Local Filipino youth org makes call to support ‘Black Lives’

Members of Anakbayan Long Beach, a progressive Filipino youth and student organization, spoke out in support of a Cambodian Long Beach resident recently killed by police. “It is the violence, the face of fear, and the tangible tension that hangs across our city because any interaction with police is now, more than ever, a potentially life-and-death situation.” Read the […]

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Kern faith leaders press for police reform

A cross-denominational group of leaders from religious congregations met to strategize about how to address community concerns with law enforcement protocol. The group floated ideas like independent oversight, a citizens review board, and a separation between agencies that work with police from those which investigate and prosecute officer-related shootings. Principles of restorative justice and civil rights defined the group’s model for police reform. “Even […]

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Walking the line: Reporting on protests and police

The Bay Area Black Journalists Association hosted a conversation about how professional and citizen journalists as well as community members can responsibly report on the historic demonstrations happening across the country. “What [under-cover reporters at the #BlackLivesMatter protests] came back and said – what I think we were most disappointed with – was that the protests they were seeing were not then […]

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Fresno officer building bridges to city’s youth

A native of Fresno, Officer Mike Martin describes his job as the Youth Liaison Officer for the Fresno Police Department as a “go between” for law enforcement and youth. Martin spoke about how he got into law enforcement, building trust with the community, and the nationwide protests against police violence. “I definitely think officers are aware of the tensions within the community, which […]

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