Freeman Brothers Memorial: Today we pay our loving respects to the Freedom
Fighting Freeman Brothers, Roland and Ronald “Elder” Freeman at
their memorial – Sunday, Nov. 23, 12-4 p.m., at the Oakland Masonic
Center, 3903 Broadway, Oakland, and we present to you, our readers,
the transcript (the longest story we’ve ever published and one of
the most historically significant) of Minister of Information JR’s
interview with Elder Freeman recorded shortly before his
transition: Salute to the Freeman
Brothers! Last testament of Elder Freeman, a giant of a man.
Elder Freeman, JR writes in his introduction, “was a mentor and
uncle-like community figure at whose feet I sat for half my life,
learning from him and his comrades fundamental lessons: true
African communalism, how to sincerely love Black people through action,
how to truly educate myself, conduct myself in combative
situations, think collectively, think strategically, and stand up
for myself and community, how to have an international Pan African
outlook on the oppression of Black people, how to be forever a
student and problem solver, as well as defender of the people.
These were just a few of the jewels that he taught me directly.”
‘Superheroes’ could be a
game changer: Donald Lacy calls “Superheroes”
“the most important play written in the last 25 years.” It runs
Nov. 21-Dec. 21 at the Cutting Ball Theater, 277 Taylor St., San
Francisco. Tickets are very affordable. They even have
pay-what-you-can nights. In Thespian Donald Lacy talks
Gary Webb, cocaine and the play, ‘Superheroes,’
you’ll learn that the play was inspired by Gary Webb and brings the
CIA-crack connection back to center stage. It could be a game
changer in finally holding our government responsible for the
attempted genocide of the Black community.
Lacy, a member of the cast, is more passionate about this play than
about anything I can remember in many years listening to him on
KPOO every Saturday morning. “Other than slavery,” he declares,
“this crack cocaine dealing by the U.S. government was the worst
thing that America has ever done to Black people.” The playwright,
Sean San Jose, was present at the Jahva House in 2004 when Lacy and
Gary Webb sat down for a major interview, broadcast live on KPOO.
Now transcribed by the Bay View, this priceless piece of history is
about to be posted online and serialized in print, beginning with
the December paper.
No other story anywhere reveals the Black history-makers
behind the Ferguson rebellions; you have to read From the front lines in Ferguson:
‘We will go out hard’ to know who they are, what they want and why they
are so fearless. It’s as if the African communalism of the Freeman
Brothers is reborn in these youngsters, these children of the
government’s crack scourge, destined by the system for prison or an
early grave, but driven by the unconquerable spirit of Africa,
proving, as Garvey told his captors, “You may have caged the lion,
but my cubs are running loose.”
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The International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
declared today: “This is THE moment those of us whose lives
have been touched by these men and this case over the years
have been waiting for. This is the time when we must call upon
the whole of our connections, creativity and courage to call
with one voice for the immediate, unequivocal release of Albert
Woodfox from prison once and for all without delay.”
They are called the Dallas 6 – and we ain’t
talking about Texas. Dallas, in Pennsylvania, is one of nearly
30 prisons in the state, located in its rural outback. The six
are young Black men who, in 2010, tried to stage a peaceful
protest in the prison’s “hole,” its solitary confinement unit.
The Dallas 6 are potentially facing more prison time for
refusing to submit to torture, for men have died, in America,
while strapped into the torture chair.
In late September, the Bay View reported on
draconian new regulations that the CDCr was then poised to
implement, under the guise of an emergency. These regulations
authorize the use of dogs and electronic drug detectors to
indiscriminately search all persons entering institutional
grounds for contraband. Both dogs and electronic detectors are
notoriously unreliable, as both Mohamed Shehk and Peter Shey
explained in the Bay View.
This letter, Re: Comments on CDCR’s Proposed
Regulations: Obscene Material, from attorney Leila Knox of
Bryan Cave LLP, one of the world’s largest law firms, was
emailed and mailed on Nov. 7, 2014, to Regulation and Policy
Management Chief Timothy M. Lockwood, California Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation, P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento,
Calif. 94283-0001. The comment period is now closed.
Since CCA’s founding in 1983, the incarcerated
population has risen by more than 500 percent to more than 2.2
million people. Some people would say that I am taking a risk
exposing the truth about CCA and TCCF in particular; but as a
revolutionary for humanity, I must place my heart in the eye of
the storm and look oppression dead in the face and articulate
the sentiments of the people of true merit.
The disappearance of 43 students from a rural
school in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, dedicated to training teachers
that are mostly from indigenous communities has sparked outrage
and solidarity throughout Mexico and the world. These horrible
acts of violence must be understood within the context of an increasingly
vile and murderous narco state.
When the Michael Brown verdict is announced,
people can expect the police to take at least 10 different
illegal actions to prevent people from exercising their
constitutional rights. The Ferguson police have been on TV more
than others, so people can see how awful they have been acting.
But their illegal police tactics are unfortunately quite
commonly used by other law enforcement in big protests across
Without Haiti’s help, there would not have been any
independent country in Latin America. On January 1, 1816, when
Simon Bolivar arrived in Haiti, downtrodden and desperate for
help to fight the Spanish, the only two republics in the
Western Hemisphere were the United States, where slave
ownership was in force, and Haiti, which had fought for and
earned its independence in what is still the only successful
slave rebellion ever in the world.
Nov. 8, 2014, was the 20th anniversary of the
creation of the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda, and
the court celebrated itself with a new legacy website and video
tribute. CIUT-Ontario radio host Phil Taylor, a former private
investigator for ICTR defense attorneys, who became a prominent
critic of the court, called the video contemptible
self-promotion and endorsement of Paul Kagame’s military
dictatorship in Rwanda.
Here is the story of two legends who gave
everything to their people for decades and continued to their
last breaths. Salute to the Freeman brothers, Roland and Elder.
Elder Freeman was a mentor and uncle-like community figure at
whose feet I sat for half my life, learning from him and his
comrades fundamental lessons: true African communalism and how
to sincerely love Black people through action
Thespian Donald Lacy is one of the stars of the
new play “Superheroes,” which starts today and runs through
Dec. 21 at the Cutting Ball Theater. “Superheroes” looks at the
cocaine era in U.S. history from the perspective of a series of
people interlocked in the scheme, or the uncovering of it.
Check out renaissance man Donald Lacy, the father, journalist,
activist, comedian, thespian and so much more as he speaks on
Gary Webb and “Superheroes” …
Tirrell Muhammad, chairman of the board of the
directors of the Golden State Giants semi-pro football team,
sat down with the SF Bay View newspaper to talk local football.
He talks about some of the star players and upcoming open
tryouts and introduces us to the some of the head honchos
within the organization. Check him out.