How Should Academic Success Be Measured?

News Analysis • Antoinette Evens Public schools in California will no longer be ranked strictly by student performance on standardized test scores but by a number of other factors such as student readiness for college and the workplace, and other criteria that are yet to be determined by the State of California. The fact that […]

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School and Community Safety Forum Highlights Effective Bay Area Programs to Keep Children Safe

Contact: Hanif Houston, 510-684-0322, hhouston@childrensdefense.org Oakland, CA—Yesterday, public officials, policymakers, community organizations, youth advocates, and the public gathered at Oakland City Hall for the Children’s Defense Fund-California’s School and Community Safety Forum, a pioneering event that highlighted the innovative work being done across the East Bay Area to make classrooms and streets safer for youth. […]

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I Refuse To Be a Robot: The B-Word Isn’t Fly

by Asani Shakur The “b-word” is so commonly used today, that it’s not really perceived as a bad word anymore. Young boys and girls hear it often in the music they listen to and other aspects of pop culture and they start using it themselves, without really understanding what it means. Many of us, however, […]

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At Craneway Pavillion, New U.S. Citizens Take the Oath

Photo Essay • Edgardo Cervano-Soto At Richmond’s Craneway Pavillion on March 5th, 75 immigrants from countries as varied as Yemen, Mexico and Japan, eagerly awaited their official certification as U.S. citizens. Carolyn Muzyka, the Western Regional Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced each candidate to the public before leading them all in the […]

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Q&A: Police Chief Chris Magnus

EDITOR’S NOTE: In this first installment of what we hope will be an ongoing series of interviews with the Richmond Police Department, The Pulse sat down with Chief Chris Magnus to discuss issues ranging from immigration enforcement to gun control policy to the Christopher Dorner incident. The intention of the series is to improve police […]

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Survey: CA Voters Prefer Counseling Over Armed Security at Schools

Report • Antoinette Evans Following the unfortunate tragedy that recently occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our nation is yet again faced with answering the question: How can we keep our schools safe? A recent survey commissioned by The California Endowment and conducted from January 16-21, 2013 set out to measure voter support for a […]

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Field Poll: Ethnic Voters Support Soda Tax, Obesity Prevention

News Report • Anna Challet, New America Media SAN FRANCISCO — A majority of California voters support taxing sugar-sweetened beverages if those taxes are used for school nutrition and physical education programs, according to the results of a new Field Poll. The survey also revealed that obesity prevention measures like this have greater support among […]

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As Beyoncé Endorses Soda, Youth Warn of the ‘Sugar Zombies’

Press Release • Anna Challet, New America Media Ed. Note: Organized in the fall of 2012, the Soda Sucks anti-advertising campaign, sponsored by New America Media, invited youth from across California to “outsmart the soda advertisers.” Soda Sucks awards were contested in two categories: poster and spoken word/video. Winners shared in a $3200 cash prize. Winning […]

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The Time Is Now: Ethnic Media Call for Immigration Reform in 2013

Editor’s Note: This editorial was produced in association with New America Media (http://www.newamericamedia.org), a national association of ethnic media, and was published by ethnic media across the country to bring attention to the urgency of immigration reform. The White House and Congress must move quickly to enact just and humane comprehensive immigration reform. In the […]

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