By Stan Santos
The movement for a permanent solution to the crisis confronting more than 11 million undocumented persons living in the United States has reached a critical point in its historic struggle. The choices are difficult and the options few as immigrants, advocates and organizers decide where to invest precious time and resources.
Should they choose the path of “comprehensive immigration reform” in the form of patchwork legislation or organizing strategies for protecting the civil and human rights of undocumented men, women and children? Unfortunately, an increasing number of immigration activists are beginning to see the two courses …[Read the details]
By Pam Whalen
Fresno DA candidate Lisa Sondergaard Smittcamp speaks to local members of the National Women’s Political Caucus. Photo by Howard Watkins
After three terms in office and two uncontested elections, Fresno County District Attorney Elizabeth Egan is being challenged by a formidable contender, Lisa Sondergaard Smittcamp. While races for district attorney typically pass under the radar and draw low turnout from the voters, watchdog organizations concerned with holding these elected officials accountable say that we ignore these races at our own peril.
According to Ana Zamora at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, …[Read the details]
By Vic Bedoian
Water is pumped into the Kern Water Bank and into the hands of the Westside Mutual Water Company, a private entity controlled by a Beverly Hills billionaire. A ruling by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley could put the Kern Water Bank back into public hands, stopping the conversion of this public resource into private profit. Photo courtesy of the Maven’s Notebook water-issues blog
In a ruling on March 5, a Sacramento Superior Court judge struck a blow against the operation of the Kern Water Bank. It is the most significant decision to date concerning …[Read the details]
By Lizbeth De La Cruz
Lizbeth De La Cruz
The Chicano Youth Conference (CYC) has been held for 40 years at Fresno State. The original purpose was to improve enrollment of Latino youths in the university, which was disproportionately White. The CYC has played an important role in improving the institution’s reflection of the surrounding community. In past years, it has received Associated Students Inc. (ASI) funding; the amount requested was $1,200. This year, that funding was denied.
On March 5, student organizations denied funding by the ASI formed a coalition that challenged the university’s mission statement, “Diversity, …[Read the details]
Views from “The Drone Memorial” project, as captured by Community Alliance photographer Richard Iyall. Under way since March 16 and led by artist Joseph DeLappe, the participatory memorial project will feature a life-sized sculpture of a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. According to Artistic Director Adan Avalos from Fresno State’s Center for Creativity in the Arts, the project is designed to inspire healthy dialogue around the issues of modern-day technologies in domestic and world conflicts.