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Art student Maria Johnson accidentally entered Treasure Island radiation zones not fenced off 0314 by Carol Harvey, web

Treasure Island Subsite 31: The Chernobyl trees at Mordor

April 9, 2014

Art student Maria Johnson, searching for Treasure Island friends, wandered in “cordoned off areas” to find bus stops.
She “saw many buildings with asbestos hazards laden on them, graffiti made with spray paint and shattered, old windows. It looked very desolate. I am just shocked that we’re allowed to access this ‘normal’ location even though the island is basically contaminated beyond repair.”

USS Pandemonium

Treasure Island: Pandemonium at Halyburton Court

April 9, 2014

Situated at Treasure Island’s northwest corner on Site 12, Halyburton Court consists of a small cluster of vacant 24-unit apartment buildings that, from the 1970s to 1996, housed military families. Considering all possible contamination sources, it is noteworthy that from 1957 to 1969, before Halyburton Court was built, the Navy operated a radiological training school just south along the perimeter facing San Francisco.

Treasure Island Elementary School class 2005-2006

Site 12, Treasure Island’s toxic bullets: Someone’s about to get hit!

April 9, 2014

Think of Treasure Island as an iridescent green glowing ghost ship whose prow divides the blue waves as it navigates San Francisco Bay waters gliding northwest under the Golden Gate Bridge. On the tidy front lawn of your market rate or low income Site 12 rental brought to you courtesy of The John Stewart Co., it is as if you are standing at the bow of the radioactive vessel as it carries its toxic contents ever forward into a stunning red-gold sunset.

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Systemic racism and abuse of Black student at St. Charles Borromeo School goes to trial

April 8, 2014

On Dec. 21, 2011, St. Charles Borromeo School, the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Principal Dean, Superintendent Maureen Huntington and others were named as parties in a civil rights lawsuit filed in California’s Superior Court on behalf of Mildred Kayondo and her son, who is now 14, yet still suffers from the appalling, repeated abuse and indifference he experienced at St. Charles Borromeo. The jury trial – after nearly two years of litigation by attorneys Richard L. Richardson and Joel Siegal – is now set for July 14.

We’re sick and tired of being locked out

April 3, 2014

In San Francisco, whose Black population has dropped from a high of over 12 percent to under 5 percent in three decades, the population in its 3,300 public housing units being transferred to private control is nearly 80 percent Black. But major developers had already made decisions, and the two predominately Black teams were denied any future consideration. “No mo’ Fillmo” and “We are sick and tired of being locked out!” were the protest cries in subsequent SFHA board meetings. This re-envisioning of public housing is the latest strategy to advance the out-migration of Black people in particular and the poor in general from the city by the Bay.

Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 3

March 31, 2014

Here we attempt to trace some of the historical antecedents and current socioeconomic processes that have served to prevent Black and Mexican American entrepreneurs from being assimilated into the mainstream of national business activities. In so doing, we must examine the evolution of Negro and Mexican American labor in the United States and its relationship to white-controlled labor unions, business and government.

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Lawsuit challenges explosive crude-by-rail shipments to Richmond, Calif.

March 30, 2014

Environmental justice and conservation groups filed a lawsuit March 27 against Kinder Morgan and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to halt the shipment of highly explosive and toxic crude oil into the City of Richmond, a community already burdened by intense pollution caused by the fossil fuel industry. “This dirty and dangerous project does not belong in Richmond.”

Alejandro (Alex) Nieto, cropped

SFPD-enforced gentrification killed Alex Nieto

March 27, 2014

The standing-room-only town hall was yelling above the police as they spoke about the murder on March 21 of young Raza organizer, City College of San Francisco student and beloved son de la mision (of the Mission), Alejandro Nieto, 28, by police in Bernal Heights Park. Join the march on Saturday, March 29, for Alex Nieto at 2 p.m. from Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St., to Bernal Heights Park, San Francisco.

Richmond activist Melvin Willis campaigns to raise minimum wage by David Meza

Richmond to have highest minimum wage in California

March 27, 2014

Last week, the Richmond City Council voted in favor of a city ordinance that will increase the local minimum wage from $8 to $12.30 an hour by 2017. The increase will be phased in over three years and positions Richmond to have the highest minimum wage of any city in California. “I wish it could be more, but it showcases that Richmond has the political will to move forward,” said Mayor McLaughlin.

The current state of recycling

March 27, 2014

A tragic impact of increased gentrification and the rapid development of neighborhoods like the Mission is the almost complete elimination of neighborhood-based recycling centers in the most populated neighborhoods in the city. In the past year, five recycling centers have been evicted and shut-down. Most recently Safeway has evicted Market Street’s San Francisco Community Recyclers Center at Church and Market.

Treasure Island sign 'Caution Hazardous Waste Area' 0314 by Carol Harvey

Will Navy’s radiological survey of homes on Treasure Island mean evicting 2,600 residents?

March 26, 2014

On March 24, following years of monthly RAB meetings with a skeptical Treasure Island community, the Navy announced “a radiological finding beneath a non-leased housing unit” and will “conduct radiological surveys of all the units under lease within Site 12 at the former Naval Station Treasure Island.” Supervisor Kim asks: “What is the Navy’s commitment and contribution … to ensure that (current residents) have a safe place to live? Moreover, are there any health concerns living here on the island while the survey is being conducted?”

Richmond Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles: Victories we can be excited about

March 25, 2014

Welcome to my first newsletter! There are so many good things happening in Richmond, and although we have our share of challenges, I’d like to focus here on some of the many things we have to be excited about. For example, when we work together, we have made significant positive changes. I am absolutely confident that we can build on and continue to make wonderful changes to our city.

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Rainbow PUSH Coalition launches new Digital Inclusion initiative in Silicon Valley

March 24, 2014

Rev. Jesse Jackson led a delegation to the Hewlett Packard annual shareholder meeting on March 19, calling attention to the lack of minority inclusion in Silicon Valley. He emphasized the virtual absence of African Americans in corporate boardrooms, corporate suites, financial transactions, advertising and professional services. The following day, he met with community leaders in the East Palo Alto city offices.

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Papa Bear at Community Newsroom-2 by PNN

Papa Bear’s final report: ‘A lot of people are dying’ on Frisco streets

March 24, 2014

Papa Bear, a survivor of the U.S. military industrial complex and the poor people hate law called sit-lie, transitioned to his spirit journey on or around March 10. POOR Magazine will be holding a humble homegoing ceremony for him on the street corner where he lived and worked at Geary and Van Ness, San Francisco, on Tuesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. Bring a flower or a prayer to share.

Ending musical chair politics in Oakland: an interview with Oakland mayoral candidate Jason ‘Shake’ Anderson

March 15, 2014

Jason “Shake” Anderson is a real progressive community leader who is running for mayor of Oakland in November, because he, like most of us, is tired of the electoral musical chairs charade that is recorded as Oakland’s local elections. With incumbent Mayor Jean Quan re-running, and her leading contender, Dan Siegel, being the law partner of her campaign treasurer, you can see why the residents of Oakland would be corruption-conscious throughout the electoral process.

No mo’ Fillmo’: African Americans excluded, ignored and disregarded by SFHA

March 13, 2014

The African American community in San Francisco is angry and upset at the Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH) for its blatantly exclusionary, poorly written and narrowly focused Request for Qualifications (RFQ) document. San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) disqualified without explanation Wings of Eagle. Pack the SF Housing Authority Commission hearing Wednesday, March 13, 4 p.m., City Hall Room 408. Residents from Bayview Hunters Point and the Western Addition will come together to oppose set ownerships by any means necessary.

Occupy Our Homes protest Jacquie Taliaferro, Archbishop Franzo King, Ed Donaldson BVHP Wells Fargo 120612

David and Goliath fight: Taking on the largest US home lender, Wells Fargo

March 13, 2014

In the city of my birth, where people from all over the world come and make millions from the people of San Francisco, where there is the weak talk of helping artists, Blacks and families stay in this City that is becoming only habitable for “the haves,” I reach out to you for your assistance. Pack the courtroom Thursday, March 13, 1:15 p.m., Federal Building, Seventh & Mission, 17th Floor, Department 3.

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The new Freedom Ride: Black families, youth, elders and ancestors sing spirit into SF City Hall

March 11, 2014

This wasn’t 1967. This wasn’t Missisippi or Atlanta, South Africa or Argentina. This was San Francisco and this was the new Freedom Ride. We were trying to save another Black family from forced out-migration and eviction to make way for privatization. Eviction of Sabrina Carter and her sons is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday; call Mayor Ed Lee, 415-554-6141, and ask him to stop the eviction.

Radioactive burn pit found near Treasure Island home

March 4, 2014

Since the early ‘90s, the Navy has been locating and “remediating” radioactive hot spots from Treasure Island. But it wasn’t until two weeks ago, Feb. 12, 2014, that Kathryn Lundgren learned of the presence of a toxic former burn pit buried next to her home. It was never revealed by Navy officials in any monthly Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting.

Radioactive object found in Treasure Island resident’s front yard

March 4, 2014

Before beginning construction on Treasure Island’s massive high rise project, the Navy is committed to “restoration.” It must test the soil to locate “hot” or “radioactive spots” and what it terms “hot commodities.” “Hot commodities” are radioactive objects the Navy left behind during World War II that rendered the surrounding soil radioactive and dangerous to life.

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