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Beware! The Fresno PD Is Watching Your Online Activities

Beware! The Fresno PD Is Watching Your Online Activities By Brian Sumner Fresno is the fifth largest and the fastest growing city in California. Combine that with being located in the Central Valley, add a diverse and multicultural population, and Fresno is the perfect test market for a plethora of products. This time, instead of the new Modelo Light [Read the details]

Now They Are Drafting Our Dollars Instead of Our Bodies

Now They Are Drafting Our Dollars Instead of Our Bodies By Gerry Bill The U.S. military used to draft our bodies for war. That practice has been suspended since 1973, although it could start up again at any time. However, the military is still drafting our dollars, in the form of taxes to pay for wars, and shows no sign of [Read the details]

Pit River Tribe and Allies Rally to Protect Medicine Lake

Pit River Tribe and Allies Rally to Protect Medicine Lake By Dan Bacher “Medicine Lake is a sacred place and it needs to be protected at all costs,” said Pit River Tribal Chairman Mickey Gemmill. “We’re trying to preserve our culture and Medicine Lake is part of the beginning of our people. If we allow these corporations to come in and [Read the details]

Commemorating the Armenian Genocide: The Importance of Memory and Transformation

Commemorating the Armenian Genocide: The Importance of Memory and Transformation By Matthew Ari Jendian “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—Spanish philosopher George Santayana (1905) In 2015, among many other things, we commemorate the 67th anniversary of the UN pledge to achieve “the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms” through the [Read the details]

Letters to the Editor

Reform Fresno Unified By Mark Arax I don’t mean to pick on Ruth Gadebusch. She seems like a perfectly dear lady. Her regular column on education in these pages is a place of quaint ideas. However, her recent piece dismissing outright the idea of turning Fresno Unified Unified into two [Read the details]

Beware! The Fresno PD Is Watching Your Online Activities

Image by Ernesto Saavedra

By Brian Sumner

Fresno is the fifth largest and the fastest growing city in California. Combine that with being located in the Central Valley, add a diverse and multicultural population, and Fresno is the perfect test market for a plethora of products. This time, instead of the new Modelo Light beer, or Taco Bell’s “Waffle Taco,” it is a new law enforcement technology called Beware. Beware is designed by Intrado to compile information on people, using social media posts and comments, criminal history and other data that is available through …[Read the details]

Now They Are Drafting Our Dollars Instead of Our Bodies

During Fresno’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. March, participants honored his legacy by calling forinvesting in children not wars. Image by Mike Rhodes.

By Gerry Bill

The U.S. military used to draft our bodies for war. That practice has been suspended since 1973, although it could start up again at any time. However, the military is still drafting our dollars, in the form of taxes to pay for wars, and shows no sign of giving up any time soon on that lucrative source of funds.

Just as there are conscientious objectors who refuse to fight …[Read the details]

Pit River Tribe and Allies Rally to Protect Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake defenders in front of the San Francisco courthouse. Image by Pit River Tribe.

By Dan Bacher

“Medicine Lake is a sacred place and it needs to be protected at all costs,” said Pit River Tribal Chairman Mickey Gemmill. “We’re trying to preserve our culture and Medicine Lake is part of the beginning of our people. If we allow these corporations to come in and frack, we could lose that chance to bring back that part of our culture. So we’re asking the Calpine Corporation to step back and leave the Medicine Lake Highlands …[Read the details]

Commemorating the Armenian Genocide: The Importance of Memory and Transformation

Survivors from Sepastia: A Jendian family portrait taken in Sepastia (Sivas), Historic Armenia,Ottoman Empire, of my grandfather Mardiros Jendian (front row, center) with his family, prior to hisfather’s departure to the United States in 1912; left to right: brother Mugrdich, father Yeghia, youngerbrother Ohannes (standing above), mother Noyemzar, sister Zabel, and baby sister HaiganoushChorekjian, the last living survivor of the Genocide, passed away in Franklin Square, Long Island,New York at the age of being one month shy of 103. My grandfather and three of his siblings werethe only survivors of the deportation during which his sister Zabel …[Read the details]

Letters to the Editor

Reform Fresno Unified

By Mark Arax

I don’t mean to pick on Ruth Gadebusch. She seems like a perfectly dear lady. Her regular column on education in these pages is a place of quaint ideas. However, her recent piece dismissing outright the idea of turning Fresno Unified Unified into two smaller, more nimble school districts was one lazy, intellectually dishonest exercise. She failed to do even the most cursory of fact gathering. Had she called me, I would have gladly calmed her fears about the ogre of north Fresno, explained why breaking up …[Read the details]