The state of Georgia has been trying for 18 years to kill Troy Davis, who is very likely innocent of the murder he was convicted of, and has no previous criminal record, The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered that he be given an evidentiary hearing, in which he will have the opportunity to prove his innocence.
The hearing will take place in Georgia on June 23. On the day/evening prior to the hearing, Amnesty International is sponsoring events throughout the nation and the world, to support Davis and pressure the state of Georgia to give him …[Read the details]
Dan Waterhouse is one of Fresno’s premier investigative reporters, author of “Queer Eye” in the Community Alliance and “The Waterhouse Report” in the Community Link, the Valley’s monthly for the LGBT readership. I was delighted that he agreed to be on the other side of the questions.
Don is a rare columnist (unlike myself, for instance) willing to go beyond personal knowledge and opinion to seek out stories and research his facts. Hours scouring the Internet combine with his, literally, lifelong knowledge of Fresno and its inhabitants to uncover hidden stories and unique …[Read the details]
Glance at the Fresno Bee most days, and it becomes obvious that, despite Fresno’s standing as “the drunkest city” in the country, the local police department’s “DUI checkpoints” net way more cars than drunken drivers. Those cars, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court last year, represented “windfall” income of $1 million for the department between 2004 and early 2009.
A cursory review of the Bee reports also reveals that the majority of checkpoints target heavily minority areas. This falls in line with the findings of a California Watch report published in …[Read the details]
Almost two years ago, 13 Hmong families began to hear that they no longer would have access to the city-owned lot where they had been gardening for more than 10 years. What followed was outrage as local community members became aware of the situation, then organizing as they and the Hmong families began to find their voice, and finally action that took them to City Hall, the City Manager’s Office and the city’s parks department.
Negotiations, first about when the lot would be vacated (there were crops to be harvested and seeds to be collected) and then about where …[Read the details]
Dr. Jean Kennedy is the host of the “Health Comes at a Premium” segment of Valley Black Talk on KFCF. Contact her at KFCF/News Article, 1449 N. Wishon Ave., Fresno, CA 93744, Attn.: Dr. Jean Kennedy.
During my radio show (Valley Black Talk, “Health Comes at a Premium,” on KFCF) in January, I did a special program on letters written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he was arrested in Alabama. I had just reminded my listeners of those famous words, “an injustice to one is an injustice to all,” when I …[Read the details]