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Picking up the torch of abolition: Millions for Prisoners Day of Action!

Speech delivered at the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March Aug. 19, 2017, in San Jose, Calif.: We’re out here in conjunction with all the people who are marching in D.C. on this day with the same message. We have a “justice system” that perpetuates the institution of racism in this country through its targeting of the most marginalized communities: people of color, women and the LGBT community.

Building up women for careers in construction

Bay Area Black women are unapologetically moving into construction, training with Mission Rock Academy and partners, to learn trade skills including running equipment like tower cranes, pile-drivers, forklifts, backhoes, boom trucks and Bobcat excavators.

Celebrating International Workers’ Day!

Baba Jahahara offers forth victories in the movement, the work to be continued, plenty to be hopeful about and grateful for, and always honoring the Ancestors.

Michelle Alexander: Something more is required of us now. What?

I have struggled to find words to express what I thought and felt as I watched the videos of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile being killed by the police. As I was preparing to write about the oldness of all of this, I heard on the news that 11 officers had been shot in Dallas, several killed from sniper fire. My fingers froze on the keys. I could not bring myself to recycle old truths. Something more is required. But what?

SBA deputy said to go ‘beyond the call of duty’ for Black businesses

When the leaders of the National Bankers Association, an organization of 37 mostly Black-owned banks, began pondering prospective recipients of their annual “Beyond the Call of Duty Award,” its president says they did not have to look very far. No question, it was Marie Johns, deputy administrator of the U. S. Small Business Administration, he said.

SF Human Rights Commission’s Dr. Sheryl Davis encourages Doris Ward Workforce program grads

“What you are accomplishing is also about those following behind you as you pave a better way for those to come.”

San Francisco slashes successful solar program

Despite quadrupling the number of solar panels in the City in just over four years, the GoSolarSF program is proposed to be gutted and City leaders have remained mum as environmental and cleantech industry opposition to the cuts grows. The Board of Supervisors will vote on a final two-year city budget as early as tomorrow.

For public housing residents after Sandy, ‘a slow-motion Katrina’

Ask anyone living in Cobble Hill or Carroll Gardens or Park Slope earlier this week, and they would tell you that they have power, hot water and wi-fi. In fact, most of the $1 million-plus townhouses and local businesses in Brooklyn’s wealthier neighborhoods never lost any basic necessities, even during the worst of the storm. But the Gowanus Houses, a low-income public housing complex owned and operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), which falls almost at the intersection of those three neighborhoods, is an exception.

Cindy Sheehan’s progressive response to the financial crisis

I believe healthcare, housing and education are basic human rights, not privileges. Nancy Pelosi, my opponent, can come up with $850 billion when her buddies need it; now, my buddies, THE PEOPLE, need a bailout!

Less than one lifetime: Eyewitness to nuclear development, from Hunters Point to Chernobyl and...

While sorting through papers, correspondence, news clippings, records etc., I realized that nuclear bomb and nuclear power development has occurred within my lifetime. It was July 16, 1945, when Trinity, the first atomic bomb, was detonated at Alamogordo nuclear site in New Mexico, followed by the uranium bomb dropped on Hiroshima and the hydrogen bomb on Nagasaki in August.

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns amidst health and legal problems

For 17 years I have given 100 percent of my time, energy and life to public service. However, over the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish. The constituents of the Second District deserve a full-time legislator in Washington.

Students, friends and family honor Derrick Gaines on his birthday

When 15-year-old Derrick Gaines was executed by killer cop Joshua Cabillo of SSFPD, the students of South San Francisco High School celebrating Derrick’s 24th birthday now would have been only eight or nine years old. The youths honoring of their murdered friend counters sharply to the SFPD hiring of killer cop Joshua Cabillo.

Bobbing for bad apples: True accountability still elusive in the SFPD slaying of Keita...

Jeremy Miller brings the lens in close to view the minutia of maintaining injustice and justifying extinguishing of Black life.

Richmond activist Melvin Willis wins Mario Savio Award

On Nov. 7, 2013, the University of California, Berkeley, held the 17th annual Mario Savio Memorial Lecture at Wheeler Hall. Each year, the lecture is geared to bring up points based on different grassroots issues that hold common interest across the nation. During the lecture, the Mario Savio Young Activist Award is given to the national winner of the competition.

Towards African-American unity and a Black united front

“Dr. King wants the same thing I want: freedom.” – Malcolm X

Ten things the U.S. can and should do for Haiti

Allow all Haitians in the U.S. to work and send money home. Do not allow U.S. military in Haiti to point their guns at Haitians. Do not allow the victims to be cast as criminals. Give Haiti grants as help, not loans. Enact Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. Release all Haitians in U.S. jails who are not accused of any crimes. And more.

REJECT Lennar’s toxic EIR!

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ first hearing on the EIR that would allow the ‘dirty transfer’ of the Hunters Point Shipyard to Lennar is Monday, June 14, 1 p.m., at the Land Use Committee in City Hall Room 263. Dirty transfer means the Navy handing over the Shipyard to the City and then to Lennar before it has been cleaned of radioactive and other contaminants.

Cynthia McKinney and Cindy Sheehan report from human rights conference in Cuba

We celebrate 60 years of failure. Human rights have been converted from a noble goal into an instrument of foreign policy used by rich and powerful nations against the poorest and weakest people of the world.

ISIS attacks in DR Congo: Latest phase of a Western cover for resource plunder

In October 2017, a video calling for an Islamic State jihad in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) appeared online and in a few news reports. It was purportedly made in Beni Territory, within Congo’s North Kivu Province, where a phantom, so-called Islamist militia, the Allied Democratic Forces, has been blamed for massacres of the indigenous population that began in October 2014.

Treasure Island Superfund denial based on misinformation

Treasure Island got the highest or near highest scores for risk of exposure to residents, the human food chain and the environment. But California opposed its designation as a Superfund site. “By failing to make the National Priority List, cleaning up Treasure Island never became a national priority.”
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