By Michael Moore
This photo of Emmett Till’s body helped mobilize a movement to end racial injustice. Michael Moore argues that if photos of the children murdered in the Newtown school massacre were released, it would lead to a more rational gun control policy and an assault weapons ban.
The year was 1955. Emmett Till was a young African-American boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi. One day Emmett was seen “flirting” with a White woman in town, and for that he was mutilated and murdered at the age of 14. He was found with part of a …[Read the details]
City Gives Homeless the Bum’s Rush
The City of Fresno is able to create the illusion, through its capable public relations team, that it is working hard to end homelessness. It has even convinced some people in the community that the city is making progress toward ending homelessness.
The reality is that the City of Fresno used to spend money through the general fund to end homelessness. In 2009, $2,530,000 was spent from the general fund to end homelessness. According to Fresno homeless czar Greg Barfield, the city has budgeted absolutely nothing out of the general fund to end …[Read the details]
By Mike Rhodes
Peace Fresno organizers wanted to hold a march on the sidewalk from Roosevelt High school to the Fairgrounds just prior to the March 21 Peace Festival. They were told by the City of Fresno that 41 or more people walking or assembling on a public sidewalk costs $378 and proof of insurance for up to $6 million dollars, must be submitted at least 30 days in advance, and the walk must be only on a “free speech route” that Jerry Dyer personally allows. We were told that even if` they met all of those requirements, the …[Read the details]
By: Mike Rhodes
It is always sad when you see a bully taking advantage of someone who is weak and powerless. It is even more upsetting when that bully is the City of Fresno, whose employees are being paid with your tax dollars to do the dirty work.
Employees at Roeding Park, under the direction of a Fresno police officer, have taken and destroyed homeless people’s property. City of Fresno employees have also forced the homeless to move from an encampment on H Street, just south of Ventura. Many of those evicted from the H Street encampment moved to …[Read the details]
By: Mike Rhodes
You would think that Fresno City College, like other institutions of higher learning, would do everything in its power to support academic freedom and free speech. Our faith was shaken a couple of years ago when we asked the administration if we could place Community Alliance newsstands on the FCC campus. We were given the runaround and told that they were concerned the newspaper would be a littering problem. As if a possible littering problem trumps our right to free speech and the Constitution of the United States. We pressed them on it, and they relented.
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