Monthly Archives: December 2020
“The genie of resistance is out of the bottle.” Exploited and oppressed Nigerian masses have had enough of the illegitimate regime of retired Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari wielding a constant whip of brutality. The Nigerian people are not going quietly up the road to liberation.
“Is this the life you want?” By design of the rich white slaver writers, the Constitution with the 13th Amendment to maintain free labor – then known as slavery, now identified as corporations – was constructed intentionally to support capitalism.
Like asking prisoners to shovel the dirt for their own graves, Gov. Newsom and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s moral and criminal neglect, Eighth Amendment violations, incompetence and malfeasance has now inspired the Governor and CDCR to coerce prisoner victims into accepting blame for the inhumanity of their oppressors.
Managing Editor Nube Brown reads the poem ‘The Streets Are Not Your Friend’ by imprisoned writer Terrance Blackwell.
Managing Editor Nube Brown reads aloud the poem ‘I Like Jazz’ by William Morganherring.
People who are prisoners are fighting for their lives and dependent solely on the support and voices of families and organizers on the outside because California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation (CDCr), the Governor’s office and legislators are acting like they don’t care if they die, and by non-action appear to encourage death by COVID for prisoners.
U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn publicly urges Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint a Black woman to fill the Senate seat vacated by Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, saying a Black woman is essential to the Senate and that Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Karen Bass are excellent choices.
Wanda Sabir serves it up for December 2020, from reflecting on the imposed-by-pandemic isolation and remembering time before mask-wearing, to expanded awareness of unhoused people and people passing out food, to upcoming personal care gatherings, poetry, films, and plenty of comedy to lift us into the laughter we so much need.
The power, love and humanity of Rebecca L. Hensley is deeply remembered by Calvin “Casino” Coleman as the precious human life of his friend and mentor transitions to the ancestor realm.
The power of Keith LaMar’s authenticity expands to pure joy as he shares his journey on death row in Ohio with his exploration of love, solidarity and hope through jazz music, relentless push to prevail in his innocence, honoring the fundamental power of the people and the power in walking a journey together.
San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin moves California forward to hold police accountable for unlawful use of force and other abusive behavior against primarily Black, Brown and Asian American community members, with the historical filing of homicide charges against SF former police officer Chris Samayoa in the killing of Keita O’Neil.
Baba Jaharhara as always, honors our sacred connections with those ascending into the ancestral realm, while educating and revealing things going on and to explore – a couple of murals emerging, reparations legislation, a petition to Pres. Trump to release Elder and political prisoners, a congratulations and a fundraiser to sustain the blessings.
From behind bars, as a result of being arrested while peacefully protesting in civil disobedience the Vallejo police killing of Sean Monterrosa six months ago, Maggie Harrison writes a respectful open letter to Gov. Newsom asking him to be his word, meet with the family and address investigating Sean Monterrosa’s killing.
Unpacked with her own lived experiences, Michelle D. Chan, founding director of California Families Rise, makes the call for repeal of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), causing harm and trauma to families instead of providing safe haven, compassion and love essential to every child’s, and parent's, wellbeing.
Mentored by Jalil Muntaqim, Kwame “Beans” Shakur describes the construct of the work ahead with Prison Lives Matter, “In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela,” to build unity, strength and international support in the movement to liberate all political prisoners, prisoners of war and politicized people caged by the U.S.
Speaking the revolutionary love that embodied Comrade Karen Smith and touched so many left behind, Gregory ‘King’ Enegess wholly honors and mourns her transition from this life to Rest In Power.
The call to act is urgent to free Mumia Abu Jamal, Russel "Maroon" Shoatz, and all political prisoners, with sustained mass movement of collective energy to accept nothing less than unconditional compassionate release for our fellow brothers and sisters held by the U.S.
Gov. Gavin Newsom again has his feet to the fire to make the right choice, with predictable, understandable and for some, given the state of the country, no-brainer pressure to “Keep the Seat” by appointing a Black woman to the Senate seat soon-to-be-vacated by Vice President Elect Kamala Harris.
Writer Lin Robertson extols an iconic jewell from the Black community of the Bay Area. As a proponent of Affirmative Action, Fred Jordan is a man of principle, heart and humanity providing service, guidance and ultimately, his own brand of artistic gift giving to the people, standing tall, humble and driven to build on the roots of the Black community.