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London Breed Wins San Francisco Mayoral Race

By Free Radical

London Breed will soon be sworn in as San Francisco's first Black woman mayor.

London Breed will soon be sworn in as San Francisco’s first Black woman mayor.

On July 11, San Francisco will have its first ever Black woman mayor. On Wednesday, London Breed, a 43 year old native of the city, was declared the winner when opponent, former State Senator Mark Leno, conceded.

“I know it means so, so much to so many people,” Breed said in describing her historic victory. “I grew up in some of the most challenging of circumstances.”

Breed was raised by her grandmother in public housing but went on to graduate from UC Davis before serving the city’s first Black mayor, Willie Brown. She then headed San Francisco’s African American Art and Culture Complex. According to latimes.com, it was at this post where she cultivated her political ambitions. In 2012, she won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She also developed close relations with Kamala Harris, currently the nation’s only Black woman Senator.

In 2017, she became the president of Board of Supervisors which positioned her to become interim mayor when then Mayor Ed Lee unexpectedly died of a heart attack in December of that year.

Interestingly, Breed was removed from her Board of Supervisors post shortly after announcing she would run to become the city’s permanent mayor. While her opponents justified the move by labeling her as status quo, her backers have argued that the move was just another episode in San Francisco’s long history of marginalizing Black people who currently make up just 6% of the city.

Despite this, and the brass tactics of her opponents who colluded against her, Breed prevailed.

Ironically, the electoral race may not be her most difficult challenge. San Francisco is burdened by chronic income inequality and a lack of affordable housing. Breed will also have to tackle homelessness and providing effective drug rehabilitation in the city.

Breed’s victory makes her the head of one of the nation’s largest cities. Similar impressive mayoral victories were recently won by Keisha Bottoms (Atlanta), Vi Lyles (Charlotte), and LaToya Cantrell (New Orleans).

Newly Elected GA Official Takes Oath Using Shabazz Autobiography

New Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Mariah Parker took the oath of office using the Autobiography of Malcolm X.

New Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Mariah Parker took the oath of office using the Autobiography of Malcolm X.

By Free Radical

Often times, when elected officials take an oath of office, they do so by placing their hand on a Bible or some other religious text. This was not the case with Athens-Clarke County’s newest Commissioner Mariah Parker who decided to use El Hajj Malik-El Shabazz’s (Malcolm X) autobiography instead. The decision comes as no surprise as Parker ran her campaign with a promise to transform the Georgia locale through a program focusing on economic justice, affordable housing, youth development, and criminal justice reform.

“Malcolm’s willingness to uneditedly speak about Black people at large, are qualities I want to embody,” Parker said about her decision to use the freedom fighter’s life story. “To speak out when I see things going wrong.”

Parker, who is easy to spot with her bountiful afro, was born in rural Kentucky. She overcame poverty, substance abuse, and mental health challenges to arrive at her current vocation as a doctoral student at the University of Georgia focusing on linguistics language and literacy education.

“Having seen the transformation of someone who came through a difficult background to become vocal and push conversations on race in a radical way is powerful,” Parker said in paralleling Shabazz’s experiences to her own.

El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska to parents who supported the Garveyite movement. After enduring a life of violent white supremacy, crime, and incarceration, he changed his name to Malcolm X and became the leading minister of the Nation of Islam. After leaving the organization, and adopting a more mainstream version of Islam, he changed his name once again to El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. His advocacy of Black self-determination, self-reliance, and self-defense was a clarion call during the Civil rights era and helped spawn the Black Power Movement that followed. His autobiography, which tells this story, quickly became an international bestseller after he was assassinated in 1965. From Parker’s example, it is clear that his work on behalf of African people has and continues to inspire generations of freedom fighters, young and old.

CBC Presses for Marijuana Decriminalization

By Malcolm Speaks

CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond

CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond

The Congressional Black Caucus called for the decriminalization of marijuana use, and stated that Black communities have been disproportionately “policed and convicted for drug offenses,” according to the Associated Press.

In a position paper released on Friday, the caucus stated that it supports reforms that would reduce the number of Black people in prison, including the removal of marijuana from the class of the most dangerous drugs, which will also allow for needed research to be completed on marijuana use.

Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA.) stated that the war on drugs has been a “war on Black and Brown communities.”

Thousands March Across Brooklyn Bridge in Gun Protest

By MCNS Staff

Youth Over Gun members carry a coffin across the Brooklyn Bridge at Saturday's demonstration.

Youth Over Gun members carry a coffin across the Brooklyn Bridge at Saturday’s demonstration.

Thousands of demonstrators marched across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge in a protest against gun violence this past Saturday.

The protest was led by a student-led group called Youth Over Guns, that was formed after the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida this past February.

The protesters marched across the bridge then held a rally in the lower Manhattan area. Many of the demonstrators wore orange in order to show support for gun violence awareness.

Aalayah Eastmond, a Black survivor of the shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, spoke to participants at the march. Additionally, actresses Julianne Moore and Susan Sarandon were in attendance.

The goal of this march and similar other demonstrations across the country have attempted to prod lawmakers to pass gun reform legislation.