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Local Progressive Activists Targeted by the Fresno Police Department

Local Progressive Activists Targeted by the Fresno Police DepartmentBy Mike Rhodes Sergeant Robert Dewey, with the Fresno Police Department (FPD), has produced a PowerPoint presentation that identifies Chris Breedlove of the College Community Congregational Church as a leader in a resistance movement to stop the demolition of the Grain Silo homeless encampment. The presentation, shown to several community groups, [Read the details]

Stop the Slaughter

Stop the SlaughterBy Ernesto Saavedra It’s June 16, 4 p.m., I’m on my bike and I’m running late. I’m pedaling like I’ve never pedaled before, ignoring my aching thighs and sweat in my eyes. I get a rush as I approach, “all right, let’s get loud!” However, my excitement levels out as I’m [Read the details]

From the Editor - July 2014

From the Editor - July 2014By Ernesto Saavedra Growing up, my relationship with the 4th of July was, to put it lightly, complicated. Even though school and media pumped me with reds, whites and blues, I was ambivalent toward the day. Despite what you may think, my ambivalence at the time wasn’t politically motivated, rather, something of [Read the details]

Medical Marijuana versus Fresno County

Medical Marijuana versus Fresno CountyBy Community Alliance Staff Depending on what social circle you surround yourself with, marijuana, sometimes called “weed” and/or “grass,” can be embraced with open arms or looked down upon. Whatever the reasoning or politics behind how one feels about “weed,” at the end of the day, it is a natural herb [Read the details]

Brown at Brown: A Chicana’s Story from the Barrio to the Ivies

Brown at Brown: A Chicana’s Story from the Barrio to the IviesBy Maria Ortega For many of us, obtaining a higher education has become synonymous with great sacrifice. My mom, Patricia, traveled the path thousands prior had paved in order to give her two daughters a tangible future—especially an education. As a five-year-old girl, however, I was unaware of the brutal journey [Read the details]

Local Progressive Activists Targeted by the Fresno Police Department

Chris Breedlove spoke at this Aug. 26, 2013, press conference, as the City of Fresno started to methodically destroy every homeless encampment in town. Breedlove says that “Mayor Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd only exacerbate the lives of 
homeless by demolishing their communities.” Photo by Mike Rhodes

By Mike Rhodes

Chris Breedlove spoke at this Aug. 26, 2013, press conference, as the City of Fresno started to methodically destroy every homeless encampment in town. Breedlove says that “Mayor Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd only exacerbate the lives of homeless by demolishing their communities.” Photo by Mike Rhodes

Sergeant Robert Dewey, with the Fresno Police Department (FPD), has produced a PowerPoint presentation that identifies Chris Breedlove of the College Community Congregational Church as a leader in a resistance movement to stop the demolition of the Grain Silo homeless encampment. The presentation, shown to several community …[Read the details]

Stop the Slaughter

Family and friends demand justice for Martin Figueroa and other victims of police brutality. Photo by Ernesto Saavedra

By Ernesto Saavedra

Family and friends demand justice for Martin Figueroa and other victims of police brutality. Photo by Ernesto Saavedra

It’s June 16, 4 p.m., I’m on my bike and I’m running late. I’m pedaling like I’ve never pedaled before, ignoring my aching thighs and sweat in my eyes. I get a rush as I approach, “all right, let’s get loud!” However, my excitement levels out as I’m hit instantly by a somber feeling. This is family.

I take out my camera.

A neon green sign with a picture of a young man catches my attention; written …[Read the details]

From the Editor – July 2014

Ernesto Saavedra

By Ernesto Saavedra

Ernesto Saavedra

Growing up, my relationship with the 4th of July was, to put it lightly, complicated.

Even though school and media pumped me with reds, whites and blues, I was ambivalent toward the day. Despite what you may think, my ambivalence at the time wasn’t politically motivated, rather, something of circumstance. Living in a household where all you speak is Spanish, eat rice and beans, and reminisce about Mexico, it’s not something that comes up. However, even though this was the case, for my family, it was simply a day off and we barbecued …[Read the details]

Medical Marijuana versus Fresno County

Marijuana, like other natural herbs, is used because of its many medicinal benefits and is an alternative to non-natural “medicine” like prescription pills. Photo by Ernesto Saavedra

By Community Alliance Staff

Marijuana, like other natural herbs, is used because of its many medicinal benefits and is an alternative to non-natural “medicine” like prescription pills. Photo by Ernesto Saavedra

Depending on what social circle you surround yourself with, marijuana, sometimes called “weed” and/or “grass,” can be embraced with open arms or looked down upon. Whatever the reasoning or politics behind how one feels about “weed,” at the end of the day, it is a natural herb that has existed and been used since the beginning of time, or at least as long as we’ve been around.

…[Read the details]

Brown at Brown: A Chicana’s Story from the Barrio to the Ivies

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By Maria Ortega

Maria Ortega

For many of us, obtaining a higher education has become synonymous with great sacrifice. My mom, Patricia, traveled the path thousands prior had paved in order to give her two daughters a tangible future—especially an education. As a five-year-old girl, however, I was unaware of the brutal journey that would await us on the other side of the border. I was simply excited to be reunited with family (especially because as newly arrived immigrants we received lots of gifts from them). My mom knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we definitely weren’t prepared …[Read the details]