The Audacity of a Mayor Steinberg

I first met Darrell Steinberg in 2014.

I lived in Sycamore Terrace Apartments. They are right behind Nugget Market on Florin Road in Greenhaven. I lived in bldg 4 and so did Steinberg and his family. I would see him every day almost. He was hella friendly. He would say hello with a big smile. This was the same time I had just started Incite Insight. For months I was telling myself to talk to him. Back then I wanted to pursue a political office and he was a state senator at the time. So I really wanted to pick his mind but was very nervous to approach him. Finally, one day I saw him and stopped him. I told him I had just started an organization that wanted to combat police violence. I told him that I wanted to sit down with him one day and take any advice he had on reaching out to our political officials effectively. 

Darrell Steinberg welcomed it and gave me his personal cell phone number. 

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Freedom for Whom???

Independence.

Home of the free.

Land of the brave.

Justice for all.

Liberty.

Bullshit then and bullshit now. To be Black and free in “America” is as much of a lie as it was in 1776. The only self-evident truths are of inequality and oppression, of theft and subjugation, of pain and separation, of enslavement, sorrow, violence, greed, terror—The revolution hasn’t even begun.

Fuck the 4th of July.

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We Want Answers And We Want Them Now: #Justice4BrandonSmith

It’s one thing for a man to die…..but it’s another thing for him to die in custody of the police, who FAILED to render medical EMERGENCY care when he actually needed it and screamed out in pain. 

When Brandon Smith was approached by a SacPD officer, he was barely conscious on the lobby floor of Volunteers of America’s detox center, with probation officers on the scene and neither decided to call an ambulance.  So many people wonder why?  What was there to hide?  The questions keep mounting and as each day passes, the reality continues to set in that Black folks here in Sacramento are prohibited from the same respect and concern afforded to other citizens.  There is no way around the FACT that this town and its agencies are ANTI-BLACK.

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9 People Dead, 3 Beaten, 1 Burned

Since October of 2015, (32 months ago) law enforcement has killed 9 Sacramentans.

Mathematically that's 1 person every 3.5 months.

How many need to be killed before we do something other than watch the video and act sad and helpless?

Yes I am calling you out, not in.

Where are you?!!

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Pride is Liberation For All

“No Pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.”

—Micah Bazant

Pride cannot be a celebration when our children are unhoused.

Pride cannot be a celebration when local law enforcement steals another Black life in Sacramento.

Pride cannot be a celebration when a local Black Trans activist is STILL facing charges for challenging a system that wants her dead.

Pride cannot be a celebration when physical and economic state terror leave so many of our community in pain and struggle.

Pride is, was, and always will be RESISTANCE against inherently oppressive systems and marginalization. Fifty years ago, Marsha P. Johnson threw a brick at the Stonewall bar and started a seven day riot against police terror to protect herself and her friends. She didn’t know she was writing our history, she just loved her people and was fed up. The sense of community and duty that she felt for ALL Queer and Trans folx should be leading this movement today—and although we always bring the party and revelry to whatever we do—we can’t just be here for entertainment. We must be here to fight for each other. We must be here for our collective freedom.

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WARNING…..A Whole Lot of Black Voters Coming to a Voter Center Near You

“When BLACK lives are under attack, what do we do?  Stand up and FIGHT back.”

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That call and response chant is epic and empowering, but it also helps us focus on defining our resolve to not waver in this fight for social justice.  Today, Black Lives are under attack and one way we know to fight back is by VOTING.  So watch for it, in record numbers we will be at the polls….especially in light of the Stephon Clark’s murder and the non-responsiveness of DA Ann Schubert with respects to the needs of this community.  This community is beyond exhausted with politicians who ignore the people who are hurting the most.

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We are living in a crucial time, constantly bombarded by ANTI-BLACKNESS in the city and county of Sacramento, the state of California and what we know as Amerikkka.  This anti-blackness is a by-product of the deep rooted historic racism and white supremacy due to colonization and capitalism; where white men’s property is more valuable than the lives of those who are not white or male.  This daunting reality sometimes requires motivation and reminders of how the contributions of Black folks have given this country and the world literal domination.  Black people have always been in the thick of everything significant, by way of life and death associated with changing the dynamics of how we live in Amerikkka. 

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We, The Community, Decide What Happens

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It seems so long ago that we took on our fight to make sure Sheriff Scott Jones did not make it to Congress.  Back in 2016 we blasted this man for all the dirt that took place under his leadership from 2010 and through his re-election in 2014. (and still ongoing).  When we say dirt , I mean we are talking about Black people being arrested at 3.5 times the rate of white people and costing taxpayers millions, yeah …you heard that right…MILLIONS of dollars in lawsuits for excessive force, rape, in-custody deaths and torture, and the use of military weapons used in his facility.  There is a whole blog dedicated to the BS that has taken place and how he has not only failed to discipline the LEO’s responsible for these acts, but he actually rewards this violent behavior.

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DA Schubert: We Don't Want You!

“They attack the victim, and then the criminal who attacked the victim accuses the victim of attacking him. This is American justice. This is American democracy and those of you who are familiar with it know that in America democracy is hypocrisy.”

--Malcolm X

DA SHUBERT!

WE DON’T WANT YOU!

NOT TODAY!

NOT TOMORROW!

NOT ANY OTHER DAY THAT REQUIRES JUSTICE AND HUMANITY—BECAUSE YOU HAVE SHOWN US NONE!

THE ONLY THING WE WILL NOW SHOW YOU IS THE DOOR OUT OF OUR HOUSE!

We don’t want you stealing our Black family members and friends for disproportionate lengths of time. We don’t want you taking bribes from law enforcement to overlook their violence, criminality, rape, and murder. We don’t want you supporting state initiatives and local measures that condone police terror in Black and Brown communities and fund mass incarceration. We don’t want you at all. What you call conservatism, we call white supremacy and anti-Blackness. Your white hood is showing Schubert, and the whole world is watching you try to shove it back under that yellow mop.

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Sit Down!

A lot of people have criticized the Black Lives Matter Sacramento chapter for its latest strategy toward healing and Black liberation. Particularly, Black people. Among the critiques have been charges of the chapter’s supposed focus on “the wrong things.” But when you say that BLM is focused on the wrong things, how would you know what the right things are if you don’t understand what liberation truly looks like? Several people have their own ideas about what BLM’s goals SHOULD be. They seem to be stuck in their own heads, wanting us to protest without strategy, or march without organization and without knowledge of the system that oppresses us.  Remember, BLM members are human beings, with families, students, teachers, and connections to people from several walks of life, several ethnicities, and several social classes. We have family members who are impoverished, imprisoned, or deceased, family without access to mental health resources and/or treatment. All of these are the effects of oppression. And we still listen when you have critiques. But we also know that many of the critiques come from people who are socialized by the same white supremacist system that we are trying to dismantle.

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Scott Jones: It's Been One Year Since Your Deputies Killed Ryan Ellis & Mikel McIntyre

We have been focusing a lot on city government and officials since Sacramento Police killed Stephon Clark in March. But we cannot and do not forget the inexcusable deaths of Mikel McIntyre and Ryan Ellis by Sacramento County Sheriff Department just one year ago. Scott Jones: You are still on our list too! As you are running for the reelection of Sacramento County Sheriff, we still mourn the loss two Black men--Ryan Ellis and Mikel McIntyre--that your department killed one year ago. We are still demanding answers and details that you refuse to give! We are still demanding that you tell the truth about the events that led up to the killing of both men, who your department killed just three days apart. We have not forgotten our demands and who we are fighting for!

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