Gay Fresno (now Gay Central Valley) volunteers pass by on their float during last year’s Pride Parade. Gay Central Valley opened a community center in the Tower District earlier this year.
Fresno’s Rainbow Pride parade and festival is marking its 21st anniversary with the theme of “Legally Proud.” The theme takes into account the last year of victories in court—the overturning of California’s Prop 8 and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).
The parade and festival will be held in Fresno’s Tower District on Saturday, June 4. The parade starts down Olive Avenue …[Read the details]
The Jerry Brown administration has backed away from a proposal to build two huge tunnels to divert Sacramento River water around the Bay Delta. Jerry Meral, the deputy director of natural resources, is a leading figure in the effort to resolve California’s water issues. He told the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee that the tunnel is no longer considered the leading option.
A peripheral canal or tunnel was previously being pushed by a “hydraulic brotherhood” of Valley water interests and politicians as a fait accompli. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan will consider other ways to balance Delta ecosystem …[Read the details]
Education Without Borders
Students and their allies marched in downtown Fresno last month to demand better educational opportunities.
A march and rally was held in downtown Fresno last month to draw attention to the Fresno Unified School District’s high dropout rate, support ethnic studies programs and challenge the amount of money being spent to incarcerate youth.
The group Californians for Justice (CFJ) organized the event, which included students, parents and community members carrying signs as they marched to the Fresno County Jail and the Fresno Unified School District (FUSD). The demonstrators celebrated Fresno’s diverse culture …[Read the details]
I was pleasantly surprised when I read David Roy’s “Progressive Religion…Is Not an Oxymoron” article this month. Roy’s article takes a look at why there is such a chasm between the stated goals of religions, how they encourage people to behave and the reality of how people live their lives and structure society. If half the world is Christian, Jewish and Muslim and those religions teach peace, helping out those less fortunate than ourselves and high moral values, why do we see so much war, greed and poverty?
Roy’s explanation (read his article …[Read the details]
Was it Worth It?
Bin Laden is dead. Saddam is dead. Our invasions have caused tens of thousands of deaths and trillions of dollars to get rid of these two bad guys. 9/11 is avenged. Yay, U.S.A. Was it worth it? There are more terrorists in the world today thanks to our killing and maiming their families. Our great-great-great-great children’s credit cards are maxed out—a debt that can never be paid back. Social programs are closed down. Veterans, scarred for life, come back to the good old USA to gasoline over $4.00 a gallon, to no jobs. We brag …[Read the details]