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London Breed, you are my mayor too

As I watched your inauguration, saw you take the oath to serve once more, spoke from the heart to all of your people, and heard the declaration that you will continue to advocate for the poor, the forgotten, the homeless and the immigrants who can still find sanctuary in this City, I was filled with pride. Our local economy will thrive in your hands because of fair play for big and small business alike that allows San Francisco to be an example to the rest of the nation. Because of you, we are reminded that “Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.” It’s been a long time coming, my dear. The crowd roared as you spoke from the heart. We felt your love.

Behind Enemy Lines

The new Prison Movement: The continuing struggle to abolish slavery in Amerika (2018)

Jul 17, 2018

Across Amerika, home of the world’s largest prison population, growing numbers of the imprisoned are coming to realize that they are victims of social injustice. Foremost, they are victims of an inherently predatory and dysfunctional capitalist-imperialist system, which targets the poor and people of color for intensified policing, militaristic containment and selective criminal prosecutions, while denying them access to the basic resources, employment and institutional control needed for social and economic security.

Three love letters to the Bay View from behind the walls

Jul 15, 2018

Editor’s note: It’s been a challenging year for the Bay View. With ad revenue falling and the cost of printing and mailing rising, we need a benefactor with the means not only to pay the production costs but to hire a new editor because your old editor, at 79, needs to share the load. And the new editor will need a staff. Lighting and inspiring our search for that help are the wonderful letters that prisoners write. Here are three that touched our souls.

National Prison Strike

Jul 14, 2018

This call is for a two-week national strike beginning on Aug. 21, the anniversary of George Jackson’s assassination, and extending until Sept. 9, the anniversary of the Attica Prison Rebellion in 1971. The call has been taken up inside from coast to coast, and across at least 17 different states. The author of this call, Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, is a national collective of incarcerated people who fight for human rights by providing other incarcerated people with access to legal education, resources and assistance.

‘We knew where the power was’: Conversations with organizers of the North Carolina Prisoners’ Labor Union

Jul 14, 2018

As the snowbirds arrived in Florida along with the mild January breezes, a small uprising of laborers who work under lock and key stopped production and made demands. This coordinated struggle was carried out by members of one of the most violently exploited groups in America: incarcerated workers. Inmates at 17 Florida prisons launched the labor strike, calling themselves “Operation PUSH,” to demand higher wages and the reintroduction of parole incentives for specific groups of inmates.

Shakaboona resentenced: Freedom is near

Jul 13, 2018

On May 17, 2018, Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall, a renowned incarcerated human rights activist and juvenile life-without-parole prisoner, was re-sentenced to a prison term of 29 years to life – “time served” – for a murder he committed in 1988 when he was 17 years old. As a prelude to Shakaboona’s re-sentencing hearing, an interactive exhibit and assembly titled “People Change, People Change the World” was held on March 24 at the Mosaic Community Church in West Philly.

Tribute to Khatari Gaulden
Shout-out from Malik in Texas to Kwame in Indiana: Support Prison Lives Matter rally July 18
A cry for help, a call to action: Rally at IDOC, Indianapolis, July 18
Nothing new: Prison violence brings higher pay, job security
They loathed Hugo, oppose PEACE
Criminal is the new nigger
Together to End Solitary: ‘Cruel and Unusual, the Story of the Angola 3’
Veronza, don’t die in prison!
Back to Red Onion State Prison: Rashid’s return to the original scene of criminal abuse
The unofficial gag order of Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown): 16 years in prison, still not allowed to speak
Kinetik speaks: ‘In segregation or on the yard, the message is the same – SLAVERY MUST END’
MOVE member Debbie Africa released
Alabama’s mistreatment of prisoners with mental illness has led to a dramatic increase in suicides
The rich go free and the poor get LWOP
SHU-shifting redux: Plaintiffs in Ashker v. Brown seek relief from ongoing isolation

News & Views

Public services fail pregnant, low-income African American women in San Francisco

Jul 14, 2018

A recent assessment led by San Francisco State University’s Health Equity Institute (HEI) found that stress from racism and poverty is affecting the health of pregnant African American women in unstable housing situations and contributing to pre-term births. The assessment builds on reports by the San Francisco Department of Public Health that found that the city’s African American women were 2.7 times more likely to have a preterm birth than white women and that half of the residents of public housing in San Francisco are African American.

San Francisco needs more infant and toddler care and higher wages for early educators

Jul 13, 2018

The San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Council has released its much anticipated 2017 Community Needs Assessment. San Francisco has made great progress in recent years in offering financial subsidies to preschool-aged children and increasing the overall capacity for licensed early childhood education options. However, there are significant unmet needs for licensed centers and family child care homes that serve infants and toddlers, and critical workforce investments are also required to attract and retain qualified early education teachers.

More choices than Democrats and Republicans

Jul 12, 2018

Even though I am no longer a candidate, I continue to ask the same question of voters: Why do leaders in the Democratic and Republican Parties prioritize military spending over everything else? Cutting bloated military spending would free up funds to help people, not kill them. Greens value people, planet and peace over profit. Leaders in the Democratic and Republican parties do not.

Fred Jordan: We can reverse the out-migration of Blacks from San Francisco

Jul 11, 2018

African Americans make significant contributions to the San Francisco economy and get very little in benefits, as it was in the days of slavery. We need a new Juneteenth for the emancipation of African Americans in San Francisco. Now a NEW DAY is here! LONDON BREED, San Francisco’s first Black female mayor, is about to take office. She has promised to “open the flood gates” for Black businesses and provide real job opportunities for our African American citizens. We can reverse this out-migration!

Nuclear power in Africa?

Jul 9, 2018

Rosatom – Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation – has recently signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with a number of African nations to build nuclear power plants within their borders. I spoke to David Himbara, a professor of international development and African energy activist, about the likelihood of Rosatom actually building these nuclear plants. Currently, Sub-Saharan Africa faces an extraordinary level of energy poverty.

Noose at SF highrise reaffirms lockout of Blacks from construction
‘Hunters Point is unfolding into the biggest case of eco-fraud in U.S. history’: Feds promise Human Health Risk Assessment to measure harm to community
How the 1968 uprisings gave us the Civil Rights Act of 1968
Navy does damage control for Pelosi, Feinstein and Lennar as it continues to claim Treasure Island and Hunters Point Shipyard are ‘safe’
When Democrats aren’t the least worst
What to Viet Nam is our 4th of July? Rethinking Burns & Novick’s documentary, Part 1
More police, criminalization and gang suppression will not end homelessness in San Francisco
No love for Yemen?
Angela Rye stands by Maxine Waters, slams white Democrats for turning on her
Expand local hate crime laws to protect the homeless
Running Green in D13: Tax the rich and stop the wars
From CPS to ICE, the Separation Nation didn’t begin with these incarcerated babies
Part Two: The making of a Treasure Island whistleblower
Part One: The mission is not complete: How Andre Patterson and Felita Sample blew the whistle on Treasure Island fraud
Stop the heartless racism on the border: Make justice and decency prevail in our nation

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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July 21, 2018
THE LONG RIDE - new documentary about the Civil Rights Movement for Immigrant Workers 6:00 pm Pacifica Community Center 540 Crespi Dr (at HWY 1)Pacifica, CA 94044 Pacifica Social Justice (PSJ) and Faith In Action Bay Area (... more>>
July 22, 2018
Mario Woods Remembrance Day (3rd Annual) 11:00 am Martin Luther King Jr. Park - 5701 3rd St. San Francisco, CA 94124 Join us! Many of you will remember a beautiful event ... more>>
July 22, 2018
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in the Neighborhood: FUN DAY in the #Bayview Free Family Arts + Crafts 2:00 pm 4720 3rd St., between Newcomb and Oakdale, Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco TODAY! and Every Sunday Will Be Fun Day in the #... more>>

In Memoriam: Milan Rose Ardoin – Sunrise May 10, 1990, Sunset July 5, 2018

Jul 11, 2018

It is with great sadness that I write about the passing of one of San Francisco’s daughters. Milan Rose Ardoin, 28 – and her mother, Valinda Rose Scott, 55 – was fatally shot at her home in Antioch, Calif., at 4:20 a.m. on the morning of July 5, 2018. Milan leaves behind a 4-year-old son, Mason Rome, who she often referred to as “the love of my life,” her beloved grandmother, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, former students, mentees, friends and coworkers.

The crimes of kidnapping and selling children are not new

Jul 9, 2018

At this moment, WE are remembering and honoring some of the incredible souls who have recently departed this life, including RICHARD BROWN, our outstanding community leader, former member of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and falsely-accused and acquitted political prisoner. Services for Baba Richard will be held on Friday, 21 July, 10 am, at Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister (at Pierce), in San Francisco’s Feel-Mo district. Asé.

Oakland All Stars, come home, subscribe to the Bay View!

Jul 8, 2018

Possibly the only thing that could be worse for Oakland than a loss of a third of its Black population in less than 30 years is that so many of its stars develop their chops, their talents and skills in Oakland and then leave and don’t come back or give back! Our community treasure chest would be much richer if our Oakland All Stars came back home! Most of the great talent that Oakland develops leaves to enrich the coffers and treasure chests of other cities and countries.

After successful off-Broadway & Berkeley run, ‘Port Chicago 50’ play comes to San Francisco for Port Chicago blast 74th anniversary commemoration

Jul 4, 2018

Meet the sailors before, during and after that fated night. The dramatic story is told through the eyes of one of the survivors, Freddie Meeks. “Port Chicago 50” is a must see for everyone! Not only will it be a weekend of historical enlightenment but also a special time of entertainment. There are two performances only at McKenna Theater in the Creative Arts Building on the San Francisco State University campus. Show date is Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

‘Black Rage’ author Dr. Price Cobbs joins the ancestors

Jul 3, 2018

Internationally recognized psychiatrist, management consultant and author of the classic book “Black Rage,” “regarded as one of the most important books on blacks” by the New York Times, Dr. Price M. Cobbs passed on June 25, 2018, at the age of 89. York Times, Dr. Price M. Cobbs passed on June 25, 2018, at the age of 89. His book was the first book written that revealed the full dimensions of the inner conflicts of the desperation of Black life in the United States.

What do White people really see when they look at Black people?
At Oakland Book Festival, Boots Riley discusses new film ‘Sorry to Bother You’
‘Follow the Money’: Flashpoints Radio voices on oil wars, drone bombing, police militarization, mass incarceration …
Introduction to ‘Colors: The Ancient African Connection to the Crips and Bloods’
Amerikkka was built on busting up families …
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