Reported and written by Fresno State journalists Sam LoProto, Damian Marquez, Angel Moreno, Jacob Rayburn, Brianna Vaccari, Liana Whitehead and their professor Mark Arax.
For the past six years, in an effort to cut costs, the Fresno County Jail has repeatedly denied mentally ill defendants the anti-psychotic medications prescribed to them by their outside doctors—medications needed to keep them sane.
As a result, according to Fresno County judges, former nurses, correctional officers, doctors, lawyers and the families of the defendants, the jail medical staff is triggering psychotic breakdowns in people suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
The Fresno …[Read the details]
By Beverly Fitzpatrick
On April 4–7, peace activists from California and Arizona joined San Diego peace groups and Code Pink for the National Anti-Drone Days of Action demonstrations in the San Diego area. San Diego was chosen because it is the drone manufacturing capitol of the world.
Peace Fresno activist Michael Bridges, Peace Madera President Teresa Castillo and Peace Fresno President Beverly Fitzpatrick joined events at the drone manufacturers, the home of General Atomics CEO Neal Blue and in front of the aircraft carrier Midway near SeaPort Village. Bridges, Castillo and Fitzpatrick also were representing the Fresno Light Brigade …[Read the details]
By Leoncio Vásquez Santos
The 2013 March and Immigrant Rights Fair will take place May 1 at 4 p.m. at the Fresno Superior Court. The May 1 event will build on an immigration rally in March of this year (photo above) that was organized by the United Farm Workers.
With the reelection of President Barack Obama, we have heard statements by senators and other politicians that this year they must do something in regard to immigration reform. Obama himself has declared that if the Senate does not move, he will present his own initiative. Nonetheless, days have transpired …[Read the details]
By Richard Stone
(Author’s note: In this article, I have quoted freely and with permission from a report written by one of Ellen Bush’s co-travelers who asked to be unnamed, hereafter called AJ.)
On her recent trip to Cuba, Ellen Bush (second from left) found the Cuban people warm and welcoming. She noted that the perspective of Cuba provided by U.S. politicians and media is misleading.
Ellen Bush has lived in Fresno for some 15 years, but her previous work as a community organizer took her to places as far-flung as Idaho and Brazil. Her work with a …[Read the details]
By David Roy
Bryan Jessup, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, and Edie Jessup, a community activist focused on food, nutrition and hunger-related issues, are leaving Fresno after 15 years of service and commitment to our progressive community.
Our friends in all matters progressive, Bryan and Edie Jessup, are leaving Fresno for good on June 30. Bryan has served as pastor of Fresno’s Unitarian Universalist Church for 15 years and has been central to numerous ecumenical events and projects. Edie has done a large cross-section of work to promote and expand options for …[Read the details]