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2019 March

Monthly Archives: March 2019

Fillmore Heritage Center pauses before resuming its mission as a thriving entertainment and community...

As we go forward, we hope you will join us as a community united by a shared vision of a diverse, vibrant and safe Fillmore.

Genocide against Black youths in Brazil: Maricá, Rio de Janeiro massacre

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Maricá massacre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Five youths were executed on the 25th of March 2018.

‘On account of my melanin, I cannot vote to accept this agreement’: Reflections of...

We sat listening to an appeal for us to accept the tentative agreement that did not address teacher demands. None of what we were hearing would create better conditions for students in the classroom. Class size reductions would be negligible, no additional student supports would be provided and even with the 11 percent raise over four years, Oakland teachers would still be some of the lowest paid teachers in the Bay Area.

Roxie Theater screens ‘Presumed Guilty’ to benefit Jeff Adachi Legacy Fund

Public Defender Jeff Adachi was known as a guardian of the poor and marginalized and a fierce champion for criminal justice reform. But he was also a proud spokesperson for the work that public defenders do day in and day out – the boots on the ground grit and dedication required to ensure everyone a fair trial.

Poor, disabled, criminalized poverty skolaz create a book about their lives, solutions and theory...

Poverty skolaz’ schools are everywhere. Our teachings are essential, haphazard and immediate, fluid and static. Our research is based on our lives and our experience, our solutions, our vast knowledge of what works and what can work.

She always stood by me: Dr. Nathan Hare in praise of Dr. Julia Hare...

Julia was the kind of woman who would stand by her man until he was headed in a better direction and she could get in front of him. I just tried to fill her life with whatever joy I could and always love her all the time. Remembering Julia Celebration Service is Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m., at Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister, San Francisco.

The Fighting 90th Tuskegee Airmen’s story, ‘Black Eagles,’ closes March 31

“Black Eagles” by Leslie Lee, directed by L. Peter Callender, currently on stage at African American Shakespeare Company challenges prejudicial notions of courage and patriotism.

Three Black men: the story of today’s San Francisco in black and white

There is a hand-written sticker on my front door that was handed to me in passing one day. It reads, “The system is utterly rotten. It must be OVERTHROWN. Ripped Up. Thrown Out.” Those words seem truer with every passing day.

Black Joy Parade

The weather was cold and slightly overcast, but the chill didn’t dampen the spirits of the thousands of festival revelers, who are the descendants of centuries of what Gil Scott-Heron used to sing about: “Winter in America.” The Black Joy that burns inside of us was all the sun we needed!

Massachusetts federal prosecutors and Boston media collaborate with Rwandan dictator to destroy an innocent...

The U.S. Attorney’s Office collaborated with the government of Rwandan military dictator Paul Kagame to produce “witnesses,” who have nothing to lose because they will leave this country before they can be charged with perjury, and who have everything to gain back home in Rwanda by falsely accusing Mr. Teganya.

Black History Month in the Fillmore

Black History Month 2019 exploded at the Fillmore Heritage Center with 17 events that celebrated different facets of our very diverse community. There was Fiyah Friday, Fillmore legend LaRon Mayfield’s Aquarius Bash featuring DJ Drama, the weekly Tuesday Bluesday, the Samba Percussion class, a Night of R&Bay featuring DJs DJ 12 and Black Marc, The Global African Experience presentation by the legendary historian Runoko Rashidi, an intimate and epic evening with the Grammy award winning R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone! and the African Diaspora party.

Menthol milestone, the anniversary no one is celebrating

Menthol has been the tobacco industry’s recruitment tool for far too long. It has been added to cigarettes for nearly a century, masking tobacco’s harsh flavor, making the smoke feel smoother and easier to inhale – but that ease comes with a price. The smoothness of menthol allows smokers to inhale more deeply, so harmful particles can settle lower in the lungs. Menthol cigarettes are also harder to stop – people who use menthol cigarettes have a lower rate of successfully quitting.

Celebrate Dr. Hannibal Williams for making a difference – keep his legacy alive

Liberation House, the first residential facility for treatment of drug and alcohol addiction that reached out to Afro-American men, is another example of its founder, Dr. Williams, making a difference. During its 30 years of operation, Liberation House was an extremely successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation program which successfully helped thousands of men from every walk of life attain their sobriety.

Why we love Jeff Adachi

Jeff Adachi was the only official in this city we could trust to fight for us, the Black and Brown and poor San Franciscans being bulldozed out by a city drunk on its wealth and power. San Francisco’s jails are 57 percent Black, yet Blacks are down to about 3 percent of the population. Those were his clients.

Celebrate Cultural Landmark designation of the Arthur Coleman Medical Center

You’re invited! Please join us at the Coleman Medical Center on Tuesday, March 26, for an open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m., 6301 Third St. (at Ingerson), San Francisco 94124. Visit this landmark center for Black health! Meet the staff and board of the Bayview Hunters Point Clinic. RSVP please to health@bayviewclinic.org. The event is free.

Alkebulan-African HERstory and International Women’s Month Afrikans deserve Reparations! Cause, Black lives truly matter!...

In March, our focus is on recognizing the great work, contributions and leadership of our women and girls. And not just for past accomplishments. But for women’s continuing visionary role in creating the equal, prosperous and just society that WE are building. For decades, WE commemorated the 8th of March as International Women’s Day. However, like February’s Negro (Black, African) History (Heritage and Future’s) Week, initiated by the great Dr. CARTER B. WOODSON, International Women’s Day was also expanded into an entire month.

Kristine ‘The Dream’ Anigwe: The greatest of all time

For the season, Kristine Anigwe is averaging 24 points a game and 16 rebounds, and is ranked seventh in the nation in scoring and No. 1 in rebounding in all of college basketball!

Five stars: ‘Poverty Scholarship,’ THE book to read if you care about poverty

As a professor with UC Berkeley’s Global Poverty and Practice Program, this is the book I have been waiting for, and that I want all of my students to read. I am so grateful for the effort that has gone into the writing and publishing of this essential book.

Rev. Amos Brown calls on City and financial community to support iconic Black-owned business,...

We are calling for Mayor Breed and the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco to partner with the financial community to help save Bryant Mortuary, a 55-year-old family-owned business at 645 Fulton St. that recently fell victim to a predatory loan. The business is one of the last remaining representations of a once-thriving Black community in San Francisco.

Lafayette S. Jamerson Jr.: Nov. 22, 1935–Feb. 5, 2019

Jamie was instantly recognizable. In addition to his colorful suspenders and hand-made wool caps, he always had a camera or a video recorder in hand – documenting life’s events wherever he went. He was also known to be generous to those in need and often voiced his deep concerns for the changing state of the African American community in the Fillmore. He worked on many community projects and used his voice, means and talents to protest injustice wherever he saw it.