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...

Video, Nancy Ybarra, Malcolm Marshall Music: Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin//Florida by DiploRichmond, CA – On May 13th and 14th, 2011, Fix the Cycle: a collaboration between members of the Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative, the City of Richmond, Contra Costa Health Services, LEAP, Richmond Police Department, and Richmond...

Video, Karina Guadalupe, Min LeeEDITORS' NOTE: On Earth Day 2011, the City of Richmond, Calif. promoted its residential food scrap program, in which the contents of green curbside bins are composted and offered back to residents. Over 300 people turned out to get free compost buckets, compost and edible...

News Report, Tania Pulido///Video, Tania Pulido, Min LeeRICHMOND, Ca   -- On March 22, 2011, a group of community artists, civil rights advocates, educators and young people assembled at Richmond City Hall for a council meeting to discuss the issue of freedom of expression, and specifically, to weigh in on...

Video, Malcolm MarshallEDITOR'S NOTE: This Passover and Holy Week, faith communities and interfaith organizations came together for a vigil at the West Contra Costa County Detention Facility to shine a light on the suffering of immigrants detained there who have been torn away from their families and await deportation proceedings.

Story, Donny Lumpkins//Video, Malcolm Marshall, Donny LumpkinsRICHMOND, Calif. -- It’s raining in the Iron Triangle. A skinny white pit bull, with no collar or tags, is running down the block. The dog’s thick muscles flex in the rain, as he slowly jogs by. Sniffing the ground, perhaps looking...

News Report, Donny Lumpkins/Video, Ann Bassette, Donny LumpkinsRICHMOND, Calif.—For Richmond’s low-income families, for whom the threat of homelessness is an ever-present reality, a free meal or rent money between jobs can mean the difference between staying afloat and losing everything.Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), a nonprofit in the heart of...

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Ervin Coley III, 21, was one of three young Black men from North Richmond gunned down over a 72-hour period earlier this month.  The killings were allegedly caused by turf issues.  The string of violent episodes stirred up old memories for one young Richmond Pulse writer, who decided...

Video, Min Lee Motivated by the memory of Cesar Chavez and his contributions to the farmworkers' movement, residents of Richmond, California came together to revitalize the intersection of Florida Avenue and 12th Street. People living in Richmond suffer from a lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This event combats...

Editors' Note: A portion of the April 3 broadcast of Street Soldiers - a weekly call-in radio program on KMEL - was devoted to a discussion about a recent slew of shootings that last week took the lives of three young men from North Richmond. Below is...

Editors' Note: Over a 72-hour period last week, 3 young men - all from North Richmond - were murdered. The rash of violence sparked this reaction from one North Richmond youth, who submitted this anonymous blog to Richmond Pulse. From the bloggers' perspective, being young and Black...

News Report, Tania PulidoIn a time of turmoil around the world, the sense of sisterhood is essential to the struggle faced by oppressed people.When I grew up in Richmond, the idea of sisterhood was almost non-existent - something only shared within certain ethnic groups. Once, a girl come up...

Blog, Danita Davis//Video, Min LeeEditor's Note: With two lives lost in the first month of 2011, Richmond CA's RYSE Center is working with the youth to cope with the tragic loss to their community. Min Lee is a senior editor at Richmond Pulse.  

Report: Karina Guadalupe / Video: Min LeeSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The important role of play in the development of children is commonly underestimated; generally viewed as insignificant or frivolous at best. As a result, neighborhood parks are often designed without children in mind, thus failing to reach their full...

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