We printed an interview with three members of Southwest Fresno H.E.A.T. in last month’s issue of the Community Alliance newspaper. In that interview, the organizers raised concerns about high density development, the displacement of longtime residents and the misallocation of funding that was intended to improve this community. Brunette Harris said that “the City of Fresno needs to be investigated, just like the little town of Bell. What they did with those CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds, how they went about doing it, they didn’t have community input, we did not have representation, and we would love for …[Read the details]
I believe that media consolidation is one of the biggest threats to democracy in this country. Large corporations, which have taken over most of the media outlets in this country, do not represent the best interests of the majority of people in this country. In fact, much of the news and information coming from corporate America these days is little more than propaganda, designed to promote mindless consumerism and maintain the wealth and privilege of the ruling elite.
You would think that as the endless wars in the Middle East drag on, unemployment …[Read the details]
Inspired by Prison Expose I would like to say what a joy you brought me today. Sunday—a day in prison that can go one way, or another. By chance I came across your newspaper and my day has been joyous ever since. Thank you.
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I read your article (September 2010, “Exposing Prison”) and was inspired by the article. I have severe medical issues, and even with the present health system and federal receivership, Avenal continues to violate the class action settlement of People v. Plata. I hope to …[Read the details]
This photo came to light last month (September 2010) by the Fresno Bee in an article looking into allegations of racial prejudice within the Fresno Police Department. The man on the left is Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Fresno Police Violate Federal Court Order Protecting the Homeless
In January of this year, the City of Fresno violated the settlement agreement protecting homeless people from having their property taken and immediately destroyed. A City of Fresno employee working at Roeding Park took the personal belongings of four homeless men, which included sleeping bags, cooking gear and …[Read the details]
Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow is a brilliant history and assemblage of legal decisions, statutes, rules and practices that have incrementally grown since the 1970s to form a system of mass incarceration and a web of disabilities that falls on those who are released. This system has evolved much like the laws and restrictions that grew in the South after the retreat of federal troops at the end of Reconstruction in 1876, bit by bit, nail by nail, until it became the system we know as Jim Crow.
[This article originally appeared on the CounterPunch http://www.counterpunch.org/. The ...[Read the details]