Fired Steel Workers March for Dignity

Video, Josue Rojas, Posted: Feb 29, 2012 EDITOR’S NOTE: Two hundred immigrant workers and their families joined hundreds of supporters in a march through downtown Berkeley February 17, protesting their firing from Pacific Steel Castings. The company is one of the city’s biggest employers, and the largest steel foundry west of the Mississippi River. The […]

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Uncertainties Hover Over CA DREAM Act

News Report, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Editor’s Note: California’s DREAM Act gave bright undocumented students new hope for going to college, but issues like low funding could undermine the act for many. Despite the announcement of Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law the California DREAM Act last October, students applying for colleges at Richmond High School’s College […]

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Struggling With the Aftermath of Deportation

EDITOR’S NOTE: A mother struggles to support her three children after her husband is arrested and deported for having no papers. Juan Ramirez, 38, and Angelica Garcia, 34, migrated from Mexico to the United States in search of a better way of life 18 years ago. And like many undocumented people, they had been doing […]

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Advocates Pushing for Richmond Municipal ID Cards – UPDATED

News Report,  Erika Benton-Martin [Breaking News Update: Since this report was written, the City of Richmond has approved the use of municipal ID cards. You can read about this new development, here.] If community advocates have their way, city-issued identification cards may soon be made available to thousands of Richmond’s most vulnerable residents. The idea […]

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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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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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Improving Richmond Schools, One Parent at a Time

Public schools in Richmond, Ca have for years been under fire for academically underperforming.  The city has even struggled to keep kids in the classroom, to the extent that last October, officials resorted to rising dropout and truancy rates by issuing a daytime curfew for school-age youth. Enforcement, however, is not the only approach being taken […]

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