Local Poverty and Resistance
Its tough these days. The economy has been rough for years. Especially for low income residents of the city, mentally and physically disabled folk, and an under educated youth. These are the people who have made up the back bone of the Cannabis industry for the last 10-15 years. Many landowners, growers, and field workers in the Cannabis industry in Northern California are on government disability and use the cash economy to ‘cheat’ the government so they can live a decent living. Its hard to even get a space in a trailer park when your only income
Sometime last year THC (Tenderloin Housing Clinic) started housing homeless people in privately owned hotels by subletting rooms in them through the navigation center.
Obviously most of these clients had some situation that landed on the street. Anything from lack of finances to mental illness and/or substance abuse.
Like thousands of people, I have worked, cultivated and planted seeds, never to see or enjoy the fruits of our labor. We have made and cleaned the most beautiful gardens that I have seen in my life in the mountains of Berkeley for people with money. Earning $10 an hour, we have built and managed houses with immense beauty, only to never see them again.
The recent death of the Mexicano Journalist Ruben Espinoza who was found dead in a Mexico City apartment along with four wimmin was a reminder of the many sacrifices that Journailist make. Delivering the truth is very threatening to those who oppress others. Apparently there is a lot of oppression in parts of Mexico at this time.
About a year and a half ago I lost the best healthcare provider I ever had in my life [The creator notwithstanding!]
She not only provided me with everything necessary that she could for my well being , she actually listened to me and gave me feed back if I asked for it.
She always formed her advise like a suggestion and asked me if would be willing to try something without making demands.
I always felt loved and cared for under her care.
Boy have things changed!
Recently while Walking on Division St. in San Francisco with laundry and groceries by a tent city, I was approached by a young black female news reporter from one of the local mainstream news station affiliates. She was accompanied by another gentleman of African descent and a camera man of Asian descent.
She excitedly asked me as if she heard good news that I should also be excited about “Are you moving?"
To which I replied, am I moving?
Black August Assassination of 'Yogi' Hugo Pinell O.G. Soledad Brother August 12 2015 // Notes from the Inside
O.G. Activist Freedom Fighter and Revolutionary Hugo Pinell “Yogi” was just assassinated at New Folsom. O.G. Yogi was The Black Dragon Comrade “SASA” George L. Jackson, the original Soledad Brother. O.G. Yogi was a San Quentin Six and comrade to the struggle’s behind enemy lines. The pigs set him up and used their agents to hit the old man who just did 42 years in the hell of solitary confinement.