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Charlottesville solidarity: Undeterred protesters march in Oakland to tune of Strange Fruit

The mass of roughly 1,000 protesters, which included representatives of the Black Panthers, gathered in Oakland’s Latham Square at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday evening before taking to the streets. Demonstrators were angered over events which had taken place earlier that day in Charlottesville, Virginia, where alleged Nazi sympathizer, James Alex Fields Jr., mowed down several people with his car in an incident similar to recent terrorist attacks in London and Nice, France. One person was killed and 19 others were injured in Charlottesville.

Behind Enemy Lines

Aug. 8, 1978: MOVE members remain in prison 39 years later solely because they are MOVE members

Aug 10, 2017

What happened to them on Aug. 8, the hellistic rain of police gunfire, beatings, rape threats and incarceration, was nothing compared to what they faced in Philadelphia courtrooms, where they were denied their every right, including their alleged right to self-representation, beaten again when they refused to attend their own legal lynchings, and then, the lynchpin – convictions, and common sentences before Judge Edwin Malmed of 30 to 100 years, for third degree murder?!

Building peace with love and respect during Black August 2017 – with all eyes on NABPP-PC

Aug 2, 2017

My sisters and brothers, we are coming up on our 12th anniversary of Black August and it is at this time we remember our Comrade Hugo “Yogi” Pinell, murdered Aug. 12, 2015, while in the custody of the state of California. We remember our Minister of Human Rights Hasan Shakur, who was murdered on Aug. 31, 2006, while in the custody of the state of Texas. The New Afrikan Black Panther Party, Prison Chapter, calls on you to remember Black August and the people’s martyrs.


Aug 1, 2017

Let’s touch upon the phrase, I AM WE. It is an ancient African saying. To me it means: What affects you affects me. It means: We are together; we are one. I AM WE means that with unity, solidarity and agape love for one another, we can overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal! By applying I AM WE, together we can crush imperialism, eradicate white supremacy, destroy patriarchy, change misogynistic attitudes and save our planet!

Hugo Antonio Lyon Martinez Pinell, March 10, 1944-Aug. 12, 2015: In your absence

Aug 1, 2017

In your absence — I am forced to accept the truth: You are not here with us. It’s been a two-year roller coaster ride; I have been up, down and all around with my emotions, as well as my thoughts. Tears stream down my face, and sometimes with a smile, when I am in deep thought of how much love you gave to me – and I miss that. In your absence — I have been angry enough to want to SHOUT to the mountains about the torture and corruption you experienced at the hands of them who held you captive for 51 years.

On Dec. 6, 1865, Black bodies were nationalized – and our prison movement was born

Aug 1, 2017

As I write this article, I am not sure what day the Civil War began or what day it ended. The facts that I do know about the Civil War are not worth repeating here, as that story already occupies plenty of space in American text. My muse, instead, is about the particular vestige of slavery that the Civil War bequeathed to us on Dec. 6, 1865, that now forms the basis of our struggle to end mass incarceration and prison slavery in 2017.

Free California political prisoners Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald and Ruchell ‘Cinque’ Magee
An introduction to the Peoples Prison Defense Committee
Rising temperatures can kill Texas prisoners. Corrections ignored that, says federal judge
Survivors of long term solitary confinement petition for institutional restitution
Federal judge orders air conditioning installed in Texas prison in response to prisoners’ lawsuit
Black August statement 2017
Rashid: Thrown in solitary for publicizing abuses
Rebuilding an economic self-empowerment movement after more than 30 years in solitary
George Jackson University and the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March
Message from the youth: Abolish slavery
Healed people heal people: Use Prop 57 to restore leadership and strengthen communities
Missouri ignores US Supreme Court ruling requiring resentencing of prisoners given life without parole as juveniles
O.J. Simpson, keep speaking for the powerless in prison
Exploited, abused, neglected: Mental illness and solitary confinement in Texas prisons
Rashid: I’m off to Florida and a new phase of reprisals for publicizing abuses in US prisons

News & Views

Ella Baker Center demands Alameda County Sheriff’s Department be held accountable for support of white supremacy

Aug 15, 2017

Following the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department retweet of white supremacist Richard Spencer, which was a video of a press conference Spencer held defending the acts of terrorism in Charlottesville, we call on the sheriff to end their collaboration with ICE, stop profiting off of the incarceration of people of color, stop hosting militarized law enforcement trainings, and accurately account for what was saved as a result of Proposition 47.

A large and diverse crowd in Oakland demonstrates solidarity with Charlottesville

Aug 13, 2017

A large group took to the streets in Oakland for several hours Saturday evening to demonstrate in solidarity with Charlottesville. The diverse crowd of approximately 1,000 people managed to shut down all eight lanes of Highway 580. The freeway shutdown was brief but boisterous. Protesters vacated the freeway voluntarily and in a celebratory mood.

Fast and fatal: Car plows into crowd protesting Unite the Right rally to save Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville park

Aug 12, 2017

It happened today in downtown Charlottesville, Va., on the second of a planned three-day rally dubbed “Unite the Right.” Thousands of counter-protesters summoned by Black Lives Matter and an allied white group, Showing Up for Racial Justice, surrounded about 500 neo-Nazis, including former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke. “Witnesses said a crowd of counterdemonstrators was moving up Fourth Street, near the mall, when a gray sports car came down the road and accelerated, mowing down several people and hurling at least two in the air.“

Killing the Congolese people, an interview with Sylvestre Mido

Aug 9, 2017

Genocost, a U.K.-based Congolese advocacy group, commemorated Congo Genocide this week on Aug. 2. Aug. 2 is the day that U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda invaded the Democratic Republic of the Congo, starting the Second Congo War in 1998. Though a peace treaty was signed in 2003, the violence, displacement and mass killing continue. Genocost asks that nations formally recognize Aug. 2 as Congo Genocide Commemoration Day. I spoke to Genocost spokesperson Sylvester Mido.

I see the Bay View as the New York Times of the prison abolitionist movement

Aug 4, 2017

I have had many conversations and email exchanges with people wanting to know what my vision is for the newspaper. I see the Bay View as the New York Times of the prison abolitionist movement. The Washington Post of liberation. The Wall Street Journal of prison reform. I’ve equated my position as editor with a captain of a ship, the newspaper as the ship, and my vision as the ship’s rudder. I have already begun navigating some rough waters and have found unwavering support in many places. I may sit at the helm, but no captain pilots a ship alone. My vision is no good without the vision of the people to support it.

If DC is too far, join the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in San Jose
U3Fit to open Bayview personal training center and café in September
Baba Jahahara: Black August 2017
The vicious cycle of CPS intervention
Black youth who led the Ferguson Rebellion and inspired the world are dying – is Cointelpro back?
Will the CIA obey a Trump order to stop funding terrorists?
15 tenants face unusual eviction in Bayview
Universal healthcare: Learning from the success of others
Will the Planning Commission allow the eviction of vets in the Bayview?
Protesters blockade Kinder Morgan Richmond Terminal demanding halt to Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline
A tale of Twin Cities
Don’t let Trump exploit an accident to foment hate
Haiti, stop the repression! No impunity! NO NEW ARMY!
Honkala to Greens: Democrats, not Russians, stole election in Pennsylvania’s poorest district
Arcata police chief and other city officials hold press conference with mother of slain Humboldt State student

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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August 16, 2017
Koret Discover Jazz Series: The Sounds of Resistance 7:00 pm Museum of the African Diaspora 685 Mission Street (at Third) San Francisco, California 94105 Six-week lecture series hosted by John Santos, featuring live musical ... more>>
August 16, 2017
Anti Police-Terror Project General Meeting 7:30 pm Eastside Arts Alliance 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94606 Monthly APTP meeting, held on every 3rd Wednesday of the ... more>>
August 17, 2017
Support Melanie Cervantes- Pop Up Art Benefit 5:00 pm E14 Gallery 472 9th Street, Oakland, California 94607 As you may know Melanie Cervantes has been diagnosed with ... more>>
August 17, 2017
Black August Meet & Greet: Meet new Bay View Editor Troy Williams 6:00 pm Sam Jordan's Historic Bar & Grill, 4004 Third St. at Galvez (across from Bayview Plaza), Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco CELEBRATE TO LIBERATE!

Come one, come all to meet the ... more>>
August 17, 2017
Beyond the Bars: Growing Home 8:00 pm The Flight Deck 1540 Broadway, Oakland, California 94612 A free community event sponsored by Akonadi Beloved Community, and ... more>>

Wanda’s Picks for August 2017

Aug 10, 2017

Don’t forget the legacy of the Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey (Aug. 17, 1887-June 10, 1940) this Black August. There is an annual program at Marcus Books in Oakland, Sunday, Aug. 20, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Happy Birthday to Karla Brundage (8/29), Cousin Jeffery Lewis (8/29), Gene Howell Jr. and to all the ancestors lost in the Great Storm – Katrina (8/29/2005), and to those still swimming home on rafts and other flotilla. Follow the light.

Johnny Manziel: The NFL owners’ ‘good boy’

Aug 8, 2017

When NFL owners look at out-of-work quarterback Johnny Manziel, they see themselves. Or at least they see their ne’er-do-well son or nephew: the one who was raised in cushy wealth, partied too hard, maybe got in a few legal misunderstandings with the girls, but deep down is a “good boy” and always worthy of a second chance. Playing ability isn’t even part of the conversation. They want him in their club. When NFL owners look at out-of-work NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, they see a threat.

Assata Shakur: She who struggles

Jul 30, 2017

Meet a sista, comrade, soldier, warrior, guerrilla who exemplifies the meaning of revolution through the life that she lives, transforming from the day of her birth to this present day. Born with the slave name JoAnne Deborah Byron, after her emancipation from the shackles of capitalism she took on the name we’re most familiar with, Sista Assata Olugbala Shakur – Assata meaning “she who struggles,” Olugbala meaning “love for the people,” Shakur meaning “the thankful.”

Inner-view with ‘white-balled’ NBA star Mahmoud Abdul Rauf

Jul 29, 2017

Decades before our friend and former SF NFL star quarterback Colin Kaepernick found himself “unhireable” – for the “crime” of taking a knee to protest the rockets-red-glare-bombs-bursting-in-air “Star Spangled Banner,” theme song of continuing European white supremacist terrorism and racist murders – another gifted pro athlete was “white-balled” out of the NBA. Mahmoud Abdul Rauf was a nearly “unguardable” sweet shooting point guard for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets in the 1990s.

A warrior bends her knee in prayer

Jul 28, 2017

I am at Lighthouse Mosque for El Hajjah Dhameera Ahmad’s Janazah or prayer service Wednesday afternoon, July 26. I will miss her. Dameera Ahmad (née Carlotta Basseau Simon) was a huge presence in a world that is shrinking. I am happy our paths were one at some point and shared many subsequent intersections. Her burial was on Oya’s day – Oya, guardian of the cemetery, spirit of the winds or transformation and change.

‘13th’ and the culture of surplus punishment
In memory of Gregory Matthew Hug
SF Mime Troupe’s 2017 production ‘Walls’ decries immigrant criminalization
Wanda’s Picks for July 2017
TKO! Dismantling the racist machine: Ward crushes Kovalev to retain the unified light heavyweight boxing title
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