A goat grazing along North Richmond’s abandoned lots isn’t an everyday scene. But the herd could be an unlikely savior in the city’s fight to curb illegal dumping.
Should 16 year olds be allowed to vote? That’s the question being debated right now in San Francisco, where San Francisco Youth Commission members Oliver York and Jillian Wu are spearheading the fight to lower the voting age in local elections from 18 to 16. And now they are bringing the idea to Richmond.
Her heart rate starts rising. Her hands begin to sweat and shake. She paces back and forth.
“I feel like something is going to happen to me but nothing is really there,” she says. “[I tell myself,] ‘There is nothing wrong. It’s okay. This is just your body being weird again.’”
This is what an anxiety attack feels like for Karina Perez, a 20-year-old student at Pierce College.
District officials are hoping the merger of two West Contra Costa schools into a new high school with more academic and behavioral resources will give students the edge they need to succeed. But the move in September to combine Gompers and North Campus continuation high schools into the new Sylvester Greenwood Academy has some Richmond community members concerned about potential gang violence.
The Richmond Grinders won a medal at the junior Olympics nationals in Virginia this year. And as their coach, I can tell you that what they accomplished is only the beginning. Their success is part of a bigger movement in Richmond and across the country, and its inspiration dates all the way back to the 1968 Olympics.