Police Chief Magnus: Why I Joined a Protest Against Police Brutality

Editor’s Note: In Richmond, Calif., a city long equated with high rates of crime and poverty, the local police have taken steps in recent years to improve relations with the communities they serve. Richmond Chief of Police Chris Magnus turned out at a recent local rally against police brutality. The rally was one of many […]

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Ayotzinapa, Mexico’s Ferguson

 News Report, Alfredo Camacho |South Kern Sol/ New America Media, BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — As thousands take to the streets in cities nationwide to express outrage over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, another protest movement is sweeping through Mexican American and immigrant communities. Both are aimed at what participants say is […]

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In U.S., Undocumented People Can Donate But Not Receive Organs

News Report, Viji Sundaram, New America Media    SAN PABLO, Calif. – Without treatment to replace her failing kidneys, Olga knows she will die. The 37-year-old single mother is desperate to get a transplant so she can get well enough to nurture and provide for her three children again – something she hasn’t been able to […]

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A Dog’s Life in North Richmond

Photo Essay, David Meza   On rides around North Richmond I pass dogs in the streets. Some bark and give chase as I cycle by; Others just watch as I roll pass. Some guard small businesses, some live in homes. Some are abandoned, or run loose German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, Huskies, all hang by the […]

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Q & A: Mike Parker on Changing the Nature of Politics in Richmond

Interview, Malcolm Marshall Editor’s Note: Richmond Progressive Alliance Campaign Coordinator and one time Mayoral candidate, Mike Parker spoke to Richmond Pulse’s  Malcolm Marshall about the recent election, working with Mayor-elect Tom Butt and training new leaders in Richmond. Richmond Pulse: RPA lost in the 2012 election but came back strong this year. What was the […]

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Warriors Give Nystrom Community a New Place to Play

Story and Photos by Chanelle Ignant Lenora Walker grew up playing basketball near Martin Luther King Park in Richmond. But when the Martin Luther King Community Center closed a few years ago, the park’s run down outdoor courts became her only option. “All we had left were the courts here that had cracks [and] the […]

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Brightening Richmond Streets

News Report, Nancy Deville   Richmond’s residential streets will soon look a whole lot brighter as the city’s plan to convert its streetlights to LED technology is nearing completion. Joining a growing trend of cities switching to LED to save money and conserve energy, Richmond expects to save about $500,000 a year in maintenance and […]

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Tech Fest Unites Nonprofits From Around the World in Richmond

by Chanelle Ignant At the California Nonprofit Technology Festival, or simply Tech Fest, hosted at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Richmond, there were no power point presentations or keynote speakers. Instead, the participants were at the helm, setting the agenda and leading nearly every discussion. The two-day festival — hosted […]

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Comcast Executive VP Touts Broadband Program for Low-Income Families

Event, Peter Schurmann | New America Media When Libier Gonzalez first arrived to the United States from Mexico three years ago, her family could not afford Internet access at home. A mother of three, she says not having Internet impacted everything from her ability to find work to her children’s education. Then, about a year […]

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