Richmond’s Poverty in Pictures

Photo Essay, Karina Guadalupe and Nancy Ybarra Walking through Central Richmond every day, I can’t help but notice all the garbage around, all the for sell, foreclosed and abandoned houses. I pass by flowers on a corner; there to remember someone who died.  A day doesn’t go by that someone doesn’t ask me for spare change. […]

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“Let’s Foreclose on the Banks”

Video, William Haynes EDITOR’S NOTE: With hundreds of foreclosed homes and empty lots, illegal dumping and crime are hurting Richmond neighborhoods. In response, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) recently held a community meeting at the Nevin Center on September 6th, to hold banks that own these homes accountable.

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Police Seeking Community Solutions to Neighborhood Violence

Video, Sean Shavers EDITOR’S NOTE: After another violent night in the City of Richmond that ended with several people being shot, Police Captain Mark Gagan and Kim MacDonald of the Office of Neighborhood Safety spoke to Richmond Pulse reporter Sean Shavers about what they think it will take to end the cycle of violence in […]

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Community Hero: Gonzalo Rucobo

Video, Nancy Yabarra// Malcolm Marshall Gonzalo Rucobo went from being part of the problem to part of the solution when he changed his life and co-founded Bay Area Peacekeepers in 2005. BAP seeks to help save lives by bringing hope and change to those that society has discarded and that have been negatively impacted by […]

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Should I Carry a Gun Too, for Protection?

Commentary, Nancy Ybarra I’ve lived in Richmond for as long as I can remember. Central is the hood I grew up in. I attended Richmond High School, but then I went off to finish at Samuel L. Gompers High School. Living in central my whole life, I realized that it isn’t the safest place to […]

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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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“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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Richmond Bus Shootings a Major Safety Issue

Blog, D’Vondre Woodards, Feb 28, 2011 Editor’s Note: Following the shooting of a Richmond public transit bus, police are now being required to escort the 376 bus line as it makes it’s way through North Richmond. I take the bus everyday in North Richmond to get across town, it helps me get to Del Norte […]

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