Working to Silence the Violence

Video, Ann Bassette

EDITOR’S NOTE: On a recent episode of KMEL Street Soldiers, husband and wife team Kevin Penn and Arlinda Love-Penn discuss their work with the Silence the Violence Movement in the Bay Area. Also in attendance was Rudy Corpuz III, son of United Playaz founder Rudy Corpuz.

Cultivating Change from the Ground Up

Photo Essay, Min Lee

Pictures from the celebration of Richmond’s young apprentices in Urban Tilth’s Summer Apprentice Program. This event took place on Saturday, August 13th 2011, on the Richmond Greenway (Between Ohio and Chanslor Ave).



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Imagination Playground Comes to Richmond

Story, Iraida Santillan///Video, William Haynes

According to Alicia Nightengale, Community Development Project Manager, Imagination Playground is a play space designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage children to “free play”.

There are only 150 Imagination Playgrounds throughout the country, and thanks to Rockwell and his firm, Rockwell Group, and their Partnership with KaBOOM!, these playgrounds are being brought across the country.

Richmond is the latest city to receive the playground. Its currently located at the Nevin Community Center in Central Richmond and will be rotating monthly to the city’s eight community centers.

Imagination Playground reminds me of legos, only that these pieces are ten times bigger. The parts vary in sizes and shapes. By having a variety of shapes it influences the children to use their imagination and be creative. They can create their own little utopia with this playground.

Was this playground brought to the Nevin Center because of the awful killing of a young man only a few weeks before? Ranjana Maharaj, who also works for the Community Development Project, says the Center was already planning on introducing Imagination Playground the same week that the young man got killed in front of the community center. Thankfully children here will be the first in the city to have a chance to play!

Imagination Playground is available to children ages 3 to 12 twelve years old. Jade Powell, 7 years of age said, “Imagination Playground is fun to play with I got to make a tower and a rocking chair. The other twenty kids who were there were also enjoying themselves by making cars pass ways, structures, and even playing baseball.

Imagination Playground is a different type of playground, it’s a playground where a kid can use his/her imagination to construct and figure out ways to solve problems. Not only are they having fun, but they are learning life experiences such as problem solving and if one day they want to become an architect they already have a head start in designing.

Imagination Playground isn’t one of those playground that stands in one place. It comes in pieces, from the size of a baseball to the size of a regualr pillow. Having so much variety allows children to be architects/designers. They are able to use their imagination to build cars, houses, chairs, roads, and much more. Imagination Playground was designed for this particular reason, to get kids to think outside the box and put their imagination to work.


Richmond Pulse is pleased to announce the launch of its first print edition. The newspaper will be available beginning today, free at newsstands and as an insert in The Globe Newspaper. Richmond Pulse began last fall as an online youth-led media outlet and training program to report on community health issues in the city of Richmond, CA. It is a project of New America Media.

The 12-page full-color newspaper, in tabloid format, will have an initial run of 7,000 copies. In order to serve the growing Spanish-speaking community in Richmond, a translated version of Richmond Pulse is also available.

Youth and young adults from Richmond – the next generation of leaders and decision makers – are the contributors to Richmond Pulse, but their stories are not intended exclusively for a youth audience. The voices and perspectives you will discover in Richmond Pulse come from a wide cross-section of the community: The young, the elderly, the poor, the immigrant, the government official looking for new solutions to old problems, the neighbor working to beautify his or her neighborhood, the parent or grandparent who has lost a child to violence…  In short, the voices you rarely see or hear when you turn on the five o’clock news or pick up the Sunday newspaper.

Print Edition (English)
English Paper
Noticias (Edición Español)
Spanish Paper

Frozen in Time at Kennedy High

Video, Will Haynes, Jose Esquivel, Tania Pulido

Kennedy High School’s Michael Peritz has collected time capsules throughout the decades he’s been at the school. He shares some of the things he has accumulated and why it is important to keep a collection of these moments in time.

by Will Haynes, Jose Esquivel, and Tania Pulido