Local Youth Become Journalists With American Teenager Project

By Luis Cubas Robin Bowman, a New York-based photojournalist, set out on a quest in 2001 to capture and narrate the lives of teenagers all over the United States. She spent five years on the road, interviewing and photographing over 400 young people from different backgrounds and communities. The portraits and interviews are compiled in […]

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Q&A: Reverend Michael McBride on the Drop in Bay Area Homicides

Interview • Dr. Joseph Marshall, Street Soldiers Radio EDITOR’S NOTE: The following conversation took place on Street Soldiers Radio between Dr. Joseph Marshall, co-founder and executive director of the San Francisco-based violence prevention program Alive & Free, and Reverend Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley. Reverend McBride is the director of […]

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Richmond Residents React to New Fees for Paper Bags

by Chanelle Ignant Two weeks after its January 1 implementation, Richmond’s Single-Use Bag Ordinance is earning mixed reactions from residents. Chief among the responses are grievances about the 5-cent fee for paper bags. Kelvin Payne has lived in Richmond for 8 years. He says it’s unfair to charge a customer after they have already spent […]

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Hmong Parents Rely on School Janitor for Translations

News Report, Colby Tilbbet | The kNOw Youth Media   FRESNO — Hmong parents and community members in Fresno say a lack of translation services for Hmong speakers is the greatest barrier to that community’s engagement with Fresno Unified (FUSD) schools. A group of them gathered for a listening session last month where they weighed in on […]

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What Our Schools Need — A Student’s Eye View

Photo Essay, YouthWire Editor’s Note: California’s recently enacted Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), in effect since July 1, will continue to increase funding for school districts over the next eight years. The greatest increases will go to districts with large populations of “high need” – low-income, foster youth and English Language Learner (ELL) – students. […]

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Transforming Richmond, One Park at a Time

Photo Essay • David Meza Last month, Pogo Park, a nonprofit community effort to improve parks in the Iron Triangle neighborhood, hosted a tour of its project sites in Richmond for park department board members, their families and friends. It was the first in a series of tours that will take place in early 2014 […]

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Young Men Deserve Credit for Steep Declines in Richmond Violence

OP-ED • DeVone Boggan Richmond, CA has experienced another consecutive year of historic declines in violence. The City marked its lowest homicide rate in 33 years in 2013. While we should celebrate this milestone with great exuberance, the media coverage about this success has been shortsighted. The police officers in Richmond certainly deserve recognition, but […]

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En Richmond, ¿Comer Sano Depende de Donde vives?

Por Luis Cubas Ya conoces el refrán: “Eres lo que comes”. El problema es que no siempre tenemos una opción. En muchas partes de Richmond, los alimentos orgánicos y frescos pueden ser muy difíciles de conseguir, pero la comida chatarra es abundante – una tienda de la esquina o en un restaurante de comida rápida […]

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