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We must collectively champion the restorative justice policies of Chesa Boudin

The election of Chesa Boudin serves as a paradigm shift in what we have become accustomed to as criminal justice in Amerika. He is intimately familiar with the deleterious effect and collateral damage that lengthy prison sentences can have on the moral fabric of a family.

The gang injunctions are over; community shifts its sights toward the SFPD gang database

As San Franciscans rang in the new year, the civil gang injunctions plaguing the Mission, Bayview Hunters Point, Visitation Valley and the Fillmore-Western Addition for more than a decade finally came to an end.

As opioid crisis hits home, Black media step up to spread the word

“Those same Republicans and Democrats, when the problem was crack, showed no mercy. No compassion. No understanding at all, and locked up a bunch of people,” Van Jones continued. “I do think that now its hitting everybody, hopefully we can come up with a more compassionate response.”

Treasure Island Superfund denial based on misinformation

According to the EPA, one reason Treasure Island did not have Superfund status was that the state of California is “opposing inclusion on the NPL.” At that time, Treasure Island got the highest or near highest Hazard Ranking Scores for risk of exposure to residents, the human food chain and the environment.

Trickle-down housing

SB 50 is trickle-down housing. At a recent community housing meeting, someone told me, “I’m tired of getting pissed on.” Unfortunately, in this case, it is worse than that.

Navy removes an estimated 163+ new radiation deposits from two toxic dumps and dangerously...

The Navy’s announcement of an estimated 163+ radioactive waste excavations, 41 neighborhood chemical removals, and a large clump of elevated radioactivity from under an occupied home raises doubts that Treasure Island can ever be completely cleaned.

HP Biomonitoring awarded Packard Foundation grant

There has been no independent community-wide human biomonitoring program implemented in the United States designed to screen residents living adjacent to a federal Superfund site for toxic chemicals and radionuclides … until HP Biomonitoring! The new clinic, at 5021 Third St., next to the library, will be open soon.

Support cultural icon Kevin Epps in court Tuesday, Dec. 17

“Since my release, I only hope to continue living my life in this way: raising my kids, building and making contributions to my community and keeping a positive outlook on life.” – Kevin Epps, Hunters Point filmmaker

City College’s disrespectful relationship with African American administrators and the Black community

“City College used me to develop relationships with the Black community,” says one administrator.

Swept to death

At thanks-taking time, we are not asking for a friggin’ one day of charity; we are asking for liberated land, de-criminalization and our own self-determiNATION so we can solve our own problems and build movements and long-term solutions like Homefulness. We will not continue to be swept to death.

Alternative community under fire: Wood Street Collective is being threatened with eviction

People are being kicked out of the last place they could park or build shelters. The City of Oakland has not provided alternative places to be and the planned “safe parking lot” is months from completion.

Poetic justices: Two Black women appointed to California Superior Court judgeships

“These appointments speak volumes. I am extremely pleased and excited that there are two new highly professional and qualified African-American women judges appointed to the California Superior Court.”

Treasure Island Superfund denial based on misinformation

Treasure Island got the highest or near highest scores for risk of exposure to residents, the human food chain and the environment. But California opposed its designation as a Superfund site. “By failing to make the National Priority List, cleaning up Treasure Island never became a national priority.”

Jonestown: Reflection, healing, history

Join us Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, for a candlelight vigil and open mic to honor our Jonestown ancestors and the Black community still surviving in SF working endlessly to strengthen their lives, families, businesses and neighborhoods.

Holding San Francisco accountable on SFPD’s inadequate DOJ COPS progress and process

“Despite three reports studying Black People in regard to racism in 55 years, Black San Franciscans are worse off than ever before.”

The never-ending earthquake called Homelessness: Preparing for an emergency when your life is an...

We are always getting prepared for the emergency we are already living in, and it’s made so much harder by this ongoing criminalization and violence called “sweeps.”

Sam Jordan’s, San Francisco’s oldest Black-owned bar, to close after 60 years in business

“The spaces the Black community had carved out, the restaurants we’d established, the communities we’d become a part of, were all fading out.”

Government or corporate run healthcare?

Those who profit off illness are very powerful in the U.S. Kaiser is a non-profit that earns massive sums and is also a major opponent of an Improved Medicare for All.

Contamination, de-contamination and the dilemma of distrust at the Hunters Point shipyard

“The EPA has expressed to the Navy that they no longer have confidence in the work performed by Tt EC at HPNS, as well as at other Navy radiological sites including those located at Treasure Island and Alameda in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Rec & Park breaks ground on Shoreview Park overhaul

“This renovation has been a long time coming and we continue to be elated about the improvements to our park. Open space and parks represent so much for community and we will continue to improve our parks in the Bayview.”

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How Stevie Wonder helped create Martin Luther King Day

At Dr. King’s funeral, Stevie Wonder learned of John Conyers’ bill to make his birthday a national holiday. To overcome the resistance of conservative politicians, Wonder put his career on hold, led rallies from coast to coast and galvanized millions of Americans with his passion and integrity. But it took 15 years.

On MLK Day, Black San Franciscans demand new measures to hold...

In regard to racism, Black San Franciscans are worse off than ever before. Only by achieving goals that improve the lives of Black San Franciscans will there be anything to celebrate regarding racial equity in San Francisco.

Healthy prisoners launch hunger strike on MLK Day to support tortured...

These 16 brave and selfless activists imprisoned in Central Prison are taking a stand, by way of a hunger strike, for those in Unit One who are mentally incapable of making these demands. This is a humanitarian display of unity for those inside who face injustice by the very same people who face injustices enslaved right there with them.

When the Panthers died

When the Panthers died, I cried, I tried to hold back my tears, While in my mother's womb, I was consumed with fear . . .

Poetry, prayers, protest against gentrification and displacement planned for MLK Day

On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., noted Bay Area grassroots leaders will host a protest rally at the Oakland City Church to highlight the plight of the unhoused.