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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Our hunger for cheap meat has created swine flu

We have unwittingly invented an artificial way to accelerate the evolution of these deadly viruses - and pump them out across the world. They are called factory farms. They manufacture low-cost flesh, with a side-dish of viruses to go.

Lavalas flexes its muscles in Haiti

Haiti's Lavalas movement effectively destroyed the credibility of the April 19 Senate election through a successful boycott campaign called Operation Closed Door. Participation may have been as low as 3 percent nationwide.

Growing up, growing hope, growing food: Michelle Obama’s garden

When the news first hit that Michelle Obama was starting an organic vegetable garden, I became obsessed with reading everything about it. As a Black woman, my first thought went to the ancestors who built the White House and most of the capital.

Reverse piracy: Toxic Euro and American electronic waste dumping in Africa

We now know where a lot of coltan and cassiterite stolen from Congo go, in the end. They go to Ghana and other parts of Africa as toxic electronic waste, often disguised as charity: European and North American "contributions" of worn-out, broken, no longer fashionable tech garbage.

Wanda’s Picks for April 24

Happy Birthday, Mumia Abu Jamal! On Wanda's Picks Radio, we are celebrating Mumia Abu Jamal's birthday and his new book, "Jailhouse Lawyers," with an introduction by Angela Davis.

Why Somalis seize ships

After the execution of three Somalis and the wounding and capturing of another in the Indian Ocean on April 12, a leader of the so-called pirates vowed to avenge the deaths of these youth who held the U.S. captain of a cargo vessel known as the Maersk Alabama for five days.

‘Jailhouse Lawyers,’ Mumia’s new book: an interview wit’ Angela Davis, author of the foreword

It's the party of parties! Celebrate Mumia's birthday and the release of his new book, "Jailhouse Lawyers," this Friday, 4/24, 6:30pm, Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, with keynote speaker prison abolitionist Prof. Angela Davis, Min. of Info. JR, Mistah F.A.B., Chela Simone, Kiilu Nyasha, Tiny of Poor, Molotov Mouths, Adimu of Hairdoo and many more.

A Black president doesn’t mean racism is gone in America

Sonoma State University has the whitest and likely the richest student population of any public university in the State of California. Research shows that the SSU administration has specifically sought to market the campus as a public ivy institution.

‘Oakland at war, a civil war, us against the authorities’

"It's a civil war, us against the authorities - if you get pulled over, you're so afraid for your life that you're going to react as someone would react in war. A random traffic stop is life or death now." - Mistah F.A.B., interviewed by Davey D

Peers: Thurgood Marshall students work to restore popular peacemaking program

Dominique Crutchfield, 18, Thurgood Marshall Academic High School graduating senior, said: "I was about to get in a fight with this Asian kid, but then Peer Resources helped me. So I know it's a good program."

To kill or not to kill, be killed or not be killed: That is...

Patrick Gonzalez and Tony Pirone, we promise you a rapid promotion! Johannes Mehserle, not to worry, Buddy! We'll cover all your legal fees. We'll get you out of that slump with flying colors and added stripes on your bloody sleeve!

Angela Davis tours the nation calling for the abolition of prisons: reports from the...

Angela Davis called for a new movement to abolish what she called "the prison-industrial complex" in the U.S., which has become the largest jailer in the world. "Racism is directly responsible for the fact that the U.S. has become the great incarcerator."

Caravan for Justice II

On Wednesday, April 8, 15 buses and numerous carpools headed to Sacramento to demand that legislators begin to address the concerns of all the people of California in the laws they pass.

The ambivalent silences of the left: Lovelle Mixon, police and the politics of race...

Many TV channels broadcast live the entire funeral for four Oakland police officers killed March 21, news anchors calling them "heroes" and "angels." Police funerals are intended to legitimize past and future police violence and tell the public to shut up. The spineless left complies - no mention of Oscar Grant ... or Lovelle Mixon.

A whole different politic: an inner-view of Sinista Z of East Bay Politix

A lot of artists call themselves "political," "revolutionary" and "conscious" artists but very few, including the internationally known ones, use their art to benefit people's street campaigns, political and social struggles.

Caravan for Justice II: The people take their demands to Sacramento

The hip hop generation young warriors have to speak for themselves. The movement has always been built on the backs of young brothers and sisters who rose up from the street to defend and stand for justice for our people.

‘Rebel Musiq’: an innerview of rapper Bicasso of the Living Legends

Two decades after Bob Marley's "Rebel Music," in 2009 Oakland, artists like Bicasso are the musical spokespeople for criminalized Black neighborhoods that are literally at war with the police; must I remind you of the cases of Oscar Grant and Lovelle Mixon?

Coverage of Chauncey Bailey murder dramatizes need for Black media

Chauncey Bailey was probably the best known Black journalist in the Bay Area, yet his own Black newspaper is ignored by every agency investigating his murder. Justice for this Black journalist cannot be achieved by silencing Black journalism. By interviewing only the mainstream media, Democracy Now is implying that the Black press and the Black community have nothing significant to say about the murder of the Black editor of a Black newspaper.

Wanda’s Picks for April 17

"Love on Both Sides of the Wall: A Two Way Struggle" plays at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek April 17-18, 6:45 p.m. The production is topnotch, the story of the forgotten Children of the Movement.

‘Chasing Demons’: an innerview of DJ Twelvz

DJ Twelvz is one of the up and coming dj's in the Bay Area who has one foot in conscious circles and the other within street rap. In my opinion, this is where the movement needs to go.