Black Solidarity Week – February 17-24

Source: Community Ready Corps – Fb

In honor of #BlackSolidarityWeek, and in light of the recent released FBI report on so-called “Black Identity Extremists,” CRC will host a political education panel on the repression of Black dissidents.

Join leaders from the Anti Police-Terror Project and special guests Mama Akua Njeri and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. for an evening of radical truth telling, solidarity building, and self defense.

On March 4, 1968 (exactly one month before King was assassinated), FBI Director Edgar Hoover issued this directive:

Prevent the Coalition of militant black nationalist groups. In unity there is strength, a truism that is no less valid for all its triteness. An effective coalition…might be the first step toward a real “Mau Mau” in America, the beginning of a true black revolution.

Prevent the rise of a “messiah” who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement.

The assassination of 21 year old Chicago Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton Sr. about 18 months later was a very clearly documented case of the U.S. government killing an African-American leader on American soil. The historic significance of this brutal act of repression cannot be overstated, and at this event, we will have opportunity to hear the testimony of survivors of the attack.

In August of 2017, the FBI released another internal memo: “Black Identity Extremists Likely to Target Law Enforcement Officers” conflating the upsurge in organized, political resistance to police terror with a violent and criminal threat.

In this historical moment, it is clear that Black leaders are being targeted for repression and neutralization. As a community, how can we defend the rights of Black people to organize and defend their communities from State violence?

We call on all who want to be in solidarity with Black people to attend this event and to help us spread the word. SHOW UP and show the State that your eyes are open to the repression of Black people by the U.S. government.

Events: Surviving Smash & Grab, First Congregational Church, February 17, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – For tickets click here.



San Francisco Will Clear Thousands of Marijuana Convictions


Thousands of people with misdemeanor convictions for marijuana possession dating back 40 years will have their criminal records cleared, the San Francisco district attorney’s office said Wednesday. San Diego is also forgiving old convictions.

Recreational marijuana became legal in California this year, and the law allowed those with prior low-level offenses to petition for expungement, a process that can be costly.

But in San Francisco and San Diego, people need not ask. George Gascón, San Francisco’s district attorney, said his office would automatically erase convictions there, which total about 3,000.

An additional 4,900 felony marijuana charges will be examined by prosecutors to determine if they should be retroactively reduced to misdemeanors.

San Diego has identified 4,700 cases, both felonies and misdemeanors, that will be cleared or downgraded.

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Chef Tanya Holland: ‘Oakland Really Wants Authenticity’


Hoodline recently spoke to chef Tanya Holland about the restaurant group she formed to spearhead her expansion across the Bay Area and beyond.

In a few months, she’ll open a new Uptown restaurant, as well as a spot in San Francisco’s Ferry Building; discussions to open eateries in two local airports and sports stadiums are also underway.

In this extended interview, Holland discusses her first decade as a restaurateur and addresses the challenges and opportunities she sees in Oakland’s culinary scene.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Tell us about the opening of Brown Sugar Kitchen in 2008.

The reason why I’m here [in West Oakland] is because I couldn’t get a lease in Old Oakland or Jack London Square or Uptown. There were a couple places that were turnkey, but overall there wasn’t a lot of development at that time.

I found this location which was also in my neighborhood, but I had to downscale my original French-Creole Bistro concept. I wanted to be accessible to everyone, particularly the people who lived here. I made a simple menu. The overhead wasn’t a lot at the time, so it just seemed manageable.

How has the neighborhood and clientele changed since you opened?

There are a lot more younger people over here that are working in tech. When I first opened, there were definitely more neighborhood people coming in, but now they don’t want to deal with the lines. Some have moved out because they couldn’t afford it. That’s part of it too.

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Mike Tyson says he aims to get his squandered fortune back selling marijuana – Mirror Online


Tyson, 51, revealed he plans to deliver the “best marijuana around” now it is legal to sell over the counter in California

Boxing legend Mike Tyson may have been a dope to squander his fortune – but he aims to get much it back by selling marijuana.

Tyson, 51, revealed he plans to deliver the “best marijuana around” now it is legal to sell over the counter in California.

He is in partnership with investors to create a “cannabis resort” in California City, a town in the Mojave Desert.And he insisted his desire in selling the drug is “100 per cent” to heal.

Tyson is in partnership with investors to create a “cannabis resort” in California City, a town in the Mojave Desert

​“It’s not just about smoking to get high,” said dad-of-seven Tyson.

“It helps people that cannot sleep, people with cancer and so many quagmires that people don’t know about.” He aims to start distributing in the next two months and is unworried by rivals.

“We are going to have the best marijuana around,” he said.

He revealed his high hopes at the Los Angeles premiere of his new film Kickboxer: Retaliation, with Jean Claude Van Damme.

He wants to deliver the “best marijuana around” now it is legal to sell over the counter in California

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Bureau of Cannabis Control Announces Five Upcoming Public Licensing Workshops

Bureau of Cannabis Control Licensing Workshop


Author: Bureau of Cannabis Control
Published: Dec 29, 2017
Sacramento, California


SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) today announced plans to host five public licensing workshops. The workshops will focus on what licensing information is needed and what resources are available for people planning to apply for state commercial cannabis licenses.

The Bureau will be joined by other state and local agencies at each licensing workshop. The workshop schedule will include a brief overview and then transition to an open house where people can obtain information from and ask questions of different state and local agencies.The workshops are free and do not require registration to attend. Each workshop is scheduled to run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Public Licensing Workshops Dates & Locations:

January 22, 2018 – Monterey 

Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

January 25, 2018 – Santa Ana

Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612

January 26, 2018 – San Diego

Town & Country Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108

February 1, 2018 – Oakland

Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

February 6, 2018 – Ukiah

Ukiah Valley Conference Center, 200 South School Street, Ukiah, CA 95482

For additional information about the upcoming licensing workshop series, or to subscribe to email alerts to hear about updates as they become available, please visit our website:

For information on all three licensing authorities, please visit the state’s California Cannabis Portal: Follow the Bureau on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily news and updates.

Source: Bureau Of Cannabis Control

Opinion: Councilmember Desley Brooks is a Passionate Advocate for Oakland


By Darin T. Wesley, January 19, 2018

In Oakland, most electeds claim to play nice. But with whom? At whose expense?

As rents skyrocket and affordable housing becomes a distant dream, local politicians make nice with big developers, venture capitalists and rich tech companies – partnerships that leave residents literally outside in the cold.

As more families lose their homes, the representatives they elected to represent them smile widely while cutting deals with deep pocket investors responsible for making the Bay Area the most expensive place to live in America.

Those who dare question the game are framed as contentious. They are ostracized from political power circles and smeared outside of them. This is politics as usual—a game of life or death for many, and one that Oakland’s public servants happily play by the rules.

Not Desley Brooks.

Brooks is a politician who has always been a passionate advocate for our community. Anyone who has witnessed her hold court during a City Council meeting could not deny her vocal, unyielding approach to her legislative duties.

A licensed attorney, Brooks was in-house counsel for several departments at both federal and state levels before being elected to represent District 6 in East Oakland. It’s a sound bet that those around during her trial days would describe her pursuit of justice back then in a similar way.

No matter the role, throughout her career Brooks has been a staunch advocate for the interests of those she represents, bravely challenging those that oppose.

She doesn’t often seem concerned with nice—that much is true. Her focus is lasered in on what’s right. During her 16 years on the Council, Brooks has challenged City Hall from within, refusing to play politics in an arena of closed door deals.

Instead, she’s worked to foster an open-door policy with residents.

She has a long list of accomplishments:

  • Backing legislation to keep tenants and homeowners safe from eviction and foreclosure;
  • Organizing free legal assistance at Eastmont Mall for Oakland residents;
  • Backing Oakland’s Prompt Payment Policy ensuring nonprofits are paid on time;
  • Sponsoring the new Department of Race and Equity, created to end systemic racism in the City of Oakland;
  • Helping pass an historic Cannabis Equity Ordinance, winning rights for those from neighborhoods most devastated by War on Drugs to participate in legal cannabis industry;
  • Backing measures to increase police accountability;
  • Sponsoring concerts, food giveaways and other activities in neighborhoods that get little attention from City Hall.

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