by Andre Jacobs
My tears flowed when I heard the world could be losing the San Francisco Bay View newspaper as a source of life, light and power due to lack of funding. This harrowing news reminded me of a hard lesson I’ve learned: Any cause, no matter how noble, can and will be lost without money to fuel it.
I’ve spent thousands of dollars and hours buying and reading newspapers. Hands down, the Bay View produces the realest, rawest, richest content of them all.
It’s free to pick up in hoods around the Bay, and prisoners nationwide pay what they can for a subscription by mail, nothing if they can’t. Print advertising, which used to pay the production costs, has all but vanished from all print media.
My tears flowed when I heard the world could be losing the San Francisco Bay View newspaper as a source of life, light and power due to lack of funding.
The Bay View is a no nonsense nationalist newspaper intended for anyone with substance. They show the cultural beauty of California but they publish material of international concern, never apologizing, and have literally saved lives through their dedicated work. This is the only paper I know of that doesn’t play favorites or censor people’s work. They are truly people of the heart and spirit.
There are over 2.3 million people caged in America’s prisons, millions more on probation, parole or in transitional housing. Each person represents an American family that has been broken by a system that places zero value on people who don’t have enough money to pay for justice and equality.
We understand that life takes over sometimes, but when you forgot to send pictures, write or visit your loved ones in prison – or you were on the block, in Vegas or “popping bottles” – it was the Bay View newspaper letting us know we’re never forgotten or without support. You didn’t ask them to, but when someone is down for you, you don’t have to ask.
What I’d like to see is for everyone reading this to donate at least $5 to the Bay View newspaper. That’s the value of one Burger King meal. I’d like to see every single person with a cell phone or computer, Facebook or Instagram page post this article about the Bay View. Our problems won’t ever be solved by sitting around expecting others to take action.
It was the Bay View newspaper letting us know we’re never forgotten or without support. You didn’t ask them to, but when someone is down for you, you don’t have to ask.
Don Diva, FEDS, Straight Stuntin, XXL, Source magazines, we love you; where do you stand in this movement? Dr. Dre, Colin Kaepernick, Anthony Anderson, The Game, I’m not saying you have to – I know what it feels like when people feel entitled to your money – I’m saying I’d really love it if you supported and endorsed this great newspaper. Do it for California.
I must admit that loving this movement, and Black people in particular, is like loving a woman who was done wrong by the men before you: Will she really see me, or will she think of the other guys every time I say “I love you”?
Divisive and substanceless newspapers make millions of dollars all year round while papers like the Bay View go broke. What does this say about us as a movement and society? Since when can anyone inspire others to join or even respect a movement that isn’t loyal to ourselves, doesn’t support ourselves, and would not even contribute the value of a Burger King meal to empower and feed the souls of its own nation? Stop following weak organizations that talk a good game and support the Bay View. Talk is cheap.
Divisive and substanceless newspapers make millions of dollars all year round while papers like the Bay View go broke. What does this say about us as a movement and society?
For more information on how to donate or support, call 415-671-0789, visit www.sfbayview.com/support or write to SF Bay View, 4917 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94124. Or donate to the Bay View’s GoFundMe campaign, at https://www.gofundme.com/keep-the-bayview-newspaper-in-print.
Andre Jacobs is a published author, paralegal and successful trial litigant. He is the founder of Supreme Network, a social and economic power movement with a universal approach. For more information, go to www.suremenetworkllc.wordpress.com or write to him directly: Andre Jacobs, DQ-5437, SCI-Albion, 10745 Route 18, Albion, PA 16475. You can also email him via www.offenderconnect.com.