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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.

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.

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.

As public education disintegrates into distance learning for the foreseeable future, Oakland parents are...

The distance learning experiment is on. Black August 2020 will be the first school year in history when public education in the United States went completely digital. Parents are learning to monitor their youth for five to six hours a day while they complete assignments and learn lessons entirely on video screens, while local governments continue to unfold the new system.

Black business networking site GlimmerofBliss.com created by young Bayview woman during shelter-in-place

The silver lining is always part of a disaster or tragedy – even the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have experienced this phenomenon with the emergence of innovation, new Black businesses, and new business leaders popping up as the silver lining of the 2020 shelter in place.

Bayview Hunters Point can’t breathe

CANCELLED Due to Bad Air: PROTEST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 11 AM If research suggests a direct link between air pollution and death from COVID-19, shouldn’t this league of kneeholders be held accountable for failing to address long-term environmental injustice in Bayview Hunters Point?

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.