Yearly Archives: 2021
View from Treblinka Dungeon Pelican Bay
The disconnect from our own humanity allows the fingers of dehumanization, abuse and terror to snake through the depths of our prisons where fellow human beings are methodically stripped to the bone of any evidence of human reveal.
I am a proud member of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s International Association for...
Treasure Island residents have been subjected to virulent poisons by what Dr. King called “economic conditions that … give luxuries to the few and leave millions of God’s children smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society.”
SF Mayor London Breed, Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes III host teach-in honoring Dr. Martin...
Dr. Frederick Haynes III, pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, widely known for its focus on social, economic, gender, food and environmental justice, is hosting the 4th Annual King Teach-In with a panel featuring San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who advocates deliberately ending the disparities that plague the Black community.
COVID outbreak – and media crackdown – at private halfway house in Tenderloin
When the system begins to crumble all sorts of unimaginable tactics are employed by the elite to stave off the inevitable. The capitalist patriarchy uses any and every weapon at their disposal to keep control of that which is wriggling out of its grasp. This is what change looks like.
An epiphany – the largest slave insurrection in US history
The Ancestors hold the hearts of their children as the struggle continues to break the chains of bondage in our modern reality of feet on the earth of the past. Calling in the courage and honor of the risen Ancestors to the Slave Rebellion Reenactment seals the bond of love and self-determination in those who will be liberated.
Brother Cut on Gentrification in Bayview Hunters Point
Bayview – Editor Malik Washington interviews artist and BVHP native Brother Cut from Kirkwood on the everyday challenges of living through rapid gentrification.
Carpe Diem: The time is now to seize the day by doing what’s right...
Todd Ashker honors the prisoner class on the inside and supporters on the outside as the unstoppable force, standing strong and speaking truth to power in the work for human rights and dignity, and brings forward the collective committed voices of the three massive Hunger Strikes, the Ashker, et al., Class Action Settlement Agreement, and the Agreement to End Hostilities, all of which lead to the next steps in the ongoing struggle.
Sheryl Davis of the Human Rights Commission: Showing love to San Francisco through service
A vibrant breeze is felt amidst the chaos of political blustering, posturing, hating, violating and destroying. With the power of love and commitment to caring about the people in our communities, Sheryl Davis, Director of the Human Rights Commission, is solidly on the ground in tandem with Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Walton and others to create the possible dream.
Alabama prisoners on strike NOW!
Prisoners throughout the Alabama Department of Corrections system are refusing to work during this month of January. At great risk to themselves, they are exposing twice-designated unconstitutional conditions, which continue to such degree of inhumanity and torture that they will no longer be tolerated. The educated public is urged to support the strike and boycott prison contract services feeding the capitalist-imperialist colonist slave-holding system.
HOPE is the thread that tenaciously weaves its way through the chaos and darkness to infuse we humans with connection, courage and creativity to walk the storm and greet the buds emerging from twigs in spring. HOPE is the validation of our humanity.
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.
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.