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Wanda’s Picks for May 2020

I especially want to remember the mothers who are not with their families this year due to physical distancing. I hope you are still able to connect with loved ones via technology. We are going to have a special radio show Friday, May 8, featuring Mrs. Sadie Williams, 96, in conversation with other mothers. Listen in beginning at 8 a.m. by calling 347-237-4610.

Congressmembers to governors, ‘Decarcerate now!’

We call on you to immediately use your executive clemency and emergency powers to grant release of adults aged 50 and older, medically vulnerable populations with underlying conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, pregnant individuals, juveniles, and individuals with less than one year left on their sentence, irrespective of the offense and who don’t pose a reasonable risk to public safety.

Family ties: Skrill Gates releases ‘1607 83rd Ave’

A decade in the making, Skrill Gates has been polishing his skills as a rap artist for this very moment. On May 1, he dropped his much anticipated new release, “1607 83rd Ave,” which was the address of our late grandparents’ house in East Oakland. Skrill Gates is my real life cousin.

Oakland’s COVID-19 pandemic quarantine virtual education experiment: Is it working?

by JR Valrey, The Black New World Journalist Society Everyone in our society has had their lives altered in ways that we would not have...

ACA 5 to reinstate affirmative action moves to Appropriations Committee

Sacramento – The Opportunity for All Coalition supporting ACA 5, Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber’s bill to allow voters an opportunity to restore affirmative action and equal opportunity in California, applauds the bipartisan approval of the bill by the Assembly’s Public Employment and Retirement Committee. ACA 5 will now be referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Out with Prop 209: Black Lawmakers make case for affirmative action...

Does California have a “legacy of unequal treatment” of minorities and women? That’s language from Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 (ACA-5) introduced by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and Assemblymember Mike Gipson, D-Carson.

COVID-19 overtakes California’s federal prisons, infecting 1,534 prisoners, killing 31

Newsweek reports that more than a third of federally incarcerated people with coronavirus are now in one institution, Terminal Island Prison in Southern California.

Get out Cuba’s way

Nearly six weeks since shelter-in-place and quarantine orders in the United States and worldwide because of the COVID-19 outbreak, countries all over the world have been pummeled with more than 3.3 million confirmed cases and 235,000 deaths worldwide.

Failed response to coronavirus in Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility

Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the U.S., officials have demonstrated incompetence and indifference in response to the growing pandemic.

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Let prisoners go during COVID-19 pandemic

Across the globe, prisoners are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Overcrowded facilities, shortages of food and medicine, and inadequate testing expose prisoners who are disproportionately poor and afflicted with prior conditions that render them vulnerable to the disease.

Perfect storm: First wave of the COVID-19 pandemic crashes in Southeast...

Interstitial lung disease occurs in both COVID-19 infections and in people chronically exposed to air pollution. Little focus has been given to the fact that the disproportionate incidence of COVID-19 cases and deaths occurring in densely populated low income communities of color – like San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point 94124 zip code – are contributed to by the co-morbid risk of damage to the same regions of the lung by both toxic air contaminants and the novel coronavirus.

Pentagon brass can kiss my ass

Pentagon brass say they’re anxious that US adversaries Russia, China, North Korea and Iran may take advantage of our pandemic-crippled armed forces in their hemisphere, but they can kiss my ass. I still don’t have an N-95 mask, a coronavirus test or a stimulus check, so how’m I supposed to worry that a Chinese aircraft carrier steamed through a strait in the East China Sea?

San Francisco’s Ella Hill Hutch Community Center has become an emergency...

The neighborhood known as Fillmore or Western Addition has been one of the most, if not the most, organized Black communities in the Bay Area when it comes to providing and distributing resources to its residents in need. This has been the case for years, and in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing has changed.

TheJuiceMasters.com’s Will Gordon III: Battling COVID-19 on the frontline with fresh...

While the U.S. media plays politics and continues to drum up support for the Gates Foundation’s alleged forced mass vaccination program, I wanted to fill the readers’ minds with information that is actually more comprehensive about our health and how to protect ourselves from this invisible enemy, COVID-19, beyond being told to socially distance, use hand sanitizer, and wear masks and gloves.

Earth Day appeal to San Francisco Mayor London Breed and the...

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s CalEnviroScreen confirmed that Bayview Hunters Point is one of the communities in the state most vulnerable to pollution, due to environmental, health and socio-economic disparities.

Soledad’s COVID-19 whistleblower hit with guard retaliation after outing officers for...

Tuesday night Soledad State Prison officials decided to raid the cell of the Black Muslim activist for no other reason than because he wrote a negative story about them in the newspaper.

Protester chained to barrels in front of governor’s mansion demands release...

On the morning of April 17, a protest took place at Gov. Ron DeSantis’ mansion in Tallahassee, Florida, demanding the governor take immediate action to protect prisoners from COVID-19. Protestors demanded that Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch take immediate steps to act.

COVID-19: ‘More deaths are coming’ in California prisons, advocates warn

Families of incarcerated people and criminal justice advocates condemned the failure of state officials to act urgently in order to protect people in prisons, one of the populations most vulnerable to severe illness and death caused by the coronavirus.

San Francisco releases map of coronavirus impact by zip code

Mayor London N. Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax today released a new map that displays confirmed cases of coronavirus in San Francisco by zip code. The map shows that the populations and locations in the City that are most affected by health disparities, income inequality and structural racism are also the most affected by the pandemic to date.

Black community alert: Beloved San Francisco filmmaker Kevin Epps is fighting...

“Imagine you taking (the COVID-19 virus) home to your mama, grandmama, sister. You’re gonna be responsible for that death, the loss of one of your loved ones,” said Kev. “Hopefully somebody like me getting it will wake people up.”
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