Photo Essay • David Meza In 1982, Eddie Solis opened Solis Martial Arts in San Pablo, which has over the years provided hundreds of children and families living in the Richmond and San Pablo communities with martial arts training. Now, Solis’s son James, who is the current executive director, has converted the...

By Luis Cubas Robin Bowman, a New York-based photojournalist, set out on a quest in 2001 to capture and narrate the lives of teenagers all over the United States. She spent five years on the road, interviewing and photographing over 400 young people from different backgrounds and communities. The portraits and...

Interview • Dr. Joseph Marshall, Street Soldiers Radio EDITOR’S NOTE: The following conversation took place on Street Soldiers Radio between Dr. Joseph Marshall, co-founder and executive director of the San Francisco-based violence prevention program Alive & Free, and Reverend Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley. Reverend McBride...

by Chanelle Ignant Two weeks after its January 1 implementation, Richmond’s Single-Use Bag Ordinance is earning mixed reactions from residents. Chief among the responses are grievances about the 5-cent fee for paper bags. Kelvin Payne has lived in Richmond for 8 years. He says it’s unfair to charge a customer after they...

News Report, Colby Tilbbet | The kNOw Youth Media   FRESNO -- Hmong parents and community members in Fresno say a lack of translation services for Hmong speakers is the greatest barrier to that community’s engagement with Fresno Unified (FUSD) schools. A group of them gathered for a listening session last month where they weighed...

Photo Essay, YouthWire Editor’s Note: California’s recently enacted Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), in effect since July 1, will continue to increase funding for school districts over the next eight years. The greatest increases will go to districts with large populations of “high need” – low-income, foster youth and English Language...

Photo Essay • David Meza Last month, Pogo Park, a nonprofit community effort to improve parks in the Iron Triangle neighborhood, hosted a tour of its project sites in Richmond for park department board members, their families and friends. It was the first in a series of tours that will take...

OP-ED • DeVone Boggan Richmond, CA has experienced another consecutive year of historic declines in violence. The City marked its lowest homicide rate in 33 years in 2013. While we should celebrate this milestone with great exuberance, the media coverage about this success has been shortsighted. The police officers in Richmond certainly...

Read in English Por Luis Cubas Ya conoces el refrán: "Eres lo que comes". El problema es que no siempre tenemos una opción. En muchas partes de Richmond, los alimentos orgánicos y frescos pueden ser muy difíciles de conseguir, pero la comida chatarra es abundante - una tienda de la esquina o...

RP Editors At her last Meet With the Mayor session of 2013, on December 20, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin led a moment of reflection to honor the 16 lives lost to homicide in Richmond this year. A small group gathered in a room at the Richmond Public Library, and with a candle...

News Analysis, Paul Kleyman New America Media “Facts on Ethnic Elders” is a monthly column on research findings about ethnic elders present and future. It is supported by a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies. “People of color face particularly severe challenges in preparing for retirement,” states a new report titled, “Race...

News Report, Viji Sundaram, New America Media The ABC news show Good Morning America has dropped use of the term “illegal” when describing immigrants in the country who have no documents to establish their legal residency. Earlier this week, anchors for the popular morning program opted instead for “undocumented Americans.” Immigrant rights groups across...

Leer en Español by Luis Cubas You know how the saying goes: “You are what you eat.” The problem is, we don’t always have a choice. In many parts of Richmond, organic and fresh foods can be quite hard to come by, yet junk food is abundant – a corner store or...

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