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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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Protesters gathered outside Mayor Ed Lee’s office, wanting to demand the firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr. Told the mayor was on vacation, they vowed to return. – Video frame: KRON

Justice for Mario Woods: Christmas Eve rally at SF City Hall demands Mayor Lee fire Chief Suhr

December 25, 2015

Trade unionists joined a rally and press conference on Dec. 24, 2015, on the steps of City Hall for Mario Woods, a young African American worker who was executed by San Francisco police on Dec. 2, 2015, in Bayview Hunters Point. Black San Franciscans are being driven out of San Francisco through gentrification and displacement and a decades-long job lockout, and some unionists are calling for labor action to stop these economic and police assaults.

Hundreds of students, who walked out of class and marched from 16th and Mission to City Hall, unfurled their banner and rallied on the steps, as a cop in the background stood watch. – Photo: Paulette Justice

Youth power against police brutality: Students stand in solidarity for Mario Woods

December 24, 2015

Hundreds of middle and high school students from Black and Brown low income communities in San Francisco marched together last week in solidarity to protest the execution of Mario Woods. At only 26 years, Mario Woods, a young man with special needs, was gunned down in his own neighborhood by the SFPD. “We are sick and tired of the police killing our homies!” yelled the students as they marched from the corner of 16th and Mission Street to the steps of City Hall.

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The funeral of Mario Woods and the execution of African American youth

December 19, 2015

Mario Woods was a young worker who was killed by the San Francisco police on Dec. 2, 2015, with over 20 bullets. The funeral was held on Dec. 17, at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, Third Street and Paul Avenue, in Bayview Hunters Point, and the family, community, youth and labor members spoke out. Speakers connected the dots between this police murder and the ethnic cleansing and gentrification of Bayview Hunters Point.

“Mario Woods” – Poster: Miles Stryker

SFPD racism is systemic: In wake of Mario Woods’ killing, SFSU public health students call for chief’s dismissal and alternatives to police

December 15, 2015

The Public Health Organization of Graduate Students at San Francisco State University condemns the actions of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) in the unjust shooting of Mario Woods, a young African American man who was a resident of Bayview Hunters Point, on Dec. 2, 2015. The current situation in which SFPD officers kill community members with impunity is intolerable.

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When this picture was taken, the Fillmore was solidly Black. When tens of thousands of Blacks responded to the World War II call for shipyard workers, this is where they lived – and they owned all the businesses, including hotels, theaters, pharmacies and countless bars and clubs. – Photo: David Johnson

‘I Am San Francisco: (Re)Collecting the Home of Native Black San Franciscans’ coming to San Francisco Main Library’s African American Center Dec. 12, 2015, to March 10, 2016

December 11, 2015

You are invited to the opening reception on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2-4 p.m., in the African American Center of the San Francisco Main Library of “I Am San Francisco,” a major exhibit that tells the personal stories of Black San Franciscans at a time when the Black population has been almost entirely forced out and includes a display of historic copies of the San Francisco Bay View, back to 1994, with the headline “We Shall Not Be Moved.”

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SF police execute again: Community and labor speak out on Mario Woods’ murder

December 6, 2015

San Francisco police murdered another African American in Bayview Hunters Point on Dec. 2, 2015. Seven to 10 police surrounded Mario Woods, 26, and then shot him over 10 times, killing him. Community and labor people spoke out at a meeting on Friday, Dec. 4. The San Francisco NAACP is calling a public meeting to discuss the police murder of Mario Woods for Monday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m., at Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister St., San Francisco.

Mario Woods’ cousin Jeff Stewart consoles Mario’s mother as she weeps in his arms over her murdered son. “They’re going to paint my child out to be a monster, and he wasn’t a monster,” she said. “He would give you the shirt off his back.”

Mario Woods, 26, executed by SFPD in his own hood

December 5, 2015

The community is outraged at the execution of young brother Mario K. Woods. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at the young age of 26, Mario Woods was gunned down by SFPD, the largest gang in San Francisco. Chief Greg Suhr didn’t even claim his officers feared for their lives, saying only that Mario “could not be allowed to move away from the scene.” Surrounded by 10 or more officers and shot over 25 times – that is not fearing for your life or safety; that’s overkill, that’s murderous behavior – and the community is demanding the resignation of Chief Greg Suhr!

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Celebrating the life of legendary community organizer Regina Douglas

November 30, 2015

Regina Douglas was an active participant in her community, and served as a fierce advocate for social change and justice. She passionately championed causes for the elderly as well as for the youth of the Bayview Hunters Point community through a number of organizations. St. James Baptist Church was filled with Regina’s family, friends and fellow activists for her homegoing celebration on Nov. 6.

Crowding into Room 200, the office of Mayor Ed Lee, on Oct. 20, Bayview Hunters Point residents, their faces reflecting their determination to fight to stay in San Francisco, demand a real housing plan to allow them to afford to live in the community they love. Many have roots as deep as five generations. – Photo: ACCE

San Francisco Black community demands a real housing plan

October 21, 2015

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, dozens of long time Black San Francisco community residents – many whose families arrived generations ago – took over the Mayor’s Office demanding real solutions. Pastor Yul Dorn, ACCE member and Bayview resident facing eviction, was in attendance and spoke in front of 60-plus protesters crowded into Mayor Ed Lee’s office. ACCE provided a list of demands, also criticizing Ed Lee’s plan to rebuild public housing.

More street trees coming to Bayview Hunters Point in November

September 29, 2015

Business owners, property owners and residents of the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood have until Oct. 5 to sign up to receive a street tree in the planting that Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) is organizing for Nov. 7. People who have eligible sites in front of their properties can save money by participating in FUF’s neighborhood tree planting program; most of the costs are covered by grants, government funding and private donations.

School Board Commissioner Shamann Walton – Photo: Rochelle Metcalfe

Third Street Stroll …

July 31, 2015

As I go about my travels up and down Third Street, especially frustrated over the Black corridor scene – lack of thriving Black businesses, people hanging on the streets, while other areas of the strip of avenues – Dogpatch, etc., are thriving! WHEN will change happen??? Where are Black investors? So much building going on in Bayview Hunters Point – the NEW FRONTIER AND LAST BASTION FOR BLACK FOLKS!

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A lonely tower stands in the rubble of the Candlestick Stadium parking lot. – Photo: Rochelle Metcalfe

Third Street Stroll …

July 2, 2015

HOW SWEET IT IS, GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 2015 NBA CHAMPIONS! NOW, THE BATTLE IS ON TO KEEP the team in Oakland and owners from moving WARRIORS TO SAN FRANCISCO Mission Bay and proposed new arena to be built at Third and 16th Street. While talking sports, CANDLESTICK STADIUM IS DOWN! GONE! Nothing left but the TOWER in the parking lot!

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Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force to kick off July 22

July 2, 2015

Bayview Hunters Point residents are invited to attend the first monthly meeting of the new Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Community members, industry representatives and officials from local, regional, state and federal environmental agencies will be present and will participate in this important task force to remedy pollution problems in the community.

Dr. Vickie M. Mays

Racism and African American men: Killing without a gun

June 28, 2015

Dr. Vickie M. Mays, a clinical psychologist and professor of health policy and management at UCLA, has published a number of studies showing how experiencing racism contributes to high morbidity and mortality in African Americans. Mays said she is concerned that not enough attention is paid to the lethal consequences of discrimination African American men face every day.

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