Monthly Archives: December 2020
The Bayview Hunters Point community came together in person for an open discussion following the deaths of Lamar “Chi-Chi” Williams and Demarree Hampton, exploring the path they are going to take in their precious diversity to create healing, building and commitment to the thrival of their community.
As the ugly truth about US suppression of, especially, Black people’s resistance to white supremacist slavery oppression increasingly educates the People, Ruchell Cinque Magee’s brilliant fight to free himself from decades-long wrongful incarceration as a US political prisoner highlights the compelling need for the People’s support for release.
Oregon steps up to honor imprisoned firefighters’ human dignity. Organizations are shining the love light bright in gratefulness for 285 imprisoned firefighters putting their lives on the line for a mere $6 per day to save lives, homes, pets, wildlife, forests and fellow free firefighters (up to $25.07 per day).
Brother Taquarius Ford first skillfully rolls out the prison sentencing conundrum. Ford then points to the mistake of extinguishing federal parole in a time when incarcerated people numbered 500,000 nationwide, breaking down the domino effect of this one act on what we see today in our 2.4 million incarcerated population.
Barry Hermanson encourages advocates in the fight for good, affordable health care to embody the slogan “Don’t mourn. Organize!”, while acknowledging that winning is difficult, but not impossible. Hermanson also proclaims the reality of value in numbers – the more people engaged in the struggle, the greater the possibility of claiming the prize.
This horror story is unique to Phillip Littler – but not. Kevin ‘Rashid Johnson has told the story again and again, and as a revered artist, he lays bare these atrocities in drawings, exquisite in the pain they reveal, imploring us to listen, feel and act to abolish the existing evil culture killing our fellow human beings.
Kevin Sawyer deftly describes the murderous culture of police in our communities and guards in the prison system. The past 50 years between George Jackson’s assassination by guards at San Quentin, and the brutal murder of George Floyd by police on the streets of Minneapolis, shines the light brighter on the ongoing tragedy of blind hatred towards Black human lives.
From behind the walls in a well of complexities, emerges clarity on the state of our humanity and the cloak of domination, oppression and abuse worn by Black and Brown people, even as some of that number are part of the fabric of the cloak.
The recent police killing of a young man in Ughelli, Nigeria, sparked the people’s uprising against SARS’ increasing police brutality in the militarization of politics and social life, along with a strong clientelist trend of administration. The streets are quiet now – temporarily – the people are not satisfied.
San Francisco public defender launches ‘CopWatch SF’ database to ensure public access to available...
This is not a case of too little, too late – it is instead: FINALLY! Thanks to Sen. Nancy Skinner’s 2019 law, SB 1421, records from SFPD, DPA, the District Attorney and the SF Police Commission are being released to the new CopWatch SF database, which now contains a growing list of local cops with records, available to the public.
With courage and gratitude, this tribute to what was, transitioning to what is, brings celebration, tears of joy and sadness, inspiration, hope, hard work, and renewed raised-fist commitment to everyone connected in myriad ways to the icon that is the SF Bay View newspaper, serving so many, inside and outside.
While mainstream media wasn’t/isn’t looking – ever – Dr. Willie Ratcliff joined in love and gratitude at Mother Brown’s celebrating the Bayview community and Thanksgiving with the best homemade, healthy food laced with the usual warmth and good tidings to feed the spirit and body.