There are some newsstands in Fresno where we distribute 100 Community Alliance newspapers a week. Our best distribution locations are in the less affluent neighborhoods in Fresno. In fact, the further north you go, the more challenging it is for us to get this paper into the hands of readers.
I think that the reason this newspaper is so popular with Fresno residents who live south of Shaw Avenue is because they know that we represent their interests and will tell them the truth about what is going on in Fresno and the …[Read the details]
I want to share some of the things that annoy me in the hope there are others who feel the same way. If so, commentary via a letter to the editor for the next issue would be a good idea; so here goes:
Is it necessary to refer to a country by its religion? The media appears to keep stoking the hot coals lest we forget who we should hate, despise, or want to kill. So the Fourth Estate decides to instigate and enforce feelings through references to ‘The Islamic State of Iran,’ ‘The Communist Country of China,’ and …[Read the details]
Dude: What Happened to My House? By Stan Santos
In 2009, my family became part of the exploding number of households that were buying or owned homes that lost half their value. In November, I took the first steps toward a solution, seeking assistance from the Bank of America to bring down my payments. Thus begins one family’s saga.
In April 2007, we purchased an older 4-bedroom, 3-bath home with a huge yard for our children and grandchildren to play, dream and grow healthy. The future seemed bright and promising, but events would change our fortunes. Soon, the country …[Read the details]
On June 18, the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees voted to raise student fees another 5% for the fall semester, which translates into a $204 increase and brings the semester total to $2,439.50. This comes on top of the massive 32% increase from last year.
What we can expect to see is fewer working class students and students of color attending CSU, as well as more debt for the students already pursuing their degree. This debt is especially important because once students graduate, they’ll find no opportunities in the jobless market due to our failed economic system …[Read the details]
It was sometime early in June. I was attending a Brown Berets meeting. It was barely the second or third meeting I had attended. Debbie Reyes, an organizer for the Prison Moratorium Project was also present. Somewhere along the line, she mentioned that some folks were going to drive to Detroit from the Central Valley for an event called the U.S. Social Forum.
She also mentioned that there was still room for another person. Right away, I let her know I was interested. So that’s how I heard about the forum. The first U.S. Social Forum took place in …[Read the details]