By Stan Santos
The “farms and families versus fish” debate negates the reality of the drastic impacts a drought or lack of access to clean water might have on our ecosystem. Photo at top left by Heather Craig; photo at bottom by Stan Santos
(Author’s note: This article is based on research done in July 2014 and presented in the Spanish language section of the August Community Alliance.)
In September 2013, a nonprofit organization, El Agua es Asunto de Todos (Water is Everyone’s Business), was registered with the State of California. Its office, under the direction of the …[Read the details]
By Dhoruba Bin-Wahad
We have discussed this for years haven’t we? The militarization of American law enforcement has accompanied the racist and corporate right-wing consolidation of power in America that has taken place over the past 35 years.
It started with Vietnam-era government response in the 1960s to widespread urban rebellions and civil disobedience much like the rebellion presently occurring in Ferguson, Mo., that seemed to occur every summer.
In 1968, the government established the LEAA (Law Enforcement Assistance Association) to train local police in counterinsurgency and SWAT, while supplying them with military-grade equipment. This was the precursor to …[Read the details]
By Hannah Brandt
Virak Ou speaking at the Roundtable Discussion on Human Rights Defenders and Freedom of Expression in 2012. Photo by Virak Ou
Most Fresnans do not know that an internationally renowned human rights activist spent many years among us as a classmate, colleague and neighbor. I certainly did not until I attended a lecture at Stanford University by Cambodian human rights activist Virak Ou. As I listened to him talk, I was unaware Ou previously lived in Fresno for 10 years.
As I found him informative and engaging, I began following him on Facebook. That was …[Read the details]
By Simone Cranston-Rhodes
Lisa De Los Santos holding up an enlarged picture of a bed bug at her apartment complex in southeast Fresno. Photo by Simone Cranston-Rhodes
In July of this year, a tenant in Fresno woke up to a ceiling partially caving in. This was caused by a leaking swamp-cooler and inflicted injury to the tenant. At this same apartment complex, a number of other tenants have complained about leaky swamp-coolers on their roofs. It is sad to say that stories like these are not as uncommon as we would like to believe.
As I began my …[Read the details]
By Erika C. Encinas
As summer is ending and the color of trees is changing, indigenous communities are getting ready for their annual festival in Fresno. Every September, the Binational Center for the Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities (CBDIO) and Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales (FIOB), in partnership with community volunteers, take part in presenting a tasty and colorful event, La Guelaguetza.
Guelaguetza is a Zapotec word that means “exchange” or “share.” It is a festival originating from the southwestern state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Its roots date back before the European conquest in the 1500s, where people gathered and …[Read the details]