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CAPTION: A man faces off with police after shots were fired into a crowd of unarmed youth. The police and National Guard began shooting on word of a sniper. Neither a sniper nor a gun was ever found. This photo and news of the uprising made headlines around the world. – Photo: UPI (United Press International)

Breaking historical silence to heal from historical wounds: Remembering the 1966 Hunters Point Uprising

August 31, 2016

During the fall of 1966, racial and economic disparity exploded into a violent three-day conflict between local and state law enforcement, the National Guard and the Black community of Bayview Hunters Point after the fatal killing of 16 year-old African-American youth Matthew Johnson by white police officer Alvin Johnson. This left a deep wound adding to the historical trauma experienced by African-Americans. Now more than ever it is time for us to tell our stories. Join the conversation at the Linda Brooks Burton Library on the 50th anniversary of the BVHP Uprising.

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The fence surrounding the remodeled Opera House makes it look more like a prison than a welcoming community center. The Joe Lee Gym is at the right. This sidewalk is the place where Kenneth Harding, 19, bled to death after being shot by SFPD for not paying his T-train fare. – Photo: Lee Hubbard

Rebuilt Bayview Opera House opens to community concerns

August 1, 2016

The hub of Hunters Point at Third and Oakdale was buzzing with traffic and throngs of people as they assembled outside of the Bayview Opera House. The Moon Candy soul band was on the stage as people began to sit in the new seats in the outside auditorium. The Opera House had been closed for remodeling for four years. Finally, on July 20, the new Opera House was unveiled to the public.

To remove 30 percent of Hunters Point Hill – in order to create a grade separation between the poor Blacks and Samoans living in public and subsidized housing and the mostly white, upscale buyers they wanted for their condos – Lennar drilled for months into the serpentine bedrock, releasing arsenic and asbestos, both deadly. – Photo: Paul Chinn, SF Chronicle

Dr. Raymond Tompkins: How and why does pollution poison Bayview Hunters Point? Conclusion

June 30, 2016

The air has gotten worse, not better. So these are some of the things that are caused by the dust, the construction and the latent chemicals they have not cleaned up since World War II – plus the current concentration of light industry just outside our neighborhood that all blows into our neighborhood. Yet currently less than 1 percent of African Americans who live in Bayview work in that area and reap the economic benefits. All we get is the pollution and death.

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These are some of the dramatic new buildings that comprise the dream-come-true Dr. George Davis Senior Center and Residence, here 121 apartments are about to become home to seniors. – Photo: PhotoArtist Gene Hazzard

Dr. Davis’ dream comes true: Grand opening of the George W. Davis Senior Center

June 30, 2016

A 20-year vision became reality when Bayview Senior Services invited the people of Bayview Hunters Point to the grand opening of the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center and Residence on Saturday, June 25. The celebration marked the victory of a dream over despair. As we all gain inspiration from his memory, his wife, Cathy Davis, has captained the project to a successful completion with last Saturday’s unforgettable grand opening.

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TKO! Raquel ‘Pretty Beast’ Miller deflates Sara ‘Mac Tire’ Flores in an outstanding pro debut

May 23, 2016

One minute and 14 seconds into the first round, the professional boxing middleweight fight debut of Raquel “Pretty Beast” Miller and Sara “Mac Tire” Flores was over, and Raquel Miller had scored the win via TKO after the center referee stopped the bout. The fight was part of promoter Michael Bazan and Square Vision Entertainment’s “Night of Glory III – Battle for the Golden State” on a card of nine scheduled bouts, held at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium on May 21, 2016.

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Bayview residents gather for SFPUC’s Taco Tuesday at 1800 Oakdale, the building they fought for decades ago to house the Southeast Campus of City College and have taken great pride in ever since. – Photo: Bethaney Lee

Will the Southeast Campus of City College at 1800 Oakdale become a PUC office building?

April 27, 2016

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is proposing to relocate the Southeast Community Facility Commission building at 1800 Oakdale Ave., the decades-long home of the Southeast Campus of City College, to the corner of Third Street and Evans Avenue. On April 19, SFPUC hosted a Taco Tuesday for neighborhood residents to view two different proposals, plans for what the new Evans building could look like and another of a remodeled 1800 Oakdale Ave. building.

It’s fitting that a midwife should be in charge of the rebirth of the Coleman Medical Center, founded by the beloved Dr. Arthur Coleman, who oldtimers say delivered nearly all the babies in Bayview Hunters Point for decades.

Breathing new life into Dr. Coleman’s dream and the Arthur Coleman Medical Center

April 2, 2016

On March 1, medical services returned to the historic Arthur H. Coleman Medical Center at Third and Ingerson. As a community healthcare clinic, we are honored to reopen a place that is special to this community – and to me, personally. I spent part of my life in Bayview Hunters Point. These new services carry forward the spirit of Dr. Arthur H. Coleman, who campaigned for better service for African American patients.

Unique, Fale, Xlisha, Dre’Zhane and Kira of Hunters Point’s Girls 2000 talked extensively to Dr. Ray Tompkins about the history of pollution and air quality in Bayview Hunters Point at the Black Health Summit held on March 19 at San Francisco State University. – Photo: Xlisha Laurent

Dr. Raymond Tompkins: How and why does pollution poison Bayview Hunters Point? Part 1

March 31, 2016

Although Bayview Hunters Point is one of the most beautiful Black communities in California, it is also one of the most toxic places in the country due to the radiation experiments that took place on the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in the ‘40s and many other generators of deadly toxins, most of them government owned. Dr. Ray Tompkins, a historian and a scientific expert on the pollution in Bayview Hunters Point, gives an in-depth interview. Check him out in his own words.

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Leaders of the Coltrane Church Rev. Deacon Marlee-I Mystic, Archpriest and Pastor Wanika King Stephens and church founder Archbishop Franzo W. King stand at the altar in the sanctuary they must vacate by the end of April.

Keep the St. John Coltrane Church in San Francisco

March 29, 2016

The Saint John Coltrane Church is a historical fixture in the San Francisco Black community and a direct descendant of the work of the late great Marcus Mosiah Garvey and his Universal Negro Improvement Association. One reason the Coltrane Church is important is that it defines for itself who are the saints that are worthy of our praise, instead of basing its doctrine on the philosophy and understanding of god that came out of the Council of Nicea.

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Developers, gentrifiers and SFPD pushing Black and Brown people out of the Mission, Bayview Hunters Point and the Fillmore, the hoods they’ve called home for many generations, has pushed them to fight together, as at this rally for Black Brown Unity to End Police Impunity.

Black and Brown unity against police impunity

March 27, 2016

San Francisco’s Black and Latino/a communities came together March 18 on the steps of City Hall to launch a united campaign to end police impunity in the officer-involved murders of Mario Woods, Alex Nieto and Amilcar Pérez López. The new Black and Brown United Coalition coalesced after the shocking March 10 exoneration of police in a federal civil trial in the killing of Alex Nieto, 28, by a jury on which no Blacks or Latinas or Latinos had been selected to serve.

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36th Annual Black Cuisine Festival coming March 5

March 2, 2016

Come enjoy the soulful sounds of Lenny Williams and other artists from around the Bay Area as we celebrate the 36th Annual Black Cuisine. The Black Cuisine Festival honors the cultural contributions of African Americans and their tradition of sharing delectable food and bringing people together. We will continue to honor the memory of Dr. Davis and his many Black Cuisine cooks at the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center, Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mesha Irizarry, mother of Idriss Stelley, who was shot 48 times on June 13, 2001, by nine SFPD officers as they burst into a Sony Metreon auditorium at Fourth and Mission in San Francisco, where Idriss sat alone during a mental health crisis, gave powerful testimony to the DOJ panel. Her Idriss Stelley Foundation has been at the forefront in demanding justice after every SFPD murder and fundamental change in the department’s policies and culture.

SFPD gets away with murder(s); Department of Justice comes to town

February 26, 2016

San Francisco is touted by conservative detractors and liberal boosters alike as the nation’s most progressive city. This is still true in many ways, even amidst towering symbols of gentrification. But, in particular, when it comes to holding police accountable for use of excessive force against communities of color, the City by the Bay is no different from the New Yorks, Chicagos, Baltimores or Fergusons of this country, where cops literally get away with murder. Think this is an exaggeration? Read on.

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JayVon Muhammad, Nicole Johnson and Kiki Jordan of Marin City Health & Wellness Center and Robert Watkins of the City and County of San Francisco stand outside the new Bayview Hunters Point clinic location, the revered Coleman Medical Center.

Celebrate Marin City Health & Wellness Center’s new satellite clinic in Coleman Medical Center for better health in Bayview Hunters Point – Open House March 3

February 26, 2016

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., Marin City Health & Wellness Center (MCHWC) welcomes the Bayview Hunters Point community to an Open House in its newly expanded health clinic in the Arthur H. Coleman Medical Center. The event is free to the public and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The center was founded in 1960 by local leader and San Francisco community health pioneer Dr. Arthur Coleman to provide quality healthcare to the community.

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Two beautiful homegoing services were held for Mother Dr. Espanola Jackson. This is the second, at Providence Baptist Church on Feb. 5, 2016. Standing at the front is Minister Madrid Johnson, Mother Jackson’s cousin. – Photo: Patricia Winston

San Francisco salutes Dr. Espanola Jackson at her homegoing services

February 26, 2016

Providence Baptist Church was packed for the second homegoing service for Dr. Espanola Jackson, a legendary icon to the people of Bayview Hunters Point and citywide. Her family and friends and city and state officials who have felt her pressure to do the right thing came to honor her so as to make sure, despite her transition, that justice prevails like a mighty stream – pure, powerful and calm.

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From mean streets to mansions: The Denise Smith story

February 3, 2016

It has often been said that one who has never known the pain of struggle can never truly appreciate the sweet taste of success. Denise Smith knows that struggle. Born in the San Francisco General Hospital and reared in Bayview-Hunters Point, the real estate entrepreneur has certainly experienced her share of ups and downs. Her new autobiography, “Rags to Real Estate: One Woman’s Journey to Empowerment,” inspired many.

Espanola Jackson, veteran of countless City Hall showdowns on the fate of her people, smiles to encourage the younger folks at a hearing on the environmental impact report on the Hunters Point Shipyard on Dec. 17, 2009. At the behest of developer Lennar, the supervisors approved it despite the shipyard’s status as one of the most contaminated places in the country. But with Espanola’s encouragement, the community fights on. – Photo: Carol Harvey

In celebration of the charismatic life of Sister Espanola Jackson, a born leader and chosen woman

January 27, 2016

Mama “E” was a well-loved woman who changed California, San Francisco and Bayview Hunters Point forever. With Bible scriptures, fearlessness, faith and divine love planted in her huge heart, chosen and powerfully guided from above, she set out to make changes, for justice and equality. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Grace Tabernacle Community Church, 1121 Oakdale Ave., and a homegoing service on Friday, Feb. 5, 12 noon, at Providence Baptist Church, 1601 McKinnon, off Third Street, both in Hunters Point, San Francisco.

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On Jan. 6, in the pouring rain, an extraordinary solidarity march joined supporters and the families of Mario Woods and Alex Nieto, both murdered by San Francisco police. Marchers came from two directions – the mostly Latino Alex Nieto contingent from the Mission and Bernal Heights and the mostly Black Mario Woods contingent from Third and Palou in Hunters Point – joining together for a rally, surrounded by almost as many cops as protesters. – Photo: Carl Finamore

Black homes matter: San Francisco’s vanishing Black population

January 11, 2016

Among the crowd of 150 activists were four young people holding a sign that simply read, “Last 3 Percent.” The words refer not directly to police violence but to the broader problem of the mass exodus of African Americans from San Francisco. Thousands have left their city of birth not because of any personal preference but because of political decisions and economic policies, many set into motion several decades ago.

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Students of the Sheriff’s Five Keys Charter School learned horticulture and worked part time at the Southeast Greenhouses.

Harlan Kelly: The SFPUC’s commitment to the Bayview Hunters Point community and Southeast Greenhouses

January 7, 2016

Over 25 years ago, the Southeast Greenhouses located at 1150 Phelps St., along with the adjacent Community Facility, were constructed to help offset the impact of the Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant’s expansion. The goal was to bring economic and workforce development opportunities to Bayview residents by offering hands-on training and job opportunities through horticulture programming and other offerings.

Supporters of justice for Mario Woods, executed firing squad-style by SFPD on Dec. 2, braved unusually cold weather on Christmas Eve to rally on the steps of City Hall. They marched in and up to Room 200, the mayor’s office, to see him, but aides said he wasn’t there. – Photo: Majeid Crawford

No justice, no peace: Black SF demands Mayor Ed Lee fire Chief Greg Suhr and killer cops!

December 29, 2015

Once a killer cop, always a killer cop! Black San Francisco is demanding that Mayor Ed Lee face the music and fire Chief Greg Suhr, as well as the five officers involved in the execution of Mario Woods, a young man with special needs who was gunned down by five gang members of the SFPD. Records reveal that many of the officers involved had used deadly force on unarmed individuals in the past.

Kamala Harris speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Sept. 5, 2012. – Photo: Harrison Chastang

Where is Kamala Harris on this Mario Woods killing?

December 26, 2015

In the wake of the brutal police execution of Mario Woods by San Francisco police in Bayview Hunters Point, many are asking where is California state Attorney General Kamala Harris? She was elected with the hope and expectation, naive as it may be, that she of all people would be out there weighing in and demanding justice for Mario. Sadly Harris has thus far been pretty much absent from the fight.

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