Eddie Aubrey is the City of Fresno’s first director of the Office of Independent Review. Will he bring police accountability, as many progressive community activists hope, or are his powers so limited that he will only give the illusion of police oversight without the ability to make meaningful changes?
By: Richard Stone
Eddie Aubrey is the City of Fresno’s first occupant of the Office of Independent Review (OIR), also known as the independent police auditor. This article is an effort to survey the landscape of this important effort to establish a higher level of trust …[Read the details]
By: Jessica Mast
Words from a friend’s grandfather can be disheartening but somehow utterly hilarious at the same time: “What is the big deal with Earth Day? The earth has been around for millions of years.” My first response to this scalding Facebook status sound bite was alarm, taken aback by how irreverent this old man could be about the home we share. But soon after the initial shock, I could not help but laugh at the honesty and hidden wisdom behind this question.
Perhaps this grandpa’s question is a prophetic one for us who …[Read the details]
By: Greg Gadams
February 10, 2010, is a day that will live in infamy in the eyes of local educators. It was the day that Superintendent Michael Hanson and the Board of the Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) passed a motion to establish the Dailey Campus as their own independent charter school. This single motion brazenly violated their contract with the Fresno Teachers Association (FTA) and created a non–teachers union school with public funds, causing 20 teachers in FUSD to lose their jobs. It also created an elitist school that is designed to exclude the city’s socioeconomically challenged children.
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By: Mike Rhodes
Progressive Fresno activists are working for social change on many fronts. In these pages, you will see the Community Alliance newspaper reporting on these struggles, celebrating the victories and featuring the groups and individuals working hard to bring about a better world. It is this newspaper’s goal to empower and encourage these people and you to become more active in the struggle for social and economic justice. We are consciously building and supporting a progressive movement for social change.
With all of the groups actively involved in this struggle for …[Read the details]
[Editor's note: Following are letters we received from prisoners in March. We provide every prisoner who requests one a free subscription to the Community Alliance newspaper. In a recent letter, we asked our subscribers inside the Prison Industrial Complex why they read the Community Alliance. I was amazed at the response that we received. In addition to the letters below, many of them included postage stamps to help us keep publishing, but more is needed. If you want to help make it possible for us to continue sending this newspaper to every prisoner who requests a free subscription, please ...[Read the details]