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Subject: [sfbayview] Demand justice for Oscar Grant: Jan. 8 in LA, Jan. 13 in Oakland
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Demand justice for Oscar Grant: Jan. 8 in LA, Jan. 13 in Oakland
Today marks a year since Oakland erupted in rebellion that got a cop charged with murder for the first time ever in California. And that same night the cops called themselves retaliating by arresting our own Minister of Information JR for the bogus crime of felony arson of a trash can. Not only didn’t he do it, but there’s no trace on the trash can that it was ever on fire!
Every one of us has a role to play in this historic drama – to ensure that triggerman Johannes Mehserle, who executed Oscar Grant in cold blood, is convicted even though his trial’s been moved from Oakland to LA (our thanks to LA activists for their fast and masterful organizing!), and to ensure that JR, whose trial starts Feb. 22, is acquitted. If you’re in LA or the Bay Area, your presence is needed at these events – details at Demand justice for Oscar Grant: Jan. 8 in LA, Jan. 13 in Oakland:
• Friday, Jan. 8, 7 a.m., Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, 210 West Temple St., Los Angeles: killer cop Mehserle’s first LA hearing, preceded by an early morning rally – make it huge!
• Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m., Black Dot Café, 1195 Pine St. West Oakland: fundraiser for the last two of the Oakland 100 arrested during the Oakland Rebellions still facing charges, Minister of Information JR and punk rock artist Holly Works, featuring the screening of “Operation Small Axe,” which has just been accepted by the Pan African Film Festival in LA – special guest: former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney!
These young activists need and deserve all the help you can give them. Both need funds for their legal defense, and JR needs to replace his camera, which the Oakland PD still refuses to return.
Another way to help is to support JR’s latest Spot.us project by clicking on these words in the far right column at sfbayview.com: Who benefits from the legalization of medical marijuana?
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Read the latest stories at sfbayview.com and, if the spirit moves you, heed the calls to action:
Why are no Blacks working? by Joseph Debro - Get involved in the fight for economic justice at Bay Area Black Builders’ meeting Saturday, Jan. 16, 12 noon, 1099 Sunnydale, San Francisco.
Sophie Maxwell: Why recall? Why now? by Nyese Joshua - To get involved, come to the weekly town hall meetings in the school at 195 Kiska Road at 7 p.m. every Thursday.
Showdown Hunters Point Shipyard 2010: A good offense is the best defense! by Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, M.D., and Testify for true environmental justice by Jaron Browne, POWER – Though the final hearing was on Jan. 5, written comments on Lennar’s preposterous EIR will be accepted through Jan. 12.
Berkeley’s public housing residents oppose privatization by Lynda Carson - Join the residents’ anti-privatization movement Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 noon at Inter-City Services, 3269 Adeline St., Berkeley.
The struggle ain’t over by Ikemba S. Mutulu (Marritte Funches) – Send our brother some love and light.
Political lawyer Lynne Stewart unjustly held captive: interview with her political partner Ralph Poynter by Minister of Information JR – Send our sister some love and light.
Reverse images: The acrimonious debate on race in Cuba by Jean Damu - To sign the petition opposing Carlos Moore’s petition, go to www.petitiononline.com/withcuba/petition.html.
‘House Keys Not Handcuffs’: Homeless families denied a home even for their convergence by Poor News Network, Paul Boden and Jennifer Friedenbach - Convergence planned for Wednesday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m., at Federal Building, Seventh and Mission, San Francisco, then plans dashed; learn how you can help.
Save Wesley United: 8th oldest Black church in U.S. threatened with demolition - Call Save Wesley United’s Sakura Kone’ at (504) 906-0644 or (504) 861-5017 for more information about how you can help. To make a financial contribution online, visit www.savewesleyunited.org.
Kwanzaa 2009 by Wanda Sabir, who will report on her adventures in Africa when she returns; she couldn’t submit her column, Wanda’s Picks for January, because of intermittent internet access, but a couple of events she would have included are Akinyele Sadiq’s free Afro-Cuban drumming classes for children 7-13 every Tuesday in January, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at the Bayview Opera House, Third & Oakdale, San Francisco, (415) 824-0386; and Donald E. Lacy’s one-man show “Colorstruck” running Jan. 15-24 at the Buriel Clay Theater, AAACC, 762 Fulton St., San Francisco, www.colorstruck.net or (510) 663-5683. For more worthwhile places to go and things to do, check the Bay View’s Calendar of Events.
Nurturing the ‘grand’ in grandchildren over the holidays by Kris Perry – First 5 California offers free resources for African American grandparents.
Copenhagen: We demand reparations for crimes against humanity and nature, Copenhagen: The revolutionary spirits of Patrice Lumumba and Maurice Bishop live in the leadership of Lumumba Di-Aping and Dessima Williams, Three calls from Copenhagen for Obama to champion climate justice, Evo speaks for me! and A luta continua: Our international struggle for climate justice, environmental restoration and reparations continues! - extraordinary coverage of the climate change conference in Copenhagen by Bay View correspondent Baba Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma'at
‘We stand with Africa’: Africa Group shuts down climate talks by Terna Gyuse
Chavez slams rich nations at Copenhagen, calls for systemic change to save planet by Kiraz Janicke, Venezuelanalysis.com
Blacks in talk radio: an interview with Black program director and talk show host Rob Redding by Minister of Information JR
This bailout’s for Lennar by Ann Garrison
Belgian paratroopers to crush rising Congo rebellion? by Keith Harmon Snow
‘Operation Small Axe’: Organizing LA for the trial of cop who killed Oscar Grant by Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Assistant Editor, L.A. Watts Times
Congressional Black Caucus stands up for Black press, jobs, small businesses by Hazel Trice Edney, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
Black businesses shorted on stimulus contracts and Minority businesses shut out of stimulus loans by Aaron Glantz
The war on the poor from San Francisco to South Africa has a new foe! by Tiny, aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, Poor News Network
Egyptian security forces attack Gaza protesters by Max Ajl
Globetrotter: an interview with former presidential candidate and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney by Minister of Information JR
Jesus would not be a Zionist by George and Candy Gonzalez
Massacre on Monroe by Fred Hampton Jr.
As it should be by Abiodun of the Last Poets
40 years gone, but never forgotten: International Revolutionary Day ‘09 by Minister of Information JR
International Revolutionary Day: the 40th commemoration of the assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clark of the Black Panther Party by Minister of Information JR
BART lynches Blacks with the gun and the law by Joseph Debro
Freeway Ricky Ross speaks: an interview wit’ the former drug kingpin by Minister of Information JR
Unsupervised prisoner release imminent by Karen Velie
Students protest fee hikes: an interview wit’ journalist Dave Id of Indy Bay Media by Minister of Information JR
Trouble at the East Bay Express by Tomie “T-K.A.S.H.” Lenear
‘Black is the New White’: an interview with legendary comedian and writer Paul Mooney by Minister of Information JR
Track coach teaches kids, one step at a time by Asaf Shalev
Indio music: an interview wit’ rapper Deuce Eclipse of Bang Data by Minister of Information JR
‘Be Well’: Oakland mother Jamilia Ashworth featured in book about raising healthy kids
Vocalized town bizness: an interview with the vocalist Deja Bryson by Minister of Information JR
Wall Street Reform Act, a ‘big, big deal for Black America,’ passes, thanks to Congressional Black Caucus members led by Maxine Waters by Mary Ratcliff
‘Back to the Future’ mixtape: an interview wit’ R&B singer Dasha Chadwick by Minister of Information JR
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A special thank you to anyone with the perseverance to read all the way to the end! I’ll try to send out alerts more often so the list of stories won’t be so long.
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