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The Politics of Censorship

The Politics of Censorship By Ernesto Saavedra May 27, Fresno Building Healthy Communities (BHC) launched its #Parks4All initiative, which highlights the need for quality parks in Fresno. As part of the initiative, BHC wanted to run an ad on Fresno Area Express (FAX) buses but was denied. The ad highlighted the disparities between the [Read the details]

Lawsuit for Lax Enforcement of Violence Against Women Act

Lawsuit for Lax Enforcement of Violence Against Women Act By Community Alliance Staff June 19, the Law Offices of Kevin G. Little announced a lawsuit against Fresno Police officers and the City of Fresno for “the lax enforcement of the laws protecting [plaintiffs, women] from violence and also from being re-victimized by Fresno Police officers.” The plaintiffs in the [Read the details]

From the Editor July 2015

By Ernesto Saavedra During my studies at Fresno State , I read the second edition of a book titled White Racism by sociology professors Joe R. Feagin, Hernán Vera and Pinar Batur. White Racism provides evidence challenging and refuting the too often, and rather ignorant, notion that racism does not exist [Read the details]

The Continuing Saga of the Trans Pacific Partnership

The Continuing Saga of the Trans Pacific Partnership By Stan Santos The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has reached another milestone in its rush toward implementation of a massive restructuring of the world’s economy. It has forced a series of unusual political maneuvers on the Congress and people of the United States revealing how much is at stake, both in [Read the details]

The Point in Time of Smoke and Mirrors

The Point in Time of Smoke and Mirrors By Ernesto Saavedra On June 15, near Church and Maple in Fresno, the bus Feliciano Franco was living in went up in flames burning him alive. He was homeless and living in the bus with permission from the church it was parked next to. Two weeks before, Fresno Mayor Ashley [Read the details]

The Politics of Censorship

The City of Fresno has a history of censoring ads, especially from social justice groups, on FAX buses for being “political” and “controversial.” Thirty-four years ago, the Fresno branch of the Women’sInternational League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) placards that read “Think Before You Register” were censored. In response, WILPF held protests (pictured above) and sued the city.Image by Howard K. Watkins.

By Ernesto Saavedra

May 27, Fresno Building Healthy Communities (BHC) launched its #Parks4All initiative, which highlights the need for quality parks in Fresno. As part of the initiative, BHC wanted …[Read the details]

Lawsuit for Lax Enforcement of Violence Against Women Act

Kevin G. Little standing next to Pamela Motley during the announcement of the lawsuit against Fresno police officers and the City of Fresno.

By Community Alliance Staff

June 19, the Law Offices of Kevin G. Little announced a lawsuit against Fresno Police officers and the City of Fresno for “the lax enforcement of the laws protecting [plaintiffs, women] from violence and also from being re-victimized by Fresno Police officers.” The plaintiffs in the case are Pamela Motley and the family of Cindy Raygoza. The defendants are Fresno Police Officers Joseph Smith, Brian …[Read the details]

From the Editor July 2015

By Ernesto Saavedra

During my studies at Fresno State , I read the second edition of a book titled White Racism by sociology professors Joe R. Feagin, Hernán Vera and Pinar Batur. White Racism provides evidence challenging and refuting the too often, and rather ignorant, notion that racism does not exist anymore.

Feagin et al. go on to define racism as “a system of oppression of African Americans and other people of color by white Europeans and white Americans.” Furthermore, white racism is “a centuries old system intentionally designed to exclude Americans of color …[Read the details]

The Continuing Saga of the Trans Pacific Partnership

Stan Santos speaking to a crowd regardingthe Trans Pacific Partnership, “Since NAFTA[North American Free Trade Agreement]almost 700,000 workers in industries sufferedjob losses and to me, it’s proof that thosepast trade agreements have cost us jobs.”

By Stan Santos

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has reached another milestone in its rush toward implementation of a massive restructuring of the world’s economy. It has forced a series of unusual political maneuvers on the Congress and people of the United States revealing how much is at stake, both in short-term profits and for control of the …[Read the details]

The Point in Time of Smoke and Mirrors

Preston Prince, Director of the Fresno Housing Authority standing next to Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who he declared a “champion” on addressing homelessness in Fresno, said that “yes, we dosee people on the streets, but there are many more in homes.”

By Ernesto Saavedra

On June 15, near Church and Maple in Fresno, the bus Feliciano Franco was living in went up in flames burning him alive. He was homeless and living in the bus with permission from the church it was parked next to. Two weeks before, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, …[Read the details]