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Trapped on Treasure Island, Part Two: Treasure Island is a big bowl of jello

September 21, 2014

Common wisdom holds that Island authorities have simply abandoned the buildings and infrastructure to crumble until they are razed during the redevelopment build-out phase, which will not start until 2015 and could last over a decade. In the process, they seem also to have abandoned the low-income people they enticed to the island, who are providing rent and securing the infrastructure until the island can be rebuilt for rich condo owners.

Andrea McHenry speaks at a Treasure Island community meeting. – Photo: Carol Harvey

Trapped on Treasure Island, Part One: Yet another Treasure Island renter wrestles the mold monster

September 20, 2014

“I’m trapped and it sucks. Our lives are in danger. I must get out of here but can’t afford it. We are guinea pigs in a big radiological experiment. I know how the Alcatraz prisoners felt hearing the City’s sounds and laughter, but unable to be there. (Island management) is so slick at promoting life on the island, covering up the Navy’s mess and shushing us.”

Removing fraudulent debt

September 9, 2014

In 2006, Ariane divorced her husband, who, before and during their marriage, had racked up over $74,000 in tax debt to the IRS. After their divorce, her ex-husband’s whereabouts became completely unknown, so the IRS went after her for the entire debt. She brought her case to Jeff, one of BHP Community Legal’s staff attorneys. In January 2014, Ariane received a court judgment legally freeing her from her ex-husband’s tax debt.

Vote for natural grass soccer fields, not toxic artificial turf

September 9, 2014

The November election pits a grassroots initiative protecting Golden Gate Park against a SF Recreation and Park Department park power grab. The Rec. and Park Department has been pushing to demolish the natural grass fields at the Beach Chalet soccer fields in western Golden Gate Park to make way for a seven-acre artificial-turf soccer field containing toxic tire waste and 150,000 watts of stadium lighting on 60-foot-tall poles.

DEECOLONIZE Academy, on the land in Deep East Oakland known as Homefulness, is born! These are a few of the folks who came to the Open House Aug. 30. The other photos were taken at Revolutionary Youth Summer Camp, held at Homefulness this summer. – Photos: Poor News Network

Revolutionary education for our youth: Homefulness runs a summer camp and opens a school

September 7, 2014

I thought of my son who was at the Homefulness Revolutionary Youth Summer Camp and the soon to open DEECOLONIZE Academy school launching in September and felt so much gratitude for conscious programs and revolutionary schools like this. They exist so that our children can grow up aware with a revolutionary state of mind. The world needs what Homefulness is so graciously and unapologetically offering.

Ammiano’s bill on prosecutor misconduct goes to governor

September 4, 2014

On Aug. 29, the California Assembly approved AB 885 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, passing a milestone measure to limit trial misconduct by prosecutors. The bill would allow judges to inform a jury when a district attorney has been found to have intentionally withheld significant evidence. The bill’s next step is to go to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

Richmond City Councilmember and Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles

Keeping my eyes on the prize

September 3, 2014

I have recently been the target of attacks from the Chevron-run Richmond Standard and BAPAC, a conservative Black organization that historically sides with corporate and developer interests over the best interests of the people. As an elected official who accepts no corporate contributions, I serve and am beholden only to the people of Richmond.

Jason Anderson

Talking about Liberty Hall and Net Neutrality wit’ Oakland mayoral candidate Jason Anderson

August 27, 2014

Jason Anderson has been a staunch activist in the Oakland area for about half a decade and has been working very hard on keeping the historic Liberty Hall building, the original Oakland home to Marcus Garvey’s UNIA in West Oakland, in the hands of the Black community. It has been an uphill battle, but this veteran of Occupy Oakland is up for the challenge.

Youth led thousands Saturday on the march to the Port of Oakland to stop an Israeli cargo ship from unloading. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

US-Israeli terrorism blocked at the Port of Oakland

August 20, 2014

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 16, dock workers at the Port of Oakland honored the picket lines of thousands of people over a period of four days – and many months of organizing in solidarity with the people of Palestine – to block Israeli apartheid by preventing the docking and unloading of the Zim Pireaus liner anywhere on the West Coast. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Zim Pireus left the Port of Oakland with its cargo untouched, unloaded, unremarked and unwanted.

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Attorney Pamela Y. Price

Richmond unites to fight hospital closure by filing federal lawsuit against responsible county officials

August 18, 2014

Civil rights attorney Pamela Y. Price announced today that her firm has been retained by the DMC Closure Aversion Committee (DCAC) to take legal action to stop the closure of DMC, Doctor’s Medical Center. Price filed a lawsuit in federal court on Aug. 12, the day hospital and county officials had previously announced that they would cap the hospital beds at 50, divert ambulance traffic and close DMC’s stroke and heart attack unit.

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Halle Berry as Storm in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

How the Navy made Treasure Island a radiation dump, then promised to clean it up and didn’t

August 17, 2014

Generations of Treasure Island residents are living with radiation from the Navy ships exposed to the atomic bomb tests at Bikini in the South Pacific, which were brought to San Francisco to see if they could be cleaned. Though the Navy has the data, it never conducted longitudinal studies of adults and children it impacted with radioactivity. Help the people of Treasure Island win justice at the RAB meeting Tuesday, Aug. 19, 7-9 p.m., Casa de la Vista, 191 Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island.

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Team Richmond: Mayoral candidate Mike Parker has withdrawn from the race to avoid splitting the progressive vote and will redirect his energies to electing Eduardo Martinez, Gayle McLaughlin and Jovanka Beckles to the City Council.

Richmond Progressive Alliance mayoral candidate Mike Parker withdraws, throws support to Tom Butt

August 11, 2014

Mike Parker has withdrawn from the Richmond mayor’s race so as to avoid splitting the progressive vote between himself and City Councilor Tom Butt, resulting in a victory for City Councilor Nat Bates, the candidate backed by Chevron, the corporation that for so many years claimed Richmond as a classic company town. KPFA’s Ann Garrison filed this report.

Chevron’s Richmond Refinery expansion permitted with no funds for Doctors Hospital

August 5, 2014

It’s common for all the members of a city council to vote unanimously to move forward with good will, no matter how long they have wrangled to reach a compromise that has majority support. That did not happen at the Richmond City Council this week, when the council approved Chevron’s complex oil refinery expansion permit. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles abstained on the final midnight vote.

A banner announcing a lynching flies from a window of the NAACP headquarters in New York City, 1936. Since the organization’s founding in 1909, the NAACP drew attention to every one of the thousands of lynchings occurring in the U.S. – Photo: NAACP

Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 6

August 3, 2014

As more and more white unions gained entrance into the AFL, more and more Negroes lost jobs and the opportunity to enter others. Astute observers of the time noted that Negroes were being excluded from occupations which they once held under slavery, that Negroes were being segregated into separate locals in trades where whites and Blacks formerly worked side by side, and that the economic plight of the Black was growing worse while unionism advanced.

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Mayor Ed Lee makes one of many pledges to support Marcus Book Store as he shakes the hand of co-owner Greg Johnson. Mayor Lee knows that Marcus Books is not only the oldest Black book store in the U.S., but it is the only Black business to survive Redevelopment devastation of the once thriving, world renowned Black Fillmore District. It’s not too late. “We are asking Mayor Ed Lee to step up and actually do the right thing and save this crucial landmark we all need,” Greg says. – Photo: The Foghorn, USF

What’s next for Marcus Book Store?

August 2, 2014

The purpose of this particular article is to clear up misconceptions that have surfaced about Marcus Book Store. By now, most people are aware that in May 2014 San Francisco Marcus Book Store became the site of a tragic event: The store was ransacked and dismantled in broad daylight by the people who acquired the building in a bankruptcy sale. Their action was part of an overall scheme to publicly embarrass our family and dismantle an African American-owned legacy business recently designated by City officials as a cultural landmark. The Sweisses are accountable for their actions, morally and legally.

Oakland City Council postpones vote on WOSP gentrification scheme

July 30, 2014

On July 29, the Oakland City Council surprised observers by postponing a final vote on the West Oakland Specific Plan (WOSP) without setting a new date. WOSP is a massive redevelopment scheme spearheaded by some wealthy investors planning to gentrify the old Oakland Army Base and major portions of West Oakland that are cynically being called Opportunity Sites, and at first reading on July 15, the City Council voted 7-0 to approve it, with only Desley Brooks abstaining.

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Sandy Agee testifies before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in June. “What can we do?” she asks. “There are more sick people out there.”

The Sandy Agee story, Part Two: We love Treasure Island, but we don’t want to die

July 30, 2014

After working vigilantly to protect her kids from asbestos by moving out of an asbestos-filled home in Bayview Hunters Point onto Treasure Island, Sandy Agee found she had literally jumped from the frying pan into the fire. At this writing, Sandy and two of her children are exhibiting worrisome physical symptoms they developed only after moving to the island. Sandy’s blood tests came back positive for “thyroid problems.”

A new life for Sundial Park

July 29, 2014

Reclaiming Hilltop Park, better known as Sundial Park, as a neighborhood destination has been a long time coming. Through dedicated local advocacy, an active community of neighbors and productive partnerships, this park will finally be seeing a new life in Bayview Hunters Point. Come to the community meeting on Wednesday, July 30, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Joseph Lee Recreation Center, 1395 Mendell St.

This is the front page of The Black Panther newspaper that came out Aug. 28, 1971, the day of George Jackson’s funeral, alerting mourners to attend; 8,000 came.

Special assignment: George Jackson funeral

July 27, 2014

I was working at Central Headquarters of the Black Panther Party (BPP) when George Jackson was murdered by guards in San Quentin Prison in 1971. George Jackson was one of the leaders of the developing Prison Rights Movement at the time. He helped develop a new consciousness among prisoners based on political education, service to the community and the destruction of the evil capitalist system.

Bigoted bullying at Richmond City Council meetings aims to end progressive leadership

July 21, 2014

After the Richmond City Council meeting of July 1, I experienced one of the most intense and hostile encounters I have had to endure as a public official and in my entire life for that matter. Since then, there has been at least one news report and a series of deliberate misrepresentations of what took place that night. It is not my intention to respond to false accusations raised or dignify the insults with a response.

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