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Halle Berry as Storm in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

How the Navy made Treasure Island a radiation dump, then promised to clean it up and didn’t

Generations of Treasure Island residents are living with radiation from the Navy ships exposed to the atomic bomb tests at Bikini in the South Pacific, which were brought to San Francisco to see if they could be cleaned. Though the Navy has the data, it never conducted longitudinal studies of adults and children it impacted with radioactivity. Help the people of Treasure Island win justice at the RAB meeting Tuesday, Aug. 19, 7-9 p.m., Casa de la Vista, 191 Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island.

Behind Enemy Lines

SB 260: Don’t deny yourself a chance at life

Aug 18, 2014

There may be hope after all. Back in 1995, I was a juvenile, tried as an adult, tried and convicted of first degree murder. Senate Bill 260, which became part of the Penal Code effective Jan. 1, 2014, is called California Youth Offenders Parole. The new youth offender parole process in this new law applies to people who were under the age of 18 at the time they committed their crime, were tried as adults and sentenced to life or a determinate sentence.

SB 892: Letter from four main reps at Pelican Bay to California legislators

Aug 13, 2014
California corrections officials located and designed Pelican Bay State Prison, opened in 1989, as a place where torture could be conducted with impunity. The torture the following year of Vaughn Dortch, a Black man who survived an attempt to boil him alive until his skin fell down around his ankles, horrified judges and the public. – Photo: National Geographic

On May 1, 2014, we, California inmates who have been in solitary confinement for long periods of time, co-signed a letter addressed to the California Senate and Assembly expressing our grave concerns with Sen. Hancock’s SB 892. We wish to follow up on our previous letter, as SB 892 has now been approved by the Senate and is being considered in the Assembly.

Biopsy results released for Imam Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown)

Aug 8, 2014
Imam Jamil Al-Amin and son, cropped

On July 23, 2014, at the Butner Federal Medical Center, Imam Jamil had a bone marrow biopsy to determine the presence of myeloma cells. Yesterday, Kairi and I visited with him at Butner, and today he was told by the Butner medical staff that the biopsy results revealed “some myeloma cells.” More than likely he will be returned to Florence ADX until he has another episode.

From the Keystone State to the Golden State: The need for a national movement to liberate political prisoners

Aug 4, 2014
Dr. Zonke Zaneke Majodina, Efia Nwangaza at ICCPR Geneva 0314-1514, cropped

The names represented in this article are just the “known” political prisoners and no disrespect to any brothas and sistas left off the list. The purpose of the list is to illustrate the current plight of our movement’s political prisoners, who, despite surviving countless hostile encounters with the state’s security forces, are on the verge of succumbing to old age and infirmities behind the walls and gun towers of the empire’s Prison Industrial Complex.

Grand Jury investigates Santa Cruz County Jail deaths

Aug 3, 2014
Protesters march against in-custody deaths in Santa Cruz on April 6, 2013. – Photo: Sin Barras

Santa Cruz County is seen by many as a model for enlightened jail and prison policies. But last month the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released a report on the unusual number of deaths in the county jail in 2012 and 2013 titled “Five Deaths in Santa Cruz: An Investigation of In-Custody Deaths.” The Grand Jury found that a lack of after-hours mental health evaluations and failures to follow procedures on the part of jail staff likely contributed to the 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
Racism in San Francisco County Jail
Imam Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) transferred to Butner Federal Medical Center, N.C.
Federal judge strikes down California’s death penalty
Guantánamo nurse refused to participate in ‘criminal’ force-feedings
To celebrate the movement: The California prisoner hunger strike one year later
Prisoners and advocates commemorate the one-year anniversary of the hunger strike by California prisoners and file lawsuit against CDCR
Events worldwide commemorate mass California hunger strike first anniversary

News & Views

Mike Brown appears to have paid for those cigars

Aug 20, 2014

Ferguson police’s attempts to demonize Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teen killed by Officer Darren Wilson, may have hit a small snag. In their fervent effort to cast Brown in a negative light, they missed that the video seems to show Brown paying for the Swisher Sweets.

US-Israeli terrorism blocked at the Port of Oakland

Aug 20, 2014
Youth led thousands Saturday on the march to the Port of Oakland to stop an Israeli cargo ship from unloading. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 16, dock workers at the Port of Oakland honored the picket lines of thousands of people over a period of four days – and many months of organizing in solidarity with the people of Palestine – to block Israeli apartheid by preventing the docking and unloading of the Zim Pireaus liner anywhere on the West Coast. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Zim Pireus left the Port of Oakland with its cargo untouched, unloaded, unremarked and unwanted.

From Ferguson to Gaza, we charge genocide

Aug 19, 2014

Those standing up against police brutality and state repression in Ferguson, Missouri, are leading one of the most important human rights struggles of our time. The militarized repression on display in Ferguson is a reflection of a world in crisis. Although separated by thousands of miles, the plight of the people of Ferguson and the Gaza Strip share too much in common for people of conscience to ignore.

Richmond unites to fight hospital closure by filing federal lawsuit against responsible county officials

Aug 18, 2014
Attorney Pamela Y. Price

Civil rights attorney Pamela Y. Price announced today that her firm has been retained by the DMC Closure Aversion Committee (DCAC) to take legal action to stop the closure of DMC, Doctor’s Medical Center. Price filed a lawsuit in federal court on Aug. 12, the day hospital and county officials had previously announced that they would cap the hospital beds at 50, divert ambulance traffic and close DMC’s stroke and heart attack unit.

Stop the attacks on former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas Movement

Aug 17, 2014
When former President Aristide was summoned to court on May 8, 2013, thousands of Haitians surrounded his car to protect him.

An urgent call from Haiti Action Committee – On Aug. 13, the Haitian government summoned former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to court on corruption charges. This summons is part of a chilling pattern of repression aimed at destroying Aristide’s political party, Fanmi Lavalas, as the country approaches new legislative elections. We denounce it in the strongest possible terms.

Israel-trained police ‘occupy’ Missouri after killing of Black youth
Unarmed Black man, Ezell Ford, murdered by police in Los Angeles
To win justice for Michael Brown, send the Black press to Ferguson, Missouri
Richmond Progressive Alliance mayoral candidate Mike Parker withdraws, throws support to Tom Butt
Black Caucus: #StandWithKeith Ellison to end Gaza blockade
Police murder unarmed, fleeing Michael Brown, 18, in St. Louis suburb
Black and female in higher education: Professors stand alone against hate crimes
Stop the ethnic cleansing of Palestine
Killer of Renisha McBride convicted on all counts
Palestine, not ‘Israel’
Chevron’s Richmond Refinery expansion permitted with no funds for Doctors Hospital
The battle for Net Neutrality: an interview wit’ journalist Davey D
Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 6
What’s next for Marcus Book Store?
Black August Memorial, Black August Resistance

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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  • End the repression in Mexico! Free Nestora Salgado, Dr. José Mireles and all political prisoners in Guerrero, Michoacán and Puebla!

    Aug 21 - 7:30 AM

  • SF Library Commission votes: Support renaming Bayview Branch Library for Linda Brooks-Burton

    Aug 21 - 4:30 PM

  • Freedom Archvies: A Benefit Concert

    Aug 21 - 9:00 PM

  • Free Seminar for Nonprofit, Exempt and Grassroots Organizations

    Aug 22 - 9:00 AM

  • MUSICAL HAPPY HOUR at Radio Africa & Kitchen

    Aug 22 - 5:30 PM

  • Darkness in the Golden State: Unmasking the Reality of California Prisons through Art

    Aug 22 - 6:00 PM

  • Hunters Point Naval Shipyard BUS TOURS

    Aug 23 - 10:00 AM

  • Mandela Foods Co-op Diet and Disease Prevention Workshop

    Aug 23 - 2:00 PM

  • 350 East Bay Climate Connection Celebration

    Aug 24 - 12:00 PM

  • Free Drop-in Job Counseling Every Fourth Wednesday

    Aug 27 - 2:00 PM

‘Motown the Musical’ rocking the Bay Aug. 19-Sept. 28

Aug 18, 2014
Rodney Jackson Jr. plays David Ruffin of The Temptations, shown here, and also Jermaine Jackson in “Motown the Musical” at the Orpheum in San Francisco. – Photo: Joan Marcus

“Motown the Musical” is the true story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Interview with Bayview Hunters Point native Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., who plays David Ruffin.

‘Birth of a New Breed’: an interview wit’ rhyme slayer Ms. Incredible aka TaLea Monet

Aug 15, 2014
TaLea Monet – Photo: TaSin Sabir

TaLea Monet, aka Ms. Incredible, is an MC based in Frisco’s Hunters Point with skills and a very distinct voice. She recently dropped her debut album titled “Birth of a New Breed,” featuring her two beautiful children on the front cover. I wanted to sit down with this hometown shero and talk about her history and her latest musical offering to the people. Hear’s Ms. Incredible in her own words …

‘Sweet & Lovely’: an interview wit’ vocalist Meres-Sia Gabriel

Aug 7, 2014
Meres-Sia Gabriel

Meres Sia Gabriel has been rhyming for decades around Oakland, but she just now released an EP titled “Sweet & Lovely” that will lead up to her much anticipated album. She invites you to an EP release performance on Friday, Aug. 22, 6:30-9:30, at The Golden Stair, 608 55th St., near Shattuck, in Oakland.

Schwartz means black

Aug 5, 2014
Lacey Schwartz

It is one thing when there is racial ambiguity based on systemic commodification of one’s people; it’s another when the questions stem from an omission or purposeful lie, which is the case when little Lacey Schwartz was born. Lacey, who is accepted into the clan, notices as did others her darker skin and curly hair, yet says nothing. Perhaps upper class Woodstock, New York, is a town without many Black people.

To the late great Freedom Fighter Yuri Kochiyama, salute!

Aug 4, 2014
Yuri Kochiyama cradles the head of her assassinated comrade, Malcolm X, in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965. – Photo: LIFE Magazine

The legendary photos of Malcolm X aka El Hajj Malik el Shabazz will forever be etched in the pages of American history. In one photo, a Japanese woman holds his head as his spirit left his body. This woman was a friend and comrade of El Hajj Malik el Shabazz; her name is Yuri Kochiyama. She lived an extraordinary life that was intertwined with the Black human rights struggle and the Black Power Movement.

Bayview Legal’s 1st annual Summer Benefit Concert Aug. 16
Wanda’s Picks for August 2014
Third Street Stroll …
Oakland’s native daughter: an interview wit’ thespian and playwright Anita Woodley
Digital undivide: Dodging online scams
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