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.
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?
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.
Most Californians are aware of the state’s dangerous wildfire season and the heroic bravery of CAL FIRE staff. Many more are unaware that these fires would cease to be contained and countless lives might be lost without the help of California’s incarcerated firefighters, who earn at most $5.12 a day. A new program promises real jobs with full pay when they’re released.
The new Voodoo Love is open, alive and persevering through the pandemic of “curve balls, fast balls and daggers. We are a tree by the water and our roots run deep,” said Eva Morris, the owner of Voodoo Love Restaurant, a Louisiana contemporary restaurant serving Creole classics in San Francisco.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris made history last week when she became the first Black woman to serve on a major party’s presidential ticket as the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee Joe Biden’s running mate. The nation and local news centered around the Sen. Harris choice, while California political insiders were having another conversation.
Government mandate that children return to school via the internet has bred an experimental system called “distance learning.” The educational system, already ravaged by the COVID-19 shelter-in-place-order by Mayor London Breed on March 12, 2020, now faces new challenges with education via internet.
The Black Organizing Project, a frontline organization in Oakland for over a decade, just led the people to victory in the fight to eliminate the Oakland Police Department from the public school system. In 2000, Oakland School Board president Dan Siegel was instrumental in the Oakland police entering the school district to police the students.
Aug. 8, the day after getting the news that Kali O’Ray, director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival, passed away, came the news that my cousin’s cousin “Cuban Pete” was murdered in Oakland in a different incident, and my comrade Chester from the Black Panther Commemoration Committee was also shot in a separate incident still. This was in addition to a dreaded text from a life-long friend that her sons had been shot.
Without question, we who represent the most negatively impacted communities are committed to upending policing as we know it: This is the call of the moment – and the mandate of my life.
Aswad “Baldhead” Muhommed started the Struggle to Bubble Movement, a homeless empowerment community survival program to feed his soul – not for a non-profit grant, not for a tax write-off, not because he is running for office or trying to sell an album, and not for a status symbol – but possibly for the transformation it has been for many.
Just released by Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Shamann Walton is a report from the Human Rights Commission (HRC) quantifying the intention to redirect funding from the police department into the African-American community, with recommendations heard directly from community members, particularly those most impacted by systemic racism, through a process facilitated by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.
The founder and CEO of Heart and Soul Communities, Ericka Tillis, is a pioneer in the senior-assisted living industry in Oakland and San Leandro. That pioneering vision has kept her facilities and residents unscathed by the COVID-19 epidemic while the virus has been running unbridled through the senior community and the Black and Latino communities of Alameda County.
“We are marching in solidarity and trying to make change. My first march was on the school system. We were protesting Berkeley High school, because we don’t have enough resources for Black students,” said Shayla Avery, a 16-year-old Berkeley High senior due to graduate this upcoming school year.
The COVID-19 pandemic summer has changed society in ways that would not have been imaginable a year ago. One of the big adjustments that the Black community has to deal with is education, now that “distance learning” and “social distancing” has become the norm.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools to close across the world. As an educator, I know firsthand the disparities that exist in the classroom. When the pandemic began, I recognized how inequities in education would manifest themselves as distance education unfolded.
The failure of both Congress and state legislatures to respond to the murder of George Floyd with any meaningful action reminds us that our nation’s attempts at reform can often amount to nothing. We need to look elsewhere for reform – to local prosecutors.
Prop 16 and Prop 17 give notice that we are taking ownership of our fate. While Prop 16 calls for Afro and Latino Americans to have a fair shot at a level playing field, Prop 17 demands that if you’ve already paid your dues in the criminal justice system, you should also have a voice on election day.