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Native American Identity, Culture and Education

Native American Identity, Culture and Education By Ernesto Saavedra & Jennifer Vargas Before highways, government buildings and shopping centers littered the San Joaquin Valley, the Yokut and Mono tribes populated the Valley and surrounding basins only to be pushed to the foothills and other areas outside of the Valley by settlers who were mostly farmers and ranchers. [Read the details]

From the Editor

From the Editor By Ernesto Saavedra It’s summer in December. As the leaves of autumn fall to make way for the winter to come, the heartbeat of the street lights up the night sky, emanating a heat that burns down cold concrete and systems not natural to our well-being. We dance and we sing to [Read the details]

Blight to Light

Blight to LightBy Clayton Whited, Omar Ruiz, Juanita Perez and Patricia Sifuentes Blight to Light is a cooperative effort involving Fresno State students, community members, city officials and property owners to identify, document, track and bring awareness to the public of the impact of blighted, abandoned properties in Fresno. Local community organizations, including [Read the details]

LGBT 2014 in Review

LGBT 2014 in ReviewBy Kaylia Metcalfe (Author’s note: This article was finished and submitted on Nov. 15; some things might have changed since then.) This year was, in many ways, a banner year for LGBT rights and equality. The snowball of marriage equality in the United States seems to be in full force and even [Read the details]

Aiming at the Homeless, Aiming at People of Color

Aiming at the Homeless, Aiming at People of Color Photo Essay By Leonard Adame Dirty. Animals. Lazy. Beggars. Criminals. Parasites. Abnormal. Stupid. These are terms (and so many more) aimed at the homeless, and at people of color. Surely, you the reader have read them in news accounts, especially these days with reports about the murder in Ferguson, Mo., and the [Read the details]

Native American Identity, Culture and Education

The Yokuts Plaza monument was finally unveiled. It is dedicated to the Yokut and Mono tribes who call the San Joaquin Valley home.

Before the unveiling of the Yokuts Plaza monument, hundreds participated in a procession from the City of Fresno City College’s Old Administration Building to the location of Yokuts Plaza. People from diverse backgrounds and Native elders blessed the campus along the way.

By Ernesto Saavedra & Jennifer Vargas

It would not have been a Native ceremony without the drum. The drum is the heartbeat of the Earth. The heartbeat of the people.

Before highways, government buildings and shopping centers littered the San Joaquin Valley, the Yokut and Mono tribes populated the Valley and surrounding basins only to …[Read the details]

From the Editor

Ernesto Saavedra

Ernesto Saavedra

By Ernesto Saavedra

It’s summer in December.

As the leaves of autumn fall to make way for the winter to come, the heartbeat of the street lights up the night sky, emanating a heat that burns down cold concrete and systems not natural to our well-being. We dance and we sing to the beat of feet stomping restlessly toward justice. Paving a new road to a new day; a new world that doesn’t cost money or one’s life. Going against the grain; going against the current of oppression, we refuse to back down, but we are …[Read the details]

Blight to Light

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By Clayton Whited, Omar Ruiz, Juanita Perez and Patricia Sifuentes

Blight to Light is a cooperative effort involving Fresno State students, community members, city officials and property owners to identify, document, track and bring awareness to the public of the impact of blighted, abandoned properties in Fresno. Local community organizations, including Faith in Community, the Lowell Neighborhood Association and Union de Familias, Lowell Community Development Corporation, the Fresno State Sociology Department and Humanics Program, Building Healthy Communities (BHC), Tenants Together and No More Slumlords have worked together to shed light on the major issue of blight.

Blighted and vacant …[Read the details]

LGBT 2014 in Review

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By Kaylia Metcalfe

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(Author’s note: This article was finished and submitted on Nov. 15; some things might have changed since then.)

This year was, in many ways, a banner year for LGBT rights and equality. The snowball of marriage equality in the United States seems to be in full force and even setbacks really only serve a larger good by making same-sex marriage issues Supreme Court ready.

Doubtless you are already aware that Amazon Prime broke all the rules when it ordered not just one but two seasons of Transparent, a drama about …[Read the details]

Aiming at the Homeless, Aiming at People of Color

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Photo Essay By Leonard Adame

Dirty. Animals. Lazy. Beggars. Criminals. Parasites. Abnormal. Stupid.

These are terms (and so many more) aimed at the homeless, and at people of color. Surely, you the reader have read them in news accounts, especially these days with reports about the murder in Ferguson, Mo., and the arrival of desperate Latino child refugees.

I would guess that some readers have thrown these words at the homeless and people of color, maybe not verbally, but in the form of hidden thoughts. I would bet that many readers and people …[Read the details]