Three Year Window For Nonviolent Felons To Change Records – and Lives

By Nancy DeVille

In the months since California voters approved an initiative that reduces penalties for some crimes, the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s office has been busy trying to reach tens of thousands of local residents who are eligible to have their felonies downgraded to a misdemeanor.

    

Firebrand: How a San Pablo Mom Became an Education Advocate

By Edgardo Cervano-Soto

On Jan. 6, 2015, Petronila Fernandes’ son, a kindergarten student at J.O. Ford Elementary, felt ill during school. When she checked in on him during the day, Fernandes noticed the milk carton the school had given him. The expiration date said Dec. 31, 2014. The next day, Fernandes says her child was again served milk with a Dec. 31 expiration date, despite the food services staff saying they had no inventory of milk from the end of December.

    

Documentary About Young Richmond Poets Premieres at El Cerrito High

Story and Video • Ann Bassette

Hundreds of people filled the El Cerrito High School theater to watch the world premiere of the film “Romeo is Bleeding,” a candid and revealing documentary following the lives of a group of young, spoken word artists — knows as Richmond Artists with Talent, or just RAW Talent.

    

Art Center Event Turns Trash Into Treasure

Story and Photos • Sonya Mann

Is one person’s garbage another person’s art?

You could find the answer at the Richmond Art Center’s Upcycle event Apr. 25, in which local artists — rather than recycling trash — focused on upgrading throwaway materials into new and beautiful creations.

    

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Walking the Line: Reporting on Protests and Police Response

Video, Ann Bassette

EDITOR”S NOTE:The Bay Area Black Journalists Association hosted “Walking the Line: Reporting on Protests and Police Response,” on April 4 at the UC Berkeley Journalism School.

The conversation featured professional journalists, citizen journalists and law enforcement officials weighing in on the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the Bay Area and the media coverage surrounding the protests.