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Report from behind the wall at CSP-Solano: CDCr still endangering lives after a year of COVID

With stories so deeply compelling and told at great risk of retaliation, another of our caged community members describes the deliberate indifference to the safety of prisoners during COVID-19 in CSP-Solano prison, with no protocol, no common sense, no humanity, no recourse. Taxpayer dollars support this shame.

Report from behind the wall at CSP-Solano: CDCr still endangering lives after a year of COVID

With stories so deeply compelling and told at great risk of retaliation, another of our caged community members describes the deliberate indifference to the safety of prisoners during COVID-19 in CSP-Solano prison, with no protocol, no common sense, no humanity, no recourse. Taxpayer dollars support this shame.

News & Views

New documentary exposes COVID crisis at private SF prison

Under contract with San Francisco, the historic Compton’s Cafeteria, now signed as 111 Taylor St. Apartments, has been operating as a private prison aka halfway house run by the multi-billion-dollar multinational corporation GEO Group, which like the ICE detention centers GEO runs, has been infested with COVID-19 due to deliberate indifference to the wellbeing of those under their thumb.

Adachi Project releases ‘One Eleven Taylor,’ a documentary short depicting dangerous conditions at a GEO Group-run for-profit halfway house in San Francisco

Hope and purpose illuminates the work that The Adachi Project and Keith “Malik” Washington are doing to lift the burden of pain and suffering from the shoulders of those marginalized, dehumanized and oppressed, to expose the injustices of modern slavery being perpetrated on the people by the racist, capitalist oppressor and GEO Group.

Sunnydale residents organize protest against SF Housing Authority for Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021

Here is capitalism in one of its ugliest forms by way of housing privatization, eliminating the people’s sovereignty over their own lives in the true name of profits over people. Sunnydale residents are having none of it and are fighting courageously by relentlessly and loudly demanding their rights.

The FBI will not save us from white supremacy

Jeremy Miller succinctly describes the seemingly benign invitation from the FBI to help them keep us safe from scary events like the recent white supremacist insurrection at the People’s House as being somewhat akin to the fox asking the chickens to help with the slaughter. As Jalil Muntaqim said, “We Are Our Own Liberators.”

Positive Directions Equals Change: Resiliency, character and hope

There are always forces afoot like the prison and criminal substance abuse to crush beautiful human lives. The beauty of our humanity is that there are also forces of love with relentless purpose to support our communities to heal, recover and live into successful and vital lives.

Sunnydale residents hold BBQ to garner support to oppose HOPE SF’s redevelopment plan

Shameful history may be repeating itself where again the city of San Francisco and a developer are moving forward with a housing redevelopment project, during a pandemic, without respectfully hearing the voices of those who have been residents for decades and who likely will be adversely impacted.

Sunnydale residents organize protest against SF Housing Authority for Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021

Here is capitalism in one of its ugliest forms by way of housing privatization, eliminating the people’s sovereignty over their own lives in the true name of profits over people. Sunnydale residents are having none of it and are fighting courageously by relentlessly and loudly demanding their rights.

The FBI will not save us from white supremacy

Jeremy Miller succinctly describes the seemingly benign invitation from the FBI to help them keep us safe from scary events like the recent white supremacist insurrection at the People’s House as being somewhat akin to the fox asking the chickens to help with the slaughter. As Jalil Muntaqim said, “We Are Our Own Liberators.”

Positive Directions Equals Change: Resiliency, character and hope

There are always forces afoot like the prison and criminal substance abuse to crush beautiful human lives. The beauty of our humanity is that there are also forces of love with relentless purpose to support our communities to heal, recover and live into successful and vital lives.

Behind Enemy Lines

Report from behind the wall at CSP-Solano: CDCr still endangering lives after a year of COVID

With stories so deeply compelling and told at great risk of retaliation, another of our caged community members describes the deliberate indifference to the safety of prisoners during COVID-19 in CSP-Solano prison, with no protocol, no common sense, no humanity, no recourse. Taxpayer dollars support this shame.

Bare Bones Incident Report: Brian Holliday, David Wade Correctional Facility

We receive hundreds of letters a month, from all over the country – many detailing devastating human and civil rights abuses. Here, I ask you to write Brian Holliday and tell him you care and hope he's okay.

Letters of life from slow death row

Tiyo Attallah Salah-El’s “Pen Pal” is lovingly reviewed by David Gilbert, himself in his 41st year of a life sentence. In the body of 92 prison letters written by Tiyo to Paul Alan Smith, he reveals deep friendships, teaching, mentoring and lawyering accomplishments, and evidence that in the worst situation imaginable he chose to make the best of it – the very best.

Mishandling of COVID-19 at Eastham Plantation

It is notable that prisoner Steve McCain is caged in a prison still owning the name of the plantation it was built on, Eastham Plantation, meting out the same cruelty, disrespect and dehumanizing atrocities on prisoners as was perpetrated on the slaves before them, who originally cleared the land before the Civil War.

One cop, three shots, zero proof

Mr. Chavez’s incarceration tells a truth about utter dismissal of fellow human beings and injustices perpetrated upon himself, his family and so many others, who are suffering and dying from the racist abuses of a system that is designed for dehumanization and genocide of non-white and other vulnerable people.

Culture Currents

When the world lost Stephon

There’s a ‘tude’ that often comes with cops “responding” to a neighborhood complaint like vandalism or whatever, that reads, ‘there’s one, take him, game over, next? . . .’ – another Black man dead. Another father, husband, brother, son, uncle murdered. Cell phone looked like a gun, uh huh – makes sense since guns and cell phones are pretty much interchangeable with police, DAs and police unions. Another day . . . of pain and suffering for our communities. Stephon Clark – “He didn’t have to die.”

W.E.B. Du Bois: Unsung history of Black leadership in the Civil War era

W.E.B. Du Bois’ book ,“Black Reconstruction in America”, reviewed by Monica Hill, tells the historical truths, which were warped and twisted from the beginning when told by the white settler and taught in the schools as part of the strategic plan to solidify the permanence of slavery on which to build the capitalist imperial regime.

Joyce Gordon and her gallery

Downtown Oakland, Calif. – Managing Editor Nube Brown speaks with renowned gallerist and arts and community advocate Joyce Gordon on growing up in Berkeley, how she got Joyce Gordon Gallery started, the importance of the youth and the future of her art space.

Dr. Caesar Churchwell, a leader who made a difference

Dr. Caesar Churchwell now transitioning to the Ancestors, leaves his legacy of love and service to the people of his community, and like the pebble dropped into the water, ripples far, touching those he never knew.

Kick Drum Only

Art in all forms has always been a voice in movements for change and has illuminated the essence of the pain and struggle. In launching the new monthly poetry column, SF poet laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin shares his penned voice in powerful, revolutionary elegance to the struggle.

Wanda’s Picks for February 2021

Wanda Sabir opens the door to the abundance of February with the gifts of Black History Month, observations on today’s Jim Crow, stories and people we may not know about like Adam David Miller (A.D.) and young Amanda Gorman, who’s poem, “The Hill We Climb,” breathed hope and vitality into a weary country at the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris.

Bay View Archives

Welcome to the Bay View Archives! With a $20,000 grant from The San Francisco Foundation, we can finally formalize and publicize our trove of Black journalism from 1976 to 2008.

Those who must be shown: an environmental justice manifesto

George D. Porter dedicated his career to the International Longshoremen’s Workers Union Local 34. He died in the care of his loving family on the morning of Feb. 19, 1992. His immediate cause of death was dehydration. His final cause of death was pulmonary asbestosis.

Then wasn’t the time, but now is!

“The police say to us all the time that they can’t do their jobs because we won’t talk and tell on someone. Well, we ARE telling on PG&E … so now we tell them it’s your turn. Do your job! Do it now!”

Lennar builds shoddy homes

“We have been living the Lennar nightmare for seven years. We are original owners with perpetual water intrusion. I am trying to organize my neighbors (168 defective homes) and share information in hopes that together we can make a difference ... We are absolutely devastated. I am writing from Novato, California.” — Tamara

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