By Dan Waterhouse
I am ending “Queer Eye…”
After the Community Alliance printed a front-page story in July about an officer-involved shooting at Belmont and Peach avenues, I began hearing that people couldn’t understand how I, as someone who decries violence against LGBT people, could be part of a publication that seemingly demonizes all of those sworn to protect our, my, community, and supports the likes of the Bulldog street gang.
Then another officer-involved shooting occurred, this one in the Tower District, in early August. The man who was killed, Carl Maggioroni, was one of the drummers who honored …[Read the details]
Introducing Kaylia Metcalfe, who will write a regular column about issues of interest to the LGBTQ community.
By Kaylia Metcalfe
Back in August, there was a lot of attention surrounding Florida teacher Jerry Buell, who posted on his Facebook page that the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York made him want to throw up.
There was a fair bit of discussion regarding his freedom of speech rights, the responsibility of teachers, etc. People called for him to be fired or punished. Ultimately, the ACLU came to his aid and after a brief suspension, he …[Read the details]
By Richard Stone
(Author’s note: While in Fresno to speak at the Progressives’ gathering on Oct. 1, Jim Hightower graciously afforded the Community Alliance time to interview him one-on-one. In the absence of our vacationing editor, that opportunity came to me.)
Jim Hightower close-up is pretty much like Jim Hightower the public speaker—modest, congenial, witty, knowledgeable and dedicated to the proposition that democracy works when power is dispersed. He believes in, trusts and likes “the little guys.” For his visit to Fresno, his requests were for non-corporate-owned accommodations (the organizers couldn’t find any!), …[Read the details]
By Timothy Savage
More than 300 people from across the San Joaquin Valley gathered Oct. 1 to listen, to engage, to connect and to get fired up about the most important issues of our day at “Strengthening Our Voice: Bring Valley Progressives Together,” a summit meeting held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno.
With motivation from Jim Hightower, the summit’s keynote speaker and nationally known syndicated columnist, the group came together as individuals, but left with a renewed sense of purpose and the beginnings of a plan for working together.
Planned by Volunteers for Change-Fresno …[Read the details]
Valley Air Board’s Insensitivity By Kevin Hall
According to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, it was an orange flag day on a Thursday afternoon in late September, “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” but as members of a girls’ water polo team entered the pool, they knew the air pollution was much worse—“in the purple” as one young athlete later told her mother. So when one of their teammates was stricken with an asthma attack halfway through the match, it came as little surprise. Despite the obvious risks, the game continued.
Across …[Read the details]