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Serving up food and song for the people: Curtis Family Cnotes partners with Mother...

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.

DA Chesa Boudin appoints David Campos chief of staff

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin appoints longtime San Francisco public servant David Campos as the new chief of staff for the SF District Attorney’s Office. With a long commitment of service to the Bay Area, David Campos brings deep and personal understanding to the challenges in achieving reform to the drivers of injustice for the most vulnerable in our communities.

San Francisco announces all phone calls from county jails are now free

San Francisco County, as of Aug. 10, 2020, will no longer generate revenue from incarcerated people and their families through phone calls. All phone calls and video calls from jails will be free under a first-in-the-nation fixed rate contract negotiated by the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally in April 2020, the Sheriff’s Office eliminated commission or profit in the jail commissary (jail store) and prices dropped an average of 43 percent.

California passes statewide law prohibiting the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco products

Millions were spent by the tobacco industry to fight the efforts of lawmakers and citizens to stop killing smokers, primarily targeting Black communities, with constant invasion of poisonous addictive product. SB 793, which will prohibit the sale of flavored and mentholated products in California, awaits Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature.

Massive ‘Housing Black’ street mural installed in the Tenderloin

San Francisco’s Tenderloin is speaking up with the Aug. 10, 2020 installation of San Francisco artist Malik Seneferu’s massive “Housing Black” street mural on Golden Gate Avenue, a collaborative mural voice throughout the Bay Area this summer to highlight the needs and possibilities of our unhoused Black population.

An insider tour of the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program

The ongoing reveal of the life-threatening contaminants plaguing the residents of the Bayview Hunters Point community was further enhanced by a recent virtual tour by Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai and Dr. Mark Alexander imparting first-hand knowledge to attendees, including first-year UCSF medical students. Information focused on the toxic elements adding weight to the body burden as revealed by the biomonitoring program testing being done within the community.

Prison guard union places gun target on image of Black elected official

Racist and dangerous politics by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), that target a Black elected lawmaker, draw disgust, condemnation and outrage from numerous entities and the people at large. The image of the “crosshairs” symbol placed over the lawmaker’s photograph and then posted on social media, represents an attack, as well as clear and present danger to the “target,” his family and our democracy by "peace" officers, who are sworn to protect.

DA Boudin and colleagues forge Prosecutors Alliance to fight the politics of mass incarceration

“Law enforcement unions have a vested interest in tough-on-crime policies, as criminalization leads to more police and correctional officers and more money for the unions that represent them. The safest communities don’t have police on every corner.” – San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin

Former Treasure Island resident announces hospitalization for coronavirus, implicating radioactive island dust

When we least expect it, trouble comes. “I came in contact with a door handle, now I got COVID-19. It’s bad enough my immune system is compromised. I have emphysema and I might not make it out of this.”

PROTEST FOR SEP 1 CANCELLED – AND

PROTEST FOR SEP 1 CANCELLED – BUT....WE WILL HAVE A short but important PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:30 am TUESDAY at MLK/Bay View Park to deliver our message and demands! PLEASE JOIN US IF YOU ARE ABLE TO!

The Black census counts too

Getting counted in the census might seem trivial, especially when faced with systemic obstacles, financial instability and the lack of essential resources. In the Black community, there is more to getting counted than it seems: the question of why Black people should get counted travels deep through generations dating back to the 1700s.

The future is speaking – listen up

The 2020 census has inspired more and more youth to step up to get their families counted. Talking with a few young Frisco natives, new perspectives are gained on the dynamics of growing up in hard-to-count communities.

From uncertainty to sturdier financial footing, during the pandemic

Are we aware the economy is in free-fall? During the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine, health has been a central topic, but what about financial health? With the stock market being stunted and the government doling out trillions of dollars to individual citizens, small businesses and corporations, we need to know what is happening with our finances.

School Board candidate addresses racism in the charter school takeover of public education in...

While election coverage in the mainstream media has been dominated by the Trump vs. Biden-Kamala fiasco, we have many other important local battles to focus on like the Oakland School Board election in November, which will either open the door further to the charter school takeover of Oakland or beef up public education. Kristina Molina was the first candidate to respond to our invitation to share their thoughts on key issues. We will run the responses of other candidates as they participate in interviews.

Hunters Point demands a voice on shipyard cleanup: Reinstate the RAB now!

Called the most contaminated site in the United States and despite a moratorium on further condo construction on Parcel A, the only part of the shipyard approved for development, the massive excavation project pictured here is currently occurring at the perimeter of the Parcel E-2 landfill. Reinstating the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) would require the Navy and EPA to explain why they are allowing this dangerous project to occur.

Progressive Daly City School Board president is running for Daly City City Council

Having already become a celebrated member of the Daly City School Board, Shakeel Ali has also risen in the ranks over the last decade and secured legislation that put ethnic studies in elementary school classes, among solving other issues. This upcoming election day, Ali takes another step forward running for Daly City City Council.

Black August webinar Saturday, Aug. 29: Justice for peaceful Black Soledad prisoners

This public webinar will focus on voices from Soledad Prison, both currently and formerly incarcerated, as well as other system-impacted people, following the July 20 attack on Black prisoners at CTF Soledad.

DA Boudin supports AB 767’s protection of victims of police violence and responds to...

San Francisco – In a statement released Aug. 22, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin emphasizes the importance of AB 767, a bill sponsored by Assemblymember Grayson, which would expand California’s Victim Compensation Board benefits to include victims of police violence.

From COVID to California fire season 2020: A nurse’s perspective on protecting ourselves

It’s experiential. My 90-year-old grandfather had gotten sick during the COVID-19 pandemic, and my uncle. who is a nurse, gave the family new rules that we had to follow to keep us as safe as possible from the invisible biological killer. In the past, I took my uncle’s occupation for granted.

San Francisco Supervisors must vigorously support justice in policing

Black San Franciscans are at ongoing and increasing risk of death by police, with little hope for justice, as a result of historical lack of support from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (BOS) to address policing in San Francisco.