Gang members indicted in 2014 public housing firebomb attack

This month federal prosecutors charged seven Latino gang members for the 2014 firebombing of the homes of black residents of Ramona Gardens, the largest public housing project in Los Angeles. One week before the attack, Boyle Heights Beat student writer Melissa Martinez reported that African American families were finally moving back to Ramona Gardens after decades […]

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Trayvon & Oscar: A Parallel Tale

Born and raised in Oakland, a young reporter feels a vivid connection to the dialogue, characters and story in film “Fruitvale Station,” especially in light of the George Zimmerman trial verdict. “Covering the Oscar Grant saga so closely, taught me a lesson about becoming emotionally involved in the doings of America’s justice system.” Youth Radio.

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Oscar Grant: Eyewitness Karina Vargas

The shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle  on New Year’s Day of 2009 resulted in massive protests in Oakland, and now “Fruitvale,” a feature film about  the shooting hits selected theaters Friday. An eyewitness returns to the BART station to share her account of the shooting on Youth Radio.

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Lack of gun control at the DNC

“The last two nights at the Democratic National Convention have had consistent themes: immigration, women’s rights, the economy, and college affordability. But one subject that has consistently been on the minds of Americans for the last weeks has not been mentioned once: gun control.” Read the story on Youth Radio.

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