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Daily Archives: January 2, 2021

OPD revives superpredator language to criminalize Oakland youth

The underbelly of the Oakland Police snake is beginning to writhe upward and utilize rhetoric to dehumanize and vilify youth and create fear and panic in defense under pressure of demands for accountability and defunding for redistribution of bloated budgets into communities to address bare necessities.

Let’s not forget Zulu!

Free Zulu! The US prison system, designed to capture, confine and control, denies it holds Political Prisoners like Kenny Zulu Whitmore, Imam Jamil Al-Amin, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Leonard Peltier, Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz, Ed Poindexter, Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald and so many more, most falsely accused and wrongfully convicted. Released after 50 years, Jalil Muntaqim was rearrested, charged with trying to vote as the State attempts to reclaim his captivity.

Gov. Newsom nominates CLBC Chair Dr. Shirley Weber as secretary of state

Undeniably qualified and supported, Assemblymember Dr. Shirley N. Weber accepted Gov. Newsom’s nomination to be the first African American woman California Secretary of State. Also heard are prominent voices from the Black community who expressed disappointment at Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ seat not being filled by either one of two most probable Black women, each highly qualified to continue the work and maintain a woman’s place in the Senate.

SFCTA seeks proposals on Yerba Buena Island Pathway Project – due Jan. 28

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR HILLCREST ROAD WIDENING AND YERBA BUENA ISLAND MULTI-USE PATHWAY PROJECT (RFP 20/21-06) Notice is hereby given that the San Francisco County...

Indefinite sentencing is cruel and inhumane

As more progressive District Attorneys such as newly-elected Los Angeles County DA George Gascón are being elected across the country, the glimmer of possibilities for changes in the (in)justice system arise, as a result of the voices from behind the walls and families and loved ones outside, all suffering the brutal abuses of our Industrial Prison Complex.

Tee time

To get the dream ball airborne, Shai Alkebu-Lan adroitly lays out an entertaining, thoughtful perspective and explicit course of action, starting with the tee from which a plan unfolds, once one has teed off.

Demanding justice for Sean Monterrosa is a force uniting the Black and Brown communities...

The June 2020 shooting death of Sean Monterrosa by Vallejo Police Officer Jarrett Tonn remains in limbo after all legal efforts have been exhausted, peacefully and respectfully. Ongoing disregard from Gov. Newsom has prompted an open letter to demanding action and revealing his inaction as justice delayed, which is justice denied, which is complicity.

Uncle Damien in action!

Increasingly, we hear the stories of formerly incarcerated people who lived young lives unsupported and often traumatized, followed by abusive incarceration with stigmatizing labels. We also learn more about returning community members successfully dedicating their lives to giving others what they never had. This is such a story.

It takes a ComeUnity to heal from COVID – and cancer

A lifetime spent focused on her own survival and that of so many others in the world of viruses called poverty, police terror, incarceration, racism, classism and isolation in this stolen land, Lisa ‘Tiny’ Gray-Garcia describes navigating the additional onslaught of COVID-19, and then cancer on top of her own COVID-19 infection, testing her very core to trust in this new challenge to survival.

Remembering a humble giant, Qassem Soleimani

We are all human beings, capable of bringing great gifts to the world and causing great pain. How we are perceived by others often depends on who is telling the story, if the story is experiential or rhetoric and how open we are to listening from our core being to feel the truth.