The Grand Finale at the Saint Patrick’s Day event. This benefit for the Community Alliance newspaper and the Central Valley Dream Team brought together Irish and Mexican culture for a great night of music and dance. Kevin Hall (above) not only helped organize the event but also, to everyone’s delight, danced for a few moments in the Grand Finale.
By Vic Bedoian
In the Josh Fox film Gasland, people who lived in an area where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) was taking place could light the water coming out of their kitchen faucet on fire. For more information, visit www.gaslandthemovie.com/.
Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the leasing of federal lands in Monterey and Fresno counties for fossil fuel development. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, trying to force the BLM to do a more thorough …[Read the details]
By Paul Gilmore
So. Walking into the local watering hole the other day, eyes adjusting to the blackness, the dim figures of my buddies Frank Maddox and Medford (Med) Boorman slowly materialized at the end of the bar. I followed their voices, tripping over a couple of stools on the way, and hearing them get an early start on Saint Patrick’s Day.
“Hey Frank. You ever have any of that green beer?”
“Once. In my 20s. In one of those fake Irish bars. It had those big ugly signs with green letters with shit like ‘Luck o’ the Irish’ …[Read the details]
Portraits of Neighborhoods Through the Eyes of a Resident By Richard Stone
Neighborhood: Parkside, the area including and bordering Roeding Park
Docent: Al Williams
Al and fiancee Sarah in front of Parkside Social Center
“Parkside” is an area mostly defined by the homeless men and women who live there, folks our guide Al Williams used to call “The Great Outdoors People.” Al is a high-profile advocate for the homeless and has spent much of the 34 years he’s lived in the area on the street. Currently, he and his fiancée Sarah make every effort to …[Read the details]
By Mike Rhodes
We did a survey in February asking our readers what they thought about the Community Alliance. I was pleasantly surprised that 94.3% of respondents said they read the From the Editor column. Some readers commented that it helps to identify issues in the progressive community and that it is the first thing they read.
Wow! I’m honored that many of our readers take the time to read this article and find something of value here. For the last couple of months, I have written about efforts under way to build the progressive movement, …[Read the details]