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Ironically, in the same week we celebrated the Bay View newspaper’s first 40 years, two projects we’d expected substantial payments from were postponed indefinitely, and we’re left far short of the nearly $5,000 it costs to print, distribute and mail the March paper. Many people we know have hearts full of love for the Bay View but their wallets are empty. A few of you, though, may be able to help or know someone who can.
*The March paper is set to go to press Monday night to be out Tuesday, March 1 — but only if we can hand the printer a good check for nearly $3,000.* Normally, the paper would contain enough advertising to pay for itself, but since December, ads and ad revenue have plummeted.
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To remind you of the news and views we’re appealing to you to support, here are a few of our most recent stories. And keep an eye on sfbayview.com for many more in the next few days. One I’m dying to show you is from a young journalist in Northern Nigeria writing a wrenching account of the prisons and prisoners there.
*LATEST STORIES on **sfbayview.com* <http://www.sfbayview.com/>
*_News & Views_*
*SFPD gets away with murder(s); Department of Justice comes to town <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/sfpd-gets-away-with-murders-department-of-justice-comes-to-town/>*
San Francisco is touted by conservative detractors and liberal boosters alike as the nation’s most progressive city. This is still true in many ways, even amidst towering symbols of gentrification. But, in particular, when it comes to holding police accountable for use of excessive force against communities of color, the City by the Bay is no different from the New Yorks, Chicagos, Baltimores or Fergusons of this country, where cops literally get away with murder. Think this is an exaggeration? Read on.
*Sen. Sanders, Big Pharma’s greed is killing 3 million Hep C sufferers, including Mumia <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/sen-sanders-big-pharmas-greed-is-killing-3-million-hep-c-sufferers-including-mumia/>*
Sen. Sanders, you have spoken out against the depredations of Big Pharma, refused to take donations from any of them, and call for “Medicare for all.” You’ve also spoken to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Currently in Pennsylvania there is a case before a federal court which embodies both of these battles, Abu-Jamal vs. Kerestes. Mumia Abu-Jamal is suing to force the Department of Corrections to immediately provide him treatment with the Hep C drug.
*When President Paul Kagame, America’s dictator friend, speaks at Harvard Business School, what will he say? <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/when-president-paul-kagame-americas-dictator-friend-speaks-at-harvard-business-school-what-will-he-say/>*
In his 22 years as the powerful man in Rwanda and 16 years as the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has proved to be not only a tyrant and dictator responsible for large scale human rights abuse with an extreme and effective way of crushing dissidents and political opponents. Yet he has spoken before at the Harvard University School of Business, where he is invited again as a speaker this coming weekend.
*Oscar Grant’s Uncle Bobby: Police victims’ families are fueling the Black Lives Matter movement <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/police-victims-families-are-fueling-the-black-lives-matter-movement-gathering-of-families-and-panthers-feb-27/>*
The activism in Oakland today parallels both the activism to end police brutality in Oakland in the 1940s and 1950s and the Black Panthers’ activism beginning in 1966. A new source of activism has been added today: the victims’ families. “Policing in the 21st Century: Where Do We Go from Here,” uniting police victims’ families with Black Panther Party veterans will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at First AME Church, 530 37th St., Oakland; it’s free and open to the public.
*Dr. Kizza Besigye: Democracy is on trial in Uganda <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/dr-kizza-besigye-democracy-is-on-trial-in-uganda/>*
We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda. We participated in this process to highlight and show the world quite how fraudulent this military regime is. We were not free to carry out our campaigns without intimidation. On election day, all access to social media platforms was switched off. The regime is baring its bloodied fangs and claws for all to see. This is a creeping military coup.
*Cynthia McKinney: Scourge of US elections: Electoral College, hackable voting machines and obscure rules <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/scourge-of-us-elections-electoral-college-hackable-voting-machines-and-obscure-rules/>*
The Electoral College was created by the framers of the U.S. Constitution to ensure that the votes of the plebes did not supersede the interests of the landed gentry. That’s not just my opinion. For example, according to FairVote, an organization with which I worked in the 2000 presidential election, a whopping 78 percent of the votes cast were rendered unimportant due to the arcane rules of the Electoral College.
*Hands off Coltrane Church! Eviction imminent – sign the petition <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/hands-off-coltrane-church-eviction-imminent-sign-the-petition/>*
The featured front page story in the Feb. 18 San Francisco Chronicle begins, “The St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, a uniquely San Franciscan storefront ministry dedicated to the music and preachings of the soulful sax man, is facing eviction and may be gone as soon as Sunday’s sermon ends. Let your voice be heard by signing the petition in full support of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church remaining in the West Bay Conference Center.”
*In defense of Beyoncé’s Black Panther tribute at the Super Bowl <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/in-defense-of-beyonces-black-panther-tribute-at-the-super-bowl/>*
I am writing this from the Bay Area, where tent cities are now slowly re-forming under bridges, and where there is still a palpable buzz about Beyoncé’s performance in the Super Bowl halftime show (sorry, Coldplay). In fact, it’s a topic with far more currency here than the actual dud of a game, and for good reason. This is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in the Bay Area.
*Michelle Alexander: Why Hillary Clinton doesn’t deserve the Black vote <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/why-hillary-clinton-doesnt-deserve-the-black-vote/>*
The love affair between Black folks and the Clintons has been going on for a long time. It began back in 1992, when Bill Clinton was running for president. What have the Clintons done to earn such devotion? Did they take extreme political risks to defend the rights of African Americans? Did they courageously stand up to right-wing demagoguery about Black communities? Did they help usher in a new era of hope and prosperity for neighborhoods devastated by deindustrialization, globalization and the disappearance of work? No. Quite the opposite.
*Fake housing crisis: From Bayview to Baltimore, public housing kept empty while thousands are un-housed <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/fake-housing-crisis-from-bayview-to-baltimore-public-housing-kept-empty-while-thousands-are-un-housed/>*
Building after building, block after block from the Bayview to Baltimore and from Sunnydale to East Oakland, the last vestige of so-called public – that is, government owned – housing in the richest country in the world lie dormant. Boarded up, locked, gated and shut – each apartment equipped with two, three and four bedrooms, one or two bathrooms and full kitchens.
*_Behind Enemy Lines_*
*Albert Woodfox attends his birthday party as a free man, happy to ‘give others hope’ <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/albert-woodfox-attends-his-birthday-party-as-a-free-man-happy-to-give-others-hope/>*
Friday, Feb. 19, Albert “Shaka” Woodfox, the only member of the Angola 3 remaining in prison, was released after nearly 44 years in solitary confinement. Earlier in the month, Ashé Cultural Arts Center had scheduled a screening of the film, “Panther: Vanguard of the Revolution,” directed by Stanley Nelson, at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate Albert Woodfox’s birthday that day, Feb 19. The evening turned into an actual birthday party for Woodfox.
*After nearly 44 years in solitary, Albert Woodfox is freed today on his 69th birthday! <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/after-nearly-44-years-in-solitary-albert-woodfox-is-freed-today-on-his-69th-birthday/>*
Just moments ago, Albert Woodfox, the last remaining member of the Angola 3 still behind bars, was released from prison 43 years and 10 months after he was first put in a 6-foot-by-9-foot solitary cell for a crime he did not commit. After decades of costly litigation, Louisiana state officials have at last acted in the interest of justice and reached an agreement that brings a long overdue end to this nightmare.
*Kevin Rashid Johnson: Love and lessons in memory of Comrade Hugo ‘Yogi Bear’ Pinell <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/love-and-lessons-in-memory-of-comrade-hugo-yogi-bear-pinell/>*
Comrade Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell was murdered on Aug. 12, 201, at California’s New Folsom State Prison. He was a veteran and much loved leader of the Prison Movement against oppressive prison and social conditions. On behalf of the New African Black Panther Party‑Prison Chapter (NABPP-PC), I would like to share some thoughts in his honor and memory and also to point out important lessons our movement must learn and carry on from his legacy.
*Free Leonard Peltier, wrongly imprisoned 40 years <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/free-leonard-peltier-wrongly-imprisoned-40-years/>*
For 40 years, former American Indian Movement (AIM) activist Leonard Peltier has been in the clutches of the U.S. prison system –The Iron House of the whites, as indigenous people call them – on trumped up murder charges. Now, as he suffers poor health and an abdominal aortic aneurism, time is no longer on his side. The aneurism, diagnosed just weeks ago, threatens his very life, so supporters of Leonard are demanding his freedom, so he doesn’t perish in the Iron House.
*End prison slavery in Texas now! <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/end-prison-slavery-in-texas-now/>*
In Texas we know that we are being exploited, mistreated, degraded and abused. Many prisoners in Texas are content with the modern day slave plantation system, which is managed and operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. However, many prisoners are not content; in fact they are frustrated and angry. The strategies utilized by prisoners in other states that have similar conditions to Texas don’t necessarily apply here.
*San Francisco salutes Dr. Espanola Jackson at her homegoing services <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/san-francisco-salutes-dr-espanola-jackson-at-her-homegoing-services/>*
Providence Baptist Church was packed for the second homegoing service for Dr. Espanola Jackson, a legendary icon to the people of Bayview Hunters Point and citywide. Her family and friends and city and state officials who have felt her pressure to do the right thing came to honor her so as to make sure, despite her transition, that justice prevails like a mighty stream – pure, powerful and calm.
*Original Black Panther Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard broadcasts jazz liberation <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/original-black-panther-elbert-big-man-howard-broadcasts-jazz-liberation/>*
As a founding member of the Black Panther Party at the age of 28, Howard swiftly became the party’s minister of information, editing the group’s official newspaper, traveling to Japan as a spokesman and initiating a free medical clinic for sickle-cell anemia and a work-study program for parolees at Merritt College. Now, at age 78, Elbert “Big Man” Howard hosts Jazz Connections, a biweekly jazz show on KRCB-FM in Rohnert Park, and Jazz Styles, a monthly show on KOWS-FM in Sebastopol – playing the same music that he and his comrades relaxed and shared ideas to 50 years ago.
*Hypnotic Brass Ensemble coming to SF Jazz on March 19 <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/hypnotic-brass-ensemble-coming-to-sf-jazz-on-march-19/>*
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is one of the most riveting and exciting instrument-playing musical formations specializing in Jazz wit’ a splash of Hip Hop. I talked with trumpet player Gabriel “Huda” Hubert about touring extensively overseas, one of his brothers quitting the band, growing up in a polygamous household, the legalization of marijuana, their upcoming new album, “The Bad Boys of Jazz,” and more.
*Longtime Fillmore-Western Addition artist Eugene White gets fresh recognition <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/longtime-fillmore-western-addition-artist-eugene-white-gets-fresh-recognition/>*
Artist Eugene White hails from southwestern Arkansas but has worked quietly in his studio and gallery along the 21-Hayes line for over 50 years. Lately, he’s had some overdue attention as one of the few remaining Black artists to live and work in San Francisco: He’s featured in an installation at the newly redesigned Buchanan Mall, where he’s honored with a portrait and a listening station delivering his untold story.
*Ezili Danto: On Beyoncé’s In_Formation Day, Haiti revelers celebrate slaying Carnival King <http://sfbayview.com/2016/02/on-beyonces-in_formation-day-haiti-revelers-celebrate-slaying-carnival-king/>*
By ourselves, we disenfranchised Haitians took down the fake elections and U.S. puppet president, Michel Martelly. He left on Superbowl 50, Feb. 7 – the day Beyoncé set off a politically charged “Formation,” unapologetically Black. America’s most powerful artist dressed her dancers in Afros and Black Panther leather outfits and got in (Malcolm) X formation, Black fists raised up. Banm sèt kout kouto – bring it! she said.
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