Black August / September ACTION ALERT
The San Francisco Bay View has provided the Afrikan community with world and local news for over 16 years. Recently print media has taken a big hit, the kind of hit that small newspapers such as the SF Bay View are not able to absorb and keep moving. This coupled with a recent hack attempt that depleted the number of articles available on the website has forced the staff to convert the SF Bay View into an online only publication. With over 1 million hits per month, it is clear that the SF Bay View continues to reach people but not having a print version effectively takes it out of the hands of the poorest of our people who don’t own computers as well as the those of us behind bars, those who benefit most from the fearless information provided by the SF Bay View. With sufficient financial support, Bay View staff will begin in October to print the paper monthly.
Since its inception the SF Bay View has told the stories of our heroes, providing the community with relevant news and giving young journalists and photographers a platform for their work. After giving so freely for nearly two decades, after 16 years of service, of fearlessly telling the truth, of an unparalleled commitment to justice, the San Francisco Bay View is in need of emergency financial assistance. From Haiti to Zimbabwe, from Oakland to New York and everywhere in between, the SF Bay View tells our stories, our struggles, our triumphs; it is our news source and it is our responsibility to provide the financial support it needs.
This photo from the Bay View's front page was taken May 17, 2007, of the MOVE children speaking at the historic rally in Philadelphia outside the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals while the judges took up Mumia Abu-Jamal's appeal. Thanks largely to the photographer, Bay View Associate Editor and POCC Minister of Information JR, the Bay View appealed directly to Black youth, girding them, like the MOVE youngsters, to step to the front lines of the struggle.
Title: Support the SF Bay View
Time Frame: Until the work is done.
Plan of Action:
Donate finances, increase web traffic and provide moral support for the staff of the SF Bay View.
Purpose of Action:
To let the staff of the SF Bay View know that we appreciate all that they have done for the past 16 years and that we support their continued action. To invest in the future of the SF Bay View so that the story of Africans worldwide is told in a truthful and responsible way.
Website: San Francisco Bay View - HOME
What We Should Do Now:
1. Donate money. Visit the SF Bay View Website to make donations via PayPal. The amount is not important. Every cent helps.
To make your donation tax deductible, write a check or money order to HRIN (Hurricane Relief Information Network, the Bay View's 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm) and mail it to SF Bay View, 4917 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94124. Or go to About Us at sfbayview.com, scroll down to DONATE, and click on the nonprofit Donate button. Either way, you'll get an IRS acknowledgment and thank you letter in return.
2. Advertise your movement, organization, business or event at sfbayview.com, where it will be seen by people who are eager to support you. The Bay View staff needs help developing web advertising rates. If you can advise them on sizing and pricing web ads, call (415) 671-0789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Provide moral support. If you are not able to donate monetarily, send kind words to the staff of the SF Bay View to let them know that you support their cause.
4. Visit the SF Bay View Website regularly.
Goals & Outcomes:
Support the SF Bay View as the SF Bay View has supported the community for 16 years, financially and otherwise. If $5,000 in donations and advertising can be raised in time, Bay View staff will begin to print a paper monthly in October, packed with the best of the stories from the website.
Understand that uncensored progressive news is essential to nation building.
A better informed community.
A stronger SF Bay View that will continue to feed the truth and supply progressive news to our community.