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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Prop G’s false promises

Newsom and his political allies are backing the Proposition G transfer of City property to a private developer in what is likely the worst public-private partnership the Newsom administration has dreamed up.

Police make life hell for youth of color

Statistics cannot convey the intimidation, anxiety and anger that Black and Latin@ youth must live with on a daily basis, nor the effect this can have on them and their families.

Sean Bell’s second slaying

That they were Black men – even unarmed Black men – was deemed sufficient to unload on them, because in America their color was crime enough.

Polluter pays!

The 94124 zipcode ranks in the 80th percentile for particulates, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. It ranks in the 90th percentile for sulfur dioxide.

Everyone talks about affordable housing; Prop F makes it the law

With passage of Prop F, 50 PERCENT OF NEW HOUSING BUILT AT CANDLESTICK POINT MUST BE AFFORDABLE – BY LAW.

My husband, the Rev. Edward Pinkney, is still sitting in the Berrien County Jail

Rev. Pinkney is a victim of a frame-up by Berrien County Court and Sheriff Department, which has a national reputation for police brutality and racism.

Viequenses support Barack Obama

Vieques is an exquisite white-sand-trimmed island, a jewel in the blue Caribbean, where the 10,000 Viequenses fight valiantly for cleanup of massive contamination left by the U.S. Navy.

Children’s Defense Fund calls Schwarzenegger’s revised budget shameful

In a state with the eighth largest economy in the world, it is a moral outrage that cuts to foster care, health coverage, cash assistance for children and food programs are even being considered.

‘Smart Cities’ reject redevelopment agencies

There are only three medium-sized cities in Northern California that have withstood pressure from a powerful Sacramento lobby, an army of lawyers, consultants, bond brokers and land developers.

Life after graduation

Because I have someone in my life who cares, I now have a future filled with possibilities and I look forward to what the future holds for me after graduation.

Outstanding California childcare providers recognized at State Capitol ceremony

The ceremony was held to recognize the important role that informal childcare providers play in raising preschool age children and preparing them for Kindergarten.

Former Black Press executive named NAACP president

“He represents taking the NAACP to the next level ... And he represents great promise and potential, not just for the organization, but for young people.”

The legal lynching of Black youth

I was devastated at how cold and heartless the judicial system can be when it comes to our Black babies.

A journey into sound: an interview wit’ Fiyawata

They say that balance is the key to the universe, yet there are only a few groups in Hip Hop that include male and female musicians.

Sean Bell’s killers acquitted

“There was a such thing as society prior to this parasitical system of imperialism. People dealt with their contradictions, and people need to be clear on that. We can deal with our own contradictions.”

Revolutionary Black psychologist honored for changing education and society

“Joseph White has made a fundamental shift in how ethnic minorities are viewed, understood and treated in American psychology.”

Tortured Sudanese journalist Sami Al-Hajj released after 7 years in Guantanamo

Sami Al-Hajj was released after spending more than seven years in U.S. custody. He was released without ever being prosecuted.

A permanent fixture of injustice: Child Protective Services

“I feel like there is racism, ageism and sexism in the CPS system,” said Alicia.

On the road toward health

Step by step, access to healthy living is increasing with community efforts.

Eve Ensler’s spectacular celebrates New Orleans women

“I’ve been trying to free myself of Katrina’s grasp. ... With what I’ve gone through, I should be just stark raving mad by now, but I’m able to go on.”