Video, William Haynes/Malcolm Marshall/Min Lee RICHMOND, Ca -- Kennedy High School Y-Plan students recently presented their suggestions for the Richmond Greenway at City Hall. Y-PLAN is an award-winning initiative where youth are engaged as genuine stakeholders and participants in local planning projects with the mentorship of UC Berkeley students in urban...

Photo Essay, Karina Guadalupe   On Saturday April 3oth, Richmond residents and volunteers met at the 800 Block of 6th Street to make a difference in the Iron Triangle by planting trees. This initiative is part of the Iron Triangle Legacy Project in collaboration with East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Contra...

Commentary, Nancy Ybarra I’ve lived in Richmond for as long as I can remember. Central is the hood I grew up in. I attended Richmond High School, but then I went off to finish at Samuel L. Gompers High School. Living in central my whole life, I realized that...

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 Diplo Richmond, 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 Lee EDITORS' 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 Lee RICHMOND, 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 Marshall EDITOR'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 Lumpkins RICHMOND, 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 Lumpkins RICHMOND, 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...

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