By Camille Russell
Local mosques and Peace Fresno made the call to action and the Central Valley responded with more than 250 protestors assembling at the intersection of Blackstone and Shaw avenues, chanting phrases such as “Free free Palestine” and “We want justice.” Photo by Dylan Donnelly
Beginning on July 8, Israel initiated massive airstrikes on Gaza that brought protestors to the corner of Shaw and Blackstone avenues twice in the week of July 13. Peace Fresno held a demonstration on July 13 to condemn the airstrikes that had killed and injured hundreds of Palestinians in the first …[Read the details]
By Paul Pierce, Patience Milrod and Darrow Pierce
As we write this, it is Saturday evening, July 26. Earlier today, Israel extended a 12-hour ceasefire by four hours. Hamas has responded by firing rockets into Israel, critically wounding an Israeli civilian. Israel responded to that with tank fire, killing a man in Gaza. Nevertheless, the Israeli cabinet has now voted to extend the truce—such as it is—through Sunday.
Ynet News quotes a Gazan, expressing the hopes of all civilized people: “‘We are looking for a long cease-fire, not only 12 hours,’ said Gaza resident Mohammad Abu Shaaban. ‘We hope …[Read the details]
By Ernesto Saavedra
In Native American/Indigenous communities, there exists this deep sense of living and thinking holistically. Everything is connected to everything in one way or another. We humans are no more important than a river tree blowing in the breeze, to the bee resting on its leaves. Thus, everything that we do in our lives has an impact. Its effects coming almost immediately and or taking generations to blossom. Unfortunately, this wisdom seems to have gotten lost.
It seems to have gotten lost in the genocidal remains left behind by Manifest Destiny. In the roots …[Read the details]
By Sally Parker
Sally Parker and Simone Cranston-Rhodes, along with local advocates, pass out information about tenants’ rights at Fresno Courthouse Park. Photo by Walter Dunn
Financial institutions and the near demise of the housing market are all related to a new epidemic: Slumlords. Although this problem has been around for ages, it appears to be on the rise in Fresno County. Properties are being sold dirt cheap, and investors are buying blind. Not knowing the responsibility of maintaining the “investment,” roaches and vermin are the type of infestations that honest rent-paying citizens …[Read the details]
By Ruth Gadebusch
With women’s rights under such attack these days, it would seem a time to emphasize the motto of the suffragist who led the struggle for the vote for women: “Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” That intrepid group who gathered in Seneca Falls, N.Y., on that hot July 1848 day would be shocked that any reminder was needed 166 years later.
True, it was a long struggle with a troublesome beginning finding the church they had booked for their meeting locked and the man scheduled to preside—it …[Read the details]