…The Loudest Voice in the Room!

ILWU Walking Boss George Donald Porter and Family — Circa 1958. Porter lived with his family in the Potrero Hill Housing Projects at the time of this photo. Porter was a Silver Terrace homeowner and shipping clerk for American Presidents Line at age 56 when forced into premature medical retirement due to pulmonary asbestosis. His daughter, Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, founded the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program.
The ILWU West Coast Port Shutdown affected 10,000 workers in Washington, Oregon and California.
Statement from ILWU Local 13…”We have desegregated our membership… condemned the internment of Japanese Americans…appointed Martin Luther King, Jr. honorary membership…opposed the wars in the Middle East…supported Occupy Wall Street…fought for immigrant rights…and we oppose police brutality.”
“Thank you for shutting down the ports today, on Juneteenth…the day when we renew our commitment to the struggle for freedom and civil rights.” Angela Davis (photo: Beth LaBerge KQED)

The Fathers Among Us…

Predominantly African American male shipyard workers march home from a hards days labor in post WWII Hunters Point.
Longshore walking bosses George Carter (left) and George Donald Porter (right) Circa 1965. Note Hunters Point longshore workers socializing at Tony’s Bayview Pier 28 — beneath the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge! Photo: Archive of George Donald Porter
In Loving Memory of Ernest Hamilton Tascoe, Jr.
The United States Naval Radiological Defense Laboratories (NRDL) consolidated research and administration operations into Building 815 in 1955. Located on Crisp Avenue, east of Palou, this windowless six story building housed NRDL’s most disturbing secrets including human experimentation and the disposal of radioactive waste in laboratory drains connecting to the Hunters Point community and San Francisco Bay.
Floor plans for NRDL’s main laboratory Building 815 entrusted to Ernest Hamilton Tascoe, Jr during an era when African American men were restricted in work duty assignments at the Hunters Point Shipyard, serving most frequently as laborers.
Next generation NRDL researcher, Dr. Ramona Tascoe — founder Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program — and her father Ernest Hamilton Tascoe, Jr.
The Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was loading site for the atomic bomb “Little Boy”, dropped on the civilian population of Hiroshima in August 1945. By 1946, the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard sited the nation’s premier radiological research laboratory. 20,000 people worked for the NRDL, the majority recruited from Texas and Louisiana and housed in military style barracks on the Hunters Point hilltop.
According to Hunters Point Rad Labs — Atomic Shadows “approximately 1700 people, most of them living in the Hunters Point housing projects adjacent to HPNS, worked in contact with radioactive and other dangerous toxins daily. Taking a shower or changing clothes did not protect them.” The shipyards Historical Radiological Assessment documents human experimentation in which muscular male volunteers ingested radioactive potassium to determine its impact on muscle mass and activity.
The residual impacts of NRDL’s operations spanning 1946–1969 are being detected by HP Biomonitoring in residents and workers at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard using urine toxicology screening.

“The paper’s future is unwritten…”

SF Bayview founder and publisher Willie Ratcliff appears in the February 4, 2018 Examiner article An Ever -Changing View. For almost 30 years ,Willie and Mary Ratcliff have resided in and published the Bay View, described as “an internationally read black newspaper, treasured independent news source and one of the few publications widely distributed inside the walls of America’s prison nation”.
Environmental Health and Justice are issues the Bay View has championed since its inception. The Bayview Hunters Point community is located in heavily industrialized southeast San Francisco — one of the states most polluted neighborhoods.
Mary and Willie Ratcliff — Photo by Marie Chiang/Special to SF Examiner
Willie Ratcliff receives one of dozens of awards he has accrued in 2007- flanked by SF Bayview contributors Wanda Sabir, (left), San Francisco Mayoral candidate Ahimsa Porter Sumchai and JR Valrey with family.
Mary Ratcliff- in a “labor of love” -places newly published issues of the Bay View for distribution outside their home and office on 3rd Street at Palou.
Mary Ratcliff released the findings of her HP Biomonitoring urine toxicology screening that detects numerous radioactive and chemicals documented to be present at the Hunters Point Shipyard. Rubidium, Thallium, Strontium, Nickel, Potassium, Manganese and Vanadium were detected in elevated to toxic concentrations exceeding maximum allowable levels!
The Hunters Point Naval Shipyard is an EPA designated federal Superfund site.

Medical Director - Golden State MD Health & Wellness. UCSF/Stanford Author & Researcher. PI HP Biomonitoring. Certified Clinical Nutritionist. PoliticoMD!

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