By Asani Shakur EDITOR’S NOTE:.  A 25-year-old who grew up on the streets of Richmond decided to write this piece because of what he sees happening in his community every day.  Barbaric. Evil. Modern-day slavery. Those are some of the words that President Barack Obama used to describe sex trafficking during a...

Food Review, Molly Raynor I love Richmond with all my heart. I love its resilience, its creativity, its RAW talent and radical roots. I do not, however, love the lack of healthy food options that residents of this city face on a daily basis. The lack of healthy options is something I've...

Commentary,  Sonya Mann An overwhelming number of California voters, 81 percent, supported Proposition 35 (also called the CASE Act), which expands legal protections for victims of sex trafficking, and specifies harsher punishments for their pimps. The landslide victory for the measure probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that on the...

News Report, Anna Challet, New America Media In last month’s general election, youth voter turnout remained at 2008 levels, despite previous polls showing that enthusiasm was down in 2012. According to national exit polls analyzed by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts...

Blog, by Alicia Marie My reason for watching CNN on election night was different from the majority of most Americans for the simple fact that I don’t vote, so the results didn't really matter to me. However, I’m not ignorant of the issues or about how politics work, and I wanted...

News Report, Tania Pulido Billboards for No on Measure N, the controversial soda tax that voters here rejected on Tuesday, have been a constant image over the last several months as I rode my bike through the city. When I would stop to ask the people standing with “No” signs whether...

By April Suwalsky Each year, more than 1.5 million children in this country experience being homeless at some point, and more than 400,000 children and youth spend time in the foster care system. And while some progress has been made -- public service announcements, new legislation and innovative services have increased...

News Feature, Edgardo Cervano-Soto "Every good story has a conflict,” says the teacher as she draws a story plot map for her students. Arleth and Saul, both 14 and freshmen at Richmond High, follow along, drawing the jagged map onto their notebooks, labeling the exposition, rising action and climax. The...

Leer en Español Q & A by Iraida Santillan EDITOR’S NOTE: In Richmond, few things have been around as long as St. Mark’s Catholic Church, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary in the city. To find out more about this mainstay of the community, Richmond Pulse reporter Iraida Santillan sat...

COMMENTARY BY SEAN SHAVERS Editor's note: Students first names have been changed to protect them from possible repercussions from other students. As a former student in Oakland's public schools, I was shocked to hear about the “Fantasy Slut League” game at Piedmont High – one the Bay Area’s most prestigious public high...

Blog, Various Authors “A vote is worth more than money” Edgardo Cervano-Soto My vote represents me. How I vote informs political power holders and institutions my interpretation of democracy and equity. Although voting is not the only way to engage in politics (I can do this through writing, media and public demonstration), voting...

Commentary, Todd Spencer When I was a kid, I once took an apple out of a fruit bowl that was sitting on top of my friend’s dining room table. Only after I’d quickly sunk my teeth into the apple – I was really hungry -- did I realize that it...

Food Review + Photos, Monica Quesada Tucked in between Wendy’s fast food restaurant and San Pablo Avenue lies a hidden treasure of South American fine cuisine. Tempero Goiano is a family-run Brazilian coffee house and restaurant that serves traditional Brazilian food every day of the week, bringing a taste of home...

Read in English Entrevista por Iraida Santillan Nota del Redactor: En Richmond, pocas cosas han estado presentes tanto tiempo como la Iglesia Católica San Marcos, que celebra su centenario en la ciudad este año. Para conocer más sobre este sostén de la comunidad, la reportera de Richmond Pulse se sentó con el...

First Person, Tania Pulido During the past three years that I’ve been working at Urban Tilth, I’ve had experiences that have drastically expanded my skills, development and overall understanding of the world. One such experience came on Sunday, October 21st, when some co-workers and I participated in an inspiring event, organized...

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