Diamond Dave was in the house -
he took time to check into the situation at hand -
I heard him - uttering the lyrics - they come to him - naturally -
and asked him if he would pose for me - he did it - willingly.
I have known Diamond Dave for a very long time - and he is well known and appreciated - by many a San Franciscan.
Diamond Dave - is a gentle soul - and he did well - by taking his time - be it not from his busy schedule - to check on the 5 - who have been fasting - on this their 9th day - at the SF Mission Station.
Selasse - well known - as a rapper in his red and white cap -
KPOO veteran reporter - in his black beret -
asking Selasse some hard core questions -
and the rapper - known for his wit -
speaks his mind - today is his 9th day fasting.
The Public Defender's staff came to the scene - 630 Valencia at 17th and Valencia.
A host of Public Defenders - they all seemed enthused - and willing to help.
They asked their questions and one of them came to me - and introduced himself to me. I told him I was good friends - with Public Defender - Jeff Adachi - and what we needed today - is pro bono - legal assistance - to be of assistance to the 5 fasting.
Five of those fasting - joined the Public Defenders'
staff - for a group photograph -who spent some time interviewing- asking questions and standing with those fasting
So many good people came today - and knowing well tonight would be hectic - I took my share of photographs and came home early - before 5:30 pm.
The people are interested in wanting to know -
a host of things - and the one question -
they want to know is why are these - innocent
5 people putting their lives on the line?
Maria who is Equipto - the well known rapper's mother -
she is 65 years old - and dynamite - one of the five fasting -
I always make time to speak to her -
and she is always -so very accommodating and polite.
The news of the 5 fasting - has brought attention to the murders on our street. Our Nation and the world - are aghast. The fact that those who should protect us - shooting first and ask question later - will NOT be tolerated.
Today is the 9th day - and I have met so many people - and all of them have been - some very amazing people.
God bless you all for your support.
Your patience and understanding - this one great fact - that we all must understand and maintain our unity: " we all are in this together ".
Of course this direct action - putting their lives on the line - it the ultimate, sacrifice - that has sent the Mayor of San Francisco - in hiding.
The Mayor may run - but he cannot hide. His days are numbered and the jack ass - must step down.
My good friend Brother Suleiman has helped me a lot taking me from place to place.
Many of these reports - would not have the accompanying photographs. What a Brother and who has such a big heart. Aho.
Brother Suleiman in Blue and his daughter
Sumarya with the head scarf -
giving the Movement all the support they can.