Indigenous Resistance


The Son of a Filipino Immigrant

Julius Domantay is released from prison on a pardon and within minutes is seized

Tony Robles/PNN
Tuesday, August 19, 2008;

An ancestral voice draws me closer. Thick syllables weave through the air like brown leaves steeped with the wisdom of winter rain; proudly displaying its beauty like a butterfly coming into bloom--wings beyond reach.

The Laughter of Black Men

Tony Robles/PNN
Saturday, September 5, 2009;

It’s one of the most beautiful sounds, maybe the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard. You go through life working jobs and navigating through the nonsense and the real and sometimes the lines separating them are so blurred that you can’t tell one from the other. A great writer once said, “Men have ways of showing their petty biases and prejudices”. One doesn’t have to be a great writer to draw that conclusion.

Sayaw Ng Mandirigma (Dancing with the warriors): journey to the homeland for a worker, a father, an Escrimador!

Tony Robles
Tuesday, July 1, 2008;

Jimmy, Jimmy, oh Jimmy Mack
When are you coming back?

--Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

San Francisco deserts its black population: City Hall report on San Francisco’s Black Counter-Migration

Tony Robles/PNN
Tuesday, September 2, 2008;

The Chronicle recently ran an article whose headline read, "Black population deserting SF". To me, a 4th generation San Francisco native, San Francisco has deserted its black population. The city is losing its heart. Its soul cries.

People Get Ready: In Honor of Curtis Mayfield

Tony Robles/PNN
Thursday, October 2, 2008;

People get ready
There's a train-a-comin
You dont need no baggage
You just get on board

--Curtis Mayfield

Heart of the City: The Farmers Market in Downtown San Francisco is at-risk of take-over

Tony Robles/PNN
Tuesday, May 27, 2008;

As a child I would accompany my grandma to the market 3 blocks from our house. She held my hand as we walked. The trees seemed to bow before her, and the traffic, upon seeing her wide sunglasses and colorful scarves, would come to a respectful halt. I'd skip alongside her as we got closer to the market. Once inside, it was magic. Grandma knew vegetables - bok choy, squash, ginger and bitter melon. They knew her too, jumping into our cart as we made our way to the meat and fish section.

From Homelessness to HOMEFULNESS!

POOR Magazine is evicted by unscrupulous landlords and launches a Capital Campaign with a new twist

Tony Robles/Co-editor
Wednesday, September 24, 2008;

From Black Streaks to White Streaks: A Racist 2008 Olympics

Tony Robles/PNN
Thursday, October 2, 2008;

I saw my uncle Anthony the other day. He is a street minister. He walks Market Street passing out tracts. "Im working for the lord now", he says, after a lifetime of janitorial duties. "It may not pay very much, but the retirement plan is out of this world". He talks to the hustlers and players. Tells them to get ready.

A Parent Scholar: the murder of Luis Solari, a father of three.

Tony Robles/PNN
Monday, April 21, 2008

I woke up and turned on an early morning news program. The announcers were clean and pressed and looked more like mannequins than humans. I listened as they reported on Obama/Clinton, budget deficits, and the upcoming Olympic games in China. I was also informed that my TV would be obsolete if I didn't purchase some kind of electric box by early 2009.

PNN RADIO

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