News Report, Viji Sundaram|New America Media Even as the consumption of sugary drinks among young children in California is beginning to decline, a study released today shows a significant spike among adolescents. The study found that fully 65 percent of children between 12 and 17 drink soda and other sugary drinks every...

Video, Malcolm Marshall Ed. Note: On Tuesday Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin led a crowd of protestors in denouncing Chevron Corp., which was recently fined $18 billion by a court in Ecuador. The energy giant is now seeking to block plaintiffs in that case from using U.S. courts to enforce the order....

By Zaira Sierra Richmond residents and representatives of West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) met at a convening organized by Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative on Friday September 13, for a discussion about safety in and around schools. About 40 concerned parents were given an opportunity to let the school...

Commentary, William Haynes By now you’ve probably heard that the Catholic Church has a new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Argentina, who took on the name Francis when he assumed the position last March. The 266th pope, Francis, when it’s all said and done may be remembered as one...

  News Feature, Laura Flynn • New America Media/KALW Editor's Note: In 2002 the California legislature passed AB 117 allowing cities and counties to become electric service providers to residents in their jurisdiction. Known as Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA, today more municipalities such as San Francisco and Sonoma counties are exploring...

News Report • Edgardo Cervano-Soto MEXICO CITY – A proposed citywide “soda tax” failed to win enough votes in Richmond, Calif. in 2012, but that hasn’t stopped other U.S. cities, and even foreign nations, from taking notice of the concept. Last month, elected officials in Mexico announced their intent to become...

Commentary • Sean Shavers | Photo courtesy of Steve Rhodes Editor’s Note: On a nationwide day of strikes on August 30th, fast food workers in 60 cities across the country marched for higher wages, including in Oakland, where hundreds of workers and their supporters demanded a living wage of $15 an...

Photo Essay • Edgardo Cervano-Soto People call out to Juana Raquel as she pushes her green, wooden, home-built cart through the streets of central Richmond. Children pull back peach-colored curtains and wave from second story apartments for her to stop at their apartments. Regular customers greet her in a friendly manner...

Interview, RP Editors RP: What do homeowners facing foreclosure in Richmond need to know right now about the city's plan to invoke eminent domain? Mayor Gayle McLaughlin: We call it the Cares Program or the Local Sensible Reduction Program because, first and foremost, we would like to continue to call on the...

Commentary, Alicia Marie In this age of social media, it seems there is no limit to the types of extreme -- even violent -- acts people will videotape and post on the Internet. If there’s something happening and there are bystanders, chances are someone is catching it on video. Some people...

News Report, Anna Challet |New America Media While poverty remains at historically high levels, the percentage of people in the United States – especially children – who lack health insurance is declining, according to new data released by the Census Bureau. “The big changes are in health insurance,” said David S....

Blog, Monet Boyd It was Sunday morning, September 15, 1963 and the roaring sound of dynamite rang through Birmingham, Alabama, coming from the 16th Street Baptist Church. A fourteen year old boy named William Bell heard it from 3 miles away. William’s father rushed into the car with his family and went...

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