By Mike Rhodes
In October and November of 2011, the City of Fresno and Caltrans bulldozed homeless encampments in downtown Fresno. Thirty-six lawsuits were filed by the homeless alleging that their property had been taken and destroyed. Those lawsuits were all settled in October 2014.
The smile on the faces of homeless people as they cashed their checks left no doubt about who was victorious in the lawsuit against the City of Fresno. The lawsuits, filed by 36 homeless people, followed the October and November 2011 bulldozing of homeless encampments in the downtown area.
Angelita Soto was one …[Read the details]
By Stan Santos
Editor’s note: This is political satire. The statements made in this piece, including the quotes, are from the author and do not reflect those of the characters involved in “A Fresno Love Story.”
Betty said, “How could he do this…and in public?”
Michael said, “She’s a home wrecker!”
Randy said, “He’s not getting another dime!”
Chuck said, “He didn’t talk to me first!”
Howard said, “The other guy’s far worse. Get over it!”
Rich said, “He’ll come back; it’s a gratuitous fling.”
Blong said, “When I’m done, I’ll come back home.”
Ashley said, “Actually, I …[Read the details]
By Ernesto Saavedra
The meaning of life and our place in it; two great mountains we climb endlessly as we evolve into our being because we never seem to reach the top. The galaxy gives us direction, but where it takes us depends on our interpretation of it. Self-expression is an attempt at organizing these interpretations developing an almanac of our innermost thoughts and feelings we then use to transcend into a world that makes sense to us. The next step is putting oneself in a vulnerable position, a sort of sacrifice, and sharing it with others—learning and growing …[Read the details]
Interview by the Community Alliance
Artists Teresa Flores and Raul Paulino Baltazar standing next to a mural painted by people at this year’s Big Fresno Fair. It was inspired by the fair itself using familiar images like games, food and Snoop Dog. More than 150 people participated. Photo by Ernesto Saavedra
For another year, the Fresno Fair made its way to town. Amid all the usual rides, petting zoos and fried greasy food, there was another thing bringing people together from all walks of life: Creative Fresno’s Mural Mobile Arts Project. The project consists of creating four mobile …[Read the details]
By Yesenia Valdez
Fresno Immigrant Youth in Action prepare to run for immigrant, health and LGBTQ rights for all!
Fresno Immigrant Youth in Action (FIYA) is a grassroots community organization dedicated to empowering immigrant youth and families to advocate for immigrant rights. The FIYA is also an affiliate of the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA) and prides itself on being LGBTQ inclusive. Its goal is to bring visibility for the FIYA and to create awareness about the (im)migrant community in the Central Valley and across the country by participating in the Two Cities Marathon & Half. The …[Read the details]