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Deep loss: Robert Seth Hayes, Oct. 15, 1947 – Dec. 21, 2019

Robert Seth Hayes transitioned Saturday morning, Dec. 21, 2019, in his own home at the age of 72. Seth devoted his life to fighting for freedom, justice and peace.
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To solve multiple crises at once, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez unveil ‘Green New Deal for...

The 54-page Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, which Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez introduced at a press conference, was co-sponsored in the Senate by Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and endorsed by more than 50 climate and affordable housing organizations.

30,000 respondents offer a complex picture of race and gender with serious implications for...

“Understanding how to reach and move Black voters in 2020 requires a deeper and more inclusive look at how gender impacts our lives and shapes our participation in politics,” said Black Futures Lab Principal Alicia Garza.
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Is Bernie Sanders electable?

Among the Democratic candidates for president, there is one person who speaks for the vast, long-suffering working class, the beating heart of America: Bernie Sanders.

Byron Allen v. Comcast case could tear down America’s oldest and strongest anti-discrimination law

“If the Supreme Court narrows this law, it would give corporations cover – allowing them to cover up racial discrimination ... A bad decision in this case could have impact on everyday businesses owned by Black people across our country.”

2020 political candidates being challenged to spend 12% of their campaign contributions with Black-owned...

For decades, the Black community in America has overwhelmingly given its support to candidates who have made promise to support Black causes, yet there is virtually no tangible way to measure if such support is being granted.

Census Bureau embarks on a hiring blitz

Every “Area Census Office” will need 600-800 enumerators. The pay scale can range up to $30 per hour in some areas, such as the Northern California counties of Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco.

Hillary busts Tulsiasha Gabbardskaya and Jillia Steinakanova: What could go wrong?

Those sympathetic to the allegation that Trump is a stooge of the Kremlin claim that the Russians sought to use social media to alienate voters against Hillary Clinton. But with $1 billion at his disposal, why couldn’t Clinton’s campaign advisor figure out how to use Clinton’s social media to win votes for her.

A brief history of the New Afrikan prison struggle

1. We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black community.

Solidarity never? The fight for WBAI

WBAI, the listener-supported New York City radio station with a 60-year history of radical political dissidence, was seized on Oct. 7 by the interim executive director and a minority of the Pacifica National Board, which owns the five stations in the Pacifica Radio Network.

Impeachment folly

Ukraine buys American oil despite being next door to Russia, with its 80,000 million barrels of oil reserves, the eighth greatest in the world?

Black student athletes in California can now say, ‘Show me the money’

“For decades, college sports have generated billions for all involved except the very people most responsible for creating the wealth. That’s wrong.”

KPFA’s ‘Rescue Pacifica’ candidates stand with WBAI against takeover

The Rescue Pacifica candidates for the KPFA Local Station Board believe that KPFA and its sister stations should uphold the values of democracy, transparency and community-based decision making. We oppose undemocratic power grabs, including the attempt to close WBAI.

Poverty in America a literal ‘death sentence,’ says Sanders, following devastating GAO report

“Poverty is a life-threatening issue for millions of people in this country, and this report confirms it,” Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement. “We are in a crisis never before seen in a rich, industrialized democracy.”

Radical politics

Radicals and revolutionaries fought for freedom from all forms of oppression. And the last I looked, that was a good thing.

Reparations: Racism vs. reality

The basic truth is: If you are unable to understand the roots of slavery – greed, hate and ignorance – then you are more likely to abdicate your responsibility, allowing the branches of slavery to continue growing.

Bernie’s heart – and ours

From all indications, Bernie will soon be back on the campaign trail. As he has been the first to say, it’s not about him, it’s about us. How much compassion and commitment can we find in our hearts?

DC Abolition Coalition blockades US Department of Justice entrances in protest of prison abuses

In April, the US Department of Justice issued a scathing report on Alabama prison abuse and promised to sue. Six months later, with no lawsuit filed and Alabama prison abuses worsening as the state proceeds with plans to build more prisons, advocates braved arrest and brutality to bring Alabama prisoners’ demands to the officials who can stop them.

Election interference: 2016 paper trails suggest fraud in Democratic primaries

Clinton won 65 percent, Bernie Sanders 35 percent in states with strictly electronic voting machines. In states with paper ballots, Clinton won 49 percent, Sanders 51 percent.

‘Decade of Fire’ hits the Oakland International Film Fest Friday

“While the environment has changed from one of total abandonment and neglect to one of gentrification, the impacts upon the community are very similar.”

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Unheard Voices calls for Alabama Corrections Commissioner Dunn to meet with...

“Months and years of retaliation (have been) endured … by countless (prisoners) who have … made sacrifices that those of us who have never been incarcerated cannot truly understand – all in order to seek accountability, to end prison slavery, and to stop the construction of new prisons that will take from us our children and grandchildren.” – Unheard Voices

UCSF-UCB scientists’ shipyard review violates state open government and meeting laws

A letter was sent to the team of UCSF-USB scientists reviewing retesting procedures for Hunters Point Shipyard Parcels A and G, via Ms. Laura Kurtzman, the designated contact person.

National Solidarity Events to Amplify Prisoners’ Human Rights, Aug. 21 –...

We call on you again to organize the communities from Aug. 21 – Sept. 9, 2020. In the spirit of Attica, will you be in the fight to dismantle the prison industrial slave complex by pushing agendas that will shut down jails and prisons like Rikers Island or Attica?

Lives Over Luxury: The Poor People’s Army plans to march on...

We are the “greatest country in the world” but we can’t provide healthcare or jobs to our citizens? We have the ability to clothe, house and feed every human but we don’t? Why not?

Traci’s Bartlow’s Valentine’s Day ‘My Life in Nudes’ exhibition

I’m a dancer. My body is my instrument. It is the sacred vessel I am gifted to live this life in. It is my duty to honor and care for it, and to use it to the fullest of its capacity.