San Francisco by reputation appears progressive and caring – by action, not. Numbers don’t lie. Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community gives a disturbing update about the County Board of Supervisors failure to address current and ongoing systemic racism against Black and Brown San Franciscans. Virtual press conference Monday, Jan. 25, 12–1 p.m.
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.”
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.
Bayview – Editor Malik Washington interviews artist and BVHP native Brother Cut from Kirkwood on the everyday challenges of living through rapid gentrification.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will fight this attempted toxic genocide! So say Bayview Hunters Point residents, once again, clearly stating they will not accept the radiated, toxic grounds of their community, bearing the pain of years of deliberate indifference, lies, deceits and government and corporate shenanigans resulting in egregious harm and suffering to families’ lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed hundreds of thousands of people and perhaps as many small businesses. A California Black-led-and-operated financial firm charged with disbursing $500 million in COVID-19 grants to California small businesses and non-profits and may be the godsend for some of those still managing to hold on.
Light, hope, COVID-19 testing and new winter coats to warm cold community members are the Christmas version during a brutal pandemic of the ongoing love shared by Gwendolyn Westbrook, Mother Brown’s, the Curtis Family C-Notes and so many others from both in and outside the Bayview neighborhood.
The Black Employee Alliance has been calling on our sisters and brothers to report this ongoing racism, but City employees of color are afraid of losing their jobs. This is an exceptionally dangerous time in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and I think racist supervisors like Mitchell Griggs know this and use it to their advantage.
San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin moves California forward to hold police accountable for unlawful use of force and other abusive behavior against primarily Black, Brown and Asian American community members, with the historical filing of homicide charges against SF former police officer Chris Samayoa in the killing of Keita O’Neil.
From behind bars, as a result of being arrested while peacefully protesting in civil disobedience the Vallejo police killing of Sean Monterrosa six months ago, Maggie Harrison writes a respectful open letter to Gov. Newsom asking him to be his word, meet with the family and address investigating Sean Monterrosa’s killing.
Unpacked with her own lived experiences, Michelle D. Chan, founding director of California Families Rise, makes the call for repeal of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), causing harm and trauma to families instead of providing safe haven, compassion and love essential to every child’s, and parent's, wellbeing.
Writer Lin Robertson extols an iconic jewell from the Black community of the Bay Area. As a proponent of Affirmative Action, Fred Jordan is a man of principle, heart and humanity providing service, guidance and ultimately, his own brand of artistic gift giving to the people, standing tall, humble and driven to build on the roots of the Black community.
The Bayview Hunters Point community came together in person for an open discussion following the deaths of Lamar “Chi-Chi” Williams and Demarree Hampton, exploring the path they are going to take in their precious diversity to create healing, building and commitment to the thrival of their community.
San Francisco public defender launches ‘CopWatch SF’ database to ensure public access to available...
This is not a case of too little, too late – it is instead: FINALLY! Thanks to Sen. Nancy Skinner’s 2019 law, SB 1421, records from SFPD, DPA, the District Attorney and the SF Police Commission are being released to the new CopWatch SF database, which now contains a growing list of local cops with records, available to the public.
With courage and gratitude, this tribute to what was, transitioning to what is, brings celebration, tears of joy and sadness, inspiration, hope, hard work, and renewed raised-fist commitment to everyone connected in myriad ways to the icon that is the SF Bay View newspaper, serving so many, inside and outside.