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Local News & Views

Universal health care: California tries again

In the legislative dead air between the failed SB 562 in 2017 and the introduction of AB 1400 in 2021, there has been no healthcare legislation out of Sacramento. Barry Hermanson describes the David and Goliath aspects of the magnitude of the fight against the big pharma capitalist grip on our healthcare system and what is necessary to humanely provide healthcare for each and every person in California.

Then wasn’t the time, but now is!

“The police say to us all the time that they can’t do their jobs because we won’t talk and tell on someone. Well, we ARE telling on PG&E … so now we tell them it’s your turn. Do your job! Do it now!”

Bayview community celebrates newly renovated Hilltop Park

Community members and public officials gathered Saturday morning, Dec. 3, to celebrate the completion of a $6.9 million renovation of Bayview’s Hilltop Park, which neighbors the Westbrook public housing complex. The project, managed by Rec & Parks, was primarily funded by the statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Act of 2008, which set aside $368 million to improve parks and recreation facilities in underserved communities throughout California.

Air District reverses prior support for India Basin Development Project due to ‘unacceptable’ air...

In response to community demands, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has just sent a letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors stating that the air pollution that would be caused by the India Basin Mixed Use Development Project “is unacceptable.”

Neo-Nazi pro-Trump rally: Civil war in Berkeley – no cops

Went out to MLK Civic Center Park in downtown Berkeley to watch fight after fight after fight take place between neo-Nazi pro-Trump supporters and folks who came out to defend against fascism and to defend the Bay. For the most part, the Trump folks who were bold enough to wave flags and chant “F--- the Bay and Build a Wall” got stomped out over and over again. One cat, after talking smack, got beat so bad they had to haul him off to the hospital.

The real criminals in Sonoma County: A statement from the Police Accountability Clinic &...

It has been two years since 13-year-old Andy Lopez was shot down while walking to his friend’s house with a toy gun, killed by Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus. Gelhaus still patrols the streets of Santa Rosa, free and unprosecuted, as Andy’s family, friends and supporters continue to seek and demand justice. Now comes this most recent local news: A lawsuit, filed Oct. 5 by attorney Izaak Schwaiger and the Scott Law Firm, exposes Sonoma County as the “jail from hell.”

The COVID-19 non-custodial parent blues

Black people in the racist U.S. are typically the last people hired, first people fired. We have the biggest population infected with COVID-19, and we are the most likely to die from the virus or its complications.

Justice for Josiah: Humboldt community demands action on third anniversary of Black student’s murder

April 15, 2020, marks 36 months since a Black 19-year-old Humboldt State University (HSU) student, David Josiah Lawson, also known as DJ and Josiah, was murdered on April 15, 2017, while attending an off-campus party in Arcata, Calif.

Uber and other gig employers threaten to shut down operations soon, pushing Yes on...

Corporate double-talk in the mainstream media is showing up as expected in this 2020 election year making it challenging, as usual, to decipher what a proposed law really means to accomplish. But we can usually tell if it is in the interest of blue collar Black people by who is backing it.

Gloria’s life lurched to a halt when her identity was stolen

At age 77, Gloria has lived in the same house in Bayview for over 40 years. Despite being severely sight impaired, she remains an active member of the community by volunteering her time to read to kids in schools, taking modern dancing classes and swimming on a regular basis. Gloria’s lifestyle came to a halt, however, when she discovered that someone had stolen her identity.

Preventive medicine during a pandemic

Preventive medicine is the best medicine, especially in a capitalist country where the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed long encrusted health disparities that have been in place for centuries. Presently, people have had their ability to move around freely curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine’s shelter-in-place policy.

Black media’s quarterback: an interview wit’ journalist Kevin Weston

On Monday, Nov. 26, at Yoshi’s in Oakland, we will be honoring Kevin Weston and a number of other Black media-makers who represent for the Black community in Northern California. Everyone is invited. The night will be a celebration of life and resistance in the home of the Black Panther Party and independent rap music. Until then, here is Kevin in his own words.

Derrick Jones didn’t have to die

Just days after Johannes Mehserle was given a mere two-year sentence for the cold-blooded murder of Oscar Grant (see “Token Sentence for Oscar Grant’s Killer: Anger in the Streets of Oakland”), another unarmed Black man has been killed by police in Oakland. On Monday, Nov. 8, two cops from the Oakland Police Department (OPD) shot and killed Derrick “Dee Dee” Jones, an act that drew immediate outrage.

Homegoing tribute to Mother Ernestine Howard of the legendary Wendy’s Cheesecake Bakery

The Howard family shares sweet honoring of their beloved Mother Ernestine Howard as she takes flight homegoing in the spirit of a loving life lived.

Oakland’s Prosperity Movement fights gentrification by supporting local culture

Prosperity Movement, an Oakland-based group of artists and activists, is using its platform to promote peace and prosperity in a changing Oakland landscape. The group’s founder and front man, Adimu Madyun, makes it his mission to use art as a way of educating local youth and adults, who he says are bearing the brunt of gentrification in their native city.

Fighting for our jobs

I am back with you fighting for our jobs at a time when I should have been preparing to choose many of you to work with me to build the new Bayview Library. The contract to build our library in our neighborhood was taken from my company, Liberty Builders, and awarded instead to a white contractor, K C K Builders, whose bid included no Blacks at all. This time we won’t let the gate swing shut again for another dozen years. We’re all fighting back – and we’re winning, especially with the passage of Supervisor John Avalos’ Mandatory Local Hire ordinance.

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.

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.

As court considers BVHP referendum, Lennar plows ahead

“My son is sick and my grandchildren are sick. I could hope that someone would have said ‘Hold it.’ We know that there is environmental racism.”

Fresh and easy displacement

Who is Fresh & Easy for? They don’t take coupons, personal checks or WIC and like their “Whole Paycheck” counterparts, they don’t hire union employees – or many employees at all, as they have the new self-pay check-out stands.