2015: The Rise of Millennials

Millennials, especially teenagers, have a reputation of being apathetic and apolitical. We proved that wrong in 2015. Young people are not exempt from discrimination and violence and we are not afraid to fight back.

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FUNdraising Good Times: Building Consensus and Reaching Agreement

Column, Mel and Pearl Shaw This is the second in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success. Agreement is the cornerstone upon which a healthy nonprofit is built. Without agreement amongst an organization’s leadership it is almost impossible to sustain successful fundraising. You may be in a situation where there was agreement in […]

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Local Happenings: January 2016

Richmond will honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a national day of service from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 on the Richmond Greenway.

The event will feature volunteer projects from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., a kids’ zone from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and a commemoration ceremony at noon.

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Making Juvenile Hall the Mental Health Provider of Last – Not First – Resort

According to a new study by the San Francisco-based Young Minds Advocacy, as many as 70 percent of the kids in California’s juvenile detention centers are in need of mental health care, and most of them are not getting it. Attorney Patrick Gardner, the organization’s founder and one of the report’s authors, says many of these youth would not be in detention in the first place if there were more home and community-based mental health services available.

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Richmond Residents Show Support for Local Mosque

On Christmas Eve, nearly 150 residents of Richmond gathered at Masjid Al Rahman to show their support for the city’s Muslim community. Neighbors and allies who convened at the mosque, many for the first time, wrote paper messages of support such as “We Are One” and “Solidarity, ” and posted them onto the doors of the mosque.

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American Bilingualism

Bilingualism in the United States, however, is a perplexing proposition. At best, it is often incorrectly correlated with English as a Second Language (ESL), an educational identification to assist beginners or new immigrants, and a support service available in many school districts. At worst, speaking other languages, besides English, is regarded suspiciously as perpetual foreignness, represented in heavily-accented caricatures.

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