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Black Media Appreciation Night

Defining our empowerment fuels Black Media Appreciation Night 2014

From the moment the doors opened on the evening of Sept. 13, it was apparent that the honoring of our global African media would begin its night of empowerment with the tradition of honoring one of the community’s foremost elders. We celebrated the 82 years of life and struggle of Dr. Willie Ratcliff and Dr. Ratcliff’s 22 years of Black media ownership of the San Francisco Bay View newspaper. Black Media Appreciation Night 2014 was filled with wisdom, communication and the exchange of knowledge, as well as people receiving awards for life changing, revolutionary work.

Behind Enemy Lines

Exposing a national crisis in Black mental health behind bars

Sep 10, 2014
On Aug. 12, Mark-Anthony Johnson and Lynwood social worker Kristina Ronnquist pause at the entrance of the United Nations in Geneva, where they submitted the Dignity and Power Now report, “Impact of Disproportionate Incarceration and Abuse of Black People with Mental Health Conditions in World’s Largest Jail System“ for review of U.S. compliance with the International Convention to Eliminate all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

When Dr. Samuel Cartwright coined the term “drapetomania” in 1864, he advanced a historical agenda to secure Black subjugation in America. The logic underlying the continuation and funding of the mass incarceration of the disproportionately Black mentally ill and Dr. Cartwright’s medical breakthroughs is the same: Black people’s mental health cannot be achieved, so society has to maintain extreme and inhumane restrictions on their freedom.

Power concedes nothing, Part 2: a discussion on retaliation, censorship and fascism in the modern US state

Sep 8, 2014
The artist, Raja Smith, in 24-hour lockdown for two years, writes: “I have been encouraging prisoners to fight the administration nonviolently through grievances and civil actions and have become a target of abuse. I find it appalling that the same system that condemns people for breaking their laws finds it so easy to participate in illegal and cruel behavior on a daily basis. What’s sad is that the system actually takes pride in torturing the poor and minorities when they break the law, but when one of them does it, they get a slap on the wrist, if that. Prisoners, unite!” – Art: Raja Smith, 953055, Georgia State Prison, 2164 Ga. Hwy 147, Reidsville GA 30499

Often when citizens of this nation think of “state repression,” images of Egypt, North Korea, Apartheid Palestine or Nazi Germany immediately spring to mind. U.S. state controlled media has become practiced at flooding our airwaves and attitudes with images of violent retali­ation and systematic repression of dissent in other nations as a means to obfuscate the U.S. state’s engagement in identical activity in its own society.

Leaving Pelican Bay SHU, I’m a pup in a brand new world

Sep 6, 2014

Leaving Pelican Bay SHU was exhilarating – with at the same time a feeling of melancholy. I hardly looked back as I was departing, but I was never displaced from the stark reminder of what I personally experienced and what others continue to endure. Considering the horrific circumstances of the SHU, it is not an easy adjustment.

Culture shock! Leaving Skeleton Bay after decades in solitary

Sep 6, 2014

I’m still decompressing from being warehoused inside that pathological incubator, Skeleton Bay, for over 25 years while slowly making adjustments to this new environment. My journey out of Pelican Bay caused relief on one hand and on the other hand a profound sense of emptiness in leaving behind relationships born out of shared respect, fortitude, self-respect and strength in surviving the crippling effects of prolonged isolation and sensory deprivation.

Ending hostilities means no more violence on the yards – period!

Aug 30, 2014

I believe that a lot of racial tension in California prisons comes from this: The end of hostilities is being misinterpreted. When I left the SHU, I was asked to explain the end to hostilities even further, and that was for everyone to understand that the end of hostilities means no more bullshit violence on the yards – PERIOD!

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa: Worse than Pelican Bay
Another dead teenager: Only in solidarity will we ever get back what’s been taken from us
SB 260: Don’t deny yourself a chance at life
SB 892: Letter from four main reps at Pelican Bay to California legislators
Biopsy results released for Imam Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown)
From the Keystone State to the Golden State: The need for a national movement to liberate political prisoners
Grand Jury investigates Santa Cruz County Jail deaths
Angola warden ponders releasing Zulu from 35 years in solitary – but he’s a Panther
‘Mass Incarceration on Trial’
Chess vs. checkers
Stop the McFarland GEO women’s prison!
Rally to stop wrongful convictions planned in Louisiana
Medical ‘care’ at Soledad is degrading … and lethal
Pennsylvania hunger striker: I’m in search of a voice to help me bring light to our struggles
Inside a CCA private prison: Two slaves for the price of one, Part Two

News & Views

Kagame started the genocide in Rwanda, then Congo

Sep 19, 2014
Rwandans and Congolese joined forces to protest the first Rwanda Day, held in Chicago, Illinois, in 2011, and at each Rwanda Day since.

President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, is organizing what he calls Rwanda Day in the city of Atlanta. The United States, which takes pride in its democratic history, and the City of Atlanta, which played such a proud role in the American Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, cannot want to appear to the world as supporters of dictatorship and mass murder, but allowing Paul Kagame to organize “Rwanda Day” in Atlanta tells the world that they are.

Black Women’s Roundtable: Open letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Sep 17, 2014

We, the undersigned members of the Black Women’s Roundtable, are writing to request an emergency meeting with you to share our deep concern and outrage about the plethora of domestic violence cases that has been exposed involving current and past players that are a part of the National Football League. In addition, we would like to discuss your recent decision to establish an advisory group of women to assist you in developing new policies to eradicate domestic violence within the NFL and other diversity issues within the NFL.

The red flag flies high again on prosecution in Michael Brown slaying

Sep 16, 2014
Protesters demanding Gov. Nixon appoint a special prosecutor are surrounded by multiple law enforcement agencies as they try to shut down I-70 on Sept. 10. – Photo: KMOV

The instant that the call on whether to prosecute Brown’s killer, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, would be made by the hard-nosed St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCullough, who has a well-worn record of refusal to prosecute any officers who have been involved in dubious, even outrageous killings of mostly unarmed Black suspects, the screams were loud for a special prosecutor.

As former Haitian President Aristide is placed on house arrest, supporters worldwide demand immediate halt to attacks on him and Lavalas Movement

Sep 13, 2014

On Aug. 21, Haitian police wearing black masks and carrying heavy arms appeared in front of the home of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide as a Haitian judge issued calls to arrest him. Hundreds of people courageously surrounded the house to protect him. One week before, President Aristide was summoned to court on false corruption charges. On Sept. 10, he was placed on house arrest and barred from leaving the country.

Why we should listen to the youth fury from Ferguson

Sep 11, 2014
“My whole thing is that the world needs to wake the fuck up,” said 27-year-old Ferguson resident Darren Seals. “When a boy was just laying here dead, we didn’t get all this attention. Burn Quick Trip down and now everybody coming. That’s sending off the wrong message. We got to start valuing life more than we value material. It’s been more about the rioting than the boy being dead. His life is more valuable than any of that. It shouldn’t be money over everything. It should be life over everything.” – Photo: Brett Myers, Youth Radio

They call themselves a “circle of fathers,” a group made up of people who know first-hand what Michael Brown’s family is experiencing. The young man’s shooting death by a Ferguson police officer has brought them together – again. The “circle of fathers” hopes some powerful new, young leaders will be formed by these experiences. From the activity on the streets around the country and online, I believe that’s already happening.

Justice for Michael Brown: Ferguson youth to shut down I-70 on Sept. 10
Removing fraudulent debt
Vote for natural grass soccer fields, not toxic artificial turf
UNIA at 100
Revolutionary education for our youth: Homefulness runs a summer camp and opens a school
Ammiano’s bill on prosecutor misconduct goes to governor
Keeping my eyes on the prize
Ferguson lit the fuse
Second genocide in Rwanda? Slow, silent, systematic?
Uncle Bobby in Ferguson, supporting the most fearless youth of our generation
The lessons of Ferguson, Part One: Economic inequality a root cause of unrest
Talking about Liberty Hall and Net Neutrality wit’ Oakland mayoral candidate Jason Anderson
Hands up! Don’t shoot: The genocidal killing of Michael Brown
Thousands attend funeral of Michael Brown
Why Ferguson is the Congo

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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  • Sep 4

    PUBLIC FORUM: SHOULD BERKELEY POLICE USE TASERS ON THE PEOPLE OF BERKELEY?

    Sep 4 - 7:00 PM

    Location: 1939 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

    Description: Berkeley Police are asking the City Council for tasers. The City Council wants a study. Some critics believe that tasers are part of the militarization of our city. The Coalition for a Taser Free Berkeley is convening a diverse panel to discuss their experiences with tasers and to help Berkeley make an informed decision about whether to acquire the weapons. We invite members of the public, city employees and even police officers who are genuinely concerned about how tasers will affect the community to attend, ask questions and participate.

    Panelists include:

    Aram James, Activist and former Public Defender Palo Alto
    Barbara Ann White, Berkeley NAACP Vice President and Community Mental Health Professional
    James Chanin. Founding member of the Police Review Commission, Civil Rights lawyer
    Jeremy Miller, Program Director, Idriss Stelley Foundation, Co-organizer of the successful campaign to stop San Francisco from getting tasers


    This event is free and open to the public. It is wheelchair accessible.
    Sponsored by Coalition for a Taser Free Berkeley
    taserfreeberkeley@gmail.com
    (510) 548-0425

  • Sep 4

    Screening of FREEDOM SUMMER

    Sep 4 - 7:00 PM

    Location: Revolution Books, 2425 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

    Description: Special guest, Freedom Summer volunteer, one of those featured in the film: Linda Wetmore Halpern

    In 1964, 700 students, the majority of them white, traveled to Mississippi to join with Black activists in the South to register African Americans to vote. They courageously braved intimidation, arrests, death threats, and beatings. Three young people, Mickey Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney – went missing and were later found murdered.

    $5-25 donation suggested to benefit Revolution Books

    For additional information contact:

    Reiko Redmonde
    510-848-1196 * 2425 Channing Way Berkeley, CA 94704
    revolutionbooks.org

  • Sep 4

    PUBLIC FORUM: SHOULD BERKELEY POLICE USE TASERS ON THE PEOPLE OF BERKELEY?

    Sep 4 - 7:00 PM

    Location: 1939 Addison St, Berkeley (two blocks from BART)

    Description: Berkeley Police are asking the City Council for tasers. The City Council wants a study. Some critics believe that tasers are part of the militarization of our city. The Coalition for a Taser Free Berkeley is convening a diverse panel to discuss their experiences with tasers and to help Berkeley make an informed decision about whether to acquire the weapons. We invite members of the public, city employees and even police officers who are genuinely concerned about how tasers will affect the community to attend, ask questions and participate.

    Panelists include:

    Aram James, Activist and former Public Defender Palo Alto
    Barbara Ann White, Berkeley NAACP Vice President and Community Mental Health Professional
    James Chanin. Founding member of the Police Review Commission, Civil Rights lawyer
    Jeremy Miller, Program Director, Idriss Stelley Foundation, Co-organizer of the successful campaign to stop San Francisco from getting tasers

    This event is free and open to the public. It is wheelchair accessible.
    Sponsored by Coalition for a Taser Free Berkeley
    taserfreeberkeley@gmail.com
    (510) 548-0425

  • Sep 5

    #StopUrbanShield Oakland!

    Sep 5 - 4:00 PM

    Location: Oakland Marriott Convention Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland (12th Street BART station)

    Description: On Friday we will gather for a Noise Demo, Rally and Press Conference to #StopUrbanShield Oakland!

    Thanks to the work of CODEPINK members and other organizations and individuals with the Stop Urban Shield Coalition, the Marriott and the Alameda County Sheriff’s office have announced that Urban Shield will not take place in Oakland in 2015!

    Urban Shield is a weapons/surveillance tech expo and urban war exercise which includes local, regional, and state agencies that first started in the Bay Area in 1999. Sponsored by organizations including the Department of Homeland Security, it provides a sales and publicity platform for manufacturers of armored vehicles, drones, surveillance technology, and tear gas used in Oakland, Ferguson, and Palestine.

    I'm also happy to let you know that in response to a letter from the Bay Area Civil Liberties Coalition (BACLC) regarding Urban Shield, Congresswoman Barbara Lee agreed to move her fundraiser scheduled for today at the Marriott - in the room next door to the arms vendor show - to an alternate venue.

    Despite our tremendous victories, our work is not done. This year’s Urban Shield is still taking place, with militarized exercises around the Bay all weekend, including “responding” to peaceful protests, and seminars and the vendors show at the Oakland Convention Center on Thursday and Friday. Join us to protest!

    Join CODEPINK, the War Resisters League and Dignidad Rebelde to create art & build community before our rally on Friday.
    >Where: Qilombo, 2313 San Pablo Ave, Oakland
    >When: Thursday, September 4th, 6:30PM - 8:30PM

  • Sep 5

    MUSICAL HAPPY HOUR at Radio Africa & Kitchen

    Sep 5 - 5:30 PM

    Location: Radio Africa & Kitchen, 4800 Third St. (across the street from the Bayview Opera House), San Francisco

    Description: Bayview Opera House @Radio Africa & Kitchen

    4800 Third Street, across 3rd from BVOH

    MUSICAL HAPPY HOUR every Friday 5:30-7:30PM

    Starts this Friday, August 23rd

    Live music • Special appetizer menu • $1 off on all beer + wine • No cover

    First event featuring Ollie Dudek on upright bass and Terrence Brewer on guitar: Watch video

    Be there for this first BVOH@ RAK Happy Hour.

    Meet your friends for a glass of wine on Friday after work!

    Share on Facebook

    Check it out - Sauteed prawns with green beans and almonds only $5! Jambalaya $5!

    Art Exhibit @ Radio Africa & Kitchen

    View the art of Hunter's Point Shipyard Artist Colony founder Jacques Terzian and others and have a delicious bite to eat at RAK! Curated by Marguerite Brown, shipyard artist.

    415-824-0386
    http://www.bvoh.org

    FB @BVOperaHouse

  • Sep 6

    Anniversary of Suspension of 2013 Hunger Strike

    Sep 6 - 11:00 AM

    Location: Mosswood Park Amphitheater, 3612 Webster St, Oakland, CA, United States

    Description: RSVP at the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/701754243211177/
    check often for updates; further details to come.

    Celebrating the suspension of the largest hunger strike in U.S. history. Dozens of incarcerated people carried on the fast for 60 days, ending on September 5, 2013. The 2013 hunger strike – begun on July 8, 2013 by over 30,000 people – was the third since 2011 intended to bring an end to California's arbitrary policy of isolating individuals on the basis of mere association, without regard to actual conduct.

    We join in honor these courageous people and push forward to bring an end to the torture of long-term solitary confinement. If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring this event please contact us by Monday August 18, 2014, at phssreachingout@gmail.com

    Join us in commemorating the suspension of the largest hunger strike in U.S. history-begun on July 8, 2013 by over 30,000 people. At great cost to their health, dozens of incarcerated people in CA fasted nonviolently for 60 days, ending on September 5, 2013.

    *Picnic, open mic, and ways to get involved
    *Food at 1pm
    *FREE Event...Donation Requested

    Carpooling from:
    Southern CA...(714) 290-9077
    Northern CA...(707)442-7465 / PeoplesARC@gmail.com
    Santa Cruz...(408) 499-7912 / tashnguyen@gmail.com

    Questions? phssreachingout@gmail.com or 510-863-0477

  • Sep 6

    Anniversary of Suspension of Historic 2013 Hunger Strike

    Sep 6 - 12:00 PM

    Location: Mosswood Park Amphitheater, 3612 Webster St. (W. MacArthur between Webster and Broadway), Oakland

    Description: Join us in commemorating the suspension of the largest hunger strike in U.S. history - begun on July 8, 2013 by over 30,000 people. At great cost to their health, dozens of incarcerated people in CA fasted nonviolently for 60 days, ending on September 5, 2013.

    The 2013 hunger strike - the third since 2011- aimed to win 5 demands and end CA's arbitrary and inhumage policy of isolating individuals in solitary confinement indefinitely - based on mere association without regard to actual conduct.

    Join us as we honor these courageous people and push forward to bring an end to the torture of solitary confinement.

    When: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 12pm-5pm

    Where: Mosswood Park 3612 Webster St. (W. MacArthur between Webster and Broadway), Oakland

    What: Picnic, open mic, and ways to get involved in the movement to end solitary confinement.

    Please RSVP so we know how many people are coming and have enough food for everyone. This is a free event, but donations are appreciated.

    Carpooling from:

    Southern CA: (714) 290-9077
    Northern CA: (707) 442-7465; peoplesARC@gmail.com
    Santa Cruz: (408) 499-7912; tashnguyen@gmail.com

    You may contact the person in your area directly, but we still encourage you to use the RSVP form so we have an accurate count. Drivers: a gas stipend will be provided. Please contact us for more info.

    Questions? phssreachingout@gmail.com or 510-863-0477

  • Sep 6

    Mandela Foods Co-op Diet and Disease Prevention Workshop

    Sep 6 - 2:00 PM

    Location: Mandela Foods Cooperative, 1430 Seventh St., West Oakland

    Description: Concerned about your health? Learn to make food choices that can improve the overall quality of your health. According to the Alameda County Public Health Department, heart disease was the leading cause of death in West Oakland from 2000-2003.
    Fight against heart disease so that it’s no longer a major cause of premature death.
    Eat your way into a healthier life by joining Mandela MarketPlace and Mandela Foods Cooperative as they host a free ongoing Diet and Disease Prevention workshop every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    This workshop takes place at Mandela Foods Cooperative, a full service grocery store located at 1430 Seventh St. in West Oakland.
    The session is led by Leroy Musgraves, a local gardener who has been working in West Oakland since 2004. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University in Los Angeles.
    Some of the many topics of the workshop include, learning how to prepare nutritious food
    with food demonstrations, ways to prevent heart disease and diabetes, and other healthy eating
    tips.
    We have to improve our health, mind, body, and spirit, Musgraves noted. “We can feed
    ourselves better and simpler and there’s a way to do it without it costing so much,” he said.
    “Prevention is the cure.”
    Mandela MarketPlace is a 501(c) 3-community leadership incubator that provides civic
    engagement, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities to low-income residents and minority
    farmers. As its goal, Mandela MarketPlace seeks to strengthen community health, integrity, and
    identity for inner-city Oakland residents and businesses, and local family farms.

  • Sep 6

    HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE STUDY GROUP: Topic, Attacking Aristide & the People’s Democratic Movement

    Sep 6 - 2:00 PM

    Location: Niebyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

    Description: Join HAC as we explore Haiti’s history, current political situation, and the connections to parallel struggles throughout the U.S. and around the world. We will be meeting monthly to examine texts and films, analyze the latest resources, and utilize discussion and reflection.

    This Month’s URGENT Topic:

    Attacking Aristide & the People’s Democratic Movement

    We have put out an URGENT ACTION ALERT due to the latest politically motivated attacks against former President Aristide. This is an emergency meeting to discuss what is going on & what we can all do about it.

    Future Topics include:
    The return to dictatorship; mass incarceration and political prisoners; sweatshops and privatization; the ongoing pillaging of Haiti’s resources; labor activism; COINTELPRO tactics in Haiti and the U.S.; racism; parallel struggles in Latin America; and many more!

  • Sep 6

    From Ferguson to Oakland: Police Violence and Political Protest in America

    Sep 6 - 2:00 PM

    Location: Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave. at Prince Street, 2 blocks from Ashby BART, Berkeley

    Description: The Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement presents
    From Ferguson to Oakland
    Police Violence and Political Protest in America

    The shocking events in Ferguson underscore the need for socialist perspectives on
    the role of police in American society. Our platforms states that “Capitalism and
    poverty breed crime and repression. Working class people are the primary victims
    both of street crime and of police reaction to it.” We have invited three comrades—
    Anita Wills, Chris Kinder, and Carol Denney—to lead our discussion.

    FREE! (But please buy food & drink at the Pub.) FREE!

    This is part of our on-going Socialist Forum Series on the first Saturday of every
    month. Doors open at 2 pm and the program will start promptly at 2:30 pm. The
    forum will end by 4:30 pm, but folks can stay and talk as long as you like.

    For information, contact: 510-465-9414
    http://www.peaceandfreedom.org

  • Sep 7

    STRUGGLE FOR A NEW WORLD! Fred Ho Memorial Tribute

    Sep 7 - 2:00 PM

    Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St. at Franklin, Oakland

    Description: Free -- co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and the Design Center for Global Needs at SFSU, Freedom Archives, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center

    On Sunday, September 7th an all-star assemblage of musicians, writers, and activists will gather in Oakland to honor Fred Ho - celebrated composer-bandleader, virtuoso baritone saxophonist, author of multiple books, and lifelong radical activist. A self-described "revolutionary matriarchalsocialist and aspiring Luddite" (New York Times), Fred Ho for four decades was a fierce warrior against exploitation and oppression wherever they persisted, including in his very public battle with cancer.

    Fred Ho's family will be present, and footage from the documentary Fred Ho's Last Year (Stephen de Castro, 2014) will be screened.

    Speaker/emcees: Diane Fujino, Matef Harmachis, and Tony Marks-Block
    Featured performers will include:

    The Afro Asian Music Ensemble
    Ben Barson
    Davheed Behroozi
    Jimmy Biala
    Winston Byrd
    Royal Hartigan
    Mark Izu
    Jon Jang
    Masaru Koga
    Genny Lim
    Hafez Modirzadeh
    Gwendolyn Mok
    Ken Okada
    John-Carlos Perea
    Rova Saxophone Quartet
    Akira Tana
    Marty Wehner
    Francis Wong
    Brenda Wong Aoki.

    New York Times Obituary for Fred Ho, April 12, 2014
    The Guardian (UK) obituary for Fred Ho
    Fred Ho at Big Red Media, Inc.

  • Sep 7

    Screening Robert Reich documentary: 'Inequality for All'

    Sep 7 - 7:00 PM

    Location: Redwoods Auditorium, 40 Caminito Alto, Mill Valley

    Description: Inequality for All examines widening income inequality in the United States. This acclaimed film is presented by American economist and author, Robert Reich, who distills the story through the lens of widening income inequality - currently at historic highs - and explores what effects this increasing gap has not only on the U.S. economy but also American democracy itself. At the heart of the film is a simple proposition: What is a good society and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of the nation's economic health?

    Free, open to the public, wheelchair accessible

    Co-sponsored by PDA Marin, DFA Marin and 10thAD Democratic Club.

    Also, see PDA's Progressive Round Table which took place on Wednesday, July 16 here. The next Progressive Round Table will take place Wednesday, Sept. 17 and will be live-streamed.

    We hope you can make it to the movie!

    In solidarity,

    Ruth Carter, Chapter Leader
    PDA Marin

  • Sep 9

    SF Clean City Coalition offers jobs helping to beautify San Francisco neighborhoods

    Sep 9 - 10:30 AM

    Location: Career Link Civic Center / EDD, 801 Turk St., San Francisco

    Description: Do you need Job Placement Assistance?

    Do you want to get paid while you look for a job?

    Are you willing to help us beautify San Francisco neighborhoods?

    Join us for our September Program Orientation
    What: Clean City Partnership Program
    Where: Career Link Civic Center / EDD
    801 Turk Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    The orientation will start at 10:30 AM sharp!
    Call at 552-9201 X 14 for additional information

    SEATING WILL BE ON A FIRST COME BASIS
    San Francisco Clean City Coalition
    366 Eddy Street
    San Francisco,

  • Sep 9

    Launching Your Own Business (Bayview)

    Sep 9 - 6:00 PM

    Location: Renaissance Bayview, 1325-B Evans Ave., San Francisco

    Description: Launching Your Own workshop Tuesday, September 9th!

    This workshop helps prepare attendees to embark on the journey of entrepreneurship. Covered are topics like 5 common misconceptions about small business owners, the 7 keys to success, local resources and the services Renaissance provides to help your business get going and growing.

    Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e985bfas66762ebf&c=b8638160-d655-11e3-b7b6-d4ae5292c4bc&ch=b8c57780-d655-11e3-b7dc-d4ae5292c4bc

  • Sep 10

    Love Our Lake Day

    Sep 10 - 11:00 AM

    Location: Amphitheater on Lake Merritt Boulevard (south end of Lake Merritt, across the street from the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center), Oakland

    Description: Love Our Lake Day launched in 2013 to enormous success, celebrating the lake and the grand opening of Lake Merritt Boulevard (formerly 12th street), home to a sparkling new amphitheater and four-acre park, a highlight among the many transformative projects brought about by Measure DD, the $198 million bond for Clean Water & Safe Parks passed by Oakland voters in November 2002.

    “Lake Merritt is the jewel of Oakland,” said Mayor Quan. “It’s a place where our remarkable diversity shines as many of our neighborhoods come together to share exercise, picnicking, and the great natural beauty of our City in the United States' first official wildlife refuge.”

    “A little over a decade ago, Oakland voters made an historic decision to invest in Oakland, in our natural beauty, our environment and our creeks, lakes and estuaries,” Quan added. “Love Our Lake Day is a great way for residents and visitors to experience first-hand how the many voter-approved Measure DD improvements have transformed Lake Merritt and its surrounding parkland. The new pathways and bridges make walking and biking around Oakland’s crown jewel safer, easier and more fun!”

    At the Wednesday media event, organizers will outline plans for the event’s return Sunday. Staff will be available talk about the future of Lake Merritt-related projects.

    Love Our Lake Day will run 11am to 4pm on Sunday, Sept. 14. More details are available at http://oaklavia.org.

  • Sep 10

    Attention Parents and Caregivers: Training on SCHOOL ISSUES

    Sep 10 - 5:00 PM

    Location: 3450 Third St., Building 2, Suite 201, San Francisco

    Description: Is your child having a difficult time at school? Has his or her teacher mentioned disability, assessment or special education? Has your child been suspended or expelled?

    Don’t know what it all means?

    Join Legal Services for Children & Center for Youth Wellness to learn about:

    • Special Education
    • Difference between IEP and 504 Plan
    • Expulsion
    • Your Student’s Rights
    • How YOU can support your child

    FOOD WILL BE SERVED!

    Training open to caregivers ages 18 and older.

    Sorry no child care at this time.

    Please RSVP to aalkire@centerforyouthwellness.org or 415-684-9534 by 9/5/14. Only 40 spaces available.

  • Sep 11

    Black reSurgence!TV

    Sep 11 - 7:00 PM

    Location: Comcast Channel 76, Astoud 30 and ATT 99

    Description: In honor of yet another innocent Black Male who has been shot by police-type authorities, most recently Oscar Grant, we have launched a new public access television program called Black reSurgence! TV. Black reSurgence!TV airs live on Comcast Channel 76, Astoud 30 and ATT 99, the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month at 7:00 p.m. Calls will also be taken live! We will highlight everything positive, new and challenging facing us. Especially those of us in District #10, which is the fastest growing district in San Francisco.

    I look forward to hearing your suggestions on how we can make Black reSurgence! TV a television that will address solutions for our children, youth, elders and everyone. Our main focus will be education, health, jobs and the need for increased political involvement.

  • Sep 12

    MUSICAL HAPPY HOUR at Radio Africa & Kitchen

    Sep 12 - 5:30 PM

    Location: Radio Africa & Kitchen, 4800 Third St. (across the street from the Bayview Opera House), San Francisco

    Description: Bayview Opera House @Radio Africa & Kitchen

    4800 Third Street, across 3rd from BVOH

    MUSICAL HAPPY HOUR every Friday 5:30-7:30PM

    Starts this Friday, August 23rd

    Live music • Special appetizer menu • $1 off on all beer + wine • No cover

    First event featuring Ollie Dudek on upright bass and Terrence Brewer on guitar: Watch video

    Be there for this first BVOH@ RAK Happy Hour.

    Meet your friends for a glass of wine on Friday after work!

    Share on Facebook

    Check it out - Sauteed prawns with green beans and almonds only $5! Jambalaya $5!

    Art Exhibit @ Radio Africa & Kitchen

    View the art of Hunter's Point Shipyard Artist Colony founder Jacques Terzian and others and have a delicious bite to eat at RAK! Curated by Marguerite Brown, shipyard artist.

    415-824-0386
    http://www.bvoh.org

    FB @BVOperaHouse

  • Sep 12

    Mindful Drumming

    Sep 12 - 7:30 PM

    Location: Attitudinal Healing, 3278 West St., Oakland

    Description: Mindful Drumming is an ancient indigenous technology that uses the twin realities of rhythm and sound to bring about an alignment of body, mind and spirit. Mindful drumming is a path to evoke joy of our ancestors and their timeless wisdom.

    Mindful Drumming a vehicle for remembering that we are happiness and that happiness is our natural inheritance. This is a moment to remember and celebrate intimate rhythms. Mindful Drumming reminds us that, "We can choose and direct ourselves to be happy inside regardless of what is happening outside."

    Mindful Drumming is a very specific form of drumming, an expedient way of tapping into our natural rhythm. If practiced in a conscious way it can be a tool to experience wellness and happiness.

    Mindful drumming assists in building community.

    Experience the twin concept of rhythm and sound vibration as a way of meditation. Together we will experience diverse rhythms, joining our intentions while maintaining a meditative state.

    Mindful Drumming is a transformative learning process that offers individuals opportunities to experience divinity through rhythm and sound. Experience Mindful Drumming, as the world needs each of us to be still and listen.

    Kokomon Clottey, MBA and Executive Director of the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc., is from Ghana, West Africa. He fuses the wisdom of the Ga people for healing and happiness. He is the author of Mindful Drumming: Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit, and has produced three CDs, Mystic Vision, Love Is The Answer and The Journey.

    Mindful Drumming is the last Friday of every month.
    No Entry After 7:45pm

    http://www.ahc-oakland.org
    Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.
    510-652-5530

  • Sep 13

    We Are Seeking Talented Singers, Actors and Musicians

    Sep 13 - 12:00 AM

    Location: Malonga Center for the Arts (Studio X), 1428 Alice St., Oakland, CA

    Description: Richard Torrence’s “Lord Why Can’t I Do Right?”

    GENRE:
    Inspirational Musical Written By Richard Torrence & Directed by Michael Lange

    AUDITIONS:
    September 13th 2014 11am – 2pm
    September 14th 2014 2pm – 5pm
    Malonga Center for the Arts (1428 Alice Street Oakland, CA – Studio X)

    PRODUCTION DATES:
    Oakland, CA January 16th - 18th 2015
    San Francisco, CA January 23rd - 25th 2015
    Las Vegas, NV January 30th - February 1st 2015

    CONTACT INFO:
    For consideration, email casting@channeloneenterprise.com for an audition application. Please include current headshot and bodyshot, your resume, and a link to an online reel (if applicable) with your completed application. Please put "Role Interested – Your Name" in the subject of the email.

    TALENT DETAILS:
    Non Union. Male and Female, Ages 18+, All Body Types, and All Ethnicities etc.
    Paid Compensation based on role. Singers, Actors, Musicians, and Production
    Crew needed. If you are auditioning for a singing role be prepared
    to sing a cappella (song of your choice).
    Actors please prepare a short audition piece (2 min max).

  • Sep 13

    Mandela Foods Co-op Diet and Disease Prevention Workshop

    Sep 13 - 2:00 PM

    Location: Mandela Foods Cooperative, 1430 Seventh St., West Oakland

    Description: Concerned about your health? Learn to make food choices that can improve the overall quality of your health. According to the Alameda County Public Health Department, heart disease was the leading cause of death in West Oakland from 2000-2003.
    Fight against heart disease so that it’s no longer a major cause of premature death.
    Eat your way into a healthier life by joining Mandela MarketPlace and Mandela Foods Cooperative as they host a free ongoing Diet and Disease Prevention workshop every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    This workshop takes place at Mandela Foods Cooperative, a full service grocery store located at 1430 Seventh St. in West Oakland.
    The session is led by Leroy Musgraves, a local gardener who has been working in West Oakland since 2004. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University in Los Angeles.
    Some of the many topics of the workshop include, learning how to prepare nutritious food
    with food demonstrations, ways to prevent heart disease and diabetes, and other healthy eating
    tips.
    We have to improve our health, mind, body, and spirit, Musgraves noted. “We can feed
    ourselves better and simpler and there’s a way to do it without it costing so much,” he said.
    “Prevention is the cure.”
    Mandela MarketPlace is a 501(c) 3-community leadership incubator that provides civic
    engagement, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities to low-income residents and minority
    farmers. As its goal, Mandela MarketPlace seeks to strengthen community health, integrity, and
    identity for inner-city Oakland residents and businesses, and local family farms.

  • Sep 13

    Haiti Report Back & Education Fundraiser

    Sep 13 - 2:00 PM

    Location: Dolores Park Church Hall directly across from Mission High School parking at Dolores & 18th Streets, San Francisco

    Description: In June, Mission High School students were able to successfully raise funds for a seven day student delegation to Haiti. The delegation met with a wide range of grassroots organizations and activists, including many educators. They learned invaluable lessons about the current political situation in Haiti and the work that is being done on the ground. Now they want to share what they learned to their own communities.

    Students would like to report back on their trip the afternoon of Saturday, September, 13th from 2:00-4:00 at Dolores Park Church Hall in San Francisco – Directly across from Mission High School parking at Dolores & 18th Streets. In addition, this is a fundraiser to help a partner school in Port Au Prince. All the money raised will go directly to completing their new kindergarten building.

    All food and drink for sale.

    **For more information, please contact Aimee Riechel at ms.ar622@gmail.com.

    Sent by Haiti Action Committee
    http://www.haitisolidarity.net and on FACEBOOK

  • Sep 13

    Black Media Appreciation Night

    Sep 13 - 7:00 PM

    Location: African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton, San Francisco

    Description: Every two years, Block Report Radio and the SF Bay View newspaper get together to sponsor Black Media Appreciation Night, a night when we honor the very best in Black media from around the Bay Area.

    This year, jazz legend and author Phavia Kujichagulia will be hosting, and visual artist and sculptor Eesuu Orundide will be creating the unique individual pieces of art that we will present as awards.

    We will be honoring a number of media-makers whose names remain to be announced, but most notably we will present master artist and cartoonist Emory Douglas, the former minister of culture of the Black Panther Party, with a Black Media Lifetime Achievement Award for his almost half century of creativity and dedication to bringing Black people into higher political consciousness.

    We will also honor the life of the late journalist and editor Kevin Weston, who recently passed away. There will be food, drinks, music and a helluva lot of media-makers in the house on Saturday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at the African American Art and Culture Complex, located at 762 Fulton in San Francisco.

    Will you be there? Get your tickets now (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-media-appreciation-night-tickets-12432641365?aff=eac2) because seating is limited. See you there.

  • Sep 14

    Sunday Streets in the Fillmore (Western Addition)

    Sep 14 - 11:00 AM

    Location: route begins at Central Avenue and Hayes and joins Fulton at Baker Street. The route runs east on Fulton to Fillmore before turning north on Fillmore Street to Geary Boulevard

    Description: Livable City, the San Francisco-based sustainable transportation advocacy organization co-presents Sunday Streets with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). The 1.5-mile route opens the streets for everyone to walk, roll, and stroll along Fulton and Fillmore Streets. Be sure to bring your cameras for unforgettable views of City Hall and the San Francisco skyline.

    The Western Addition route begins at Central Avenue and Hayes and joins Fulton at Baker Street. The route runs east on Fulton to Fillmore before turning north on Fillmore Street to Geary Boulevard. This family-friendly event features a Senior Block on Fillmore between Eddy and Turk with active living programming and outreach as well as a Kids’ Zone on Fillmore between Ellis and Eddy.

    On Fillmore, enjoy live music, flag football, and line dancing. Revolution Foods will provide free healthy meal kit samples and Clif Kid will give away its ZBar near Fillmore and Eddy while Bi-Rite Market will provide free fruit and granola near Fulton and Baker. Local stores will be open for business, and the Alamo Square Flea Market will provide plenty of opportunities to pick up odds and ends.

    Key Event Details

    Sunday Streets information booths are located on Fulton and Baker and Fillmore and McAllister Streets. Following Sunday Streets’ successful 50th event last month, participants are encouraged to use social media to post a photo or message showing their reason for coming to Sunday Streets as part of our #50Reasons campaign.

    Parkwide is offering free bicycle rentals on Fillmore and Golden Gate, and there will be free bike repairs by Sports Basement on Fulton and Scott and the Bay Area BikeMobile on Fillmore and Ellis. The New Wheel will provide electric bicycle demonstrations on Fillmore between Golden Gate and McAllister.

    The Alamo Square Flea Market will be on the sidewalks along Fulton, Scott, and Hayes between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

    The Senior Block is located on Fillmore between Eddy and Turk and includes several senior service organizations, line dancing, and more.

    The Kids’ Zone is located on Fillmore between Ellis and Eddy and is full of music, dancing, and children’s services.

    Essential Program Support

    Sunday Streets is a completely free event and does not allow vending or sales along the route. The program relies entirely on support from the City, a diverse group of private sponsors, and individual donations.

    Sunday Streets is presented by Livable City, the program’s non-profit partner responsible for Sunday Streets’ day-to-day operations, and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. OtherCity agency support comes from the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Shape Up Coalition, Department of Public Works, Recreation & Parks Department, San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and his offices, SF Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and SF Environment provide leadership and resources to sustain this popular family friendly program.

  • Sep 18

    New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to Celebrate the Bay Area's Commitment to Jazz by Announcing Fall West Coast Tour Information

    Sep 18 - 10:00 AM

    Location: Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco

    Description: WHO: New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, San Francisco Public Library, and Cal Performances

    WHAT: Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield will celebrate the region’s commitment to Jazz by providing a sneak preview of what guests can expect at NOJO’s upcoming National Gala concert at Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, the premiere event for NOJO’s West Coast Jazz Tour

    SPEAKERS:

    Irvin Mayfield, Artistic Director, NOJO
    Ronald Markham, President & CEO, NOJO
    Brad Weaber, Executive Vice President, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Luis Herrera, City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library
    Rob Bailis, Associate Director, Cal Performances at University of California, Berkeley

    CONTACT: Stephanie Mayne, (504) 377-7403, stephanie@thenojo.com

    ABOUT NOJO:
    NOJO creates Jazz to enhance life, transform place and elevate spirit through the tenets of beauty, truth and love. Founded in 2002 by trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Irvin Mayfield, NOJO’s goal is to strengthen the business of Jazz through performances, tours, recordings, education, and media platforms. For more information, please visit http://www.thenojo.com.

    NOJO’s first building project, The New Orleans Jazz Market, will open in Spring 2015 as a performing arts venue and Jazz community center in Central City New Orleans. The Jazz Market will feature music education experiences for all ages, a New Orleans Jazz Archive, tributes to current and past Jazz Masters, and performances by Irvin Mayfield, NOJO and other renowned musicians.

Myron Potier, legendary graphic designer to rappers and more

Sep 18, 2014

The graphic work of Myron Potier dominated the Oakland rap scene in the ‘90s after he worked on the album cover of Askari X’s classic “Message to the Black Man” and Seagram’s legendary album “Reality Check.” Today, Myron draws and designs mostly out of his apartment in the San Antonio-Fruitvale District of East Oakland, not far from where he grew up in the streets of Oakland. Check out one of Oakland’s unsung humble heroes in his own words.

Digital undivide: New Google Flights finds the best airfare, schedule, wi-fi and other tech amenities

Sep 11, 2014

The internet has made it easier to book and search for airfares, but unless you have the time and the expertise to conduct extensive internet fare searches, it’s become harder to find the cheapest fares available online. Google has come to the aid of fliers looking for the best air deals. Google’s new website app Google Flights (google.com/flights) gives travelers a one-stop option to quickly search for the best fares and flight options.

Fathers in the classroom: Everybody benefits

Sep 9, 2014

This month, I’m challenging all fathers of school age children to visit their classrooms at least one time during the school year. There is nothing that makes a child feel more appreciated and proud than having a parent come to school for positive reasons. Moms usually fill this role; let’s change that up this year. You don’t need any special skills, and most teachers will welcome you with open arms.

The Art of Mothering: an interview wit’ doula Gingi Allen

Sep 8, 2014

Gingi Allen is a doula in the Bay Area, an expert in the science and art of becoming a mother. For all of the people who want to consider new ways of looking at giving birth other than your ordinary hospital, this is a woman who can help you. I wanted to sit down with her to talk about this very important subject that really doesn’t get enough attention. Check her out in her own words.

Black Media Appreciation Night 2014 this Saturday, Sept. 13

Sep 8, 2014
Black Media Appreciation Night was soaked in love and mutual admiration among the Bay Area’s best Black talent. Phavia Kujichagulia and Donald E. Lacy blessed the mic and set hearts soaring. They’ll do it again Saturday. Be there! – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Every two years, Block Report Radio and the SF Bay View newspaper get together to sponsor Black Media Appreciation Night, a night when we honor the very best in Black media from around the Bay Area. BMAN 2014 is Saturday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at the African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC), 762 Fulton, San Francisco. Tickets at EventBrite (click the banner above). Headliners are pianist Kev Choice, comedian Donald E. Lacy, and Phavia Kujichagulia and Ma’at. Read on for the full list of honorees … and more.

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