By: Mike Rhodes
Do you watch the TV news or read the daily paper and think, “Something’s missing here. Where are the stories about the people I know? Where are stories about the issues that affect me and my family from our perspective?” If you do, come to the Free Speech Media Conference on Saturday, February 20, where you will find out how to be a part of important changes that are taking place in the local media scene.
The conference will show you how to be part of the Valley’s growing independent media movement. There will be …[Read the details]
By: David Weisman
He wasn’t wearing a red suit or sporting a full white beard, but Santa Claus did drop into Fresno last December. Adopting the more recognizable form of John Hutson, he stepped from his nuclear-powered sleigh, ready to bestow on a downtrodden Fresno a cornucopia of gifts: thousands of jobs, hundreds of millions in tax revenues and vast quantities of electricity and desalinated water. All this generosity would be powered by a French-built nuclear reactor.
It sounds fantastic, but much like the myth of Santa Claus — and the truth that becomes evident to children of …[Read the details]
By: Conn Hallinan
“The instability in Yemen is a threat to regional stability and even global stability.”— U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
“Yemen is a regional and global threat.”—British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
“Yemen could be the ground of America’s next overseas war if Washington does not take preemptive action to root out al-Qaeda there.”—U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman
A few facts:
Yemen—a country slightly smaller than France with a population of 22 million—perches on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the poorest country in the region, with one of the most explosive birthrates in …[Read the details]
By: Mike Rhodes
Like most Community Alliance readers, I want to believe that our lives in Fresno are improving as we work through the many serious problems that confront us. In the past year, the City of Fresno has established an Office of Independent Review to improve police accountability and hired a homeless czar to end homelessness. Those two developments should give us hope. Why then do I have this increasing feeling of uneasiness and concern?
My discomfort grew last month when I read about a proposal to change Fresno’s name. The argument for changing …[Read the details]
By: Bill Simon
The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) continues working on our request to the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) for a Pattern and Practice Investigation of the Fresno PoliceDepartment for excessive use of force, including unjustified police shootings, and general disregard of citizens’ civil rights. We have a draft of a letter written and a three-inch binder of backup information ready to go.
Unfortunately, the City of Fresno keeps distracting us with other issues while new information keeps getting thrown on top of our binder for inclusion. We’ll probably have to send two …[Read the details]