And so many other bad government policies? It doesn’t have to be this way.
A strong majority of residents in Fresno support a wide range of progressive issues. And a plurality of registered voters in Fresno are Democrats. In a democracy with majority rule, we could (and should) have policies that serve the common good rather than the powerful few.
But conservative Republicans continue to win local races and dominate local politics. This happens due to high voter turnout in the conservative northern parts of the city and low voter turnout in the more progressive southern areas.
An analysis …[Read the details]
Fresno’s Young All-Stars of Irish Music & Dance in Benefit for Community Alliance
Some of Fresno’s finest young musicians and dancers will be performing in a benefit concert for the Community Alliance this St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a rich collection of talent that has never gathered under one roof before, so plan to wear your green to raise some green for the greenest paper around in the greenest building in town—the Universalist Unitarian Church. Everyone, including the church, is donating their time, resources and talent to the event.
The evening will be an energetic mix …[Read the details]
Expect some changes in the Community Alliance newspaper over the next couple of months. There are several events that are pushing these changes, which we hope will improve the paper and get it into the hands of more readers.
Last month, we increased our circulation to 11,000 copies a month and will probably continue to increase circulation as we put more newsstands in southeast and southwest Fresno. Increasing circulation is not something that too many newspapers are talking about these days. We think our growth is an indication of increasing community support and …[Read the details]
Book Forthcoming from Boston Woodard
I have been a contributing writer for the Community Alliance for about six years now. Editor Mike Rhodes put his faith and trust in me to contribute honest accounts of what goes on behind the prison walls. This rare opportunity to get our (prisoners’) perspective and observations out there is what freedom of speech under the First Amendment is all about. I’ve written dozens of articles in an attempt to give the public a true glimpse of some of the events, conditions and circumstances that occur every day, probably in every prison, within …[Read the details]
Mayor’s Privatization Scheme Defeated
John Veen spoke at a rally to stop the effort by right wing forces at Fresno City Hall to privatize this communities commercial solid waste workers, which would have resulted in lower wages and benefits
Fresno’s commercial solid waste workers won an important victory when City Council members voted 4-3 to stop a privatization effort led by Mayor Ashley Swearengin. The plan would have affected more than 100 union workers and dramatically lowered their wages and benefits. Several workers would have lost their jobs.
John Veen, business representative for the International …[Read the details]