By Vanessa Aranda
Last month, the Occupy Fresno movement participated in the May Day march in downtown Fresno (above), held a protest at Chase Bank to hold it and other banks accountable for the foreclosure crisis, and maintained their vigil at Courthouse Park.
Occupy Fresno, a protest that began Oct. 9, 2011, in Courthouse Park, celebrated its seventh month in May. In its seven months, the participants have raised awareness about a number of troubling issues including the unemployment rate; budget cuts to all levels of education; healthcare costs; major banks, including their fees and …[Read the details]
By Bill Simon
It’s the time of year for the Fresno Area Chapter ACLU-NC to celebrate. We are beginning our fifth year as a chapter. On September 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., we will begin our celebration with dinner at the Golden Restaurant in the Tower District (1135 N. Fulton St., just south of Olive Street). Following dinner, we will discuss what we have done during the past year, a member of the Affiliate Organizing Department will talk about current affiliate projects such as sentencing reform and we will elect a new board.
If you can’t come …[Read the details]
We Are Change Fresno is organizing a presentation of 9/11 Explosive Evidence: Experts Speak Out. This informative and newly released film was prepared by a nonprofit association of architects and engineers calling for a new, independent 9/11 investigation. The film will be shown on September 14 at 6 p.m. at the Clovis Veterans’ Memorial Building (808 4th St.). This event is sponsored by the Fresno Center for Nonviolence and Peace Fresno.
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth.org) has been asking serious questions about what really happened to the World Trade Center skyscrapers for several years.
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Dream What We Can Become and Rejoice
Almost 50 years ago in the fields of the Central Valley, a movement formed to bring dignity and collective bargaining to the plight of farmworkers. As the memories of those days fade, Arte Américas brings back the images captured for all times by George Elfie Ballis, a photojournalist who spent his lifetime documenting and advocating for social justice.
The exhibition, prepared by George and Maia Ballis with the support of Eastman Kodak, has been touring university and community venues under George’s multifaceted Sun Mt project. Although smaller aspects of …[Read the details]
Fresno Police Chief Accused of Racism
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer
A lawsuit, filed in Fresno Superior Court in February, says that Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer’s ringtone for Cynthia Sterling, an African-American former City Council member, is a slave song: “Mammy’s little baby loves short’nin’ bread.” The lawsuit also alleges that Dyer mimics stereotypical slave dialect, making comments including “Yessa massa, I is yo pet” and “Um hum, I’m the mayor’s boy, I’m the mayor’s boy, yes’um, I’m the mayor’s boy.”
Dyer is alleged to have repeatedly made derogatory and racial comments and/or actions …[Read the details]