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Friday, June 18, 2021
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Local News & Views

The Curry family helps renovate and unveil new playground at East Oakland elementary school

Safe play spaces built to grow healthy, happy kids at Franklin Elementary School in East Oakland.

In the San Francisco Black Film Festival XXIII, the legacy continues June 17-20: ‘Healing...

A scintillating array of fascinating films awaits film lovers at the 23rd annual San Francisco Black Film Festival, June 17-20. Meet SFBFF’s new millennial leaders, daughter Cree Ray and son Kali Ray Jr., of director Kali O’Ray, who died unexpectedly last year in August 2020. For tickets and details, visit www.sfbff.org.

Senate passes four major bills cosponsored by SF DA Chesa Boudin

AB 127 holds police accountable, SB 739 provides basic income to youth aging out of foster care, and SB 299 and SB 710 expand police victims’ rights, support police accountability and promote fairness in the criminal justice system.

Daybreak PAC teams up with Open Door Legal to prevent ‘Tsunami of Evictions’

Some 32,000 San Francisco households are behind on rent – and more are behind on mortgage payments. Mass eviction and foreclosure would effectively level our neighborhoods. Entire demographics could get swept off the map completely.

Vallejo PD death squad: One year after Sean Monterrosa’s death at the hands of...

New CA Attorney General Rob Bonta brings critical action to the Monterrosa family’s pursuit of justice for the murder of their beloved Sean Monterrosa by the Vallejo PD.

Dog walking while Black in SF parks: Why we need the CAREN Act

Alamo Square, San Francisco – Terry Williams has seen many changes to his neighborhood in the historically Black Fillmore, and one of them is the whitening of Alamo Square Park along with parks all over San Francisco and the subsequent pushing out of Black dog owners who don't feel safe going to the parks.

2nd Annual African American Graduates’ Rites of Passage Ceremony

The Class of 2021 is like no other. In a raging COVID-19 pandemic they were “Rising, Resounding and Resilient” with their goal to graduate and keep going.

Berkeley slashes social services while police budget continues to grow

Show up Wed., June 2, at 12 p.m. at Berkeley City Hall steps. Coalition demands City Council keep it’s promise to re-invest BPD funding in community-based organizations and critical services they provide instead of proposed 22% slash in 2022 budget.

Ella Hill Hutch holds community up during the COVID pandemic

James Spingola and Dr. Catherine James successfully brought love, health care and other necessities to the Fillmore and Bayview Hunters Point communities during the COVID pandemic, and the future looks even brighter.

Juneteenth 2021! The struggle for freedom continues

Juneteenth is a celebration of resilience, strength and beauty of Black people – and – a focus on our history and strengthening the momentum towards gaining freedom and dismantling new forms of slavery and anti-Black racism.

Organizing to win Guaranteed Health Care

How bad do we want it? The combined efforts of a coalition could be successful in identifying enough votes to get Guaranteed Health Care for All on the ballot in 2022.

Is the glass half full or half empty?

Positive Directions Equals Change explores the issues around substance addiction and changes like committed funding and humanity-based vision towards alternative equity-based solutions to serve the underserved in the African American community.

San Quentin on trial for 29 COVID-19 deaths under its watch

Over 300 habeas corpus petitions put San Quentin and CDCr on trial charged with 'cruel and unusual punishment' by deliberate indifference resulting in 29 preventable COVID-19 deaths, record infections, unbearable fear and anxiety, with grave and unnecessary risk to staff and community.

SFUSD lost touch with 8,800 students during the pandemic

Harmfully affecting the education and well-being of students of color and many others over the past school year, COVID-19 has revealed the San Francisco Unified School District’s critical failures during the pandemic.

Juneteenth Kickoff Rally and the ongoing fight for justice for Black San Franciscans

Juneteenth: Is it a celebration? Or is it a continuous fight for our freedom? Are we really free?

SF Supervisors have failed to act on SFPD failure to complete DOJ COPS by...

The SF BOS and SFPD will be scrutinized at a hearing on May 25, 2021 to expose the lack of attention in the past 5 years to the DOJ mandate of 2016, as the SFPD continues its relentless racist reign of terror on Black San Franciscans.

Allegations of mismanagement hit Booker T. Washington Community Center

Booker T. Washington Community Service Center, a beloved landmark in the Fillmore community since 1920, was named for a civil rights leader who promoted Black self-sufficiency. “It is this legacy that a community center in his name ought to honor and champion,” says longtime board member Julian Davis.

The national ban on Newport, Kool and other menthol ‘squares’ has political roots in...

Biden administration’s FDA makes a recovery out of the rough with new rules intended to ban mentholated tobacco products, which cause smoking-related illnesses, the number one killer of Black Americans.

Black truckers shut down multi-million-dollar UCSF job site for 4.5 hours

San Francisco continues its systematic assault on our second and third-generation Black and Brown families. We love San Francisco, but we will no longer stand for these human rights abuses.

March madness: McCarthyism at KPFA?

History records that the infamous Sen. Joe McCarthy died in 1957, but did his ghost haunt the March meeting of KPFA’s Local Station Board?