Reflections on SF BayView Newspaper

Tiny - Posted on 26 July 2017

Youth Poverty Skolaz at Deecolonize Academy/POOR Magazine Summer Media Camp reflect on articles from the SF BayView Newspaper


Suicides inside of Lane Murray by Seven

On June 15, 2017, BayView wrote an article about why there are so many suicides inside of Lane Murray, a women's prison. The reason why so many women are committing suicide inside the prison is because they all have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from being confined for a great amount of time. In the article it says that, “Prolonged confinement at Lane Murray Unit, along with the abuse from the hands of the correctional officers, weakens many women's mental and emotional state”.

The prison is located in a small town of Gatesville, a prominent area for the KKK (Ku Klux Klan). Ad- Seg (Administrative Segregation) is supposed to be security but they are punishments for the prisoners. Ad-Seg (Administrative Segregation) is being utilized for launching dirty money from the state, which means that taxpayers are literally paying for their abuse without knowing what in the world is really going on.  

In my opinion, I think that the KKK(Ku Klux Klan) is playing a big part in what's going on in this prison because when people are being incarcerated are people of color, KKK(Ku Klux Klan) is known for killing a lot of colored people because of the color of their skin. I also think that the Ad-Seds (Administrative Segregation) is only doing all these dirty things because they want to get more and more money off of abusing women.


The way CPS handles children by Zosia

The way CPS handles children without a guardian, or reported children being abused is quite secretive. CPS doesn’t really articulate how they handle situations called out to them. Most of the time, they just state they “took the child away” or “gave a better home” to the child. They now have forms that you fill out, looking like this;

It’s quite scary, as if it is a contract or military fill-out form. Would you be surprised if they barged in and just took away your child like ICE? The truth is that it’s not a safe way that they take children away from their guardians. A question is; when do they even know when to take the children away, and is it okay with the child being taken away? Do they just do it on impulse? With more force than needed? Yes, they do.

In one particular case in 2013, they took away a family’s baby who had a heart condition. They said, “I’m going to grab your baby, and don’t resist and don’t fight me, okay?” as the family was at home after coming from the hospital. This is only one of the many cases that happen every day, though.

As CPS has happened in my family before, I have some relations to these instances. My stance on CPS is that it is not okay. I don’t think the government should send some security guard like, brawny steroid men to your house if your child is acting up. It just doesn’t make sense to me, as your child is your child, not the warden’s barging into your house, not the government's.

SF BayView Article here


Hunter's Point by Kimo

I am a resident of San Francisco. I live in Hunter's Point. It has come to my attention that the area I have lived in for Seven Years used to be a Navy shipyard where they manufactured Ships, Bombs and Weapons. Occasionally, they would have ships come through that had tested nuclear weapons in the South Pacific and dismantle them in the old navy shipyard, which is now the area I live in.

I read an article in the Bay View newspaper with the headline, “Hunter’s Point Shipyard Whistle Blowers.” This story is about how Tech Tetra was contracted by the Navy to help clean up radioactive waste so that they could further proceed with building their condos that are planned to be built in Hunter’s Point. A couple of workers for Tech Tetra have spoken out and said that the company provided fake samples from the soil tests for radiation. Tech Tetra lied and said there was no radiation when they had a responsibility not only to the people but also to the environment.

In my opinion, personal gain was more important to them than public safety. It makes me worried that industrial companies have done this, and it's just a matter of time before they do this again.


Colin Kaepernick by Tiburcio

“A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled!”, That was one of the very revolutionary tweets that Colin Kaepernick posted on June 16 of this year. He also expressed his sorrow for the family of Philando Castille, a young black man who was murdered in front of his girlfriend and four-year-old daughter.

Just recently there was the NFL draft. An NFL draft is where every year football teams pick out new and talented people and replace them with other players. Colin Kaepernick was one of the ones who was replaced. Remember this was about eight months after he refused to stand up for the national anthem. It is no mystery why every team refused to pick him.

This is just a classic example of racism in the sports industry. I am just disgusted that they discreetly bar this man from playing his game because he showed the world that he cares about issues going on around him and that he isn’t oblivious to the hate against people of color in America.

SF BayView Article here


The Investigation of David Josiah Lawson by Solomon

David Josiah Lawson is an African American who was a Humboldt State student and was stabbed at an off-campus party.

We still don't know who the real killer is. It was first thought to be Kyle Zoellner, but the court has decided to release Zoellner due to a lack of physical evidence, such as the knife found at the scene had fingerprints not matching Zoellner’s. But Zoellner’s jeans found bloody are now under investigation to see if the blood matches Lawson’s.

Witnesses have said that they saw Lawson holding Zoellner in a headlock and then they turned over and saw Lawson with a blood stain on his shirt. The police are looking to convict the killer before the school year. Lawson's family is also doing everything they can to help.

I think that the police are neglecting this case. They need to focus on this case more to find out who the real killer is because it has been more than 2 months since Lawson's death.

SF BayView Article here


More Money for Color by Sahara

1865 is when American slavery was ended. Turns out as a result there are more African Americans in prisons than any other race. NO other society in history has imprisoned more of its own people. Black people are doing all of this hard labor, and some people are doing it without getting paid. There are more prisons in America than there are in China meaning there is way more space for people of color in America. The black women that are in prison make the McDonald’s uniform and they make Victoria’s Secret clothing. The list of companies that are exploiting prison labor includes:  

Bank of America





and more

Which means that all these companies are supporting the prisons….

Honestly, I think they should not but it is crazy that the people that work in prisons are getting paid way more when there is people of color in prison. People are getting rich off of people of color because the more stuff that black people do the more that Trump gives to prison...Trump sort of gives money for the more black people in prison….



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