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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Method of execution

I will continue the ardent struggle from the "inside out." As you fight to abolish the death penalty from the "outside in," may we intersect in success!

Black state legislators want economic bailout – ‘in the neighborhood’

Dropout rates, infant mortality rates and incarceration rates - all often associated with economic injustice - are skyrocketing in cities and states across the nation.

Blacks built the White House

When the new First Family takes up residence in the White House in January, Barack and Michelle Obama and their daughters will be living in a historic mansion that was built in large measure with slave labor.

A great opportunity to integrate the construction unions

This is a great time to make a long overdue change. Construction unions are the most racist organizations in the nation. Let's make them integrate.

The rains of death in Gaza

As bombs rain down, Palestinians call on all 'freedom loving people to act immediately in any possible way to put pressure on their governments to end diplomatic ties with Apartheid Israel and institute sanctions against it.'

Five bailout lessons from Katrina

Year end bonuses continue while foreclosures increase? The needs of the poor must take priority over the wants of the rich.

Wanda’s Picks for Dec. 26

Dr. C. Diane Howell, editor and publisher of the Black Business Listings and founder of the Black Expo, died suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 24, from complications of pneumonia.

Politics make strange bedfellows

Conservative Christian leaders and gay activists have become bedfellows in their criticism of the choice of Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Obama's inauguration.

From Fanon to Africa, with love

Fanon's work was widely read on three continents and is still worthy of study, not least because the insightful thinker predicted how African rulers would rule if they didn't unite the continent's various peoples and failed to develop truly independent and socialist governing systems.

Christmas Day in a Louisiana dungeon

Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace are about to begin their 37th year in the dungeon of the old slave plantation, Angola. A crucifixion. Where is the public outrage that will resurrect them?

How will you celebrate Christmas?

In this year of financial and economic collapse, and pretty near unprecedented global, geopolitical and military stress, the greatest irony is that we are now living in conditions similar to the deprivations of the Infant of Bethlehem.

Oakland declares 120-day delay in utility shut-offs

There have been over 4,000 home foreclosures in Oakland since early 2007 and home foreclosures are currently the leading cause of evictions.

Court orders Schwarzenegger to enforce law providing healthcare for people with HIV

If you are HIV positive but do not yet have AIDS, you are probably eligible for Medi-Cal. California is under court order to provide it.

Christmas under occupation

U.S. hands off the little town of Bethlehem! In this season celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace, let us all resolve to pray and work for ending the occupation, implementing other internationally recognized Palestinian rights and allowing Palestinians to shed the shackles of U.S. foreign policy.

The rebirth of Konbit in Haiti

Dec. 16, was the 18th anniversary of Haiti's first free and democratic elections that gave rise to the Lavalas movement which catapulted Aristide into the presidency in 1990. Thousands of Haitians took to the streets.

Enduring Dixie: College football today

In 2008 we are faced with a question: What is the easier path for an African-American male, becoming president of the United States or an NCAA Division I football coach?

Somali woes: The perils of intervention

Although Somalis have recently been in the Western press because of piracy, the nation has a long and distinct history, centuries before the era of European colonialism.

Reductions in prison population can save the state billions

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is proposing the only real solution to the overcrowding crisis: reducing the number of people in prison and canceling new prison construction.

Apply now to the First Voice Media Action Apprenticeship Program

POCC: Block Report Radio and the SF Bay View newspaper are urging our listeners and readers to take advantage of the opportunity to apply to the First Voice Media Action Program, which works in partnership with KPFA.

Minister Farrakhan vs. Mike Wallace

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Y_njZ9Dg8&hl=en&fs=1&w=425&h=344] When Minister Louis Farrakhan was interviewed by Mike Wallace on CBS News' 60 Minutes on Sept. 29, 2005, this exchange ensued: Mike Wallace: "You...