Residents at Troubled Housing Complex to Soon Move Out

News Report, Malcolm Marshall During the first week of February, newly elected Mayor Tom Butt announced that residents of the dilapidated Hacienda public housing complex will receive federally funded Section 8 vouchers to move into new housing. At a press conference at the 150-unit Hacienda complex at 1300 Roosevelt Ave, Butt—along with Richmond Housing Authority […]

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A Local Leader, a National Movement

by Nancy DeVille The decision was easy for Phil Lawson. On a brisk morning in March 1965, he packed his car for a long trek from Delaware, Ohio to Selma, Ala. answering Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for people to join what would be the final and successful march from Selma to the state capitol […]

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Richmond’s Seniors Have a Ball

Photo Essay, Ann Bassette With a smile spread across his lined face, Eli Williams, 76 surveys the senior filled tables around him in the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. He says he likes what he sees. “This reflects Richmond,” Williams said of the diversity of people around the room, people who reflect the history of this working […]

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Recreating Richmond’s Home Front

Photo Essay, Ann Bassette Richmond hosted its 8th annual Home Front Festival on October 11 with a new theme — Kids Can Do It. As always, it was a popular event driving scores of families to come out, enjoy the Richmond waterfront and celebrate the impressive history and beauty of the area. The day kicked […]

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RUHS Class of ’59 Shares Memories at 55-Year Reunion

Photo Essay, Ann Bassette Members of the Richmond Union High School class of 1959 celebrated their 55-year reunion at a two day event at the Hilton in Concord last August. It was a chance for old friends to reconnect and share memories of their youth in what is now a much different Richmond. The former […]

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Why Doctors Medical Center Can’t Close

Commentary, Melvin Willis Back in March 2014 while I was visiting my mom at her home she suddenly lost her breath, and couldn’t catch it. Her breathing was so labored she could barely talk. An ambulance came and took her to the nearest public hospital, just 5 minutes from her house—Doctors Medical Center. The team […]

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Teresa Jimenez: Food as Power

by Edgardo Cervano-Soto Teresa Jimenez, 22, found a surprising way to deal with the stress of high school. “Honestly, I wasn’t doing so [well],” Teresa explains. “I was cutting a lot of school. There was a lot of pressure to be a certain way and I didn’t feel I could socially relate to that. I […]

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Resident Reactions to the Richmond Housing Authority Investigation

Interviews • Edgardo Cervano-Soto | Photos • David Meza Editor’s Note: The Richmond City Council convened a special meeting on March 12 to review the results of an independent investigation of  highly publicized accusations of neglect by the Richmond Housing Authority at the city’s public housing complexes. At the meeting, lead inspector Michael Petragallo of Sterling […]

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FACTS ON ETHNIC ELDERS: Little Help for Prisoners Released After Decades

News Feature, Paul Kleyman | New America Media After devoting over 20 years as a prison social worker, Fordham University researcher Tina Maschi, PhD, declared, “There’s something wrong with society when in some ways staying in prison is better than getting out. The people who are older have a much greater struggle, because they have special […]

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