Misunderstanding a Mural

News Report, Tania Pulido///Video, Tania Pulido, Min Lee RICHMOND, Ca   — On March 22, 2011, a group of community artists, civil rights advocates, educators and young people assembled at Richmond City Hall for a council meeting to discuss the issue of freedom of expression, and specifically, to weigh in on the question: Is graffiti […]

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Richmond’s Dog Whisperer

Story, Donny Lumpkins//Video, Malcolm Marshall, Donny Lumpkins RICHMOND, Calif. — It’s raining in the Iron Triangle. A skinny white pit bull, with no collar or tags, is running down the block. The dog’s thick muscles flex in the rain, as he slowly jogs by. Sniffing the ground, perhaps looking for food or somewhere warm to […]

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Getting a GRIP on Homelessness

News Report, Donny Lumpkins/Video, Ann Bassette, Donny Lumpkins RICHMOND, Calif.—For Richmond’s low-income families, for whom the threat of homelessness is an ever-present reality, a free meal or rent money between jobs can mean the difference between staying afloat and losing everything. Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), a nonprofit in the heart of the city that […]

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Losing My Love to the Streets

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Ervin Coley III, 21, was one of three young Black men from North Richmond gunned down over a 72-hour period earlier this month.  The killings were allegedly caused by turf issues.  The string of violent episodes stirred up old memories for one young Richmond Pulse writer, who decided to share her personal story […]

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Richmond Celebrates César Chávez

Video, Min Lee Motivated by the memory of Cesar Chavez and his contributions to the farmworkers’ movement, residents of Richmond, California came together to revitalize the intersection of Florida Avenue and 12th Street. People living in Richmond suffer from a lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This event combats the problem, by providing […]

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“You can never kill an enemy”

Editors’ Note: A portion of the April 3 broadcast of Street Soldiers – a weekly call-in radio program on KMEL – was devoted to a discussion about a recent slew of shootings that last week took the lives of three young men from North Richmond. Below is a transcribed portion of that radio program, in […]

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The Choice: Prison or Death?

Editors’ Note: Over a 72-hour period last week, 3 young men – all from North Richmond – were murdered. The rash of violence sparked this reaction from one North Richmond youth, who submitted this anonymous blog to Richmond Pulse. From the bloggers’ perspective, being young and Black in North Richmond presents a catch-22: Either risk […]

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