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Gwen Woods, the mother of Mario Woods, said of the Super Bowl halftime show and Beyoncé’s dancers posing with a “Justice 4 Mario Woods” sign, “Beyoncé gave my son a global stage!”

Beyoncé wins the Super Bowl: Pop legend invokes Black Panthers, #BlackLivesMatter at halftime show

February 9, 2016

More than 100 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl 50 Sunday night. In addition to seeing the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, viewers also witnessed one of the most political halftime shows in the Super Bowl’s history as the legendary singer Beyoncé paid tribute to the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter movement. Her dancers posted a photo on Instagram holding a sign reading “Justice for Mario Woods.”

Residents of Leeville could be living in these very livable but boarded up and vacant apartments built with our tax dollars. – Graphic: Dan Brekke, VanishingSF

Fake housing crisis: From Bayview to Baltimore, public housing kept empty while thousands are un-housed

February 9, 2016

Building after building, block after block from the Bayview to Baltimore and from Sunnydale to East Oakland, the last vestige of so-called public – that is, government owned – housing in the richest country in the world lie dormant. Boarded up, locked, gated and shut – each apartment equipped with two, three and four bedrooms, one or two bathrooms and full kitchens.

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Mr. Jose LaCrosby sits in his shop. He was in business 57 years. – Photo: Olivia Wright

Jose LaCrosby, stylist to the stars, entrepreneur extraordinaire

February 8, 2016

Mr. Jose LaCrosby, a nationally-recognized African-American hairdresser in San Francisco, passed away on Jan. 29, 2016, in hospice care at the San Francisco VA Hospital. He was 89 years old. He is survived by his son and daughter, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mr. LaCrosby lived in the Fillmore-Western Addition for 58 years. Black Homes Matter Memorial Rally to honor Mr. Jose La Crosby’s legacy Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4-5 p.m., at Mercy Housing

Muhammad al-Kareem founded the New Bayview in September 1976. This photo was taken about that time.

Bay View founding publisher: I was inspired by Malcolm, Martin, Elijah and the 1966 HP Uprising

February 8, 2016

Muhammad al-Kareem founded the New Bayview newspaper, later renamed San Francisco Bay View, in 1976 and turned it over to the Ratcliffs in late 1991. So in 2016, we’re excited to be celebrating the newspaper’s 40th anniversary, beginning on Sunday, Feb. 21, 1-5 p.m., at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. You’ll hear Muhammad, a panel consisting of writers associated with the Bay View in different eras, a fashion show and musicians reminding us of the beauty and talent within our community. We’ll serve food, too – and it’s all FREE. Spread the word!

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Some of Beyoncé’s dancers took a moment to pose with a “Justice 4 Mario Woods” sign, living the role of the Black Panthers that their costumes portray. – Photo: Kofi Ademola Xola

Beyoncé’s Super Bowl dancers demand ‘Justice 4 Mario Woods’

February 7, 2016

Twenty-four hours after she dropped “Formation,” one of the most political music videos in recent memory, Beyoncé took the halftime stage at Super Bowl 50 and gave a riveting, Black Panther-themed performance while her crew of Black female performers donned black berets and leather body suits. Some of Beyoncé’s dancers took a moment to pose with a “Justice 4 Mario Woods” sign, living the role of the Black Panthers that their costumes portray.

'The Real Super Bowl City' homeless tents 022416 by Oscar Paul Guzman

I’m the same as you – I just don’t have a roof

February 3, 2016

There are so many untold stories of how and why people become un-housed. Loss of a job, a partner, the onset of an illness or a crisis, but most of the time, in the Bay Area, it’s because of a greed-inspired landlord raising rent, evicting for profit so he or she can house the droves of 20-30-something wealthy, mostly white people streaming into town for the tech industry.

Black worker on Bay Bridge told to wear noose

February 1, 2016

An African American man filed a lawsuit against his employer, Bay Bridge contractor Adams & Smith, Inc., for racial discrimination and retaliation just a little over a week after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The complaint cited incidents in which a foreman lowered a hangman’s noose in front of plaintiff James H. Brown and a co-worker told him to wear the rope around his neck.

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Lennar, the corporation that ate San Francisco, gobbled up Hunters Point and is devouring Treasure Island

January 28, 2016

Lennar’s track record in Bayview Hunters Point and on Yerba Buena Island clearly demonstrates a pattern of offering assurances they will provide poor, Black and Brown people affordable housing, then finding ways to renege on their promises and kicking them out. Join the protest by residents of Bayview Hunters Point, the Mission and Treasure Island at Lennar’s sales office at 645 Howard St., between Second and Third in downtown San Francisco on Thursday, Jan. 28, at noon, for a rally and a quick march to US EPA headquarters.

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Espanola Jackson, veteran of countless City Hall showdowns on the fate of her people, smiles to encourage the younger folks at a hearing on the environmental impact report on the Hunters Point Shipyard on Dec. 17, 2009. At the behest of developer Lennar, the supervisors approved it despite the shipyard’s status as one of the most contaminated places in the country. But with Espanola’s encouragement, the community fights on. – Photo: Carol Harvey

In celebration of the charismatic life of Sister Espanola Jackson, a born leader and chosen woman

January 27, 2016

Mama “E” was a well-loved woman who changed California, San Francisco and Bayview Hunters Point forever. With Bible scriptures, fearlessness, faith and divine love planted in her huge heart, chosen and powerfully guided from above, she set out to make changes, for justice and equality. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Grace Tabernacle Community Church, 1121 Oakdale Ave., and a homegoing service on Friday, Feb. 5, 12 noon, at Providence Baptist Church, 1601 McKinnon, off Third Street, both in Hunters Point, San Francisco.

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Outside the elegant St. Francisco Hotel during the lunch hour, protesters picketed as big pharma execs pretended not to notice them. – Photo: Anka Karewicz

Outrage against big pharma!

January 25, 2016

“This conference that we are picketing … is an obscene reflection of the reality of this country today, that the most important thing is money and profit and not human needs!” – Carole Seligman, speaking at the demonstration – It was in their fancy tailored suits and with suspicious eyes that big pharma CEOs and investors got interrupted by protestors and speeches such as the above as they came and went from the too-big-to-fail JP Morgan-sponsored conference on “health care” (read: profit care) at the elite Westin St. Francis hotel on Union Square in San Francisco on Monday, the 11th of January, 2016.

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On Friday night, Jan. 15, during rush hour, “Reclaim MLK” protesters shut down the major intersection of Geary at Webster in the Fillmore, once San Francisco’s Black heartland, called “Harlem of the West” until Blacks were driven out, first by Redevelopment, now by gentrification. – Photo: Joel Angel Juárez

Fighting for justice: It’s a unity thing

January 20, 2016

On Friday night, Jan. 15, many young people gathered outside of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church for the start of the “Reclaim MLK” weekend, a 96-hour action dedicated to non-violent protest against police terrorism and gentrification. During rush hour, “Reclaim MLK” protesters shut down the major intersection of Geary at Webster in the Fillmore, once San Francisco’s Black heartland.

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Asians4Black Lives set an elegant table Asian style outside Mayor Ed Lee’s home at 6 a.m. Sunday morning, Jan. 17, during the Martin Luther King weekend and asked the mayor to come out, sit down with them and pledge to meet the demands they listed in their “Serve the People Menu,” which reads: “1. Terminate Chief Suhr. 2. Terminate the officers involved in the murders of Mario Woods, Amilcar Lopez and Alex Nieto. 3. Reallocate city budgets to affordable housing for Black and Brown people.” – Photo: Asians4BlackLives

Asians 4 Black Lives: #WakeUpEdLee, fire Chief Suhr and Mario Woods’ killer cops

January 18, 2016

Asians4BlackLives, a Bay Area group of Asian community organizers, held a community intervention in front of Ed Lee’s house to demand that he stand with the Black Lives Matter Movement. At 6 a.m., activists woke the mayor with drums and gongs. Five activists chained themselves to a table in front of his house, calling on him to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s radical legacy by coming to the table to join them in standing with Black Lives Matter, by terminating Police Chief Suhr and all officers involved in the murders of Mario Woods, Amilcar Lopez and Alex Nieto.

Hundreds of protesters rallied prior to the first Police Commission meeting after the SFPD murder of Mario Woods – and demonstrations of all kinds, which have brought together Black and Brown San Franciscans into a strong coalition, have been organized nearly every day since. – Photo: Mission Local

Mario Woods’ mother and attorney John Burris call for Department of Justice investigation and external review of SFPD

January 18, 2016

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18, a 10:30 a.m. press conference will be held by renowned civil rights attorney with his client Gwendolyn Woods, mother of Mario Woods, whose firing-squad-style execution by SFPD on Dec. 2 was recorded by several bystanders and relayed around the world. Mario was murdered in his own neighborhood, the gentrification pressured and police occupied Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco’s last Black community.

Pastor Dorn was arrested the next day, Jan. 14. Now he has legal expenses on top of all the other problems faced by people targeted for foreclosure and eviction. – Photo: @SaveMidtown

Black pastors stand with Rev. Yul Dorn on eve of MLK Day

January 17, 2016

Stop evicting the Black community from San Francisco! Stand in solidarity with Pastor Dorn and the Black community; support the pastors’ press conference, Sunday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m., at Emmanuel Church of God in Christ, 1649 Hayes St., between Central and Lyon, parallel to Fell Street, San Francisco.

Ironically, Chief Suhr blamed the SFPD murder of another young man, Alex Nieto, the previous year on Nieto’s taser, which was required for his job as a security guard.

National Lawyers Guild calls for SFPD accountability, not tasers

January 16, 2016

The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) condemns the killing of Mario Woods by San Francisco police and opposes Chief Suhr’s proposal to provide officers with tasers as a supposed solution to deadly police shootings. Instead, city leaders must prioritize the use of non-weaponized crisis intervention teams, stepped-up police accountability mechanisms, and aggressive solutions to the displacement of working-class communities of color.

Two days after the killing of Mario Woods, at a Dec. 4, 2015, town hall meeting held by SFPD, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr listens to Bayview Hunters Point residents condemn his police force as occupiers and executioners. – Photo: Michael Macor, SF Chronicle

Open letter: 108 Bay Area attorneys call on Mayor Ed Lee for ‘truly independent investigation’ of SFPD and Chief Suhr’s role in unnecessary death of Mario Woods

January 16, 2016

As Bay Area attorneys on both the plaintiff and defense side of the Bar, we were deeply disturbed by the video of the killing of Mario Woods by San Francisco police officers on Dec. 2, 2015. Mr. Woods does not appear to have been a threat to the lives of the officers. We ask that you take concrete steps to hold the appropriate parties accountable for the death of Mr. Woods and to minimize the chances of another such killing in our city. Especially troubling has been the response of Police Chief Greg Suhr.

Archbishop King of St. John Coltrane Church implores Mercy California to not stand in the way of tenants: “If you’re going to call yourself Mercy, then there should be some favor and grace for the people who are on the right path. We are just asking you to do the right thing.”

Midtown tenants picket Mercy Housing offices and announce rent control suit against City

January 15, 2016

On Dec. 14, 30 residents of the Midtown Park Apartments in the Fillmore-Western Addition, along with dozens of community supporters, picketed the San Francisco offices of Mercy Housing to demand Mercy’s removal as its property manager. Midtown tenants also formally announced the filing of a legal writ challenging a recent ruling by the San Francisco Rent Board that Midtown does not qualify for rent control.

'I love CleanPowerSF' Black mom & son

Clean energy and community advocates cheer launch of CleanPowerSF

January 13, 2016

After 12 years of diligent advocacy, local environmental and community groups today cheered the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC’s) launch of the CleanPowerSF community choice energy program. CleanPowerSF will have a cleaner energy mix and lower rates than those of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and begins service to customers on May 1, 2016.

On Jan. 6, in the pouring rain, an extraordinary solidarity march joined supporters and the families of Mario Woods and Alex Nieto, both murdered by San Francisco police. Marchers came from two directions – the mostly Latino Alex Nieto contingent from the Mission and Bernal Heights and the mostly Black Mario Woods contingent from Third and Palou in Hunters Point – joining together for a rally, surrounded by almost as many cops as protesters. – Photo: Carl Finamore

Black homes matter: San Francisco’s vanishing Black population

January 11, 2016

Among the crowd of 150 activists were four young people holding a sign that simply read, “Last 3 Percent.” The words refer not directly to police violence but to the broader problem of the mass exodus of African Americans from San Francisco. Thousands have left their city of birth not because of any personal preference but because of political decisions and economic policies, many set into motion several decades ago.

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In the face of riot cops at Mayor Ed Lee’s inauguration Jan. 8, Melissa Crosby leads protesters in the Assata Shakur chant. – Photo: Noé Serfaty

The inauguration of Mayor Ed Lee: We have nothing to lose but our chains

January 9, 2016

Constant boos, shouts to fire Chief Suhr and Ed Lee and get justice for Mario Woods, Alex Nieto and so many more came from both second floor sides of the rotunda filled with angry community folks, drowning out the ceremony. Finally the tragic inauguration comedy was over, but not before at least 15 people were dragged out, several arrested and hundreds more unsuccessfully intimidated for the sole act of not being OK with this theft of a public office, a city and thousands of our lives.

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