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Friday, August 23, 2019

Protesters demanding ouster of cops and corporations halt SF Pride Parade

“No longer can we sit on the sidelines,” the statement reads, “as SF Pride pretends to celebrate ‘Generations of Resistance’ on the 50th anniversary of the fight against police violence at the Stonewall Inn.” Their demands include permanently eliminating police and corporate presence at Pride celebrations, releasing incarcerated trans people from San Francisco county jails, and ending sweeps of homeless encampments in San Francisco.

Houses in the MUD

The deep dark dirty development of the federal Superfund site at the Hunters Point Shipyard is not stalled. It is simply catnapping as government agencies, working on behalf of Lennar, strategize for the residential development of the MUD of Parcel G.

Attorney John Burris throws the book at Vallejo for the 55-shot murder of rapper...

“The six officers shot at Willie 55 times to ensure that he did not survive his encounter, and the video clearly shows the officers’ callous attitude towards Willie McCoy, their premeditated decision to shoot a sleeping man if he moved.”

Evidence by the District Attorney’s Office is looking very weak ahead of the preliminary...

It is the opinion of this writer and sources within the legal community that the charges by the D.A. against Epps should be dropped or the case should be dismissed based on the very weak evidence that the prosecution is presenting. If the case does go to trial, the likelihood of an acquittal or mistrial seems extremely high.

District Attorney’s Office slow to produce evidence against Kevin Epps ahead of preliminary trial

On May 1, the District Attorney’s office issued a warrant for Epps’ arrest citing “strong new evidence” as the basis. The only new evidence the prosecution appears to have is in the form of three-dimensional models of the alleged crime scene. Rowland has yet to turn over any of the attachments related to the models that attest to the experience or reputation of who produced them.

Mayor Breed’s budget tags housing affordability, homelessness prevention, equity

Mayor Breed’s proposed budget focuses on equity and accountability, which includes investing in neighborhoods and communities that have been traditionally overlooked and are in dire need of key housing and infrastructure improvements. In her budget announcement, Mayor Breed announced that, including the proposed $600 million affordable housing bond for the November election, she has identified over $1 billion for affordable housing since taking office.

Federal lawsuit filed for San Mateo Police taser death of Chinedu Okobi

“Although the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department are unwilling to hold the deputies accountable for racially profiling, stalking, repeatedly tasing and pepper-spraying Chinedu Okobi to death, I will!”

Fillmore Midtown residents: Righting the wrongs of racist urban renewal

Is this how San Francisco treats the last 3 percent of the population that is African American? Is this how the City demonstrates their accountability for neglecting the property and supporting the racist impact of urban renewal?

Treasurer Fiona Ma appoints Frederick Jordan and Dr. Beverly Scott to High-Speed Rail Authority...

California Treasurer Fiona Ma has appointed two prominent African American transportation experts, Mr. Frederick Jordan of San Francisco and Dr. Beverly A. Scott of Albany, to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Peer Review Group, an eight-member body that evaluates the California High Speed Rail Authority’s funding plans and renders its independent judgment on their feasibility and reasonableness.

‘It’s not the drug, it’s the structure’: Mixing Black, gay, HIV+ with meth in...

“People use drugs, and are at the risk for the harms related to drug use, oftentimes because of a severe lack of access to resources."

#FreeKevinEpps: The movement has started!

“Kevin Epps is an intellectual and a San Francisco treasure. And the words that come to mind when I think of him is that he is very meek. He is humble."

Presence, Prayer and Procession of the Housed for the Unhoused Friday

Stop counting us, taking our pictures, using our bodies and struggles as your campaign slogans, our lives as your grant models and research projects and instead stand up, show up, act up and be counted yourselves, stating clearly that until there is housing or liberated indigenous land or redistributed resources like the new Bank of Community Reparations, which is being launched for unhoused, displaced communities and people, you don’t want your unhoused neighbors “swept,” removed, arrested and stolen from.

Jeff Adachi receives national racial justice award: ‘He transformed our country’

“When he passed away, a powerful voice fell silent. Jeff exposed and attacked pervasive racial injustice. He has inspired legions of public defenders – a justice warriors – to fight, to speak out and speak up, and in the process he transformed our country.”

Kevin Epps addresses judge’s refusal to grant bail on two-year-old murder case

At the hearing, the judge stated that the indictment was sealed and that she was refusing to grant Kevin Epps bail on the grounds that “he was a danger to the community” even though well over 60 letters of support flooded into the court from upstanding and important figures from here and all over the nation who defended Epps’ reputation and community track record.
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Sacramento PD arrests 12-year-old Black child, places plastic bag over his head

Let there be no mistake. Shooting and killing an unarmed Black woman, who professed to be pregnant in Houston, Texas, or “bagging” a small in stature 12-year-old in Sacramento must be called out for what it is. These actions are more reflective of the practices of “slave catchers” and “Jim Crow” era law enforcers than of proper urban policing techniques focused on de-escalation and by governments truly committed to empower police officers to “protect and to serve” our entire community.

Marie Harrison, mother of the movement for environmental justice

Remember the many years Marie Harrison owned the back page of the Bay View? She defined what “speaking truth to power” means. With headlines like “We’ve always survived your whip and your noose” and observations like “Voter education isn’t just somebody educating the voters; it’s the voters educating the people they elect,” as we carry on without her, we must infuse every fight with her courage.

Statewide day of action for educational equity in California’s public schools

May 22nd is a statewide day of action calling on the California state legislature to fully fund its public schools. In Sacramento, teachers, students and families will spend the day lobbying and gathering in and around the capitol to demand change. Solidarity actions will also take place throughout the state in numerous schools and public spaces. If you stand in solidarity with us, but cannot attend any of the actions, please sign my petition at http://chng.it/wwPR6mwBGn to support our publicly educated future leaders.

In tribute to Marie Harrison: Until our very last breath

You’ve been an especially effective, strong, patient and articulate voice confronting forces that do not respect human rights or human life. You’ve told these opportunists firmly and politely that every human being on earth has the right to live and raise their children and see their grandchildren thrive in pollution-free places and to breathe clean air without toxins.

San Francisco Public Defender’s Office responds to the ongoing investigation regarding the leak of...

The Office of the Public Defender does not condone or support excessive police actions ever. We regularly see the fear, trauma and lasting damage to our indigent clients – largely Black and Brown people – when the police execute warrants by breaking down doors, flashing guns and handcuffing occupants. To the extent Mr. Carmody experienced such treatment, we support his efforts to seek redress.

Sen. Kamala Harris gives props to Black press at the Sun-Reporter’s 75th anniversary gala

“The Sun-Reporter is an example of the significance of the Black press in America,” Harris said. “There are issues that are unique to the Black community, and until we have true diversity in the press, we must rely on papers like the Sun-Reporter.”

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Rwanda’s Victoire Ingabire: I will not live in fear of prison...

I want the government to show us who killed all these members of the opposition in Rwanda and what happened to those who have disappeared.

Independent review of Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s autopsy shows death was...

“(N)othing in Jeff’s autopsy revealed any indication of chronic drug use or overdose. (The reports) provide peace of mind that we did know Jeff better than the circumstances of his death have suggested.” – Robert Chan, Adachi family attorney

Judge releases Kevin Epps on bail

“Why are we here?” the judge asked the DA, who still did not produce the “strong evidence” that he claimed when Kevin Epps was unexpectedly jailed on May 7. The judge released Epps to his jubilant family and supporters on bail to prepare for his preliminary hearing.