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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Urgent! Support needed for Imam Jamil

Imam Jamil Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, was once Minister of Justice of the Black Panther Party - always a servant of the people. We must come to his rescue just as he struggled to rescue us.

Library renovation plans: process and product problematic

"How to Run Roughshod Over Neighborhood Wishes" is now playing in San Francisco, as a swirling whirlwind of deception engulfs the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

El Salvador left poised for election victory

In less than three weeks, 3 million to 4 million people will mobilize to vote for El Salvador's next president - likely ushering in a new progressive chapter in the country's long, violent history of dictatorships.

Two months in: The maturing of the Oscar Grant III Justice Movement

'Since the police murder of Oscar Grant, there has been an awakening of the sleeping giant, the social consciousness of the people,' writes Minister of Information JR. Call DA Tom Orloff, (510) 272-6222, to demand the charges be dropped against JR Valrey and all protesters. Stay tuned for more on the war against police terrorism in Oakland, birthplace of the Black Panther Party.

Oscar Grant protesters to shut down BART

No Justice No BART announced that on Thursday, March 5, we will shut down the Fruitvale BART Station during the evening rush hours as part of a campaign of protest actions targeting BART in order to advance community demands in the wake of the police murder of Oscar Grant.

French colonies in the Caribbean demand decent pay, end to racism

Guadeloupe, a French colony in the Caribbean, has been brought to a standstill as a result of trade union actions over the last several weeks.

Saturday matinee benefit for the Bay View: ‘for colored girls …’

Saturday, Feb. 28, the Black Repertory Theatre generously set aside the matinee performance of "for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf" as a benefit for the Bay View newspaper. Playwright Ntozake Shange was there in person. The performance sold out! Thanks, everybody!

Malcolm X, Barack Obama and Oginga Odinga

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) was assassinated 44 years ago, on Feb. 21, 1965, because of his attempt to internationalize the African American struggle for self-determination.

Fighting for school crumbs

For years the WCCUSD has been bitterly embattled in a monetary fight. This has resulted in a never-ending cry from students and families begging for schools to stay open in their communities.

Executive Order: Establishment of the White House Office of Urban Affairs

The economic health and social vitality of our urban communities are critically important to the prosperity and quality of life for Americans.

On the New York Post simulation of the murder of the president of the...

Naturally we are outraged by Rupert Murdoch's low rag The New York Post's depicting Barack Obama as a monkey. That cartoon is actually calling for the assassination of the president of the United States!

New NYPD data shows record number of stop-and-frisks in 12-month period

New data from the New York City Police Department shows the final total of stop-and-frisks for 2008 to be a record 531,159. Over 80 percent of them were of Black and Latino New Yorkers.

Attorney General Eric Holder: ‘A nation of cowards’

We need to confront our racial past - and our racial present. In things racial, we have always been and continue to be essentially a nation of cowards. This Department of Justice, as long as I am here, must - and will - lead the nation to the "new birth of freedom."

Why they fear Eric Holder, why we need him

There are those who fear this warrior for justice. They are afraid of the accountability that must be applied to the transgressors, no matter who they are.

New York Post cartoon crosses the line

For a degrading, violent, racist cartoon against President Obama, the New York Post wins the prize for reporting that is an embarrassment to the profession of journalism.

Budget fat at San Francisco City Hall

As city departments cut vital health and tenant protection programs, one might conclude that the obvious targets for cost savings have already been hit. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Regarding rioting

"Those policies of either marginalizing or outright demonizing of the city's dark-skinned youth lie buried under Oakland like so many kegs of explosive, primed to blow," writes J. Douglas Allen-Taylor. Hear audios from the last Town Bizness Townhall. PACK COURTROOM 112 MONDAY, Feb. 23, 9am, 661 Washington, Oakland, to support POCC Minister of Information JR, liberation journalist charged with a bogus felony in the Oakland Rebellions.

‘The Whole Woo Wop’: an interview wit’ Kmaxx of KPOO’s Ghetto Gumbo

Definitely it has been a long time coming for one-time Coup bass player Kmaxx to drop his latest release, "The Whole Woo Wop," which is in stores now.

DA moving ahead with charges in BART shooting protests

While charges have been dropped for many of those arrested in recent Oakland protests over the BART police shooting of Oscar Grant, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office is moving forward with six or seven cases, at least three of them felonies.

San Francisco at a crossroads: City budget crisis 2009

Despite the city's considerable wealth, our local economy is suffering. Ten thousand more San Franciscans are unemployed than a year ago, 1,000 families have lost their homes to foreclosure and more people are waiting in lines for free food than anyone has seen in a generation.