Endlessly bombarded by the triple slam of the capitalist corporate installed food desert, poverty and government refusal to take responsibility for the toxic remains of the Hunters Point Navy Shipyard wedded to developer greed and other shenanigans, Bayview Hunters Point community continues to take the steps necessary to claim a healthy environment.
November 3, 2020 being probably the most critical election of this country’s history is stimulating aggressive solicitation towards particular sectors of voters. To be sure, the Black woman holds a sweet spot for politicians’ attention in this election.
DDDDC ingredients for Hunters Point Bayview horror story mystery cake: Navy paid Tetra Tech subsidiary hundreds of millions of dollars for botched cleanup – busted for fraudulent radiation testing – scapegoat the fraud on “rogue employees” – another subsidiary of Tetra Tech previously accused of similar shenanigans at the Industrial Excess Landfill in Ohio – “We now know what they [the EPA] did to us and how they did it.” Bake at 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit for at least one decade.
Gov. Gavin Newsom can choose to step up to avoid the increasingly popular idea of renaming all the state prisons, jails and detention centers after him. The governor’s failure to respond to the citizens’ demands to use his authority to save lives in the face of the COVID-19 tragic impact on helpless people in cages leaves him fair game for ridicule and deep criticism.
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." COVID-19 has dug in its heals and igniteded the creative juices of entrepreneurs like Jerry Mixon and Yolanda Lewis to join forces in combining their already-established tech entities to light the fires of opportunities for a much broader spectrum of systemically excluded Black, Brown, and other marginalized communities.
Nine months gestation birthed what? The review by the UC expert panel about retesting procedures for Parcel A and Parcel G in Hunters Point Shipyard, nine months after the report’s release, seems to have resulted in a stillbirth as there is no evidence of benefit to the parent Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) community. Foul play is suspected.
The roofless condition has grown to such proportions that the settler colonizers are designating it out of control. Tiny Garcia walks us through herstory and draws a clear picture of what is truly out of control and why the horrors of Columbus have been replaced by the honor of Indigenous Peoples Day.
Over 2,500 Black-owned Victorian homes were destroyed and tens of thousands of Black people were displaced out of the Fillmore district during Urban Renewal under Justin Herman’s tenure. The City gave housing vouchers to people whose homes were demolished with the promise they would own in the new and improved Fillmore.
With love, light and mic, Mother Brown’s loves up the Bayview Hunters Point community. For years Mother Brown’s has been delivering free delicious homemade food to anyone who is hungry, accompanied often by the tunes of Maestro Curtis and San Francisco’s First Family of Song, the Curtis Family Cnotes – body and soul nourishment.
San Francisco got all their ducks in a row for the great gentrification when the Navy vacated the Treasure Island base. While I live in the most expensive city in the US, well probably the most expensive in the world, I live on next to nothing on Treasure Island.
California scores another first in the country with Governor Newsom’s passage of The Families Over Fees Act by signing Assembly Bill 1869, widely applauded by advocates including Treasurer José Cisneros and Public Defender Mano Raju. AB 1869 eliminates the “high pain, low gain” fees of oppression on people who have paid their debt to society.
When 15-year-old Derrick Gaines was executed by killer cop Joshua Cabillo of SSFPD, the students of South San Francisco High School celebrating Derrick’s 24th birthday now would have been only eight or nine years old. The youths honoring of their murdered friend counters sharply to the SFPD hiring of killer cop Joshua Cabillo.
Acknowledging the relationship between childcare and the economy is imperative. Yet, while childcare programs remain on the brink of collapse, reopening communities moves forward. Childcare is a critical piece of community infrastructure, interrelated with workforce, housing and health, and without solid, supported childcare systems in place, our economy cannot properly function.
In 1996 Eva Patterson, then executive director of Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and Fred Jordan, President of the African American Chamber of Commerce, with Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Senator Diane Feinstein, opposed Prop 209. Today they are fervently supporting Prop 16 on the Nov. 3, 2020 ballot to repeal the 1996 Prop 209 with an amendment to the California Constitution.
Cutting public transportation is a racial unjust act against particularly Black and Brown and low income communities. Working people, students, people with disabilities and elderly folks depend on the public bus system as part of their daily lives and would be further disenfranchised without it.
Joey Villarreal survived the SHU, Pelican Bay’s “torture cell”, finally came home to his community and has been building a life which nurtures his talents and inspires his community. Unjustly arrested and incarcerated again, his community rallied, raised exorbitant bail and succeeded in bringing their beloved son, father, brother, grandfather and friend home, again.
This election has led to a crossroads and COVID-19 has highlighted that our choices can lead to suffering or liberation. By reflecting on the journeys of some of those who have gone before like Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin and Coretta King, Elijah and Clara Muhammad and recently, Colin Kaepernick, we can take our own journey and vote because it matters.
Lynette Gibson McElhaney, as District 3 Oakland City Council member, continues to drive a relentless and passionate laser focus on her collaborative work, which is manifesting her vision for a vibrant, safe Oakland across the community spectrum – regardless of race, age, gender or socioeconomic standing.
The Curtis Family Cnotes and Mother Brown’s Dining Room are collaborating to bring healthy food and soulful music to communities in need, which are about all you need to nourish the human existence, even, and especially, during a pandemic.