Khalid’s Corner: Thankful to Be Alive

In the past, I gambled with my life on a constant basis at a time when getting yourself killed was the norm if you dared to enter the street game. Once I thought I didn’t have to listen to sound advice anymore, I kept finding myself in deadly situations, in and out of jail.

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Claudia Jimenez – Profile of a Community Organizer

In 2015, her name suddenly appeared in news articles about the nomination of a new candidate for the Richmond City Council. In the media, Claudia Jimenez, 37, remained undefined, only noted for her organizing work with Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organizations (CCISCO). At minimum, Jimenez, who at the time was not affiliated with the Richmond Progressive Alliance, was described as a “smokescreen” candidate.

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“Nat Bates for Mayor” – Film Documents Richmond Election ‘With Major Funding From Chevron’

Our next election is less than seven months away. But memories of the last city election—one of Richmond’s most expensive—remain fresh in the minds of many voters. For residents of this refinery town whose recollections are fading, we now have a fascinating 90-minute video history of that campaign. Entitled “Nat Bates for Mayor,” it provides a timely reminder of the stakes involved in a local battle against big money in politics that got national attention.

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