Monthly Archives: January 2021
Feb. 1, National Freedom Day, commemorates both the passage of the 13th Amendment and the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declares that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,” including incarcerated human beings.
Mumia Abu Jamal, himself a long time U.S. held Political Prisoner in compromising health, advocates for 77-year-old Maroon, also a U.S. held Political Prisoner, being systematically tortured during COVID-19 while battling stage 4 cancer alone, denied health care, instead suffering "care" abuse by DOC. The humanity of the brothers reveals the shame of the system.
Guilty While Black – for the purposes of unfettered upward movement in the US Injustice system, those of the racist ruling class deny justice by hook or by crook, no holds barred. Daniel Andre Green, by this courageous description of his lived nightmare, being denied due process, fair and just hearing, judicial integrity or an ounce of respect as a human being, humbly asks for help from anyone who might care.
The world is in political and social transition, shifts in contradictions and conditions are occurring, and revolutionary people and organizations are reacting and responding to what is necessary to stay on track with their work to achieve a more just and vital world.
Revolution is complicated, and more so when personalities protrude into the process. Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson expresses the pain of fissures and fractures in the life force of the revolutionary movement. It is energy, and passion and brilliance will continue to light the way as it reflects off the walls of the breach.
Emerging through the other side of the first month of 2021, Baba Jahahara Amen-RA Alkerbulan-Ma’at honors those transitioning to the realm of the Ancestors while bringing us into February and all that is to be appreciated, learned and embraced as the path of the movement demands. Revolutionary Love and Reparations Now!
A perception shift is emerging due to deliberate indifference perpetrated upon citizens by those in power, which this country has witnessed in the criminal behavior in the Flint Michigan Water Crisis. Whereas ignorance and propaganda by those in power convinced citizens that those behind bars are “the worst of the worst,” we are learning that this narrative has been a tactic to distract and the truth is that the “worst of the worst” are more frequently those we entrust to protect our health and wellbeing.
It’s winter and yet DA Chesa Boudin is making lemonade for the people from the lemons we’ve been puckering on for too long by immediately launching the new Community Liaisons program, a team for each district highlighting more emphasis on the voices of residents in the historically biased prosecutorial environment.
“All power to the people. It is US, the people. It's US, period. We're in the fight for our humanity. Are we really seeing each other? Are we hearing each other? There's no proving to them that we are worthy of being seen.”
We have options, as expressed fervently by Nube Brown and Joka Heshima Jinsai, in the chorus of the collective voices of the lived experience of transformation on the inside blending with the advocate voices on the outside in harmony with consideration of strategic release to infuse our ailing communities with healing, self-determination and liberation.
Once Political Prisoner, Jalil Muntaqim, clearly defines the next step in the movement to liberate New Afrikans and all oppressed people. The movement has reached its moment when the struggle against mass incarceration, racist brutality and political repression must transition into enhanced strategies of education and determination to solidify a national united front for liberation.
The rest of the world recognizes the corrupt brutality that exists in U.S. prisons spurning increasing doubt about our claims to be the exalted “land of the free.” It’s unfathomable that we know how those incarcerated are being treated and yet ignore the inhumanity they suffer as if it were not our business. This is the tipping point. Our inaction is not a choice, if we are to remain human.
As tortuous as the U.S. prison system is to its residents, it is criminally so to the children of incarcerated parents, and their caretakers. Herein lies a wealth of inspiring and uplifting ways to proactively heal the daily wounds of parenting, family unity and staying human while incarcerated.
The alarming thing about this story is that the teller is living it today, yet, as we read, it keeps sounding like something we’ve read about from the past, and it is – it’s the past right now with the same brutalities on the same plantations with the new slaves. The past is now and slavery was never abolished.
Even if imagined in its most reformed condition, the U.S.’s corrupt carceral system driven by capitalism and the manipulations of racist police, DAs, courts and lawyers with the intent to incarcerate by the thousands, and by any means possible, men and women who are Black, Brown, Indigenous and/or poor, and who are by the thousands, innocent.
The appetite of capitalism demands every dollar be extracted from the resource object, in this case, your new community advocate and editor of the SF Bay View Newspaper, Malik Washington, is the commodity, the enemy and still a prisoner in the grip of the multi-billion dollar GEO Group that runs the Taylor Center halfway house/private prison in the Tenderloin. Free Malik Washington!
Obviously conflicted about what to do when to ensure the desired outcome for his political career, Gov. Newsom continues to embrace political gain rather than do the right thing during trauma and death in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. By refusing to mass release prisoners from California’s overcrowded prisons, he provides safety and wellbeing for no one, the people, all of the people, he promised to serve.
With hope, inspiration and love, one of San Francisco’s own jewels, Sydney Brown, shares from Washington her view of the possibilities to unfold as the newly inaugurated President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris begin the process to serve all Americans.
San Francisco by reputation appears progressive and caring – by action, not. Numbers don’t lie. Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community gives a disturbing update about the County Board of Supervisors failure to address current and ongoing systemic racism against Black and Brown San Franciscans. Virtual press conference Monday, Jan. 25, 12–1 p.m.
Wanda Sabir always brings the best treats to the party and this new year 2021 is no different. Preluding with the celebrations and remembrances in Kwanzaa and then deftly moving along to delicacies of movies, art, poetry and jazz, we are filled with satisfied contentment.