by Chanelle Ignant At the California Nonprofit Technology Festival, or simply Tech Fest, hosted at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Richmond, there were no power point presentations or keynote speakers. Instead, the participants were at the helm, setting the agenda and leading nearly every discussion. The two-day festival...

New America Media, News Report, Khalil Abdullah  Youth voter turnout in North Carolina, including a sizeable segment of ethnic voters, will play a critical role in determining whether Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan retains her seat against Republican challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, according to data on the voting patterns of youth of...

New America Media, News Report, Anna Challet and Viji Sundaram A majority of California voters support the idea of expanding health coverage to include all low-income people in the state, regardless of their immigration status, according to a new poll. The poll, commissioned by private health foundation The California Endowment, showed that some...

New America Media, Question & Answer, George White Ed. Note: As chair of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma directs the staff and the work of the African Union (AU), the alliance of nations on the continent. In that role, Dr. Zuma – a physician – manages AU initiatives on...

Story and Video • Edgardo Cervano-Soto   Manuel Martinez thought his future would follow the life of his father. When he was 17, he thought he’d work in construction after high school. Despite living in Richmond since the age of one, Martinez didn’t think he had many options because of his undocumented...

By Zaira Sierra For over four years, I’ve worked with Richmond families. I’ve volunteered with Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization assisting undocumented youth with their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications and Building Blocks for Kids where I was part of the Community Engagement and Advocacy Team. Recently, I...

[caption id="attachment_4275" align="alignnone" width="720"] Uche Uwahemu, from left, Tom Butt and Nat Bates are running for mayor of Richmond. (photo by Fan Fei, Richmond Confidential)[/caption] News Report, Malcolm Marshall | Photos, Safrina F. Fei Leer en Español Nat Bates, Tom Butt or Uche Uwahemu. Those are the choices Richmond voters will face on...

Commentary, Vernon Whitmore   Approaching the November's elections, I have been thinking more and more about Richmond's future, not just after this year's votes are cast, but in the years and generations to come. When I look at Richmond's government today, one thing is clear: this city has a lot of older...

Profile, Nancy Deville   City Council candidate Dameion King may be a newcomer to the Richmond political scene, but he says he’s no stranger to the needs of the city. “I’ve had bullets whiz by my head,” the lifelong Iron Triangle resident said. “I’ve woken up in the morning with gun holes in...

Photo Essay, David Meza David Batiste says he loves the job he describes as “a little dangerous” and “never the same routine.” Baptiste is an equipment operator with Richmond’s Code Enforcement Abatement crew. On this day, he is helping demolish a burned down house at 24th and Maricopa Ave. He...

Photo Essay, Ann Bassette Members of the Richmond Union High School class of 1959 celebrated their 55-year reunion at a two day event at the Hilton in Concord last August. It was a chance for old friends to reconnect and share memories of their youth in what is now a much...

News Report, Anna Challet | New America Media In a world where every day is a holiday – there’s National Doughnut Day, Pi Day (honoring the number 3.14 and celebrated by eating pie), and Talk Like a Pirate Day (that one is international) – a group of organizations came together and decided that...

Story by Jennifer Herrera It was July 22, 2014 and Valeska Castañeda was heading out, on foot, with a group of mothers and children for a long journey across California. The plan was to walk over 350 miles from Merced to the U.S. Border near San Diego as a sign of...

by Luis Cubas It’s no secret that one of the groups least likely to register, or vote, is the youth. Now, a local group is hoping to help change that trend. September 23 is National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide campaign coordinated with volunteers and organizations to educate and reach out to...

Event, Peter Schurmann | New America Media When Libier Gonzalez first arrived to the United States from Mexico three years ago, her family could not afford Internet access at home. A mother of three, she says not having Internet impacted everything from her ability to find work to her children’s education. Then,...

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