By Stan Santos
Warrior Woman (center) speaks out for justice in the attack against Patty Dawson (left). Gloria Hernandez (right), with the Justice for Patty Dawson Committee, said that the criminal justice system has failed Patty from the very beginning of this case.
On June 14, the Committee for Justice for Patty Dawson gathered for a press conference regarding the violent hate crime committed exactly one year ago in Clovis. Members of the committee reviewed press packets and waited for the establishment media. Patty, her husband, spokesperson Gloria Hernandez and a dozen or so supporters, …[Read the details]
By Chip Ashley
At a special hearing on May 30, the Fresno County Planning Commission voted 4-3 to deny a conditional-use permit to multinational corporation CEMEX to mine Jesse Morrow Mountain. Opponents to the mine in attendance broke into an ecstatic cheer.
But this struggle is not over. CEMEX appealed on June 12 to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. The hearing is set for Aug. 28 in the Fresno County Ballroom (the same place as the May 30 hearing).
Locals must mobilize for the hardest test yet: motivating the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to vote down the …[Read the details]
By Vic Bedoian
Ultimately, Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform to ensure that farmworkers can fully assert their rights to protection from abuse. When we eat what farmworkers produce, we must also work to ensure their safety.
Hundreds of thousands of immigrant farmworker women and girls in the United States face a high risk of sexual violence and harassment in their workplaces because U.S. authorities fail to protect them adequately. That’s the conclusion of a shocking report released by Human Rights Watch. The 95-page report, called Cultivating Fear (available at www.hrw.org), describes …[Read the details]
The City of Fresno spent $1,220,000 last month defending Police Chief Jerry Dyer; $820,000 is going to a high-profile out-of-town attorney who defended him and $300,000 will go to the plaintiffs and their attorney. The mainstream media has covered this issue extensively, but the debate is usually about the wisdom of spending so much money on an outsourced attorney.
Although that is a problem, it misses the essence of what the lawsuit was all about. The lawsuit, filed in February 2011, alleged that Dyer made multiple racist and sexist remarks. For example, the …[Read the details]
A Giant Leap Forward
In 1992, members of Visions of Community took a leap of faith and, with six months’ rent only, signed a two-year lease on a house to be called the Fresno Center for Nonviolence. Bravery indeed! (Perhaps somewhat like the saying “if we build it, the money will come.”) And they were right! Our Center has been supported by the progressive community ever since.
At 20 years of age, though, a number of us believe that we need to start thinking about a larger Center, one that would not only house FCNV but also a few …[Read the details]