, we openly support this people’s rebellion.

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Raheim Brown was murdered by Oakland Unified School District police officer Barhin Bhatt as he sat in a car outside a high school dance on Jan. 22, 2011.

Raising issue of OUSD police murder of Raheim Brown leads to reinstatement of Urban Dreams website

December 13, 2014

Three weeks after the initial public promise to repost Urban Dreams and stop police control of Oakland school curriculum, Urban Dreams had still not been posted, ostensibly for aesthetic reasons. Two and a half hours after the following letter to Oakland Superintendent Antwan Wilson was sent – detailing OUSD’s official role in covering up the murder of Raheim Brown by school district police – Urban Dreams reappeared.

Panelists Microsoft General Manager for Global Diversity and Inclusion Gwen Houston, Cisco Chief Collaboration and Inclusion Officer Shari Slate, Google Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion Yolanda Mangolini, Pandora Diversity Program Manager Lisa Lee and Intel Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Rosalind Hudnell were phenomenal as they talked about these companies’ efforts to be more inclusive. – Photo: Kia Croom

Tech jobs for Blacks? Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH convene tech companies for diversity and inclusion forum

December 13, 2014

Intel hosted Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s “Next Steps for Technology Forum” Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Intel Campus in Santa Clara. The forum, which was sponsored by Rainbow PUSH Silicon Valley Digital Connections Project, is a part of the Rainbow PUSH “21st Century Technology Innovation Diversity and Inclusion Campaign,” which nudges technology companies to implement an actionable diversity and inclusion strategy.

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A white undercover police officer, his hand and gun shaking after being spotted and identified as a cop posing as a protester, points his gun at the photographer as his partner wrestles the protester who outed them to the ground and arrests him. The white cop, suspicious for his out-of-date clothes, acted scared and confused, losing the scarf that had masked his face and handling his gun with cowboy bravado to conceal his fear. – Photo: Noah Berger

Outed undercover cop pulls gun on Oakland protesters

December 11, 2014

A Berkeley-Oakland march protesting police violence following the murders of Mike Brown and Eric Garner ended abruptly late Wednesday night, Dec. 10, after an undercover police officer pulled a gun on protesters and arrested and assaulted the Black man who blew their cover. From the Frantz Fanon quote on several banners to the faces in the protest crowd, the march Wednesday night was largely Black and other people of color and was Black-led.

Living in a world on edge: ‘It might not be safe to be here’

December 10, 2014

When you’re living in a world on the edge, you don’t know what to expect next. And we are on the edge, the edge of a new world war, with our own country the main instigator. When your nation’s own police departments and judicial system are so rife with injustice, racism and murder that it is no longer safe to be a Black male anywhere at any time, then “it might not be safe to be here.”

Mass evictions at Oakland’s Empyrean Towers

December 5, 2014

Many of the residents of Empyrean Towers are being bullied and tossed out of their housing with eviction notices served by the management company called Innovistech Realty Co. The Empyrean Towers used to be known as the Hotel Menlo and was owned by millionaire Tiburon resident Richard Singer. Singer landed in prison a few years ago for trying to hire an arsonist to burn down the occupied hotel as part of an insurance scam.

At the West Oakland station, the Blackout Collective’s carefully crafted plan worked, shutting trains down in both directions when members chained themselves to BART cars and to each other.

Blackout Collective obstructs BART trains on Black Friday in protest of police killings

December 1, 2014

On so-called Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S., members of the Blackout Collective and their allies obstructed BART trains on both sides of the track from moving out of the West Oakland BART station in an economic protest to the systemic wanton killing of Black people in this country, most recently symbolized by the police murders of Mike Brown and Eric Garner.

Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 8

December 1, 2014

Negroes in the labor force: Persons who are employed or unemployed but able to work and actively seeking a job are considered to be part of the labor force, whereas persons who are neither employed nor unemployed, such as retired persons, children, non-working students and full time housewives, as well as “unemployables,” are not considered as part of the labor force.

YCAT-C hires District 10 residents for flagging services at new CMPC

November 30, 2014

Yolanda’s Construction Administration & Traffic Control (YCAT-C) was awarded a contract to provide construction flagging services at the new California Pacific Medical Center (CMPC) hospital construction site at Van Ness and Geary. YCAT-C will employ 30 local citizens, primarily from San Francisco’s District 10, over the next four to five years.

During the trial over the wrongful death by San Francisco police of Asa Sullivan, Lisa Ganser and Nomy Lamm, friends of Asa’s mother, Kat Espinosa, made drawings of the proceedings. – Art: Lisa Ganser

Justice delayed and denied for eight years, Asa Sullivan’s family appeals federal court decision to clear killer cops

November 26, 2014

On Tuesday, June 6, 2006, around 8 p.m., an SFPD officer fatally shot Brother Asa as he crouched in an attic’s two-and-a-half-foot crawl space, hiding because he’d recently spent a short time in jail and was afraid of going back. According to press reports, officers were responding to a neighbor’s complaint of possible trespassers, yet Asa and his friend were there with the tenants’ permission.

David Campos – Photo: David Paul Morris, Bloomberg

Elect David Campos, worthy successor to Tom Ammiano, the conscience of the California Assembly

November 3, 2014

Tim Redmond, executive editor of the website 48 Hills, the Secrets of San Francisco, says that 17th District California State Assembly candidates David Campos and David Chiu are quite different candidates, especially on hard core economic issues. However, the race between them is now so close that it’s all about who most effectively gets their voters to the polls.

It was a full house at the Alex Pitcher Room for the African American Breast Cancer Conference organized by Concerned Network of Women. By some counts, Bayview Hunters Point has one of the highest rates of breast cancer anywhere, especially among Black women, even young mothers.

Breast cancer happens to real people, not abstractions on paper

October 30, 2014

Politics at any level will never completely determine the faith of a community with enormous concerns regarding poor health service. San Francisco city government has known for too many years the need for funding breast cancer services and for more than seven years has failed to provide such services. Witnessing this service gap, a newly created group of women called Concerned Network of Women picked up the project.

The stars came out in Richmond on Oct. 16: Eduardo Rodriguez, Gayle McLaughlin, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Jovanka Beckles and Tom Butt. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

City in the shadow of Chevron fights back: Vote Team Richmond

October 28, 2014

As Chevron Corp. tries to kill the world, one tiny corner of the world is fighting back. Running for seats on the 2014-2015 Richmond City Council, Team Richmond, comprised of Gayle McLaughlin, Jovanka Beckles and Eduardo Martinez, continue to rise to the occasion. Nov. 4 is days away. For the Bay View’s election recommendations, see Bay View Voters Guide: It’s time to claim our political and economic power http://sfbayview.com/2014/10/bay-view-voters-guide-its-time-to-claim-our-political-and-economic-power/

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With San Francisco’s opulent City Hall in the background, National Day of Action protesters march through throngs of UN Plaza Farmers Market shoppers on Oct. 22. Though the shoppers seemed mostly disinterested, they must have read the placards. – Photo: Zo Khumalo

National Day of Action: It’s right to rebel!

October 27, 2014

October 22nd, National Day of Action – after weeks of planning, the day had finally arrived. Today we would gather in groups big and small all around the country to speak truth to power: “Black lives matter!” “Stop killing us off!” “We demand a stop to police violence and police brutality!” “We demand an end to mass incarceration!” My National Day of Action started in San Francisco.

Richmond: Obscene corporate spending!

October 23, 2014

Chevron has openly bought out pretty much all the billboards in Richmond and surrounding cities. They’ve bought TV ads, radio ads, tons of expensive, glossy mailers that state false, misleading information against me, Gayle McLaughlin and Eduardo Martinez. They are printing the same lies over and over again hoping that the more often you see them, the more likely you are to believe them.

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