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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Bay View Voters Guide

Tuesday, Nov. 2, is our day to VOTE 100%. You may take a printout of this Voter Guide or the print edition of the Bay View newspaper into the voting booth with you. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place, check the back of your Voter Pamphlet. For more information, call the Elections Department at (415) 554-4375 in San Francisco or (510) 267-8683 in Alameda County. No matter where you are in the U.S., if anyone tries to discourage you from voting, harasses you when you go to vote or interferes in any way with your right to vote, call (866) OUR-VOTE.

Civil sidewalks or civil rights?

At a meeting with the Coalition on Homelessness, Police Chief George Gascon confided he knew a sit/lie law was unnecessary “scapegoating” (Gascon’s word), but he was under tremendous pressure from Haight Street businesses to promote it. Many Haight merchants, however, oppose sit/lie, Prop L.

Mumia, the media and more: Davey D, MOI JR and Malcolm Shabazz on Hard...

Hard Knock Radio is a must-listen show broadcast weekdays on KPFA 94.1 FM at 4-5 p.m. On Oct. 26, the show kicked off with this historic conversation between host Davey D, Minister of Information JR and Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X.

Justice for Oscar Grant Rally: Rain falls but does not end the call to...

The threat of impending rainfall did not deter hundreds of people from showing up and calling out for justice for Oscar Grant on Saturday, Oct. 23 in downtown Oakland.

Cholera epidemic: Foul drinking water killing Haitians

The cholera epidemic has killed 250 Haitians and over 3,000 more are infected and may die. This cholera is caused by drinking dirty, toxic water. According to Haiti’s health minister, cholera “can kill in three hours because once the diarrhea starts it doesn’t stop.”

No justice for victims raped in custody

A juvenile counselor in New York rapes a teenaged girl while escorting her from a holding area to the courtroom and receives probation. She serves a year for "filing a false police report," upon telling police she did not know who had jumped and cut her on the way to school.

Police brutality decried by angry, grieving families

Angry and grieving family members rallied at the Fruitvale BART station to mark the 15th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. One speaker, Norman Curry, spoke of how his mother was shot point blank by an officer who called her by name, “Anita (Gay).”

The word master: an interview with master spoken word artist Talaam Acey

In my opinion, passionate writers are the best writers because of their ability to convey emotion from their mind to yours. They’re memorable because of the feelings that they stir up inside of you simply with their wordplay. Talaam Acey is a master spokenword artist and a national artistic treasure in Black communities around the nation.

The Hall Of Culture Fall of Vultures: A Fela Resurrection

The resurrection of an artist such as Fela Anikulapo Kuti, whose art and legacy define the words “larger than life,” is a pretty lofty goal for an art show. When it came time to show and prove, though, the opening of “Zombie: The Resurrection of Fela Kuti” on Oct. 7 at the African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC) went far beyond expectations.

‘Harlem Godfather: The rap on my husband Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson’

We often hear about the Harlem Renaissance, but we rarely hear about Harlem’s ghetto heroes and sheroes and the lives they lived. Maybe after such Black biographical books as this one and Lil’ D’s “Weight,” our young people will stop trying to emulate white thugs and come to see that no matter where we as Black people come from or what we strive for, we always have to fight this corrupt system as our main adversary.

Kagame regime demands Professor Peter Erlinder return to Kigali to stand trial

Rwandan President Kagame denied the accusations in the new U.N. report, most of all the accusations of genocide, and then responded by arresting Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the second of three opposition presidential candidates to be jailed since attempting to contest this year’s presidential election against Kagame.

LA law: sit/lie in Los Angeles

The end game for the ballot proposition known as “sit/lie” is to not just rid the city of homeless people but, more importantly, to shift the power balance in San Francisco to the right. The biggest funder of Prop L, millionaire Ron Conway, says: “We must take our city back … This is about survival.” Pushing Prop L with a passion is one-time Republican political action committee fundraiser C.W. Nevius, now a Chronicle columnist, who parrots arguments proposed by an ultra-right-wing think tank, the Manhattan Institute.

Meet the daughter of Victoire Ingabire

The Dutch do not understand why their government is not doing anything. What I ask is that everyone come to a rally this Saturday, Oct. 23, at 11:30 a.m., to the central train station of Den Haag, opposite the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Longshoremen will shut down all Bay Area ports Saturday to win justice for Oscar...

Local 10 of the ILWU is calling for a labor and community rally on Saturday, Oct. 23, 12 noon, at City Hall, near 14th & Broadway in Oakland, to demand justice for Oscar Grant and the jailing of killer cops. Bay Area ports will shut down that day to stand with the Black community. Get ready for the rally Friday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m., with a screening of Minister of Information JR’s film ‘Operation Small Axe’ plus revolutionary art by Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas at the Black Dot Cafe, 1195 Pine St., West Oakland.

49ers win Battle of the Bay

Candlestick Park was home to the “Battle of the Bay” football game this past weekend, which featured the 0-5 San Francisco 49ers against the 2-3 Oakland Raiders. Impassioned fans from all over Northern California descended on the Bayview neighborhood to see who could win a game of futility.

Party politics: the Black vote, the Black press and you

Newspaper editorial pages are the moral compass of a community and a strong influence on public policy. Yet many politicians fail to respect the power of the African American vote by ignoring the Black press when they advertise.

WHO’S ACCOUNTABLE: A message for the candidates

Whose community do you really want it to be? Right now, Bayview sits on the brink of change – destruction for some, destiny for many. I am fairly new to voting like most people my age and it seems like there’s no point. The sad reality is that in BVHP of the 30,000 people who could vote, only about 4,000 people actually vote. How can 4,000 votes be split among 16 Black D10 candidates? Who should stand down so we can put someone in office that looks like me and will stand on the side of the community?

Rwandan opposition appeals to Washington for Victoire Ingabire

Frank Habineza, leader of the opposition Democratic Green Party, told VOA all three opposition candidates who challenged President Kagame’s ruling Rwanda Patriotic front (RPF) during the recent presidential vote have undergone what he said are serious and dangerous trials.

Two views: KPFA management proposes to cancel Flashpoints and Hard Knock Radio

The KPFA management plan was to remove Flashpoints from the 5 p.m. evening slot and replace it with a syndicated news program from an external source. To remove Hard Knock radio from the 4 p.m. evening slot and replace it with a syndicated Baltimore NPR program hosted by Michael Eric Dyson. Siding with management to advocate for unfair reductions that violate the basic seniority provisions in their own contract and endorsing slates in board elections is the kind of behavior that gives unions a bad name.

SF Housing Authority rejects family for being Indigenous

“I have been working in the Housing Authority for over 20 years. We do not work with Indians, Indian tribes or the Indian Child Welfare Act. Never have ... never will,” said a case worker at the SF Housing Authority to Myron Standing Bear, father of two and Native American social worker.