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Stop the backslide into slavery
SF Bay View: Stop the backslide into slavery
Millions of us have lost our homes
all the wealth we had
and millions more are incarcerated,entombed in concrete coffins. Unemployment, especially Black unemployment, is at Depressionlevels, and no bailed-out bank will loan you a dime to start or expand a business so you can hireyour neighbors. Dropout rates have skyrocketed, and most youngsters dare not even dream of acollege degree. The air we breathe, especially in low-income areas, and much of the food we eatis poisoning us, taking our loved ones much too young. Our planet is burning up, and the 1
percent sing, “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow
die,” caring as much about our plight
as their great-grandfathers did about the human chattel who made them rich.
Everyone who’s awake wants to fight back, but how do we fight when we’re sick and broke?
Independent media like SF Bay View are, with sufficient support, a key to winning liberty and
justice for all. Don’t you agree?
Imagine the battles we could win in the court of publicopinion if the Bay View could resume printing weekly, double or triple our print run andpost twice as many hot stories online!
Bay View papers are still grabbed like hotcakes, andsfbayview.com is still the second
most read Black newspaper on the web. And that’s with no
staff at all.This is not an appeal for donations, like many of the messages that fill our inboxes these days,
but we do need your help … urgently. Bay View publisher Willie Ratcliff will celebrate
chieving the venerable age of 80 this September, and I’m 73. Though our health is excellent, wecan’t work the long hours we used to and when we try, exhaustion can take a toll; it laid me low
recently, setting me even further behind in my job of making public the best of the momentousstories submitted to the Bay View every day
truth-telling stories that in many cases you willread nowhere else.
We’re making two appeals to you –
one for volunteers and one for advertising.
Pleaseconsider volunteering to
post stories; I’ve written out instructions that make it easy. Right now, Ihave well over 40 stories edited and ready to post. Tell me you’re willing to try and I’ll email a
story and the posting instructions; you can work from wherever you are. This weekend would bea great time to start.Advertising
don’t gag; I’m not pitching capitalism, though we’ll take whatever we can getfrom the 1 percent and keep on slamming them. What I’m pitching is respect for Bay View
readers. Why do Bay Area venues like Yos
hi’s jazz club, whose events we’ve promoted for freefor decades, advertise only in white papers? The next time you’re there, ask them to support the
Bay View. Remind the Black professionals and business owners you know that a $5 ad in theBlack Pockets Directory could bring in lots of new clients and customers; that directory should
fill a whole page. And if they’re struggling, maybe you could help them buy a big ad to give
them a big boost. Our rates are very affordable, both in print and online. Try it yourself the nexttime you throw an event or have something to tell the world.