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Monthly Archives: March 2009

If you want peace, fight for justice

A time bomb is ticking, waiting to explode in communities of color across the nation. Law enforcement officers have become an occupation force. If we are to have peace, we first must place economic justice at the top of our agenda. The day Lovelle Mixon died, those close to him mentioned two explanations: He dreaded being sent back to prison yet he couldn't find a job.

Women’s History Month 2009: Black women still fighting workplace racism

National Women's History Month's roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was first observed in 1909.

Davey D’s adventures at SXSW#1: Building with dead prez

Davey D chops it up with dead prez about the cop killings in Oakland and Oscar Grant.

America’s war in Central Africa

The recent UNHCR Gimme Shelter campaign uses the iconic Rolling Stones song and Hollywood star Ben Affleck's video of suffering in Congo as a propaganda tool to peddle the international catastrophe of Western aid, intervention, plunder and depopulation in Central Africa.

Bob Marley: ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ (live)

"I Shot The Sheriff" by Bob Marley, who explained, "I wanted to say 'I shot the police' but the government would have made a fuss so I said 'I shot the sheriff' instead."

Kill and be killed: Police murders in Oakland

Police are virtually an occupying military force in Black urban centers. Their presence will neither eliminate the plague of rampant crime nor address the underlying disease of extreme impoverishment.

City pursues right to torture and humiliate detainees

When the story that the San Francisco Sheriff's Department (SFSD) was illegally strip-searching detainees and leaving them naked for hours in "cold cells" hit the front page of the Chronicle in September 2003, the public was both astonished and outraged. Attend the 9th Circuit hearing Thursday, 3/26, 10am, Courtroom 1, 95 7th St., San Francisco.

‘The Dark Side of the Rainbow’: A video exposing domestic violence in same-gender-loving relationships

We think the rainbow - the gay symbol - is all about fun and parties, but there is also a dark side that no one likes to talk about, such as abuse or racism within the GLBT community.

Oakland’s civil war: the people vs. the police

The reason why so many people may have appeared gleeful at the killing by Lovelle Mixon of four Oakland cops is that the police have for so long looked at various communities as less than human.

An infamous legend is born and a community is under siege

Lovelle Mixon - the suspected shooter behind the deaths of four Oakland police officers on Saturday - has joined the pantheon of Black men who have conducted deadly rebellions: Denmark Vesey, Nat Turner, Huey Newton, Jonathan Jackson and Larry Davis.

Police 2, Oakland residents 4

On March 21, Lovelle Mixon, 26, was murdered by Oakland police after allegedly killing four of them on MacArthur Blvd off of 73rd Avenue in East Oakland. Listen to JR's Block Report interview with his family - his mother, Athena, his wife, Amara, and her sister, Alicia - broadcast March 30 on KPFA's Flashpoints at http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/49609.

Notes from the occupied territories: Black America and the police

When the full story is finally told and, though not likely freely admitted by many, deep within the spiritual thinking of numerous African Americans, an emotional candle will be lit in memory of Lovelle Mixon.

Wanda’s Picks for March 20

Guests on Friday's Wanda's Picks Radio are Tovi Scruggs, M.Ed., and Sharon Morrison Parker, directors of ASA Academy, who talked about an exciting conference next week: "MAN UP! First Annual Black Boys Conference: Extending the Arm of Brotherhood to Achieve Manhood" on Saturday, March 28.

Air cartoons: Rapper Azeem in his own words

Azeem is definitely one of the artists in the Bay's soundscape who puts the "c" in creative. He's the rapper's rapper, a creative lyricist, a conscious mind. Vote for him on BET at http://www.bet.com/OnTV/BETShows/deal/deal_ya_heard.htm??Referrer={626141E.

The cold-blooded murder of Oscar Grant: What happened the night of Jan. 1, 2009

Early New Year's morning phones in Hayward and Oakland were ringing: "Wake up, wake up. Something's happened to the boys." Calls were going back and forth between the families of 22-year-old Oscar Grant and his friends - families so close all the women were called "aunties."

Despite Obama boycott, Black Caucus should attend Durban racism conference

I implore the members of the Congressional Black Caucus to spearhead the participation of the United States in the United Nation's World Conference Against Racism: to boldly go where we have gone before.

Aftermath of the execution of Oscar Grant: Everything’s under control

In October 2007, the Justice Department reported that during the three years from 2003 through 2005 police in the U.S. killed, on average, a person every day.

James Bryant of A. Philip Randolph Institute under scrutiny

James Bryant, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute's San Francisco chapter and chairperson of SEIU Local 1021's political action committee, is the subject of a Los Angeles Times investigation into corruption, largely for taking funds from PG&E and Lennar.

Zimbabwe’s military in Congo: Launching pad of corruption

When opportunity presented itself in the form of widespread warfare in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwean military leaders were quick to provide troops in exchange for permission to establish Zimbabwean corporations to exploit Congolese raw materials.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett and her passion for justice

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a fearless anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, women's rights advocate, journalist and speaker, one of our nation's most uncompromising leaders and most ardent defenders of democracy.