Central Valley Youth Say Pope’s Message ‘Already Having an Impact’

 YouthWire, Commentary, Various Authors, Posted: Sep 25, 2015 Ed. Note: The Pope’s visit to the United States comes as the U.S. Catholic Church is undergoing a dramatic shift driven in large part by demographic changes happening across the nation. Today’s Catholic heart of America lies in the West, in places like California’s Central Valley, where a fast rising […]


The ‘Torment of Isolation’ – Ending Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Commentary, Claudia Gonzalez | We’Ced

After years of litigation and protests, earlier this month California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation agreed to drastically reduce the use of solitary confinement in state prisons. But as prison and human rights advocates celebrated the victory, the legislature put on hold a bill that would have curbed the practice in the state’s juvenile detention facilities.


I Am One of Many Who ‘Fit the Description’

Commentary, Keisa Reynolds

Former tennis star James Blake was a victim of excessive force at the hands of a New York police officer. Blake was standing outside of Grand Hyatt Hotel, where he was staying for the US Open Tennis Championships, when he was unexpectedly knocked to the ground by a plainclothes officer


Richmond Women Mean Business

By Keisa Reynolds

After dreaming at a young age of opening a local business, longtime resident Liz Gonzalez finally opened Ritzy Reuben, a hair and beauty studio in Point Richmond. “It’s very rewarding to open a business in the city I grew up in. I am [trying] to bring something positive to the city.