Teachers, students, home care workers and community activists start a 260-mile, 48-day march up the San Joaquin Valley from Bakersfield to Sacramento, to protest cuts to education and social services. The march was initiated by the California Federation of Teachers. Photo by David Bacon
High in the mountains overlooking Bakersfield and the south end of the San Joaquin Valley is a piece of California’s past, the California Correctional Institution, or as inmates know it, Tehachapi.
It was one of the state’s first big prisons, built at the height of the Great Depression in 1933 to …[Read the details]
(Editor’s note: Gerry Bill spent two weeks in the United Kingdom just before the May 6 election campaigning on behalf of some Labour candidates. These are his observations on some of the differences between politics in the United States and politics in the United Kingdom.)
Failsworth, Greater Manchester, U.K., May 2010 It is a different world over here when it comes to politics. As I was campaigning door-to-door in Failsworth, I was struck by many of the differences. I found the general population to be a bit more politically engaged than I find at home. An even more striking …[Read the details]
From left to right: Richard Stone, Mike Rhodes and J.D. McCubbin. Community Alliance editor Mike Rhodes accepted the “Way of Peace” award from the Fresno Center for Nonviolence on behalf of the many volunteers who make this newspaper possible. Photo by Howard Watkins
Last month (May), this newspaper received the “Way of Peace” award from the Fresno Center for Nonviolence. J.D. McCubbin introduced me to the overflow crowd at Margaret Hudson’s barn, and I accepted the award on behalf of the many volunteers who work very hard to produce this paper each month. J.D. asked …[Read the details]
Welcome to the first ever Statewide Homeless Memorial Event, which will take place here in Fresno at Roeding Park (Eucalyptus Grove) on Saturday, June 5. Opening ceremonies begin at noon with Native American drummers and dancers followed by live entertainment from a number of singers and bands. The event is free to the public. Just your presence is required to enjoy the festivities and the fine foods to be prepared by Food Not Bombs and the state-of-the-art BBQ by Terry Hoeg, Donna and Joyce Lopez.
Because of the past success of this extremely …[Read the details]
“I come to powwow to be an Indian to get a sense of myself. This is part of Indian spirituality, to help each other and to celebrate with each other. When I come to powwows, I gain strength to carry on with my life.”-Rachel Snow, Assiniboin
My first experience with Native Americans in California occurred in January 1976 while I was in the San Francisco County Jail. At that time, I was in a six-person cell (aka “tank”) with five other prisoners who were waiting for trial or to be released on bond. One of those prisoners was Dennis …[Read the details]