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Death by Gentrification: Alex Nieto Killed by Hail of Police Bullets in a Changing San Francisco

 

A look at the case of Alex Nieto, a 28-year-old Latino man fatally shot by San Francisco police in March 2014. The police officers accused in the killing claimed that Nieto pointed a stun gun at them, which they mistook for a pistol. Officers Richard Schiff, Nathan Chew, Roger Morse and Lt. Jason Sawyer fired dozens of shots at Nieto. According to the medical examiner, he was hit by at least 10 bullets. Last month, a jury unanimously found that the police did not use excessive force in responding to Nieto. Nietoโ€™s family had filed a federal wrongful death civil lawsuit in August 2014, arguing in court that Nieto did not act aggressively and was carrying the weapon for his job as a security guard. We speak with Adriana Camarena, a writer, community advocate and co-founder of the Justice for Alex Nieto Coalition; and author Rebecca Solnit, who wrote a piece for The Guardian headlined “Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco.” Camarena also talks about last weekโ€™s San Francisco police killing of a homeless man, Luis Gongora, within 30 seconds of their arrival.

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THE VANISHING BLACKS OF SAN FRANCISCO AND HOW TO FIGHT BACK! ( ESSAY )

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

In San Francisco the city by the bay, a city I have called home for the past twelve years, ” I have to basically walk the streets as an endangered species, I feel like the last black man of San Francisco ” since the African-American population has virtually been gentrified and priced out of the city.

In the 1970s the African-American community represented 13.4% of the city, today the black community only represents a meager 6% of San Francisco and that is rapidly declining.

Because of the new tech boom, with its high paying jobs, income inequality has become even more dramatic, since inner-city blacks have not traditionally had access to the proper education or computer science classes , unlike white suburban kids, while in elementary and high school. So the likelihood of them taking those classes in college, if they go to college are not high, and therefore they will most likely not be eligible for those jobs.

The end result is the median household income, according to the census is for whites is $104,300, for Asian Americans $72,000 and for Latino-Americans $67,000, whereas black median household income has dropped to 29,500 in San Francisco, which speaks of doom for blacks in a city full of rising rents and evictions.

ACCORDING TO:

Barry Dow, president of Access Advocates, a construction apprentice program, described the fate of Black San Franciscans as follows: โ€œEverything we created and developed as African Americans has been taken away.โ€

MY CALL TO ACTION:

My hypothesis is we the African-American community must take this tech revolution head on, since it’s coming either way.

I speak to my people not as a man who has accomplished all his business goals, nor as a man, who is sitting on his butt doing nothing, but complaining .

I speak as man who has had to retrain his brain and learn computer programming from free online classes from W3SCHOOLS.com, UDACITY.COM , CODEACADEMY.COM and KHANACADEMY.ORG, which also helped to improve my math, with their math courses.

Instead of being afraid of the tech revolution, I decided to take it on, with the online courses, the tech revolution has made available for free for everyone, no matter your income level, race, gender or age, anyone can learn coding, and since I live in California , I decided to take advantage on the Governor’s fee waiver for community college, when I finished the International business program at a bay area community college and plan to take my scholarly education even further as soon as I move my elderly parents to the bay from Detroit, and I hope to take advantage of grants for university students , and keep working my a$$ off.

I soon realized I needed to improve my very much outdated business and marketing skills, that I had not used since my immigrant father from Ghana, forced my brother and I to work at the family’s store in Detroit. About a year and a half ago, I decided to start my own news blog and indie book publishing company , since I noticed their were no major news or media companies to tell the narrative of us living in the African Diaspora. It was very easy and cheap, for those you wanting to know how, the simplest way to get a blog is to go to wordpress.com and get a free blog, once you feel you got the hang out it, you can upgrade to a paid domain site and even apply to get wordads (wordpress’s system for you to earn add money on your blog) I would not suggest this until you’ve grown your audience and found your niche or tribe of followers. Now as far as starting your own book publishing company, once you have your book or books ready to be published, I would suggest getting a copyright at legalzoom.com, I would publish a ebook at first, even though you can use CreateSpace.com, which is owned by Amazon.com to print on demand books. Kindle is the best and easiest ebook platform to use and amazon actually sells more ebooks than paper books.

Once you’ve done that just go out there and do it.

Here’s a list of great books for Entrepreneurs :

1. THE LEAN STARTUP. BY : ERIC RIES

2. UNLABEL. BY : MARK ECKO

3. A.P.E( AUTHOR, PUBLISHER, ENTREPRENEUR ) BY : GUY KAWASAKI

4. TRIBES. BY: SETH GODIN

5. THE STARTUP OWNER’S MANUAL. BY : STEVE BLANK AND BOB DORF

GREAT WEBSITES TO USE ARE:

1 . TWITTER AND FACEBOOK GROUPS TO PROMOTE

2. GOOGLE+

3.REDDIT

4. AND MEETUP.COM TO INTERACT WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE

NOW LETS BUILD ANOTHER BLACK WALLSTREET! !!

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THE RENT IS PAST DUE :(POEM)

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, CORRUPT POLITICIANS AND C.E.Os STEAL MY MONEY

IT’S SO MESSED UP

I ALMOST WANT TO LAUGH

BUT THE RENT IS A WEEK PAST DUE AND I HAVE NO MONEY

MY LIFE SO FAR HAS BEEN A JOKE BUT IT’S NOT FUNNY!

-LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
AMERICA: DIVIDED WE STAND? ! A COLLECTION OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL POETRY
NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON KINDLE

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SHOULD “WE THE PEOPLE” OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY DEVELOP A MILITIA TO DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST INSTITUTIONALIZED WHITE SUPREMACY? (BLACK REPORT ESSAY #3)

BY:LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Should the African-American community consider developing a militia to fight against systematic white supremacy? The question may seem kind of extreme, when you first hear it but not when you study the crimes against humanity inflicted on the African-American community throughout history, from the creation of this nation to now.
The black populace like the white populace obviously have the rights granted to them by the 2nd amendment of the United-States constitution, which states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” . With that being said, What state or group of people need more security than the African-American people, with the exception of maybe the Palestinian population in Gaza, who are currently suffering in an apartheid state by the Israeli government, several times worst than the South African apartheid of decades ago.

History not only tells an intelligent person what has happened, but how to prepare for what could possibly happen in future and for the African-American people that would mean if we want a black renaissance or a new black wallstreet, we must be ready to defend our rights and freedoms.
In the past whenever there has been a successful black community, it was more often than not destroyed by its white supremacist neighbors, which was the result of not possessing a well-regulated militia to defend their communities. Like the Atlanta race riot of 1906, Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma” Black Wallstreet” (May 31-June 1, 1921, Chicago race riots of 1919, Rosewood massacre of 1923, Washington, D.C race riots of 1919, Knoxville, Tennessee race riots of 1919, New York city draft riot of 1863, and the east St. Louis massacre of 1917. And that is only if you count the African-American community being savagely attacked by their white civilian counterparts and not by government officials and law enforcement officers, who were paid by them with their tax dollars and sworn to protect them, but did the opposite to black people, like the African-Americans, that were led by Martin Luther King Jr. , who got brutality attacked by state and local police, while attempting to register blacks to vote in the freedom March of 1965, in Alabama, or the FBI’S COINTELPRO (COUNTER INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM) the precursor of today’s NSA spying program, which was exposed by NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The cointelpro’ s main objective under the supervision of FBI kingpin and racist J. Edgar Hoover was to eliminate the black power movement of the 1960’s, the same way they got rid of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A) of the 1920’s. They even went as far as to commit illegal acts such as wiretapping MARTIN Luther King, and placed informents in the Nation Of Islam to attempt to find “dirt” on Malcolm X, they even assisted the Chicago PD with the Assassination of Fred Hampton, the deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the black panther party.

Of course a lot of things have changed from 1964 to 2014, we have a half-black president, several black billionaires and thousands of black millionaires, but as a collective we are just as poor and vulnerable as we were in the 1960’s. The United States has the largest prison population of any industrialized nation, according to a Washington post article posted on August, 13, 2013, by Elra Klein and Evan Soltas: ” the U.S. prison population is more than 2.4 million. That means more than one out of every 100 American adults is behind bars”. That should not be a surprise to anyone, since the industrialized prison complex is the designated tool to keep the African-American population in check, because race riots are considered too uncivilized and old fashion for today’s white supremacists. The new white supremacist strategy to subdue the African-American community is to use racially bias drug laws like the crack vs. Powder cocaine laws, that have disproportionately harmed the black community more than the white community, by giving low-income blacks harsher sentences than their white counterparts. Another racist discriminating tactic being used against African-Americans and also Hispanics on the east coast, in states like New York have” stop and frisk” laws that violate the United States constitution rights of mostly African-American and Hispanics. In the Washington post article titled “Florida town cracks down on sagging pants problem” by Sarah Ferris, she writes: ” Ocala, a town in central Florida, approved an ordinance this week that tightens the belt for anyone on city-owned property such as sidewalks, parks and pools. Violators could be forced to pay $500 or face jailtime of six months”, and other “cities across the country- including New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla-have taken steps to crackdown on the baggy pants problem. ” Yet no government officials are passing laws to stop middle and upper-class white women from wearing skirts so short you can see their butt cheeks or women that wear Capri workout tights, that are so tight you can see every curve on their body. Even today people like author and activist Holly Kearl, are trying to get “street harassment laws”, which pretty much make it illegal to go up to a woman and call her beautiful, and in some of the propaganda videos and photos, they seem to be profiling once again African-American men, and are using this “street harassment” just as another tool to feed the prison industrial complex.

Well, at least the African-American community, being American citizens have the “freedom to assembly” giving to them by the first amendment, which states: ” congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. ” But unlike the well armed militias that occupied the Bundy ranch to support white supremacist Cliven Bundy , who even pointed guns at federal government law enforcement , for a man who refused to pay his taxes to the federal government and allowed his cattle to graze on land he did not own, or the right-wing very conservative and many may consider racist teaparty protesters , who were also well-armed and therefore left alone by law enforcement officials and allowed to protest. African-Americans on the other hand when we only try to exercise our first amendment right, we are often met with fierce aggression, like the occupy Oakland protesters, in an article posted on the Guardian.com on July 3, 2013, Eoin Reynolds writes: “Occupy Oakland protesters awarded $1m over police violence during arrests”. What is currently going on in Ferguson, Missouri is several times more severe than the occupy movement, when it comes to police brutality on protesters. In fact the protest of the unlawful killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, who had just enrolled in college, who was gunned down like a rabid dog in the streets, by a suspected white supremacist cop , officer Darren Wilson, did not even get violent until police, with military equipment given to them by the United States government, disrupted mostly peaceful protesters with tear gas and non-lethal weapons and decided to occupy Ferguson, Missouri like the Israeli’s occupy Gaza.

So I will leave with this parting question, should blacks consider creating a militia to combat systematic white supremacy? Once again it may seem a little extreme until you realize there are over a thousand white supremacist militia groups in the United States, in an article published on march 5, 2013 titled” anti-government militias in USA”, by Donna Leinwand Lever of USA TODAY, she writes: ” a report Tuesday by the southern poverty law center finds, the center tracked 1,360 radical militias and anti-government groups in 2012. An eightfold increase over 2008, when they recorded 149 such groups. The explosive growth began four years ago, sparked by the election of President Obama.”

So it would seem if the African-American community wants to thrive and not just be food to be fed to the industrialized prison complex, or be victims to the over 1,000 white supremacist militia groups, THE African-American community is going to have to develop three things, #1 a code of conduct on how to workout issues and do business with each other. #2 goes back to number one as far a business is concerned, but group economics, which will allow us to build wealth, infrastructure and rebuild the horrendous school system, so that we can educate the youth about their history and teach them math,science and new technology, so that they will know they can compete with anyone around the world and will have self-confidence and a knowledge of self and not am inferiority complex. #3 last but not least a militia will not only allow the African-American people to protect ourselves against a system of injustice coming from outside of our community, but will also allow for security within our community , so that we will not have to worry about cops trying to oppress us instead of protect us.image

Additional content source:
Moore, A. 8 successful and aspiring black communities destroyed by white neighbors. Atlanta Blackstar, December 4, 2013

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THE SMACK OF THE SAN FRANCISCO ELLIS ACT: (POEM/ESSAY)

BY:LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

The fact is the San Francisco Ellis act is a smack in the face and wallet of residents

who love this city and have through good and bad times remained solid

Anyone who bought into the slogan and theme of the San Francisco dream

Corporate thieves and political greed have turned the San Francisco dream into the San Francisco nightmare

Full of evictions and despair for lifelong residents forced to beg like peasants!

The current tech boom in San Francisco is bringing back both the economic prosperity and social-economic devastation of the dot.com boom of the late 1990’s, as many landlords are now forcing out many longtime residents of the city by the bay.

In areas of the city like the mission district ( a predominantly Hispanic and immigrant area) and the Bayview-Hunters point district ( a area with a largest African-American population in the city ) , two regions of San Francisco with a rich ethnic history and unfortunately an economically disenfranchised past. Many low income families are being forced out of the city. According to a Newsweek article by journalist Joe Kloc, from April 15, 2014, Joe writes: “In many cities, people are pushed farther from the city center and must grapple with longer commutes, higher crime rates and a drop in services. But in San Francisco, where Silicon Valley’s tech boom has driven up evictions by 115 percent.” Leaving the newly vacant apartments available to be rented by highly paid tech company employees, who can afford the over priced rent that obviously many long time residents can’t afford, unless they take the risk and use services like Airbnb, which allows tenants to rent out parts of their apartment to complete strangers, which can help them pay their rent.

What ever politicians in San Francisco needs to keep in mind, is that every boom or bubble will burst, so eventually that same thing is going to happen to the tech boom that happened to the dot.com, sooner or later the gold rush always ends. The city by the bay may want to think twice before allowing its longtime loyal residents to be forcefully sent off from the city like inmates to Alcatraz, because they committed the crime of being economically disenfranchised!image