Cesar Zepeda: I See Richmond As the Diamond in the Rough

Cesar Zepeda may be new to Richmond’s politics, but he’s no stranger to community organizing. The longtime Richmond resident is the president of both the Hilltop District Neighborhood Council and the Hilltop District Homeowners and Stakeholders Association. He’s a co-founder of Richmond Rainbow Pride, the city’s first known LGBT organization.

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Nat Bates: Sometimes We’re Our Own Worst Enemy

Nat Bates, 86, is the longest-serving member on the Richmond City Council and also a former two-time mayor of Richmond. The Richmond native and former probation officer sat down with Richmond Pulse to discuss how to bring businesses to Richmond and keep them here.

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My Teacher Sparked a Lifelong Interest in Literature

On my first day of high school, I was afraid that my teachers were not going to care about me as a person. Then I walked into Ms. Bui’s classroom. Her class was my first period and it was English. She greeted me with an amiable smile that put me at ease. Her classroom was decorated with former students’ work. It gave me something to look forward to.

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Betty Reid Soskin: ‘Your Support Allowed Me to Reclaim My Space’

94-year-old Betty Reid Soskin was attacked and robbed in her Richmond home in late June. Reid Soskin, a ranger at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, awoke to find a man standing in her bedroom. She struggled with the intruder before being dragged down a hallway, where the attacker struck here repeatedly. Since the attack, she has received an outpouring of support from the Richmond community as well as from around the country. She recently spoke with Richmond Pulse about the aftermath of the attack and reclaiming her space

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