Mumia Case Highlights Lack of Health Care in Prison

Commentary, Asani Shakur Mumia Abu-Jamal’s recent trip to the hospital should make us take a second look at the way we provide health care to those who need it most. Abu-Jamal, who has spent over 30 years incarcerated, made news on March 30, 2015, when he was rushed from Mahanoy State Prison in Pennsylvania to […]

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Walking the Line: Reporting on Protests and Police Response

Video, Ann Bassette EDITOR”S NOTE:The Bay Area Black Journalists Association hosted “Walking the Line: Reporting on Protests and Police Response,” on April 4 at the UC Berkeley Journalism School. The conversation featured professional journalists, citizen journalists and law enforcement officials weighing in on the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the Bay Area and the […]

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The Most Ignorant Among Us? Sometimes It’s College Students

Commentary, Sean Shavers Last month, a video surfaced online of University of Oklahoma fraternity members singing a racist song that joked about lynching black people. In the video, white members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity rode on a bus while chanting, “There will never be a n—– SAE. You can hang him from a […]

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Egg Hunt Offers Fun for Kids and Families

Photo Essay, Richmond Pulse Editors On a sunny Saturday morning last month, hundreds of people came out to the Spring Egg Hunt and Recreation Day at Civic Center Plaza for some springtime fun. Sponsored by the city’s Recreation Department, the free event on March 28 was well attended by grownups and kids alike. The day […]

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Uncle Sam Wants DACA Recipients to Avoid Tax Scams

 News Report, Viji Sundaram| New America Media A new scam targeting immigrants has gotten the attention of Uncle Sam. Health advocates are concerned that tax preparers have been misinforming, and some even outright scamming, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries by making them pay a penalty for not having health insurance. On Wednesday, the Internal Revenue […]

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Young, Brown and ‘Looking Unsafe’

Commentary • David Meza  | Photo •  Sara Lafleur Vetter, Richmond Confidential “When was the last time you were you in jail?” A young white police officer asked me this question after he pulled me over while I rode my bike in Pinole, CA, close to Richmond, where I live. It was Feb. 20, and I […]

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Community Gathers for a Summit on Peace

By Ann Bassette Miracle Temple Apostolic Church on the south side of Richmond was the site of the “Get the Hell Outta Richmond and Put More Love Into It,” peace summit on Feb. 7. The gathering, organized by community advocates Rodney “Alamo” Brown and Steven Parker, brought concerned residents together to talk about remedies to […]

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Coalition to Tackle Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

By Chanelle Ignant With community-law enforcement relations still making headlines around the country, a group of attorneys from the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s office are organizing to see changes made on the judicial level here in Richmond. Together with community members and organizers, the group aims to address the racial bias they believe exists […]

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Historic Ties: As Chicago’s Pullman Neighborhood Seeks National Park Status, Richmond’s Own Pullman Story Remains Unpreserved

By April Suwalsky For over a century following the Civil War, African American men employed as “Pullman Porters” — railway employees who assisted passengers on Pullman company trains — were the eyes and ears of the nation. The porters founded the first black labor union and distributed black newspapers, reaching rural communities and igniting social […]

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