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]
By Maria Telesco
You didn’t know our country has two “justice” systems, one for “Rich Somebodies” and another for “Poor Nobodies,” did you? You will soon. Imagine these scenarios, which this writer has visualized after reading about an occurrence described recently in the Fresno Bee:
Scenario One. A man walks into a hospital’s newborn nursery, grabs a tiny boy from a bassinet and tries to walk out with him. Two nurses, whose legal and moral duties demand they protect these babies at all costs, try to stop him. He struggles with them, says …[Read the details]
By Bill Simon
Fresno ACLU chairperson Donna Hardina accepts the Dick Criley Award at the Bill of Rights Day celebration in San Francisco. On the left is Bill Simon. Presenting the award is Michelle “Mickey” Welsh, Board chair of the ACLU of Northern California. Photo by Stephanie Jaeger
The Fresno Area Chapter of the ACLU-NC, after a lapse of many years, was restarted in March 2007. In December 2008, the chapter won the ACLU-NC’s Dick Criley Award as the most active chapter in Northern California. We won again!
Chair Donna Hardina, accepted the Dick Criley …[Read the details]
The Legend of Bud Mistress Kandi (Part 1) By Rick Morse
It was like any ordinary day at the Medmar Clinic in Fresno—if you can call any Medmar day ordinary. There have been many Medmar legends since I opened in December 2008. Adrienne Barrera, Chris Sonney, Natalie Gomez, Estephan Valle and many others.
Some legends were with me when I opened. Some when the City of Fresno filed an illegal lawsuit to close Medmar. Some were present when Fresno Police SWAT seized my shop at 210 E. Olive Ave. Others were present when a crack-head neighbor tried to murder …[Read the details]
Fire Bombing Police Cars Affects Us All
As elders, we have a responsibility to teach as we were taught and to share the knowledge that we learned over the years. Nonviolence is the way to move forward. And although Cesar [Chavez] said “justice for farmworkers will not happen in my lifetime,” the work continues forward by many of us that came from the fields and heard his call for justice que “Si Se Puede.”
My question for the Fresno Police Department (FPD) is after all those millions of dollars for the PAL [Police Activities League]/COPs [Citizens on Patrol] and …[Read the details]