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Yearly Archives: 2023

Virginia prisons defy new state law against solitary confinement

Once again Virginia's remote supermaxes are operating lawlessly outside the orbit of public scrutiny. They should have been closed down long ago.

Black Santa presides over Bayview Hunters Point family wonderland

“The holiday celebration and toy giveaway at the Opera House is amazing for the community. This event demonstrates how the Bayview Hunters Point community is a family and will continue to love on each other.” – Supervisor Shamann Walton

Private property

When I finally decide to move out of my home, I plan on donating it to a community land trust or non-profit housing community. I have no need to sell it and “win” the lottery at the expense of those who come after me.

Released Palestinians reveal horrors in Israeli prisons

Many released prisoners spoke about how their joy at being released was incomplete given the ongoing Israeli genocide in Gaza and the fact that they left comrades behind in Israel’s chambers of horror.

Charges dropped against man shot five times by police after prosecutors determine they cannot...

Police, called when Richard Everett was reported to have a knife in the Tenderloin, shot him five times, unprovoked.
man stairs wreath

Dozens of disabled, chronically homeless people face eviction from Bayview homes

“It’s a shame. Here, they have a roof over their heads, every day, every month, every year. Why wouldn’t [Felton] just renegotiate?” 

NAACP 10th annual Freedom Fund gala presents new generation of Black leadership

"The event not only celebrated, but also honored eight local individuals who have been making outstanding contributions to the cause of full democracy and equal opportunities for all"

Ruchell Cinque Magee has joined the ancestors

Ruchell Cinque Magee joined the ancestors Oct. 17, 2023, after only 81 days of freedom.

Black Doll Festival visits Oakland’s African American Museum

“Our mission is to preserve African American history and culture,” added Silva. “That's very important.”

Nat Turner in Gaza

The 2,000 young men who burst the gates of Gaza on Oct. 7, 2023, had been born into a concentration camp. The vast majority of them could never hope to leave.

The plague of Virginia prisoners dying from medical neglect

At the Cancer Center, I met dozens of other imprisoned men with cancer. Every one of them had a horror story of suffering gross medical neglect or denied care leading to the dangerous, often torturous, advances of their diseases.

Mozell Brooks: ‘It’s hot, baby’ (1937-2023)

Mozell’s Kitchen was a community space where everyone from politicians to executives, Muni bus drivers and teens would come to the purple restaurant for a taste of home.

The Peacock Lounge revitalizes itself with Jazz Fridays

Black music is gaining a new foothold with the revamped Peacock Lounge and Gold Room.

Supervisor Preston calls for Gaza ceasefire, City Hall swells with support

“Where San Francisco goes, the nation follows and San Francisco has to make its voice known," declared Chris Ballard of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth.

Dental Robin Hood

The Marin City Health and Wellness Center has been working to restore the type of medical and dental services Dr. Coleman’s center was known for in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

A songsational salute to Black women worldwide

All too often, the value of the feminine gender goes underestimated – at bargain-basement prices not penthouse-level ones.

Golden State Warriors, former NBA player host free holiday event at Bayview Hunters Point...

Mistah FAB on Festus Ezali: “Where you are not just showing up but spending time and allocating resources shows a lot. So when he asked me to accompany him, it was a no brainer.”

Monday: Oakland City Council to vote on Gaza ceasefire resolution in special session

Supporting an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza are 66% of all Americans, over 80% of Democrats, and growing numbers of elected officials, including city council and Congress members.

Diamonds drenched in blood: Unmasking Israel’s role in the Congolese crisis

The Israeli diamond industry garners prestigious accolades and recognition at home -- starkly contrasting with its role in fueling conflict and destabilization in resource-rich nations like the Congo.

SF African American Chamber hosts global women business leaders in the Bayview during APEC

The conversation centered around the challenges women around the world face in creating and running their businesses and what resources and support are available for women to launch and grow their enterprises.