College Dream Eludes Immigrant Valedictorian

First Person, Jessica Garcia// Audio, William Haynes People often speak about how college is a long, rigorous challenge, and I am sure it’s probably true. However, over the years I have proven to myself that I posses the commitment, desire, potential and determination to be academically successful. I’m not claiming that college will be easy, […]

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Kennedy High Students Present Ideas for the Greenway in Richmond

Video, William Haynes/Malcolm Marshall/Min Lee RICHMOND, Ca — Kennedy High School Y-Plan students recently presented their suggestions for the Richmond Greenway at City Hall. Y-PLAN is an award-winning initiative where youth are engaged as genuine stakeholders and participants in local planning projects with the mentorship of UC Berkeley students in urban planning, design, and education.

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Planting Trees in the Iron Triangle

Photo Essay, Karina Guadalupe   On Saturday April 3oth, Richmond residents and volunteers met at the 800 Block of 6th Street to make a difference in the Iron Triangle by planting trees. This initiative is part of the Iron Triangle Legacy Project in collaboration with East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa Interfaith […]

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Should I Carry a Gun Too, for Protection?

Commentary, Nancy Ybarra I’ve lived in Richmond for as long as I can remember. Central is the hood I grew up in. I attended Richmond High School, but then I went off to finish at Samuel L. Gompers High School. Living in central my whole life, I realized that it isn’t the safest place to […]

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Misunderstanding a Mural

News Report, Tania Pulido///Video, Tania Pulido, Min Lee RICHMOND, Ca   — On March 22, 2011, a group of community artists, civil rights advocates, educators and young people assembled at Richmond City Hall for a council meeting to discuss the issue of freedom of expression, and specifically, to weigh in on the question: Is graffiti […]

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Richmond’s Dog Whisperer

Story, Donny Lumpkins//Video, Malcolm Marshall, Donny Lumpkins RICHMOND, Calif. — It’s raining in the Iron Triangle. A skinny white pit bull, with no collar or tags, is running down the block. The dog’s thick muscles flex in the rain, as he slowly jogs by. Sniffing the ground, perhaps looking for food or somewhere warm to […]

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Losing My Love to the Streets

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Ervin Coley III, 21, was one of three young Black men from North Richmond gunned down over a 72-hour period earlier this month.  The killings were allegedly caused by turf issues.  The string of violent episodes stirred up old memories for one young Richmond Pulse writer, who decided to share her personal story […]

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The Choice: Prison or Death?

Editors’ Note: Over a 72-hour period last week, 3 young men – all from North Richmond – were murdered. The rash of violence sparked this reaction from one North Richmond youth, who submitted this anonymous blog to Richmond Pulse. From the bloggers’ perspective, being young and Black in North Richmond presents a catch-22: Either risk […]

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