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CARICOM deals a blow to US plans for regime change in Venezuela

Venezuela Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez recently tweeted that the “U.S. State Department deployed its ambassadors in the region to attack Venezuela. We come with renewed vigor to defeat them at the OAS.” So said, so done. Last week, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway spewed the U.S. false narrative regarding Venezuela in our local newspapers. U.S. ambassadors in a number of other Caribbean countries did the same. It was a coordinated attempt to mislead the people of Guyana and the region about what is really happening in Venezuela.

Behind Enemy Lines

David Johnson of the San Quentin Six salutes political prisoner and expert jailhouse lawyer Ruchell Magee

Jun 28, 2017

Ruchell Magee’s legal knowledge was instrumental in stopping the legal lynching of the San Quentin Six. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his efforts and for the legal documents he prepared for us. I first met Ruchell in January 1970 upon my release from San Quentin’s B Section. I was housed in A Section and there is where I met James McClain and Ruchell. Ru was recognized on the yard as a sharp legal mind and helped many brothers get their cases overturned.

Answering a higher calling

Jun 27, 2017

Revolutionary greetings! As always, I come in the vision – the vision for land, independence, socialism and total liberation for all oppressed peoples; for the release of all political prisoners and prisoners of war, and the abolishment of legal slavery in amerikkka. We are seeing a phenomenon with the number of formations and individuals coming together in solidarity in order to organize for the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on Washington, D.C., on Aug. 19, 2017.

True rehabilitation will put prisons out of the slavery business

Jun 26, 2017

Thank you for being patient with my absence and the new method of my way in reaching out to you to discuss what we are attempting to accomplish. First and foremost, I thank God for giving us a platform to be heard to alleviate or mitigate the number of unheard voices in our concrete jungles across Alabama. People ask me, “Why do you do this? Are you a rebellion junky?” I say, “No.” This is about the men around me and the women and children incarcerated in this state and country.

A mass work stoppage is the ultimate sanction

Jun 25, 2017

I would like to share my thoughts and some solutions to inmate pay. More and more people need to start filing grievances, doing legal work and writing state legislators in regards to our pay – peacefully. What has happened to me in the 20 years since our pay was last increased? Tobacco has gone up 600 percent, the average costs of food has gone up 300 percent, the price of TVs have doubled, more money is being made from the tablets, and the sizes of products have gone down while the prices go up.

Believing In Myself

Jun 23, 2017

I created my brand – my foundation – out of necessity. It was essential to my existence to find a purpose for my life that was greater than myself. I was tired of aimlessly traveling through life when all I had to show for it was a life sentence. That hangs over my head like a dark cloud. I had to ask myself, “What is your legacy going to be?” After pondering that question, I decided to turn my family name, Bim, into an inspirational slogan, Believing In Myself. I’m proud that I created something that the masses can relate to.

Have anti-Muslim sentiments arrived in prison?
Muslims at Texas’ Clements Unit are being starved during Ramadan: ‘Don’t like it? Become a Christian’
Why so many suicides at Lane Murray Unit, a Texas women’s prison?
Palestinian prisoners support network stands in solidarity with U.S. prisoners on hunger strike in Folsom State Prison, while celebrating Palestinian hunger strikers’ victory
Neutralize their activities: The footprints of COINTELPRO from the Black Panther Party to the MOVE Organization and beyond
Losing direction: The abysmal history of mental health care at Pelican Bay State Prison
Russell Maroon Shoatz: Rage, humiliation, testosterone, youth and the politics of liberation
It’s a wonderful life – is it?
Old Folsom prisoners hunger strike for their 8th Amendment right – freedom from cruel and unusual punishment
Folsom hunger strikers issue demands and grievances
The antithesis of oppression: How I survived 20 years of solitary confinement
Folsom hunger strike begins today, May 25 – your support is needed
Hunger strike set to begin May 25 in Old Folsom ASU/Ad-Seg
Modern day slavery is real
Delaware returns to death penalty debate after prison uprising

News & Views

Get ready! The Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on Washington is Aug. 19

Jun 27, 2017

Good morning and welcome to Wanda’s Picks, a Black arts and culture program with the African Sister’s Media Network. We are joined in the studio by Robert King, Albert Woodfox and Malik Rahim. Welcome to the show. Today we are going to be talking about the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on Washington. We can talk about solitary confinement, political prisoners, the 13th Amendment. We can talk about what the need is for having such an event.

Colin Kaepernick, Philando Castile and the lost wisdom of Roger Goodell’s father

Jun 25, 2017

When Philando Castile’s killer, Officer Jeronimo Yanez, was found not guilty on Friday – despite the fact that Castile’s murder was livestreamed on Facebook – shock immediately spread from the streets to social media. Some celebrities in the world of sports and entertainment used their expansive platforms to spread the message that a great injustice had occurred. They decried the fact that a man had been killed solely because of a police officer’s reaction to the color of his skin, and there would be no penalty for that killing.

Defending sanctuary and fighting for abolition: It’s our time to be bold

Jun 24, 2017

We find ourselves in a moment with a great deal at stake. Our communities are fighting to define and create sanctuary spaces, while enduring a dangerous presidential administration that has emboldened white supremacist and xenophobic action. The Trump agenda has caused increased harassment, fear and even death. In the movement for abolition of policing, imprisonment, surveillance and the entire prison industrial complex, now is our time to be bold.

Your internet privacy – a thing of the past?

Jun 24, 2017

Remember when you were a child and adults told you that you had better do right because “someone” is always watching? They meant God, but these days there is also a human made omnipotence watching your every move. Your internet service provider (ISP) is an all seeing eye in the clouds. That reality is not so new. What is new is that ISPs can legally sell your entire web browsing history to anyone who wants it. They don’t have to ask you first and they don’t have to let you know they did it.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and the UK’s socialist surge

Jun 23, 2017

Great news when Theresa May’s Conservative Party lost their Parliamentary majority in the U.K.’s June 8 snap election and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party surged, adding 30 seats to their total. Pollsters, who predicted a Conservative Party victory, were way off, but for what it’s worth, they’ve since reported that Corbyn’s popularity continues to rise.

Where are the police in the murder investigation of Humboldt State student David Josiah Lawson?
The federalization of local police: Why the Urban Shield vote failed
City of Berkeley to vote on Urban Shield war games and weapons expo
Love life, don’t take life: First Love Life billboard is up at 24th & Adeline, Oakland
Jeremy Corbyn wants to lay the white man’s burden down
Oakland nonprofit jacks up the rent as Trump proposes $6.2 billion in cuts to HUD
Ending the bail system
SFSU commencement speaker Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, graduates with honors
Who cares when children are taken from home to foster home – and abused?
Free summer meals program for SF children celebrates 20th anniversary
Making a case for beds in the Bayview
TownBiz II, a launching pad for Black vendors, coming June 4 to Oakland’s Splash Pad Park
‘Haiti will never accept the electoral coup d’etat’
Mumia Abu-Jamal: The fall
10th annual Black Health and Healing Summit coming June 1-3

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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June 28, 2017
Free Drop-in Job Counseling Every Fourth Wednesday 2:00 pm Central Library, 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, Berkeley Looking for a job? Or perhaps have a job and ... more>>
June 28, 2017
Benefit Show for California Prison Focus! 7:00 pm The Octopus Literary Salon 2101 Webster St @ 22nd, Oakland, California 94612 A night of music in solidarity and support of California ... more>>
June 28, 2017
Racial Healing Circle 7:30 pm Attitudinal Healing Connection 3278 West Street, Oakland, CA 94608, United States We define racism as a life threatening disease. Join us ... more>>
June 29, 2017
BERKELEY KITE FESTIVAL 10:00 am César Chávez Park (at the Berkeley Marina) 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley, CA 94710 We invite you to become part of our Berkeley Kite ... more>>
June 29, 2017
Whistleblowers who worked at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Superfund Site to Join Together to Warn the Public about Radioactive Cover Up 12:00 pm Corner of Galvez & Donahue Streets, Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco Greenaction To File Petition to Nuclear Regulatory Commission Calling for ... more>>
June 29, 2017
Network of Art and Soul: Uniting Creativity present An Evening Of Cultural Art, Music and Food 6:00 pm 111 Minna Art Gallery 111 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 This event will display the beauty and uniqueness of diverse ... more>>
June 29, 2017
The Forum: Oakland...Blacks and the Urban Future 7:00 pm Impact Hub Oakland 2323 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612 What happens when (if?) developers, the city, and public agencies ... more>>
June 29, 2017
Black reSurgence!TV 7:00 pm Comcast Channel 76, Astoud 30 and ATT 99 In honor of yet another innocent Black Male who has ... more>>

The San Francisco Black Film Festival strikes gold again

Jun 28, 2017

The San Francisco Black Film Festival has once again proven itself to be one of the most anticipated Black events in the Bay Area. From June 15 to 18, Black independent films were the talk of San Francisco. San Francisco acting legend Danny Glover did a Q&A for the film “93 Days.” “Abina and the Important Men” was one of the highest grossing films in the festival. We sat down with Kali O’Ray, the director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival, to discuss what happened at this phenomenal festival.

Jeff Adachi: Malik Wade’s ‘Pressure’ is a testament to the community building formerly incarcerated people can do

Jun 27, 2017

You may think you know this story. A man lives the high life of a drug dealer, becomes a fugitive, goes to prison for a long time and eventually redeems himself. But you would be wrong. Malik Wade’s story is much, much more. While “Pressure” is a story about a man existing in Dante’s Inferno who transformed himself into an educated and enlightened person, it will also take you on Malik’s sometimes painful but never boring journey that has led him to who he is today.

After 47 years as an Alabama political prisoner and 3 years free, Sekou Kambui makes his transition

Jun 24, 2017

Our dear brother and Black Panther comrade Sekou Kambui made his transition May 9, 2017. The struggle for freedom defined him in so many ways. After 47 years as a political prisoner in Alabama prisons, and his release in 2014, he can now rest in peace. Farewell, my dear friend. – Audri Scott Williams — We will never forget you, Sekou Kambui. Thank you for being an inspiring part of our lives and your relentless commitment to struggle. We miss you deeply. #RestInPower – Denver ABC

Straight no chaser: Ward vs Kovalev 2 is the Battle of the Century

Jun 16, 2017

The first Ward vs. Kovalev fight, on Nov. 19, 2016, ended with the defeat of the Russian champion and the loss of his WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight title belts to Andre Ward, in a unanimous 114-113 decision. Now, 79 years after the 1938 Louis vs. Schmelling rematch, history will record the June 17, 2017, rematch between light heavyweights Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and Sergei “The Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs).

Black drug zombie short ‘Saltz’ is favorite at SF Bay Film Fest

Jun 15, 2017

“Saltz” is hands down one of my favorite films in the San Francisco Black Film Festival, partly because it is half a Black horror film and half a “this can really happen” film. The film is a futuristic look at the coming drug saltz epidemic, in the midst of today’s opioid epidemic. It is also a look at our own attitudes on race where the story is told twice, once with a Black cast and one with a white cast. Check out first time director Dominique McClellan as he discusses his film, “Saltz.”

‘90 Minutes of the Fever’ looks at martial law, computer viruses and family at SF Black Film Fest
‘Cut My Hair, Barber’ portrays complicated father-son relationship at SF Black Film Festival
Opening night of the SF Black Film Fest hosts Danny Glover and his new film ‘93 Days’
‘The Lucky Specials’ interweaves awareness about tuberculosis into SF Black Film Festival
‘A Path to Excellence’ on the history of teaching fencing to inner-city youth chosen for SF Black Film Festival
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