Re-Inventing Parks in the Iron Triangle

Pogo Park from New America Media on Vimeo. Editor’s Note: Though Richmond California has been ranked the 6th most dangerous city in the country, that hasn’t stopped residents like Toody Maher from trying to revitalize the Iron Triangle with a new community park called Pogo Park. Sean Shavers is a content producer and Min Lee […]

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The Mehserle Effect—Vallejo Shooting Tests Era of Police Accountability

New America Media, Video, Commentary:Kevin Weston // Video: Ann Bassette, Malcolm Marshall and Paul Billingsley, Posted: Dec 21, 2010 VALLEJO, Calif.—In the Bay Area, the veneer of police impunity seems to be thinning even as high-profile cases of police shooting unarmed black men – in Oakland and nearby Vallejo — continue to occur. Aftershocks following […]

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The “Alive and Free” Prescription to Save Richmond, Calif.

News Report, Donny Lumpkins //Produced by Malcolm Marshall, Posted: Dec 20, 2010 Editor’s Note: The Alive & Free Training has just been introduced to Richmond. It is designed to inspire individual behavior change and reduce risky behaviors that often contribute to homicide or other violent crimes. We spoke to one of the workshop’s participants, Rasheed […]

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Documenting the Forgotten Faces of India’s AIDS Orphans

News Feature, Poornima Weerasekara, Posted: Dec 02, 2010 RICHMOND, Calif.— When Dr. Donna Guenther, a physician and photojournalist who documents AIDS orphans in India, first met Yesusbabu, an HIV-positive toddler in Vijayawada, South India, she was shocked to hear what the doctors had told his grandfather. At three and a half years of age, he was […]

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Proposed Casino Gives Hope for Jobs to Some Richmond Youth

Audio, Donny Lumpkins and Malcolm Marshall , Posted: Dec 03, 2010 Editor’s Note: While Richmond, California may be plagued with high crime rates and low unemployment the news of a potential casino has given hope to one young man who thinks will give Richmond a much needed economic boost. Donny Lumpkins ia senior content producer […]

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Toxic Triangle: 3 Bay Area Communities Teaming Up to Fight Pollution

EDITOR’S NOTE: Representatives from three Bay Area communities that are disproportionately affected by pollution met recently to discuss how to join forces in the fight for cleaner air and neighborhoods. The new Toxic Triangle Coalition, founded by the Reverend Dr. Daniel Buford of the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, includes Richmond, Oakland, and San Francisco’s Bayview Hunter’s Point district. (Shown above: Bayview resident Marie Harrison)

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Job Fair Draws Hopeful Crowd in Hard-Hit Richmond

MP3 RICHMOND, Calif.—Rosie Esparza has been out of work for over a year and a half. The 33-year-old mother was laid off from her job as a pharmacy tech and hasn’t been able to find another job in her field. When she first lost her job, she collected unemployment benefits. She’s now on CalWORKs, the […]

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After Church Shooting, New Worshippers Drawn Into Congregation

Richmond Pulse, Video, Sean Shavers, Posted: Nov 16, 2010 Months after the city of Richmond was shocked by a brazen shooting in the middle of a church service, the congregation at New Gethsemane Church of God and Christ has pulled together and grown. Sean Shavers is a content producer at YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia. Revisiting Richmond’s […]

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Riding the Green Wave—Q&A with Richmond CA Mayor Gayle McLaughlin

EDITOR’S NOTE: Earlier this month, unions representing Richmond, Calif., police and firefighters unleashed a series of vicious attacks against Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, a Green Party member who is running for a second term. The attacks focused on her bankruptcy filing shortly before she ran for City Council in 2004 and her admission that she had […]

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