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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Confiscation of books as gang material

Forty years later, the California Department of Corruption and Recidivism is still using George Jackson as a means of affiliating prisoners.

‘I’m innocent,’ my nephew said

My nephew was a recent victim of systemic racism at the hands of an unethical judicial system. From the point of his arrest, he was treated as if he were guilty of a crime he had not committed. Yes, he is Black. Yes, it was late into the night. “I’m innocent,” he would say, over and over.

Africa advocates to Obama: Don’t recognize Kagame’s election

President Obama said, in his 2009 speech in Accra, Ghana, that America should support strong institutions and not strong men. But Obama has expanded AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command, and now he remains silent as Rwanda’s strongman, President Paul Kagame, prepares a sham presidential election to retain his brutal grip on power.

Long time Black Vista Del Monte tenants fight eviction

The National Farm Workers, not to be confused with the United Farm Workers, is trying to strong arm long time Afro American tenants out of their San Francisco apartments at Vista Del Monte, a HUD-subsidized apartment complex located on Diamond Heights in San Francisco, one of the city’s highest and most scenic hills.

‘People’s takeover’ of child care centers planned by Oakland Parents Together

The seven Child Development Center in Oakland are slated to close on Friday, July 30. The People’s Takeover will begin on Monday, Aug. 2. Funds and volunteers are urgently needed for this effort. Please call OPT at (510) 452-8680, visit our website at www.parentstogether.org or email us at henry@parentstogether.org.

Black farmers: White House must make passing settlement funding immediate priority

I am concerned that Congress will not act to fully fund the Black farmers settlement before it expires. By agreement amongst the parties it had been extended 50 days from June 29, 2010. This year I have attended the funerals of many Black farmers who passed before ever seeing this case resolved.

Rwanda’s sham election

For many Western observers – Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates among them – Rwanda’s economic growth is the foundation of its democratic transition. Yet, as Rwandans head to the polls next month to elect a president, Paul Kagame’s ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) has perverted the very democratic ideals it claims to uphold.

Africa betrayed

Western imperialism continues to interfere in the governance of independent African states. We see a trend not just of neo-colonialism but one which moves towards re-colonization. And if we add to this the purchase of huge tracts of African land for agriculture by Middle East countries and China, the people of Africa are being betrayed once again.

Kamau Amen-Ra’s ‘Here’s Looking at You: A Visual Essay of Jazz and Blues’ at...

Kamau Amen Ra’s work in this exhibit, which he curated, ranges from Goapele singing to Damu Sudii Ali, who was there on the same piano that evening. Each photo has a story. The younger artist and the only woman, TaSin Sabir, also has a range of images, each artist described with a poetic quote.

West Oakland’s Bike Man: an interview wit Bikes 4 Life owner Tony Coleman

Bikes 4 Life is on the cutting edge of the earth conscious movement that has to take place in this country if the human race is to survive. From the naked eye, it is a used bike shop that repairs and sells used bikes. In reality, it is one of the community anchors in West Oakland where people go to socialize and congregate and discuss community issues, including bikes.

The legacy of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz lives! an interview wit’ his grandson...

After Malcolm X passed on, his writings and teachings really took root in the minds of a new generation, inspiring young Black people in Oakland to create the Black Panther Party. Forty-five years later, his first male heir and grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, has come to the Bay. Meet him and Cynthia McKinney Thursday, July 22, 7:30 p.m., at Twinspace, 2111 Mission St., San Francisco.

Cynthia McKinney: Vilsack must keep Black farmers on their land

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack admitted in a press conference today, “I did not think before I acted.” It is clear from his press conference that he failed in his treatment of USDA Georgia State Rural Development Director Shirley Sherrod. Unfortunately, Secretary Vilsack has also thrown Black farmers under the bus.

Public Defender’s ‘Innocent Until Proven Guilty’ takes aim at bias in the legal system

“People should be judged by character, not color,” San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said. “In this PSA we are trying to get people to reflect about their own possible biases and racial profiling. It’s a reminder that nationality, race or sexual orientation doesn’t matter – everyone has a right to be judged individually.”

Collateral damage

In less than weeks, Rwandans will go to the polls to elect a president. The incumbent, Paul Kagame, head of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front, continues to exert total control over the country’s election process. “In 2010, the people will vote as we instruct them,” said an aide to the Minister of Local Government.

Why Rwanda’s sham elections must be stopped

The bell tolls for the chains of the dictatorship. It is time for Rwandans to claim their inalienable rights, to refuse the abject feeling of being despised. Our response to sham elections is a non-violent resistance to challenge the legitimacy of the looming masquerade and its subsequent results.

Cops kill again in Oakland

Here we go again: another police kill at the same rail transit station in Oakland, California, where 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back last year. Fred Collins, 48, died in a barrage of police bullets – at least five cops shot him down. Given the number of shooters, it may never be known which bullet killed the man.

Let’s take back our jobs

Let Liberty Builders build the new Bayview Library! The people of Bayview Hunters Point deserve those good construction jobs and trust Liberty Builders, owned by Bay View publisher Willie Ratcliff, to hire and train local workers. But City Hall is holding up the award over bonding, a problem they can easily solve. Help them do the right thing by signing the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/LB4BL/petition.html and contacting Mayor Newsom at (415) 554-6141 or gavin.newsom@sfgov.org and the Board of Supervisors at (415) 554-5184 or Board.of.Supervisors@sfgov.org.

Back to Port au Prince

There is a growing discontent amongst the people in Haiti with the political establishment under the direction of President Rene Preval. Many people believe that Preval has mortgaged the nation to powerful multinational corporate interests and subjected the people to military occupation by the U.S. and the U.N. under the guise of providing “security.”

Cynthia McKinney on the oil volcano, Big Oil and Bike4Peace

Cynthia McKinney is kicking off her Bike4Peace cross country campaign with special events July 22 at Twinspace in San Francisco with Malcolm Shabazz, Minister of Info JR and Davey D and a potluck July 23 at the Black Dot Cafe in West Oakland. Enjoy the events and join the ride!

Trial of police torturer Jon Burge: POCC Minister of Information JR interviews POCC Chairman...

Former Lt. Jon Burge was equipped with a special unit that included individuals such as Joe “Machine Gun” Gorman, who participated in the assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clark. That is how he got his moniker “Machine Gun.”