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Stimulating What? The Stimulus Plan Comes to San Francisco

Bruce Allison and Thornton Kimes
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Now that the Stimulus package (Federal Medical Assistance Percentages) has reached San Francisco, the 50%-on-the-dollar that comes back from the Federal government for Medi-Cal, MediCare and all other gov’t funding was raised to 75%. San Francisco got $100 million extra from that. Only 2 City Departments are using it to cover losses incurred by the budget deficit.

Who’s skin care you? Who’s voice care you? A Po' Poet's Poem

All my life, in my life, the afterlife even, you only see it.

Sometimes, most of the time, all the time, it’s all you choose to see.

Every direction I tread is your dread.

A sentence from my mouth shifts your mind to go south.

Who’s skin see you? Who’s voice care you?

My image, a blessing from above,

Cursed, hissed, and hounded by you below.

Truths spat from my very mouth

increases the bloodbaths spilled by your pen.

Envy of my image, a life you liked, a life you lack,

A soul you never stole.

Who’s skin see you? Who’s voice care you?

We took them from you before: one family's nightmare with mistaken identity and abuse of Child Protective Services.

Marlon Crump/PNN
Tuesday, April 22, 2008;

"Why do you have all of your kids? We took them all from you before?" a San Leandro Police Officer spoke roughly to Elsa Maldonado.

Confused and shocked, Elsa watched as the police officers put handcuffs on her husband and wrongly accused him of a crime he didn't commit.

"No one has ever taken away my family before. Get those handcuffs off of my husband he didn't do anything wrong!" she screamed while her husband tried again and again to explain that he didn't know who "Monica" was or why the police were arresting him.


Marlon Crump/PNN
Tuesday, December 16, 2008;

"Mama, why is no one doing anything about these killings?" asked 16 year old Takeyah Chandlier to her mom, Asale (Sala)-Haquekyah Chandlier.

Asale (Sala)-Haquekyah Chandlier looked up at her daughter as if she was witnessing the earth unfold, and vowed to her, "Baby, you will NEVER have to EVER ask me that question again. From this day forward, I will do something about these killings!"

THE PEOPLE'S PLAN! Deconstructing SAN FRANCISCO'S ZONING/Gentrifying/Development PLANS

Marlon Crump/PoorNewsNetwork
Thursday, July 31, 2008;

"I've been working on the Eastern Neighborhood's plans for 7 1/2 years. I'm also a resident of SOMA. (South of Market Area), they've really butchered the community input and translated it into the developer's language" , testified Jazzie Collins, staff member and resident advocate for South of Market Community Action Network, (SOMCAN) during the People's Rally on July 10th, 2008 at San Francisco City Hall.

Voices of Poverty Scholars: First Annual Tenant Convention discuss tenant rights, police brutality, criminalization of poverty

Marlon Crump Poverty Scholar POOR News Network
Wednesday, December 20, 2006;

'It is literally a crime to be poor in this country, the United States of America.' Rene Saucedo's words reverberated across the auditorium, at the First Annual Tenant Convention, held in November at the Luna Sea Theater. Saucedo's words are all too familiar for those of us who are living poor in this country.

The Baddest Black Newspaper in the Bay: THE BAYVIEW FACING SHUTDOWN

The San Franscisco BAYVIEW Newspaper faces shutdown!

Marlon Crump/PoorNewsNetwork
Thursday, August 21, 2008;

"Since the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper will now only be an online newspaper, one of the biggest concerns is that people who are incarcerated will no longer be heard."

I learned this recently from longtime re-porters, su-pporters, activists, community members, and voices of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper.

Contrary to the legendary newspaper line often heard on television, this really "stopped the presses" for me!


Marlon Crump/PNN
Sunday, December 20, 2009;

Before the World Trade blew
I already knew
but you still dumbfounded, livin’ without a clue
It ain’t ‘cause I’m arabic or ‘cause I’m a Jew
America the beautiful, we loved by few
That’s why they puttin’ flames to the red white & blue

Lyrics from Bay Area hip hop artist, Opium titled “Suicide Execution” a single from his debut album, “Terrorism 101.”

“Thus I will punish the world for it’s evil
and the wicked for their iniquity
I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud
and abase the haughtiness of the ruthless...”

Targeted Individuals

Marlon Crump/PNN
Thursday, October 8, 2009;

"It is heart-wrenching to realize that you have become a mind control experiment by your own government. It�s something that I am still putting up with and coming to terms with. I don�t have any drug history. I also have no criminal background and no DUI�s. (Driving Under the Influence) My background is very clean so I am guessing I was just unlucky.� (D. T.: Targeted Individual).

"They politics like ours profess, the greater prey upon the less."
Matthew Green, poet


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