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Richmond’s youngest city council member on housing, hospitals and youth

At 26 years old, Melvin Willis became Richmond’s youngest city council member in this recent election. Willis said his years working as a community organizer made him want to run … Continue reading

December 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

The State of the City, through youthful eyes

The fifth annual People’s State of the City packed an auditorium last month with hundreds of Long Beach residents gathering to discuss topics ranging from schools and safety to environmental health and … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Collaboration brings walkability to Lamont

A coalition of community groups, with the Kern County Roads Department, successfully competed for $1.43 million in state funds to improve walkability in Lamont. The construction of sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs and gutters is … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Youth author wins writing contest with ‘My faith in Fresno’

Twenty-two year-old Jeremy Miller is a community activist and is a member of Fresno Boys and Men of Color, among other community organizations. He stands against resignation to negative stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

City of Coachella reaches for help in saving youth from gang violence

Following the death of 20 year-old Anthony Delatorre on a Coachella street, the mayor invited organizations to strategize ways to keep young people off the streets and away from danger, … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Community gathers for a summit on peace

A peace summit boldly named, “Get the ‘Hell’ Outta Richmond and Put More Love Into It,” brought concerned residents together to talk about peace, in light of a recent spate … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Advocates respond to executive action on immigration

A day after President Obama announced he would grant deportation relief to over 5 million immigrants, the Kern County Coalition for Citizenship held a press conference for local organizers to respond to … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Richmond City Council candidate Dameion King

City Council candidate Dameion King works as a career coach for those re-entering society after prison sentences, and advises area nonprofits on strategies for change in urban communities. It’s his first appearance in the official Richmond politics scene, … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Changing the status quo

Systems change is a buzzword in nonprofit and advocacy fields.  Changing things on a systemic level – rather than just on an individual basis – is the end goal for these organizations.  A two-day … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Youth workgroup identifies community needs

South Sacramento was chosen as a site for the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative because it was relatively lacking in certain areas of community health. One goal tagged by the foundation as … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

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