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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
bam news in brief-- local, national and international
Cuba--If You Embrace Assata, You Must Fight the Black Misleadership Class
Donald Trump’s lynch party seeking the extradition of Assata Shakur from
Cuba includes every U.S. president -- most especially Barack Obama, who
doubled the bounty on her head and demanded “that a home-grown Black
revolutionary and escaped political prisoner be returned to captivity.”
As for the Congressional Black Caucus, there is “no chance that the CBC
as a body will protest either Trump’s persecution of Shakur or his
general policy on Cuba.”
Berlin, Germany--WTF, Rosa Park's house moved to Berlin, Germany
Detroit planned to demolish the home, so now it’s in an artist’s yard in
South Korea — “Self-restraint” is all that is keeping the United States
and South Korea from going to war with the North, the top American
general in South Korea said on Wednesday. His comment came as the
South’s defense minister indicated that the North’s first
intercontinental ballistic missile had the potential to reach Hawaii.
BeyGOOD: Beyoncé Partners With UNICEF to Bring Safe Water to Children in Remote Areas in Burundi, East Africa
entertainer and humanitarian, Beyoncé has teamed up with UNICEF through
her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of
BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership to provide safe water to the
most vulnerable children in Burundi, known as the "Heart of Africa."
The partnership will support programs to improve water, sanitation and
basic hygiene practices in the hardest-to-reach areas of the landlocked
East African nation, where nearly half the population has no access to
Ghana, West Africa
LOOK: Colin Kaepernick, in Ghana, tweets about finding his independence on July 4
Kaepernick says he went home -- to the land of his ancestors -- for personal discovery
Colin Kaepernick took
to social media July 4 to explain why he took a recent trip to Ghana to
find his own independence. His Twitter post features a video of his
journey, while an Instagram post featuring the same video included a message from Kaepernick, starting with a quote from Frederick
BAM news national
Please Donate to the Larry Neal 80th Birthday Tribute
Tribute on September 9 at The Schomburg Center in memory the
Great Revolutionary Black Arts Movement Activist, poet, philosopher/Cultural Worker on his 80th Birthday
repurposed day care center stands amid a handful of empty lots on
Capitol Street in Jackson, Miss. No development of any kind has taken
hold in this mid-point to the city’s downtown area. What stands out as
cars come by are the red letters spelling out the “Lumumba Center”
painted on the windows in honor of the short reign as mayor of legendary
community activist and movement lawyer Chokwe Lumumba.
Lumumba, who passed away three years ago after serving only nine
months of his term, served as a center point for radical change in
Jackson. That center point is housed in the Lumumba Center and
represents the tradition of Black self-determination and cooperative
economics he advocated for during his organizing and political life.
That center point is Cooperation Jackson.
Jackson, Miss., is perhaps one of the Blackest cities in the United
States, with a population of over 180,000 people, 80 percent of them
being Black. Everything about Jackson — from the story of African
enslavement to the great era of the civil rights movement — proudly
shapes the town’s history and its people. Mississippi winds whisper the
names of freedom fighters like the great Fannie Lou Hammer and Medgar
Evers. It is this tradition of Black resistance, unmistakably flowing in
the blood of Black Jacksonians, that continues today out of necessity....
Chicago Police officer, left, watches as an evidence technician officer
investigates a gun at the scene where a 16-year-old boy was shot in the
head and killed and another 18-year-old man was shot and wounded on the
7300 block of South Sangamon Street on April 25, 2016 in Chicago,
Illinois. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
After countless shootings and hundreds of murders during the first half of 2017, Chicago is getting more federal aid.
Twenty additional federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms (ATF) have been sent to the city after President Donald
Trump tweeted Friday that: “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help.”
Philadelphia--PhilAesthetic explores local Black Arts Movement
Tribune Staff Writer
The African American Museum of
Philadelphia is marking its 40th anniversary by curating PhilAesthetic: A
Celebration of Philadelphia’s Black Arts Movement, a multimedia, pop-up
exhibition that opens this week.
The celebration is an
unprecedented collaboration between four cultural institutions: The
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Philadelphia Dance
Compay, the New Freedom Theatre and AAMP.
“PhilAesthetic is a
shared celebration amongst Philadelphia’s African-American legacy
cultural organizations,” Patricia Wilson Aden, AAMP president and CEO,
told The Philadelphia Tribune.
of these organizations, for the first time, are offering programs with a
shared theme. PhilAesthetic is all about the Black Arts Movement,” she
said. “The Black arts movement is that time between the late ‘60s and
early ‘70s where we had a lot of creative energy percolating up not only
from neighborhoods in Philadelphia, but also nationally and
“What we wanted to do is highlight the fact that
these legacy organizations very often had their genesis during that
time period and those legacy organizations have associated with them
artists that have had impact not only here in Philadelphia but across
the globe For so long we believed that these legacy organizations
haven’t been celebrated collectively as they could and should be, “ Aden
“We really want people to appreciate the fact that they
have had this fantastic, immeasurable and invaluable imprint. The
culture community is changing, the neighborhoods in which they exist are
changing and very often their impact is under appreciated,” she added.
is anchored by a two-gallery exhibition showcasing four decades of
works by some of the top Black visual artists. It also features
community workshop performances and pop-up exhibits at the three partner
institutions where visitors can explore the stories, history and work
of each of community cultural organizations.
“One of the
objectives of our project is to tie generations together,“ said Helen
Haynes, PhilAesthetic producing director. “We talk about the Black Arts
Movement and we talk about what the boomers’ experience with it, but a
lot of the millennials and the Xers haven’t had that same experience
with these institutions.
“We want to attract younger people to
these institutions. This programming is really designed to attract
younger people to the institutions to really get them more involved with
them and also different cultures to these institutions,“ she said.
launches Thursday with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the AAMP,
701 Arch St. The reception features live performances by the Clef Club
Ensemble, Ursula Rucker and Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble.
August, each partner institution will host a series of performances
showcasing the diversity of artwork created by the Black Arts Movement
artists and their influence on contemporary performers.
performance titled “Fierce! Three Generations of Jazz, Funk and Hip-Hop”
will be held June 24 at 8 p.m. at the Philadelphia Clef Club, 738 S.
Broad St. The event features Jamaaladeen Tacuma and his band,
soul-singer Lady Alma as well as rapper, singer and songwriter Hezekiah.
event titled “The Ultimate Supa Sisters!” featuring Ursula Rucker,
Sonia Sanchez and Jessica Care Moore will be held July 14 at 8 p.m. at
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oakland--support black woman is god exhibit
Jun 28 at 11:16 PM
are transforming the Bay Area art scene and the world, so we need your
support! With your help, we look forward to bringing you beautiful gifts
of art and community.
names are Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green. We are artists, activists,
and change-makers. We love Black art and work to create spaces for Black
women artists who are often marginalized in the art world.
year we had 2,000 people come out to the opening reception of The Black
Woman Is God at SOMArts in San Francisco. So many performers, artists,
healers, and stewards helped make this mammoth exhibition possible —
providing a platform for 60 Black visual artists to contribute over 100
pieces of artwork and over 75 dancers, drummers, and performers to
activate the exhibition at the opening reception.
then, SOMArts has created space for us to bring The Black Woman is God
back in 2017 and the exhibition has gotten bigger. We are reaching out
to you for financial support to show appreciation for those who continue
to give without requesting to be paid. Let's show the artists, the
communities and the world that The Black Woman is God is not only an
exhibition but a movement that has the power to bring about healing and
This is what we have done so far and what we are asking you to support:
The City of Oakland was supposed to end up with a new two-year budget
after its Tuesday night council meeting. Instead, a large assembly of
activists shut the meeting down and prevented a vote.
Chanting "defund OPD," in reference to Oakland's police department, and
urging more spending on housing, homeless services, and similar
programs, the group took over the chambers and prevented the meeting
from continuing before the actual discussion about the budget began.
Members of the council appeared caught off-guard by the disruption, but then declared a recess and slowly exited the room.
Councilmembers Desley Brooks, Rebecca Kaplan, and Noel Gallo left City
Hall shortly after the disruption. The remaining councilmembers then
quickly reassembled inside the locked council chambers, but only to vote
to adjourn. Although a typical budget resolution only requires five
councilmembers' votes to pass, certain parts of the proposed budgets
this year require six votes. As a result, there was no quorum last night
after the disruption.
Elaine Brown is the CEO of Oakland and the World Enterprises, and also a staff member in Supervisor Keith Carson's office.
The Oakland City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a deal to sell city-owned land near
West Oakland's BART station to a nonprofit that improperly obtained
hundreds of thousands in county tax dollars, according to the Alameda
County Grand Jury. The city would sell the land for a nominal price,
even though it's worth $1.4 million, in order to subsidize an affordable
housing project on site.
Further complicating the deal is the fact that the nonprofit's leader
sued the City of Oakland last year, alleging that councilmember Desley
Brooks attacked her at a barbecue restaurant. The lawsuit is ongoing,
and Brown is seeking millions in damages from the city.
The nonprofit, Oakland and the World Enterprises,
was set up by former Black Panther Elaine Brown to build affordable
housing and operate an urban farm in West Oakland. It also plans to
build a grocery store, restaurant, fitness center, and technology center
at the location.
But according to the Grand Jury, Brown's group was given $710,000 by
Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson at the same time Brown was a paid
staff member in Carson's office. "[T]he dual role of the county
employee in these transactions constituted both a failure of good
governance practices by the county of Alameda and a conflict of
interest," concluded the Grand Jury in their investigation, which was published yesterday.
Brown is currently listed as a staff member in charge of job creation
and West Oakland constituent services on Carson's supervisor web site.
Oakland-- the anti-police terror project on oakland city council member lynette mcelhaney
The Anti-Police Terror Project & The Oakland Justice Coalition just started a petition to Oakland City Council Member Lynette Gibson McElhaney demanding that she: Withdraw the nomination of Sarah Chavez-Yoell to the Oakland Police Commission's selection panel.
The Anti-Police Terror Project & The Oakland Justice Coalition just started a petition titled: "We demand REAL community oversight of the Oakland police department." Here's why this is important: Oaklanders need to be safe and secure, we need housing and job
security, we need a city that spends it's budget on jobs for the youth,
housing protections, and the arts. And we need a city that spends less
money on the police. We need to be living in an Oakland where
the OPD is held to the same level of responsibility as civilians and
where residents have security in knowing that if they are victimized by
the police, such as Jasmine Absulin was, that the OPD will be held
accountable. Currently we do not live in this type of Oakland but we're ready to fight in order to create it!
In fighting for a better Oakland we're highlighting the egregious
conflict of interest that currently exists within the Oakland Police
Commission, an oversight panel that is supposed to keep the police in
check. We deserve a police commission that can objectively
analyze the misconduct of officers and a selection panel, currently
chaired by Sarah Chavez-Yoell, the wife of a violent officer is a
conflict of interest that residents can not afford. Marvin,
join us in demanding Sarah Chavez-Yoell, wife of a known violent
officer, Lieutenant Mike Yoell, be removed from the Oakland Police
Commission immediately! In Oakland, we know far too well the outcomes of an unchecked police force. From
the COINTELPRO attacks of the 1960s, the current Negotiated Settlement
Agreement stemming from the Rider's case, and the more recent child rape
case of Jasmine Absulin (also known as Celeste Guap), accounts of
corruption, scandal, and violence are all too familiar and can have
deadly outcomes. When elected officials at the highest levels of city government
know what's going on but turn a blind eye to police abuse bad outcomes
will occur. Oakland officials ignore the intrinsic criminality of police
behavior while calling for more cops to address crime on the street. It
is the height of hypocrisy.
The Oakland Police Commission is supposed to address the lack of
oversight of the Oakland Police Department. It is supposed to put
civilians in roles to hold the department accountable for misconduct.
But how does this occur when the selection panel appointed to choose
commissioners has a bias toward violent officers? District 3 City Council Member Lynette Gibson McElhaney’s recent
appointment of Sarah Chavez-Yoell to the police commission raises
considerable red flags. Chavez-Yoell is the wife of former OPD
Lieutenant Mike Yoell, an officer with numerous incidents of violence.
His "checkered past" includes excessive force, hitting a teen with a
car, sexual harassment and "many other high-profile incidents”. The
commission used to hold Oakland police accountable cannot consist of
people that sympathize with and are married to violent officers. We
demand a fair and just police oversight commission and for this to
happen Sarah Chavez-Yoell must go!
The Anti Police-Terror Project and the Oakland Justice Coalition request
your support in demanding that Oakland City Councilmember Lynette
Immediately withdraw her appointment of Sarah Chavez-Yoell from the
Oakland Police Commission's selection panel due to a conflict of
Select an individual from community who can objectively make decisions based on the needs of community.
Create a community-centered vetting process for the replacement appointee prior to actual selection
"Conflicts of interest are the number one thing that can and
will tank the credibility of the Oakland Police Commission. That process
has begun with the appointments to the Selection Committee." - Cat
On behalf of the organization, I want to thank you for your presence and rousing speech at the "Black And African Business Expo". The speech left us educated and inspired.
Judging from the comments of those who attended, the expo was very successful. Most of the credit goes to you and other vendors who made their presence felt. I hope your speech imparted into everyone, especially the youngsters, the importance of "Black Dollars".
Again, we were pleased to have your participation in this outstanding expo, and we thank you for your valuable contribution.
I will be sending you pictures and looking forward to your write up on the expo. GCEA will plan to do an interview with you about the Black Arts Movement Business District.
One last thing, is there any suggestion, critique or observation you can point out that can make us a better host in the future.
My name is Troy Williams. On Monday, Juneteenth, Black Liberation
Day, I agreed to be the editor for the Bay View newspaper. It is with
great honor, respect and much consideration that I step into this
I recognize that over the past 40-plus years the Bay View has been a
voice for the people. Simply put, we speak truth to power, logic to the
illogical, from the perspective of those who seldom have a platform to
speak from. And, what greater truth is there than examples of people
whose lives have been touched, transformed and empowered by what they
read in the Bay View newspaper.
I first heard of the Bay View while serving time in prison. Two and a
half years ago, I was serving a life sentence and paroled from San
Quentin State Prison with $200 to my name, a skill set and a plan for my
life. As we move forward, I will share more about me. But for the
purposes of this introduction, I will state that I am most noted for
founding a media organization inside the walls of San Quentin....