Taking Anti-Violence Message From Bay Area Streets to the White House

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcript of a conversation that took place on Street Soldiers Radio between Dr. Joseph Marshall, co-founder and Executive Director of Omega Boys Club of San Francisco and Reverend Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley. Reverend McBride is also Director of the Lifelines to Healing Campaign, […]

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Urban Tilth’s MLK Day of Service Showcases Richmond’s Green Thumb

News Feature, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Teams of volunteers in white MLK t-shirts pushed wheelbarrows of compost and struck the ground with shovels for Urban Tilth’s 6th Annual MLK Day of National Service at the Richmond Greenway. Stretching from 6th Avenue to Harbour Way, the Richmond Greenway was host to multiple green projects and activities. By 9am, […]

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FCC Says Cost of Prison Phone Calls Too High

FCC Says Cost of Prison Phone Calls Too High Black America Web, News Report, Candace Bagwell Experiencing life while a loved one is imprisoned can strain your emotions and relationships, but it shouldn’t strain your pocketbook. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that the cost of phone calls from incarcerated friends and family members is […]

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GO FISH

Park It column by Ned MacKay, East Bay Regional Park District It looks like this is a great time to go fishing in East Bay Regional Park District lakes, and here’s why: the park district has just planted more rainbow trout than ever before. In December the district added a total of 23,000 pounds of […]

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A Death Retold: Q&A with Filmmaker Ryan Coogler

Question & Answer, Lani Conway, New America Media Editor’s Note: At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, 26-year-old filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature debut with “Fruitvale,” a drama inspired by the real-life killing of Oscar Grant by Bay Area Rapid Transit police on New Year’s Day, 2009. With big-name participation by producer Forest Whitaker and […]

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Newtown Exposes Double Standard Toward Youth Violence

Blog / Commentary by Asani Shakur The Connecticut school shooting is such a tragedy, but I find it ironic because things like this have happened a lot in our community — maybe not 20 kids at a time, but one kid killed is one too many. The killing of children shouldn’t happen on either side […]

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Thoughts on Gun Violence, in the Wake of Newtown

Blog / Commentary by Yasmine Elsafy The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut that left 28 people dead — 20 of them children – has dominated the news cycle. Less known, however, is that while Newtown was the worst massacre of children in our nation’s history, it only one of sixteen mass shootings […]

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What Big Soda Didn’t Buy

Op-Ed, Daniel Zingale Big Soda spent big bucks. That’s how it defeated ballot measures to create soda taxes in two California towns. In Richmond, in the Bay Area, and in El Monte, east of Los Angeles, the measures would have added a penny-an-ounce tax on soda. Had the taxes passed, they were projected to raise […]

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