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The Chisholm legacy inspires Rep. Barbara Lee’s candidacy for Democratic Caucus chair

The fifth of November marked the historic 50th anniversary of the election of the first African American woman to the U.S. Congress, Rep. Shirley Chisholm. This important milestone marks a watershed moment in American politics for Black women to emerge and take their rightful seats at the table of elected Democratic leadership. As the representative from the state of New York, Rep. Chisholm was a trailblazer, inspiring generations of women elected officials. Her career and those of many Black women in Congress are intrinsically connected. One of those women is California Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Behind Enemy Lines

Rigged disciplinary hearing process at Texas’ Ellis Unit

Nov 13, 2018

In this article, Jason Walker discusses the latest in a long series of attempts to punish him by framing him with false charges. He asks that people contact Ellis Unit warden Kelly Strong to please investigate Mr. Walker’s grievances thoroughly and to ensure that these cases are conducted in a proper fashion, with no further violation of his due process rights. Phone zap, email, expose the misconduct of disciplinary counsel substitute A. McMillian and the Ellis Unit’s lack of due process protection.

Mike Africa – FREE!

Nov 9, 2018

It has been 40 years since MOVE member Mike Africa has been able to walk the streets. Today, he can do so, because today he is free! A text from Mike Africa Jr. announced to the world the following: “FINALLY FREE! On Aug. 8th, 1978, my dad was taken away from me. On Oct. 23rd, 2018, I got him back. – #FREETHEMOVE9!” Mike Africa is a quiet, serious man, who has suffered extraordinary repression during his prison days. Mike Africa – Free!

ONAMOVE! Mike Africa Sr. is free at last!

Oct 30, 2018

Political prisoner Mike Africa Sr. was finally released on Oct. 23, after more than 40 years in prison. He is one of the MOVE 9 who were unjustly convicted and sentenced to 30 to 100 years in prison following the 1978 police attack on the MOVE organization in Philadelphia. With son Mike Africa Jr., he made his way straight home to Mike Jr.’s house after leaving SCI Phoenix. Waiting for them was MOVE 9 member Debbie Africa, Mike Sr.’s spouse, who had been released this June 19.

Behind 12-day statewide Pennsylvania prison lockdown: Control, power, money

Oct 29, 2018

The lockdown of 47,000 prisoners in all 25 Pennsylvania prisons began Aug. 29, 2018, and lasted for 12 days. Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel backed by Gov. Tom Wolf said the lockdown was an emergency measure to protect prison guards. They claimed there was widespread illness of guards from physical contact with synthetic drugs. This is false. The lockdown looks like it was a planned pre-emptive action so that the National Prison Strike didn’t spread to Pennsylvania prisons. The “drug emergency” was a pretext to isolate, repress and control prisoners.

Israel punishes jailed Palestinians for support of US prison strike

Oct 28, 2018

Palestinians confined in Israel’s brutal prisons issued a statement of solidarity on Aug. 20 with the National Prison Strike in the U.S. Members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine expressed the utmost support for their sisters and brothers jailed in this country’s horrific system of mass incarceration who courageously launched a nationally coordinated protest against their imprisonment and the oppressive conditions they face. For bravely carrying out this act of international solidarity and other acts of defiance, Israeli prison officials retaliated against imprisoned PFLP leaders on Aug. 29.

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Retaliation against Ohio prison strikers: Poisoning food, cutting off contact with other prisoners and outside world, beating handcuffed prisoners
Folsom Manifesto for the California Statewide Prison Strike, 1970
Damu released from Pelican Bay SHU three years after settlement
Recovering from the War on Drugs: National Expungement Week Oct. 20-27, 2018
Comrade Malik: I am nearly at my breaking point! Please intervene!
Rashid transferred to Sussex II Prison; his life in danger, he urgently needs our support
‘Progressive DA’ Larry Krasner, you said you’d overturn wrongful convictions; what about Mumia?
Reports of National Prison Strike retaliation and repression slowly manage to emerge
In San Jose, the National Prison Strike is going down!
Few prisoners strike at San Quentin
Raw sewage spills at SF Bryant St. jail making prisoners sick – ‘rash, intestinal, lung’ problems reported
Comrade Malik: Racism in the US is a symptom of capitalism
Physicians and medical students stand in solidarity with prison strikers
‘An execution date should not be scheduled’ for Bomani Shakur (Keith LaMar)

News & Views

Et tu, RT? Amplifying Western disinformation on Rwanda

Nov 8, 2018

During a recent campaign event, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson said: “That story of Rwanda is very instructive to us because when a place gets so tribal that the two tribes won’t have anything to do with each other, and that jealousy turns into hate – we saw what happened to the Hutus and the Tutsis in Rwanda, it turned into a genocide. A million people hacked to death within a few months. And we have got to watch what’s happening here.”

Torch passes: Editor Amani Sawari calls SF Bay View ‘the community in print’

Nov 6, 2018

In a time when the trumpets of fascism are blowing loud, those of us who have been on the frontlines need to stand strong – at the back. We can’t lead this fight. We need the energy, the insight, the fresh face and perspectives of the Amani Sawaris to step up. I know she carries an optimism and a vision that us OGs can’t touch. I hope everyone who has known and loved the SF Bay View over its 42-year history will lend their support to Amani and the revitalization of the paper.

Linda Parker Pennington: Why I moved to the Hunters Point Shipyard

Nov 4, 2018

We caught the vision of the Shipyard, asked our Lennar sales rep. some pointed questions about the safety of this former Superfund site and were told it had been “thoroughly cleaned up, inspected and certified by the EPA as safe to build homes on.” As they often stated, the land that had been transferred for development had previously housed “officers’ quarters,” so none of the radiological testing being done on other parts of the Shipyard had happened there. I mean, of course they wouldn’t build if it wasn’t clean … right?

‘Yes on Prop 10,’ says Danny Glover

Nov 2, 2018

In California and across the country, progressives are coming together to demand change. We need affordable housing for our communities. On Nov. 6, voters in California will be able to vote on Proposition 10, an amendment that will let local governments determine if housing in their area should be rent controlled based on the needs of those in their communities. Prop 10 is a key example of how we can make California and the rest of the United States affordable for all families. Vote Yes on 10!

New racial discrimination claims filed against Clark Construction

Nov 2, 2018

Civil Rights Attorney John L. Burris held a press conference on Oct. 26 to announce he is filing racial discrimination lawsuits in the Superior Court of San Francisco on behalf of four African American men against Clark Construction Group-California, Inc., for creating a racially hostile work environment and for allowing the men to be subjected to harassment, intimidation and retaliation.

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The right to rape
Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 19
Mayor Breed and Kevin Durant Charity Foundation unveil newly renovated Hunters Point Youth Park
Bernie Sanders endorses Jovanka
Gloria Berry is the kind of Supervisor every SF district needs
PACC member and Justice-4-Pedie-Perez organizer murdered
Khashoggi’s murder shows the House of Saud is not only barbaric but anti-Islamic
Bay View Voters Guide for Nov. 6, 2018
Stratfor: ‘Rwandans are cold ass mofos’
New reports show the entire Hunters Point Shipyard, one of the most toxic sites in the US, is likely to be radioactively contaminated
Bring Amani to the Bay to be our new Bay View editor
Chinedu Okobi, unarmed Black father, tased to death by San Mateo County sheriffs

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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November 13, 2018
COURT SUPPORT NEEDED for The Housing & Dignity Village 2:00 pm Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 1301 Clay St (Rm#2) Oakland, CA 94612 1st day in federal court to hear the merits of ... more>>
November 13, 2018
Community Tuesdays at Radio Africa & Kitchen -- dinner for $10 5:00 pm Radio Africa & Kitchen, 4800 Third St., San Francisco You’re invited to “break bread” with us in the ... more>>
November 13, 2018
SAY HER NAME: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland 5:00 pm Vogue Theater 3290 Sacramento St (nr. Presidio Ave.) San Francisco, CA 94115 You're invited to a limited theatrical screening of Say Her ... more>>
November 13, 2018
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the SF State Strike 6:00 pm California Historical Society, 678 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105 A discussion will be initiated by leaders and participants of ... more>>
November 13, 2018
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION SESSIONS: Free Every Tuesday 7:00 pm St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church 2097 Turk St (at Lyon) San Francisco, CA 94115 Free, weekly, 30-minute meditation sessions. Each will begin with a 10... more>>
November 13, 2018
UnCommon Law FILM SCREENINGS W/DISCUSSION @ The New Parkway Theater 7:00 pm The New Parkway Theater 474 24th St, Oakland, CA 94612 UnCommon Justice: Stories of Resistance, Resilience and Redemption from American ... more>>
November 13, 2018
SAY HER NAME: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland 7:30 pm Vogue Theater 3290 Sacramento St (nr. Presidio Ave.) San Francisco, CA 94115 You're invited to a limited theatrical screening of Say Her ... more>>
November 14, 2018
BLACK HERITAGE EXHIBIT: Female Imagery in African Art 1:00 pm African American Art & Cultural Complex, 762 Fulton St (2nd Floor) San Francisco, CA 94102 Lectures, panel discussions, and demonstrations will be offered during the ... more>>
November 14, 2018
SAY HER NAME: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland 5:00 pm Vogue Theater 3290 Sacramento St (nr. Presidio Ave.) San Francisco, CA 94115 You're invited to a limited theatrical screening of Say Her ... more>>
November 14, 2018
UnCommon Heroes 2018: REUNITING FAMILIES 6:30 pm Impact Hub Oakland 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 There is much to celebrate, as we welcomed home our 196... more>>
November 14, 2018
PALESTINIAN PEACE PRIZE WINNER in Bay Area (Nov 14-15) 7:00 pm Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709 REV. DR. MITRI RAHEB speaker: a timely exploration of Jerusalem ... more>>
November 14, 2018
SAY HER NAME: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland 7:30 pm Vogue Theater 3290 Sacramento St (nr. Presidio Ave.) San Francisco, CA 94115 You're invited to a limited theatrical screening of Say Her ... more>>

Meet Share International at Bayview Library Nov. 17 for a ray of hope in these chaotic times

Nov 11, 2018

Even in these chaotic and perilous times, there is reason for hope. Humanity finds itself at a major crossroads: Do we choose the path of selfish separatism and inequality based on greed and competition, leading to the destruction of ourselves and planet Earth or the path of cooperation and sharing leading to global peace and prosperity? Here to help us make the correct choice stands a group of Teachers unparalleled in their enlightenment and wisdom, unequalled in their ability to love and to serve. They are the Masters of Wisdom.

Wanda’s Picks for November 2018

Nov 10, 2018

Congratulations to Brothers in Pen for a fantastic book party and reading Oct. 20 at San Quentin State Prison. The work, whether fiction or poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir or dramatic lit, is stellar and the huge panel afterward, where the writers shared their creative process and the importance of art in their lives, was equally valuable and enlightening. That such beauty is possible behind bars is testament to the power of art to light darkness.

Mos def sumthin-sumthin to vote for!

Oct 30, 2018

The important (s)election process is unfolding across the united capitalist prison terrorist states of america (ucptsa) and here in these occupied Indigenous nations. WE are working to change this deadly system that places higher profits for a few elites over the advancement of our broader population and proper stewardship of nature. Still, voters can mos def play a positive role in slowing down capitalism’s never-ending wars and destructive acts.

Kevin Hart’s new movie ‘Night School’ can help us create Real School

Oct 28, 2018

The new Kevin Hart movie, “Night School,” was about so many things, but like a good artist, as my poverty skola-teacher Mama Dee used to say, Kevin Hart didn’t pound on the table. Through subtle and sketch comedy, pranks, relationship issues, innuendo and character development, he showed an often unseen part of Mans Skoo (as I call it), which is an ableist, racist, classist institution known as Special Education, which so many of us who live with so-called “learning disabilities” know way too much about.

Don’t miss ‘Picture Bayview Hunters Point’ at Bayview Opera House Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21; it’s FREE!

Oct 17, 2018

Bayview Hunters Point is the soul of San Francisco. It’s changing but its history and heroes can’t be erased and must be celebrated. They are the foundation and inspiration for the thriving community we will rebuild. In “Picture Bayview Hunters Point,” a labor of love, says director Joanna Haigood, Zaccho Dance Theatre, a BVHP-based cultural treasure, performs that history and presents those heroes unforgettably. Bring everyone, especially the children and young people, to this lavish but free performance – inside and outside the Opera House.

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