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Reflections of an OUSD teacher on strike – Days 4 and 5

by Taiwo Kujichagulia-Seitu Day 4 “All people have a right...

Burris takes on Vallejo PD for executing rapper Willie McCoy and beating Marine veteran...

Attorney Burris is calling for a press conference and rally Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at Vallejo City Hall for families and individuals impacted by police violence by Vallejo police officers, including the families of recent victims Willie McCoy and Adrian Burrell, as well as Angel Ramos, who was shot and killed in 2017, Ronnell Foster who was shot and killed in 2018 and all others concerned about police violence.

From Muhammad Speaks to ‘Soul on Ice,’ Black remains Beautiful

The Grandassa Models were the foot soldiers and ambassadors for the Black Is Beautiful Movement. Initially, they were a group of eight Black women of who wore their hair in its natural state and modeled fashion for the world to see “Black Is Beautiful” in a new way. Eldridge Cleaver wrote from San Quentin adulating Black women with natural hair.

Bomani Shakur from Ohio’s Death Row: Racism is evil – kill it!

They won’t cut your fingers off these days, or hoist your body over a bonfire; worse, they’ll give you what appears to be a fair trial, then find you guilty with no evidence to support the verdict, then throw you in solitary confinement for decades (until you either lose your mind or exhaust your appeals), then strap you down to a gurney and pump poison through your veins – and, worst of all, after all is said and done, they’ll call it justice!

In Venezuela, white supremacy is a key to Trump’s coup

I can explain what’s going on in Venezuela in photos. Guaidó’s party members in the National Assembly are overwhelmingly light-skinned. The Congress members who support elected President Maduro are nearly all of a darker hue.

Reflections of an Oakland Unified School District teacher on strike – Day 3

Frustrated parent: “So what is it that teachers want? Is this just for more pay?” Teacher: “The district is sitting on $30,000,000 and there are times teachers don’t even have paper and toner for the printers. We don’t have paper towels in the staff lounge. Classrooms don’t have textbooks.”

Stand with the People’s Uprising in Haiti

In this time of rebellion, crisis and repression, we send our support to the people of Haiti. It is a time for our voices to be heard, for the silence around Haiti to be broken, and for a dramatic increase in solidarity. Stand with Haiti Saturday, March 2, 3-5 p.m., Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland.

13 youths killed by police in Rio de Janeiro favela

Thirteen youths were killed by police in the Fallet-Fogueteiro favela in Rio de Janeiro in early February 2019.

Reflections of an Oakland Unified School District teacher on strike – Day 2

Attendance across the district was down to 3 percent on Day 2 of the Oakland Teacher Strike. If we were calculating grades, 3 percent would be a super F. OUSD gets an F-. Their attempts at sabotage were futile!

As U.S. intervention germinates in Venezuela, we must not forget the implications for Haiti

The people can smell the miasma surrounding U.S. intervention in Venezuela and Haiti – and they know more than ever that the fate of both nations is directly tied to global struggle against U.S. contemporary colonialism and imperialism. That’s why Haitians have taken to the streets.

Turn Urban Shield into a peacetime mobilization

Bay Area activists have been objecting to Urban Shield, the nation’s largest Homeland Security-funded weapons expo and counter-terrorism drill, since 2013. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m., the board will meet to consider task force recommendations to change the event from a SWAT-focused police militarization convention to a natural disaster-focused community recovery and resilience event.

Urgent message to the political and social forces of the continent: Stop Trump’s onslaught...

As the Declaration of the Revolutionary Government of Cuba emphasizes, “the escalation of pressure and actions of the United States Government to prepare a military adventure disguised as a humanitarian intervention” not only constitutes a real threat against the Bolivarian Revolution, but it entails a real danger for continental peace.

Jeff Adachi, 1959 – 2019: ‘When Jeff had your back, you felt safe’

Public Defender and dedicated activist for criminal justice Jeff Adachi has passed. Jeff began in 1987 as a deputy public defender and, through his drive and dedication, became a five-time elected Public Defender for San Francisco. He set a goal to create an agency that would become a guiding light for all other offices around the country. It worked.

Reflections of an Oakland Unified School District teacher on strike – Day 1

Wednesday, Feb. 20 - My face was (and still is) all broken out because I was hella stressed out. Hella. We knew the strike was coming, so we planned. My identical twin sister, Kehinde Salter, and I were in the throes of planning the solidarity site for students at Madison Park Academy (MPA). MPA is the school our children attend and the OUSD school where I am a full time performing arts teacher.

California prisoners say videos show ‘gladiator fights’ at Soledad State Prison

California prisoners released video recordings of two prisoner fights they say were set up by officials at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, California. It is now the second facility to report so-called “gladiator fights” after prisoners spoke out about similar incidents at the state prison in Corcoran.

Full scholarships for one thousand students to attend Digital Media Academy Summer Tech Camp...

ONE THOUSAND HIGH PERFORMERS AND LOW INCOME STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND DIGITAL MEDIA ACADEMY SUMMER TECH CAMPS

Strike preparations of an Oakland Unified School District teacher

In the grand scheme of things, I suppose I am not that unique and neither is this strike. I am one of thousands of teachers participating in one of many strikes nationwide to obtain a high quality education for our students. Nevertheless, my situation is unique in that I am viewing this strike through a very special lens.

Lady Mem’fis passes, leaving fans and family ‘Expressions of a Legacy’

Lady Mem’fis, also known as Jacqueline Ruth Johnson, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at 6:12 a.m. at Home Sweet Home in Daly City, California, age 73. Memorial service is Friday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m., at San Francisco Christian Center. The repast will be 1 to 3:15 p.m. at the African American Art and Culture Complex.

Earthquake at the Fillmore Heritage Center

There was a whole lot of shaking going on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Fillmore Heritage Center Equity Partners are causing the ground to shake with the ongoing success of the events they are giving. This last event shook the entire Bay Area with the soulful sounds of Tony! Toni! Tone! during two packed shows.

Join eviction blockade to save disabled grandmother and grandchildren’s home

Support the blockade Wednesday, Feb. 20, 9:30-11:45 a.m., at 61 Santos St., San Francisco (Sunnydale public...