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Celebrate Black History by continuing the struggle against oppression, and for the defense of a dominated nation!
"Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms" by Nicholas Johnson, Professor of Law at the School of Law of Fortham University, published by Prometheus Books, 2014.
Chronicling the underappreciated black tradition of bearing arms for self-defense, this book presents an array of examples reaching back to the pre—Civil War era that demonstrate a willingness of African American men and women to use firearms when necessary to defend their families and communities. From Frederick Douglass’s advice to keep “a good revolver” handy as defense against slave catchers to the armed self-protection of Monroe, North Carolina, blacks against the KKK chronicled in Robert Williams’s Negroes with Guns, it is clear that owning firearms was commonplace in the black community.
Nicholas Johnson points out that this story has been submerged because it is hard to reconcile with the dominant narrative of nonviolence during the civil rights era. His book, however, resolves that tension by showing how the black tradition of arms maintained and demanded a critical distinction between personal self-defense and political violence.
Johnson also addresses the unavoidable issue of young black men with guns and the toll that gun violence takes on many in the inner city. He shows how complicated this issue is by highlighting the surprising diversity of views on gun ownership in the black community. In fact, recent Supreme Court affirmations of the right to bear arms resulted from cases led by black plaintiffs.
Surprising and informative, this well-researched book strips away many stock assumptions of conventional wisdom on the issue of guns and the black freedom struggle.
Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez begins "Spring Justice Offensive" with legal actions! [link]
The ethnic cleansing of broadcasters from Pacifica continues nationally
[http://sfbayview.com/2013/the-ethnic-cleansing-of-broadcasters-from-pacifica-continues-nationally-jared-ball-speaks/]: Jared Ball speaks on the ethnic cleansing of Black and Brown broadcasters off the airwaves this year, ending not only the careers of Luke Stewart, formerly of Washington, D.C.’s WPFW, Weyland Southon, formerly of the Bay Area’s KPFA, and JR Valrey, formerly of KPFA, but it also claimed one of its most talented producers, Dr. Jared Ball of WPFW.
Expand freedom by helping the People's Minister of Information JR Valrey get his Block Report Internet Radio Station on the air. Read “From KPFA to Block Report Radio Station” [http://sfbayview.com/2013/from-kpfa-to-block-report-radio-station/] to learn all about it from founder The People’s Minister of Information JR Valrey. Malcolm X told us to “own and operate and control the economy of our community,” and a Black radio station – where everyone’s welcome – is the engine that can make it happen. So please help make this radio station happen!
At his Indiegogo campaign site [indiegogo.com/projects/block-report-radio-internet-radio-station-campaign], he writes: “After parting ways with the Pacific Radio Foundation in September 2013, I realized the Block Report Radio Show brand of distributing news and culture needed to be expanded into a viable internet radio station. There are currently too many voices being left out of the media in our community. Block Report Radio Station will begin to fill the void. The money people will donate will go to equipment and first year start-up costs.
“I have been a journalist for almost two decades, and I have witnessed the fact that with the invention of the internet and the most recent invention of the cord that connects smart phones to car stereos creating a connection to internet radio stations, it is now possible to create an international fan base independent of finances. The financial small fish can now compete on a more equal playing ground. This will have a positive effect on everybody who feels like corporate agendas are dominating terrestrial radio. People who are interested in political, social and cultural happenings affecting working class Black and Brown people are the main beneficiaries of this project.”
Remember JR’s incredible hunger strike specials (listen again at BlockReportRadio.com)? Remember his interviews with Erykah Badu, Gil Scott-Heron, Mumia and the president of Ghana? Be one of the angels who helps JR found a new kind of radio that brings together freedom seekers from all over the world.
Watch Taiwo and JR’s videos – “Go Tell It!” at [youtube.com/watch?v=yfncfy5vRSQ] and the Block Report Radio Station at [youtube.com/watch?v=2VHzpPFL5SI] – and read more about them at Harriet Tubman Christmas play ‘Go Tell It’ is back: an interview wit’ playwright Taiwo Kujichagulia Seitu and From KPFA to Block Report Radio Station. Above all, support these young freedom fighters who are investing their creative genius and hard work into celebrating and expanding OUR freedom.
From Northbay MDS news affiliate Vic Sadot and the "Berkeley Calling" [berkeleycalling.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/berkeley-gathering-calls-for-defense-of-rights]:
"Berkeley Gathering Calls for Defense of the Bill of Rights" -
On Thursday, January 24, 2014 over 400 Bay Area residents were treated to a panel of civil liberties leading activists at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley California titled “NSA Surveillance and Our ‘Almost Orwellian’ State.” The living Free Speech tradition of Berkeley, CA, the home of one of the University of California's most famous universities, was shining like a beacon to the world once again. It was a packed house with a very lively panel discussion. It was also live-streamed. An eloquent and heart-felt call to Defend the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States was issued by a group of distinguished and experienced speakers. Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, was one of the main speakers at the forum. Shahid Battar was joined by Daniel Ellsberg, the iconic whistleblower of The Pentagon Papers fame, a national hero described by President Nixon as "the most dangerous man in America”; Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org and producer of the film “War Made Easy”; Cindy Cohn, Legal Director and General Counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Rainey Reitman, Activism Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and BORDC board member, kicked off the event with brief remarks. The moderator was Robert Jaffee, a volunteer attorney on the Hedges v. Obama case challenging “indefinite detention without due process”.
Shahid Buttar sounded the call to Defend the Bill of Rights! He denounced Senator Feinstein D-CA for her role not protecting the American people against the crimes against the Constitution and the attempt to keep the crimes secret until 2038. He asked people to sign and promote the “Shame on Feinstein” statement, which demands that and to tell Senator Feinstein D-CA to withdraw her bogus bill to codify continuing unwarranted, untargeted, and unsubstantiated surveillance of citizens and to resign from the Senate oversight committee on Intelligence for trying to cover up instead of stopping the vast illegal spying on Americans by the NSA. Solomon earlier exposed in an open letter that Feinstein had made a secret deal to keep that level of Total Information Awareness surveillance a secret until 2038. There is a Shame on Feinstein Facebook Page [facebook.com/ShameOnFeinstein]. And the petition is here: [shameonfeinstein.org].
For the more comprehensive report on the forum read Matthew Kellegrew in “The Peoples’s Blog For the Constitution” by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC). [constitutioncampaign.org/blog/#.UuYabNLTlkg]
Kellegrew reports, “The panel often focused on the positive, presenting examples of creative ways local communities can engage with the issue of over broad surveillance. Members of the Shame On Feinstein coalition passed out flyers and BORDC’s Shahid Buttar commended the effort from the stage. Buttar put the struggle for a truly accountable government in the context of broader historical struggles for liberty and freedom.”
Watch the entire forum in the video below! “Our Almost Orwellian State & NSA Surveillance Forum” Berkeley Gathering Calls for Defense of Rights in the Sanctuary of St. John’s Presbyterian Church. Posted by Bright Path Video YouTube Channel.
"Are You A Citizen Or Are You A Slave?"
Vic Sadot video at Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel -
“Are You A Citizen” is an anthem salute to struggle that is done in strident Cajun waltz style. The song was written by Vic Sadot and Cindy Hubschmidt. It challenges citizen apathy and cynicism. In reciting the successful parts of the historical record, the song confronts the notion that we cannot change anything. Yet the the historical record of struggle says otherwise. Colonialism, slavery, and debtor prisons were defeated. A Bill of Rights, the right to organize unions, civil rights, and womens voting rights were all won through struggle. As Thomas Paine once said, “Rights are not gifts from one man to another, nor from one class of men to another.” Rights are inalienable and not granted by the political powers that be. As the song says, “You’ll use your Bill of Rights ’til your struggles are won!”
Ecological News - from the San Pablo Bay Ecological Preservation Association
Tests confirm commonly used pesticides kill honeybee larvae, 2014-01-27 [link]
Peace News - from the Solano Peace, Justice, & Freedom Coalition
* Hancock 17 Drone War Crimes Resisters Jailed [link]
* USA National Nuclear Security Administration illegally but successfully tests new nuclear bomb design [link]
Republic of Turkey uses anti-terrorism laws to "decapitate" labor unions, 2014-02 [link]
TELL CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA HARRIS:
"PROSECUTE KILLER COPS, IT'S YOUR JOB!" RALLY AND SPEAKOUT
Thursday, February 13, 2014
1515 CLAY STREET, OAKLAND (STATE BUILDING BEHIND OSCAR GRANT PLAZA) aka the Elihu M. Harris State Building
Initiated by the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition. [https://www.facebook.com/groups/justice4AlanBlueford/649928425071267/]
The Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition (JAB) submitted a letter to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris at the State March Against Police Brutality on October 22, demanding that she do her job and prosecute Miguel Masso for the murder of Alan Blueford. Since then she has responded with a flat refusal to reopen the investigation. (See excerpts from the letter we sent below.) On October 22 and since we have reached out to other families with victims of police murders to join in a statewide campaign to demand that AG Harris do her job. Many families have joined on and will be sending letters about their loved ones to Harris, demanding prosecution of the killer cops. All the families are invited and welcome to join us at the rally and speakout at the State Building in Oakland.
To join the organizing for the event, email: [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Check JAB's website for details: [http://justice4alanblueford.org/]
* FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: [https://www.facebook.com/events/684595568258092]
* JUSTICE 4 ALAN BLUEFORD COALITION WEBSITE POST FOR FEB 13TH: [http://justice4alanblueford.org/2014/01/23/feb-13th-california-families-unite-to-speak-out-against-police-terror/]
* JUSTICE 4 ALAN BLUEFORD COALITION LETTER TO KAMALA HARRIS: [https://www.dropbox.com/s/hfj1wdfyltwx2ww/JAB%20letter%20to%20Kamala%20Harris%2010-21-13.doc]
* KAMALA HARRIS'S RESPONSE TO JAB: [https://www.dropbox.com/s/h1yp1dneid5y01l/KHarris%20rejection%20letter%20copy.pdf]
* KAMALA HARRIS'S JOB DESCRIPTION:
SEC. 13. Subject to the powers and duties of the Governor, The Attorney General shall be the chief law officer of the State. It shall be the duty of the Attorney General to see that the laws of the State are uniformly and adequately enforced.
The Attorney General shall have direct supervision over every district attorney and sheriff and over such other law enforcement officers as may be designated by law, in all matters pertaining to the duties of their respective offices, and may require any of said officers to make reports concerning the investigation, detection, prosecution, and punishment of crime in their respective jurisdictions as to the Attorney General may seem advisable.
Whenever in the opinion of the Attorney General any law of the State is not being adequately enforced in any county, it shall be the duty of the Attorney General to prosecute any violations of law of which the superior court shall have jurisdiction, and in such cases the Attorney General shall have all the powers of a district attorney. When required by the public interest or directed by the Governor, the Attorney General shall assist any district attorney in the discharge of the duties of that office.
* KAMALA HARRIS'S CONTACT INFO IN CASE YOU CAN'T JOIN THE EVENT, BUT WOULD LIKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: [email@example.com] [415-256-1727]Excerpts from the JAB letter to AG Harris:
Dear Attorney General Harris:
On behalf of the Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition, we request that you exercise your authority to open a criminal investigation into the killing of Alan Blueford by Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso on May 6, 2012. Despite overwhelming evidence that Officer Masso committed multiple acts of misconduct in connection with Alan's death, the Alameda County District Attorney has failed to initiate criminal proceedings and has instead exonerated Officer Masso without conducting any meaningful inquiry into his actions.
At a few minutes before midnight on May 5, 2012, Officer Masso and his partner stopped three young African American men on 90th Avenue in East Oakland. They lacked probable cause or reasonable suspicion for the stop, and their actions represent a blatant case of racial profiling.
When an officer manhandled one of the young men, Alan ran away. Officer Masso violated department policy by chasing him on foot, failing to activate his lapel camera or radioing for support. Masso claims that when he caught up to Alan he went into some sort of "survival mode" or "auto pilot." The Shot Spotter system tracked his four shots in 1.1 seconds. Three struck Alan, killing him. The fourth struck Masso in the foot. While some evidence suggests that Alan had a gun, there is no evidence that he fired at Masso. A gun was found 20 feet from Alan's body, which is flatly inconsistent with Masso's testimony that Alan was clutching the gun while he was shot three times. Several witnesses state that they saw Masso standing over him while Alan, flat on his back, cried, "Don't shoot me. I didn't do anything."
Alan Blueford was about to graduate from Skyline High School when he died.
The report of the Alameda County District Attorney is based almost solely on the interview of Miguel Masso and ignores all the conflicting evidence. But even that report suggests that Masso panicked and ignored his training. We have since learned of information establishing that Masso should have been denied employment with OPD.
As you know the Oakland Police Department remains subject to federal oversight based on its failure to hold officers accountable for their misconduct or to implement measures designed to protect people's rights. Yet only when excessive police violence is actually captured on video, as in the killing of Oscar Grant, does the Alameda District Attorney file charges against police guilty of criminal violence against citizens.
We urge you to exercise your authority under Article 5, § 13 of the California Constitution and Government Code §§ 12511-12512 to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances of Alan Blueford's death. We and Alan's family will do everything possible to assist you in that effort.
Occupy Chico! General Assembly
Thursday, February 13, 6:30 PM, Agenda at 6:00 PM
At Chico Peace & Justice Center [www.chico-peace.org], Open 12-2pm M-F [526 Broadway St. Chico, CA 95928] [530-893-9078]
Occupy Santa Rosa! General Assembly
Saturday, Feb. 15, Noon to 2:00
The inspiration behind the Occupy Movement has not died! Please join us as we plan what's next.
The Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County, 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa
Speak Out Now! presents…
2014 – Winter Revolutionary University
The Future is Ours! Tools for Changing Society
At the Niebyl Proctor Library [6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland]
No Charge – contribute what you will!
Speak out Now! [speakout-now.org/events]
Three days of discussion of some of the major questions of our times:
* What is Human Nature?
* The Corporate Domination of the Media and of Science
* The Environmental Destruction of Our Planet
* Forced Migration & Exploitation
* Breaking the Chains!
* What prospects for our future?
* Can we build a better society?
“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.” -Karl Marx
The Schedule is as follows:
Saturday February 15
* 10:30am–1:00pm, "Changing the World! Can We Do It?"
Sasha Lilley & Eddie Yuen, authors of the recent book “Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth”, discuss that in order to transform society, we need to look at the situation we confront – whether it is climate change, war, or the financial collapse – as challenges to be dealt with, not catastrophes that are out of our control. Then we can engage in effective organizing.
* 2:30 – 5pm, "Forced Migration and Exploitation",
Investigative reporter David Bacon’s new book: “The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration” exposes the way globalization and U.S. policy fuel the forces that drive Mexican migrants across the border. He will be discussing the situation of people who are pushed to come to the United States, where they face criminalization and are exploited by bosses who pay them poverty wages – if they even pay them at all.
* 6:30-9:00pm, "Human Nature Is Not Our Obstacle",
Richard Borshay Lee, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Toronto disagrees with the view that the competitive and aggressive nature of capitalist society is a reflection of our human nature. For 90 percent of our history as humans, we lived as hunter-gatherers. Sharing and cooperation, not aggression, have been the key to our success as a species. Lee is known for his studies of hunting and gathering societies, starting in the 1960s, in Southern Africa. He will share his insights from his decades of research and experiences.
Sunday February 16
* 10:30am–1:00pm, "Global Warming – A Product of Capitalism",
Joel Kovel, a well-known ecological activist and author on many topics, including the social and political causes of the current environmental crisis. He will be skyping with us from the East Coast, sharing his insights into the process of human created climate change. Kovel says we don’t need to work to regulate the destruction of the environment. We need a different system – we need socialism.
* 2:30-5:00pm, "The Corporate Domination of the Media",
Mickey Huff, director of Project Censored and professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College (DVC), will be discussing the corporate control of the media and presenting the Award winning Film, “Project Censored The Movie,”which takes an in-depth look at what is wrong with the news media in the U.S. today and highlights the work of the research group, Project Censored.
* 6:30-9:00pm, "Science in Service of the Corporations",
Dr. Ignacio Chapela, Associate Professor of Microbial Ecology at UC Berkeley, has been studying the impact of genetically modified plants and the misuse of science and its impact on our planet for years. His research and activism has challenged the dominance of agribusiness and genetic engineering in dominating our foods. He will discuss the role of corporate funding of scientific research in universities and how that distorts science and affects the universities and our lives.
Monday February 17
* Noon–2:30pm, Video – “You’ve Got To Move”,
The story and current activities of the Highlander Center – a school for training activists in the South who were instrumental in organizing integrated unions in the ‘30s and in the Civil Rights Movement of the ‘60s. Still going strong today, this movie shows some of the current fight backs against toxic waste dumping and mountain top removal.
* 2:30–3:00pm, Snack Break – Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.
* 3:00–5:30pm, "Our Role in Transforming the World",
Jacques Morand, a revolutionary activist in France for decades, will discuss the situation confronting us today and prospects for change in the future. Across the world we have seen people stand up against the forces of oppression only to find themselves trapped under regimes that don’t represent their interests. The challenge today is for the working class to organize its forces beyond the national boundaries imposed on us and spread its struggles internationally.
What can we do here in the U.S. and in the Bay Area? Speak Out Now – How can we organize and play an active role in the struggles around us and build the kind of organization that can play a role in truly transforming society?
* 5:30-6:30pm, Time to socialize. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Kenneth Harding Jr Foundation Monthly Community Feed
February 16 at 11:00am until February 17 at 2:00pm
Kenny's Plaza FNA Mendell Plaza in San Francisco at 3RD & OAKDALE
The reason we feed the community is because on July 16, 2011 19 year old Kenneth Wade Harding Jr. was brutally murdered by the SFPD over a $2.00 transit fare. While the community of Bayiew Hunters Point watched this live, the rest of the world watched the horrific video on youtube. It was evident that something needed to be done to address not only the crime against Kenny and his family but also against the community members that witnessed this crime.
In August 2011 a group of young people from Bayview, members known as the Black Star Liner Incorporated stood up against the injustice in their community by the hands of police officers paid by the tax dollars to harrass and at some times kill the civilians by reaching out to the people in Kenny's Plaza (formally known as Mendell Plaza). That interaction came in the form of communication via political and educational literature, OCC complaints and planting the seed for a regular community feed. Over one year later we are now in our 12th consecutive month.
To date with the guidance of Kenneth Harding Jr.'s Courageous mother Denika Chatman we feed up to 100 people a day.
Donations are needed and welcomed! Below you will find a detailed list of the essential items that make our monthly feeds such a success!
WHAT WE NEED:
* Turkey, Chicken or Beef sandwich meat (NO PORK!!!)
* Whole wheat bread
* Condiments (mayo and mustard)
* Lettuce, Tomatoes and other veggies
* Fruit both fresh and canned
* Healthy snacks (crackers, chips, granola, fruit bars, fruit snacks, pastries, nuts, yogurt ect.)
***And anything else healthy that you think would fill the bag and a belly with love!
ADDITIONALLY ASIDE FROM FOOD WE NEED:
*** Paper sandwich bags
*** Plastic sandwich bags
*** Serving Gloves
*** Paper towels
*** Hand sanitizer
Donations accepted for those in need include new socks, deodorant, toilet paper, individual soaps and other hygiene products needed and appreciated.
*****And any other suggestions that you may have would be great!
DONATIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH
Thank you so much for your support in this struggle! The best way to heal the community is to provide the pathway to the basics that we have been denied as a whole. In order to fight we must feed The Body, The Mind and The Spirit!
[signed] The Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation
March for Andy Lopez with Andys Youth
Monday, Feb. 17, 1:30 p.m.
Andys Youth is demanding that the Sheriff ID the unknown deputy, release of the SRPD report, indict Deputy Gelhaus, and disqualify the Sonoma County D.A.'s office in this case.
Santa Rosa City Hall to the Santa Rosa Police Dept. along Sonoma Ave.
Dorothy Day Working Group of Occupy Sonoma!
Monday, Feb. 17, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Discussion and action around issues relating to homelessness, mental health, and social services in Sonoma County.
The Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County, 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa
Andys Youth Call for Presidents’ Day Rally & Informational March through Downtown Santa Rosa
No Class – All Out for Andy!
Feb. 17 @ 1:30pm SR Old Courthouse Square
While most young people will be out of school and wondering what to do for Presidents’ Day, Andys Youth are standing up for civic responsibility and the right to petition government for grievances by calling for a Justice Day Offensive, as part of the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez Spring Justice Offensive. The Youth and their supporters plan to hand out fliers in the middle and high schools in the Santa Rosa area, as well as spreading the word via social media – in particular Facebook.
According to Andys’ Youth Spokesperson Ramon Cairo, “We want to observe Presidents’ Day by furthering educating the Santa Rosa population in particular, and the broader population in general, about the issues involved in both the shooting of Andy and our ongoing efforts to force DA Jill Ravitch to indict Deputy Gelhaus for the brutal and wanton murder of Andy. We have prepared Andy’s Fact Sheet #1 that will thoroughly explain the issues. We hope to hand out thousands of the Fact Sheets to folks downtown and seek their support.”
Andys’ Youth have adopted four demands for the march and speak-out:
* INDICT DEPUTY GELHAUS
* ID THE UNNAMED DEPUTY
* RELEASE THE SRPD REPORT (re: criminal liability of Deputy Gelhaus)
* DISQUALIFY THE SOCO DA’S OFFICE (JCAL has sent a letter to CA State Attorney Kamala Harris asking that she intervene to disqualify the Sonoma County DA’s Office from the case – see 2/6 JCAL letter to Harris.)
According to Andys’ Youth spokesperson Nicole Guerra, “We are calling on young people from throughout Sonoma County and the Bay Area to join us in Santa Rosa on February 17th. Andy’s death affects all young people who want to be able to lead lives free of the fear of police harassment and shootings. We want a more just world and we’re willing to fight for it.”
Panel Discussion: Local, Clean Energy, in Berkeley? We Can Do It!
Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
Imagine if you had a choice where your energy came from. Imagine if it could be cleaner, greener, and more affordable. Join the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition for an exciting discussion of "Community Choice Energy": what it is, how it can bring local, renewable energy resources to the East Bay, and how it can generate jobs and other economic benefits. Hear about how Community Choice Energy can fast track greenhouse gas reductions while also offering competitive
We'll welcome guest speakers Rafael Silberblatt of Marin Clean Energy, California's first Community Choice program, and Woody Hastings from the Climate Protection Campaign, an advocacy group central to the recent launch of Sonoma Clean Power. They'll discuss what it takes to get a Community Choice program up and running, and will be available to answer your questions about how to make Community Choice possible here in the East Bay!
This event is wheelchair accessible.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-548-2220 x240
Sonoma County N.O.W. (National Organization for Women)
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Regular monthly meeting - recurring. For information - 545-5036
Round Table Pizza, Marlowe Rd. Shopping Center, Santa Rosa