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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Undocumented Activists Get Organized With CCISCO

News Feature, Malcolm Marshall It’s a Monday evening in November at the CCISCO office in Richmond, and members of CLOUD, or Community Leaders Organizing Undocumented Dreamers, have come together to assist those interested in submitting a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application. The landmark DACA program, announced by President Obama last summer, allows undocumented […]

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Prostitution, a Growing Threat to the Richmond Community

By Asani Shakur EDITOR’S NOTE:.  A 25-year-old who grew up on the streets of Richmond decided to write this piece because of what he sees happening in his community every day.  Barbaric. Evil. Modern-day slavery. Those are some of the words that President Barack Obama used to describe sex trafficking during a speech he delivered […]

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Prostitution, a Growing Threat to the Richmond Community

By Asani Shakur EDITOR’S NOTE:.  A 25-year-old who grew up on the streets of Richmond decided to write this piece because of what he sees happening in his community every day.  Barbaric. Evil. Modern-day slavery. Those are some of the words that President Barack Obama used to describe sex trafficking during a speech he delivered […]

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The CASE Act: Protection or Persecution?

Commentary,  Sonya Mann An overwhelming number of California voters, 81 percent, supported Proposition 35 (also called the CASE Act), which expands legal protections for victims of sex trafficking, and specifies harsher punishments for their pimps. The landslide victory for the measure probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that on the surface it sounded like […]

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Presidential Candidates Set a Good Example for Married People

Blog, by Alicia Marie My reason for watching CNN on election night was different from the majority of most Americans for the simple fact that I don’t vote, so the results didn’t really matter to me. However, I’m not ignorant of the issues or about how politics work, and I wanted to see what people […]

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