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Upcoming Events & Community Announcements 

June 19, 2017
Events in this week's issue:
  • District 5 Community Mixer (6/21) 
  • Oakland Juneteenth (6/24)
  • Black & African Business Expo (6/24) 
  • Immigrant Know-Your-Rights (6/25)
  • County Budget Hearings (6/26-6/30)
  • Fair Chance Hiring: Business Case (6/29)
  • Public Comment on Measure A1 (7/10)

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Supervisor Keith Carson represents District 5 of Alameda County, which includes Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, and parts of Oakland. 
This weekly update features upcoming events and other announcements relevant to District 5. 

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District 5 Office1221 Oak Street, Suite 536
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 272-6695

District 5 Community Mixer 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
5319 MLK Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94609

Oakland Juneteenth

Saturday, June 24
10 AM - 7 PM
3233 Market Street 
Oakland, CA 94608
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Black & African Business Expo

Saturday, June 24
6 PM - 12 AM
4799 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609 
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Immigrant Know-Your-Rights Forum

Sunday, June 25
1 PM - 6 PM 
4799 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
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Alameda County Budget Hearings

Monday, June 26 - 1:30 PM
Tuesday, June 27 - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, June 28 - 1:30 PM
Friday, June 30 - 1:00 PM

Board of Supervisors' Chambers1221 Oak Street, 5th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
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Fair Chance Hiring: 
The Business Case for Hiring People with Records

Thursday, June 29
9 AM - 12 PM
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce475 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
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Public Comment on Measure A1 Housing Development Policies

Comments are due to Alameda County Housing & Community Development by Monday, July 10 at 10 AM. 
Draft policies are posted for review on HCD's website.

Poem, The Mending Wall by Robert Frost

Mending Wall

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Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbour know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
"Stay where you are until our backs are turned!"
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, "Good fences make good neighbours."
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
"Why do they make good neighbours? Isn't it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down." I could say "Elves" to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbours."

east palo alto juneteenth sat june 24, 2017

We hope this finds you and yours in the best of health.

In commemoration of the day that the news of emancipation to be enforced by the US Military reached the people of Texas in 1865, we celebrate Juneteenth!

Pan African City Alive will participate in the East Palo Alto festivities this Saturday at the Bell Street Park from Noon to 7PM. Come out and enjoy the fun, fellowship, marketplace and music. 

DRUMS DRUMS DRUMS!  Pan African City will have a special sale on Djembes from Ivory Coast, Small drums from Ghana as well as Drumsong Drums handmade by our own Charles McKnight. There will also be some miscellaneous drums.  

We will also have our usual items for sale: mud cloth, black soap, pure Shea Butter, oils, jewelry, hard to find books, etc.

Hope to see you there.
Peter and Keisha Evans

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Toward The BAM/BAMBD Billion Dollar Trust Fund by Marvin X

Toward the BAM/BAMBD Billion Dollar Trust Fund
Marvin X

Economics and the BAMBD

The primary question is how shall we make money in the BAMB District? What about a mixed portfolio? We can walk and chew gum, can't we? Aside from businesses already in the district, what else can be added to monetize? For sure, as artists we have creative properties to monetize. Perhaps this is our essential connection to the BAMBD business persons. Far too often we have the art, the show, but lack show business. Surely business persons can assist us in getting our show business together, e.g, how to package, produce, promote and sell our creations in a professional manner. Let's do things in a big way as a businessman used to tell our community. Do for self is in the BAM tradition. We had no choice but to publish our own writings once it became clear the commercial presses weren't interested in our products. Only a few writers were able to publish commercially. Most of us printed chapbooks to get our works to our people. Today there is publishing on demand and China. The Chinese can give us a very good deal. My daughter recently had her book published there.

But we can begin by taking an inventory of our products. Some of us have archives all over the house, e.g., manuscripts, paintings, audio and video productions. I've made more money from my archives than from my books, and my archives were in boxes that would be trashed upon my transition. This is the usual procedure with us. When the elders depart, we enter the house to take jewelry, China dishes, silverware and other items. But the letters of mom, pop, auntie, grandmother, we throw in the trash, in reality the gold: photos, diaries, scrapbooks, notebooks, etc.

Performing artists can collectively produce concerts, readings, books, audio and video tapes for sell to our people thirsty for conscious knowledge.

My daughter is a Bonds attorney. Some time ago she suggested training young people as bond sales persons. We can raise money for the BAM District through the sale of bonds on the grassroots level as well as on the municipal and state level.

We suggest the Afrikan Women's Market Day and the Black Farmer's Market Day on weekends, maybe in the Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza. Lynette McElhaney, President of the City Council, mentioned how the plaza is underused.

We want street vendors in the district on a daily basis, similar to Berkeley and San Francisco. We can begin with a pilot project from Clay to Franklin along 14th. This will give our people a place to sell their creations and products. This will encourage entrepreneurship among youth and adults.

There can be Art and Soul concerts monthly on  different blocks for the exhibition of the many genres of art: paintings, crafts, food, clothing, books, CDs, DVDs; performance: R and B, Jazz, Hip Hop, Spirituals, Spoken Word, lecture/discussions, healing sessions to address the plethora of ills, physical, mental, spiritual.

For sure, we can sell BAM memorabilia: tee shirts, caps, jewelry and other products promoting BAMBD.

We can have tour guides for visitors and local people ignorant and/or curious  of BAMBD. The City has a downtown tour guide, but we must expand the tour.

Stores and shops must have high standards with holistic items that will improve our health rather than destroy us physically and mentally.

All merchants in the district should pay membership dues for the greater good. Artists should pay membership dues as well.

We want to acquire housing and other properties for artist space, business space and housing for our people in the downtown area. We suggest the Land Trust for BAMBD properties. The SRO hotels can be acquired and sold with the life estate title, i.e., the people can own their space for life, but upon their transition, it reverts to the Land Trust. Generally speaking, homelessness can be solved over night with the life estate.

Mental health session must be required so we can recover from our addiction to white supremacy, Type I and II (Dr. Nathan Hare).

In order to do for self, we will initially need help from City, State and Federal agencies, along with generous donations from Silicon Valley firms and Globalists who have caused much of the displacement and destruction of the cultural vitality of our community. Governor Jerry Brown recently passed legislation to establish cultural districts throughout California.

As per the Oakland Downtown Plan, there may be the need for an immediate moratorium on rents and evictions in the BAMBD. The final Downtown Plan should include the necessary changes in the zoning laws, permits and tax structure.

We need to establish a billion dollar trust fund for the district. This should be enough to endow us for the next few years as we pass the baton to our children. They won't be able to say, "Why ya'll didn't leave us nothin' (somethin')?

These are some of my thoughts. What do you think? We welcome your comments.

--Marvin X, BAMBD Planner

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 8:29:50 PM PDT, Marvin X Jackmon wrote:

Toward the Billion Dollar BAMBD Trust Fund

Toward the Billion Dollar Trust Fund
for the Black Arts Movement Business District
The BAMBD is part of the City of Oakland’s downtown plan for the next 25 to 50 years. If it is to survive and thrive, the must be an independent endowment trust fund established to avoid city politics and budget crises that may cause defunding of the BAMB. So while we are not averse to receiving grant funds from city, state and governmental agencies, the BAMBD Billion Trust Fund would insure an independent repository of funds for the life blood of the BAMBD. We want the trust fund to be primary supported by the North American African people of Oakland and elsewhere throughout the nation. It will be a symbol of self-determination of the people. While we would not turn down funding from government and corporate entities, The BAMBD Billion Dollar Trust Fund should symbolize and express the spirit of cultural and economic independence of the Black Arts Movement. As citizens, we have every right to receive funds from governmental and corporate agencies but the primary contributors to the fund should be North American Africans. In the past, too many of our organizations have been funded by persons and agencies not in harmony with the true aspirations of North American Africans. It must be clear that we will not compromise our principles and values for financial assistance. We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors who called for cultural and economic independence.
Priorities of BAMBD Billion Dollar Trust Fund
As indicated in the BAMBD pillars, housing is a priority. There must be market rate and affordable housing for workers, artists and common people in the BAMBD. We propose all properties in the BAMBD should be placed under the land trust to preserve land and properties for future generations, especially to stem the tide of gentrification. To help end homelessness, we seek to acquire SRO hotels for the homeless and grant them life estate titles to their dwellings. This will end a certain degree of homelessness overnight. Housing would assist those recently released from incarceration and those suffering from drug abuse, mental illness and partner abuse.
The BAMBD trust fund would acquire commercial properties for the district that would include office space, retail space, performance and exhibit space. In certain cases, we may need to re-gentrify properties for the benefit of the BAMBD community, placing such properties under the land trust.
We propose the establishment of the Dr.David Blackwell Institute of Math, Science, Technology and Art as an anchor educational institution in the BAMBD. The institute is in honor of the great North American mathematician who taught at the University of California, Berkeley. We invite UC Berkeley to partner with BAMBD in the establishment of the Blackwell STEM and Art institute. Silicon Valley corporations should also support the Blackwell Institute.
Again, the BAMBD trust should rely on the primary support of North American Africans who do indeed have the wealth to fund their cultural and economic endeavors.
The BAMBD Billion Dollar Trust Fund would be under the direction of a community board with a vision for the future.
We invite non-profit groups in the BAMBD area and vicinity to partner with us to make the BAMBD a reality. We would especially appreciate such groups partnering with us to apply to the MacArthur Foundation’s 100 Million RFP for long range projects with broad community support.
Marvin X,
BAMBD Planner


How Marvin X would allocate the BAMBD Billion Dollar Trust Fund

Marvin X, the Black Arts Movement Business District co-founder and planner, suggests the BAMBD Billion Dollar Trust Fund would be allocated as follows:

$100 million for General Fund
$100 million for Five Year Plan
$200 million for mixed use rental housing (seniors, artists, workers, mentally disabled, recently incarcerated, single parents)
$100 million for mortgage loans, especially for purchase of modified SRO hotel rooms with life estate titles for the chronically homeless, thus ending homelessness overnight 
$100 million for job training
$ 100 million for micro and macro loans to entrepreneurs 
$100 million to establish the David Blackwell STEM Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
$100 for land and real estate acquisition
$100 for reentry assistance to displaced former residents of Oakland

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

we love africa! marvin x speaks on the black arts movement business district

This event is to honor and uplift our Black and African community. We will be showcasing the richness and diversity of the Black and African culture through food, dance, music, and fashion. We will be collaborating with Black and African businesses to help give them a platform in the community while encouraging people to purchase products and services from them. This event as a whole will unify and bring together communities who may feel that they are alone or marginalized in this era of gentrification. We will encourage standing together, standing tall, and working together to make our community flourish.

Bio of Marvin X

Marvin X was born May 29, 1944, Fowler CA, nine miles south of Fresno in the central valley of California. In Fresno his parents published the Fresno Voice, a black newspaper.

Marvin attended Oakland’s Merritt College where he encountered fellow students how became Black Panther Party co-founders Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. They taught him black nationalism.  Marvin’s first play Flowers for the Trashman was produced by the Drama department at San Francisco State University, 1965.  Marvin X dropped out to established his own Black Arts West Theatre in the Fillmore, 1966, along with playwright Ed Bullins. Months later Marvin would co-found Black House with Eldridge Cleaver, 1967.

Marvin introduced  Eldridge Cleaver to Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.  Eldridge immediately joined the Black Panther Party.  Huey Newton said, “Marvin X was my teacher, many of our comrades came from his Black Arts Theatre: Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver,  Emory Douglas and Samuel Napier.”

One of the movers and shakers of the Black Arts Movement (BAM) Marvin X has published 30 books, including essays, poetry, and his autobiography Somethin’ Proper. Important books include Fly to Allah, poems, Beyond Religion, toward Spirituality, essays on consciousness, and How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, a manual based on the 12 step Recovery model.

Marvin received his MA in English/Creative writing from San Francisco State University, 1975. He has taught at San Francisco State University, Fresno State University, UC Berkeley and San Diego, Mills College, Merritt and Laney Colleges in Oakland, University of Nevada, Reno.  He lectures coast to coast at such colleges and universities as University of Arkansas, University of Houston, Morehouse and Spelman, Atlanta, University of Virginia, Howard University, Univ. of Penn, Temple Univ., Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, UMASS, Boston.

His latest book is the Wisdom of Plato Negro, parables/fables, Black Bird Press, Berkeley. He currently teaches at his Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland. Ishmael Reed says, “Marvin X is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland."

For speaking, readings and performance, contact Marvin X @,

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carl dix on revolution summer 2017

Carl Dix
There have been important developments in recent days that call for determined actions on the part of people who hate the brutality and misery so many are forced to endure today. The system just put its stamp of approval on another case of police murder. This time it was the murder of Philando Castile whose death we watched on video. We also saw the cop who had just gunned him down threaten to shoot his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, while her 4 year old daughter watched from the back seat of the car. Yet a court found no criminal activity on the part of this killer cop.
At the same time as summer nears in Chicago, many fear that the horror of Black and Brown people killing each other will intensify. So in the past couple of days I've been in the streets with the Revolution Club Chicago condemning the exoneration of the murderer of Philando Castile and calling on people to get out of killing each other and get into the revolution. And all this is going down in the context of the Trump-Pence regime moving with great determination to enforce its fascist agenda.
Below are some links that will update you on what's going down here in Chicago, as well as some ways that you can get involved in supporting those of us who have come to the front lines here. And as always, I welcome hearing back from you.
Taking over I-94 in Minnesota to protest acquittal of Philando Castile's killer

We Must Take Our Rage at this Outrageous Verdict to the Streets!

System Puts Its Stamp of Approval on Police Murder of Philando Castile!

June 17 by Carl Dix
Minnesota goddamn! No, Amerikkka goddamn! This system just let another killer cop walk out of a courtroom scot free, putting its stamp of approval on another official murder of a Black man. This time it was the murderer of Philando Castile, and the courtroom was in Minnesota. Last month the pig who murdered Terence Crutcher walked free out of a courtroom in Oklahoma. Before that it was the cops in Baltimore who murdered Freddie Gray; the cop in Chicago who murdered Rekia Boyd; the cop in Detroit who murdered seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones; and I could go on and on. And most of the time cops who murder Black and Brown people don't even get put on trial.
It didn't matter in this case that Diamond Reynolds, Philando Castile's girlfriend, had bravely recorded a Facebook post of the murdering pig right after he had shot Castile. Or that we saw that murdering pig pointing his gun at Reynolds, threatening to shoot her too. Or that we heard Reynolds' four-year-old daughter telling her mother “It's all right. I'm here with you,” even though we knew it wasn't all right because this little girl had just watched this pig blow Philando Castile away.
None of this mattered because all the murdering pig had to do was get on the witness stand and oink that he was afraid for his life to get a not guilty verdict. That's all the murdering pigs who patrol Black and Latino neighborhoods like occupying armies ever have to say to walk free when they murder someone.
As Bob Avakian, the leader of the RCP, says in BAsics: “The role of the police is not to serve and protect the people. It is to serve and protect the system that rules over the people. To enforce the relations of exploitation and oppression, the conditions of poverty, misery and degradation into which the system has cast people and is determined to keep people in. The law and order the police are about, with all of their brutality and murder, is the law and the order that enforces all this oppression and madness.”
Police getting away with murder is unacceptable. And now the fascist Trump-Pence regime is vowing to “take the gloves off the police,” which will mean that police terrorizing and murdering Black and Brown people would intensify. We must act to STOP this horror now! Not try to get the capitalist rulers to ease off on unleashing their front line enforcers to terrorize and murder people, but to STOP this from going down. We must take our righteous rage and refusal to sit by while this goes down into the streets. And we must do this as part of getting ready and in position for an actual revolution, one that overthrows this system because that's the only way to end this horror, and all the other horrors this system enforces on people around the world and in this country.
Justice for Philando Castile!
Stop Police Terror & Murder!
Revolution—Nothing Less!
Carl Dix
On May 20, 2017, Carl Dix delivered a message in the South Shore of Chicago on 71st and Jeffery, Chicago

ThunderCLAP for #RevolutionSummer Chicago!

To support #RevolutionSummer! Chicago fundraising efforts, the Revolution Club Chicago is launching a Thunderclap campaign to bring thousands to donate to the Revolution Summer! Chicago Fund. As Carl Dix says, “so many of our young people are caught up in killing each other. This has got to STOP and the revolution declares that it’s gonna stop it this summer by giving our young people something that is worth living for and fighting for.”
Over the next days, up to June 23, we need your help to get the message out on Facebook to many more potential supporters, calling on them to sign up for the Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a new crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard through all saying the same message at the same time. The single message can be mass-shared, flash-mob style, and has the potential to make the message heard by millions of people. All you do is pledge a tweet, Facebook post, or Tumblr post and Thunderclap will post a single, one-time message on your behalf on your social media feed—and it takes 5 seconds to join.
Share this and Sign up now for the Revolution Summer! Thunderclap here!