Richmond Pulse 2012 Retrospective

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<ul><li><p>Bilingual Edition</p><p>W W W . R I C H M O N D P U L S E . O R G # 1 1 E n e r o / J a n u a r y 2 0 1 3</p><p> Edgardo Cervano-Soto</p><p>The expansive discussion on issues impacting Richmond youth that took place at </p><p>last Decembers forum hosted by teens at the Richmond Public Library made it clear that young people here are not apathetic about their community. On the contrary, they regard the city as theirs. During the two-hour forum, over 20 people, including parents, youth and community organizers, shared their concerns over the state of youth in Richmond today. Turf boundaries and violence involving multiple generations of Richmond families dominated the discussion, and concerns over education and access to resources for youth were also prominent. Angela Cox of the Richmond Public Library prompted the discussion by asking audience members, Whose city is this? Cox, a Richmond librarian for 27 years and coordinator of the librarys teen services, said she wants the library to be a space for youth to express themselves and be a part of Richmond. Cox introduced the forums facilitator, Bill Say, a professional mediator who specializes in group and community healing. During his introduction, Say said he has longed to work with the Richmond community. The opening discussion involved how to improve education in Richmond. Sylvia Greenwood, principal of LaVonya DeJean Middle School, reported that her teachers, despite a tight budget, are closing the gap that exists between them and their students -- learning how to communicate, at a time when technology is a major component of youth culture. Ilse Rueda, a graduate of La Vonya De Jean Middle School and current San Francisco State University student, stressed the importance of multiculturalism in public school curriculum. A multicultural curriculum, she said, would give positive examples to students of color and encourage them to be successful something district schools today arent doing enough of. The current curriculum, said Rueda, is not reflective of single parent households or low-income families. The conversation got lively when the topic turned to generational violence, with some saying the previous generation had laid a foundation for the violence erupting today on Richmond streets. At that point, Say called for an honest, but controlled, dialogue between community members. There were also comments leveled about the lack of responsibility older community members are taking in burying age-old disputes. Sam Vaughn, a Neighborhood Change Agent with the Office of Neighborhood Safety, said the origins of violence are not exactly important, because the youngsters are not fighting about what the elders fought about. Donte Clark, a local spoken word artist and instructor with the group RAW Talent, expressed that adults should be equally implicated in creating a healing culture. He stressed that Richmond needs a forum where youth, adults and </p><p>elders involved in generational violence can agree to a ceasefire. The evenings discussion concluded by getting people out of their comfort zone, asking each participant to discuss youth issues with someone whom they might not normally talk to. Clark closed out the night with a spoken word performance. Given the amount of energy generated by the discussion, its expected that there will be additional forums on community violence in Richmond in the near future. </p><p>Sam Vaughn of ONS, discusses how community </p><p>leaders and violence prevention workers can collaborate to decrease violence.</p><p>Sam Vaughn, de la Oficina de Seguridad Vecinal discute como los lideres comuni-</p><p>tarios y la prevencin de la violencia pueden trabajar juntos para </p><p>disminuir la violencia. </p><p>Mayor Gayle McLaughlin listens to a Richmond residents concerns at the forum.</p><p>La Alcaldesa Gayle McLaughin escucha las preocupaciones de una residente de Richmond.</p><p>Whose City is This? Library Forum Sparks Intergenerational Dialogue on Violence</p><p>Reportaje + Fotos Edgardo Cervano-Soto</p><p>La discusin expansiva sobre los temas que impactan a los jvenes de Rich-mond que tomo lugar en un foro el 1 de diciembre organizado por la Biblioteca Pblica de Richmond dejo claro que los jvenes de Richmond no son apticos ha-cia su comunidad. A lo contrario, consid-eran a la ciudad suya. Durante el foro de dos horas, mas de 20 personas incluyendo padres, jvenes y or-ganizadores comunitarios, compartieron sus preocupaciones sobre el estado de los jvenes en Richmond hoy. Los limites de barrios y la violencia involucrando varias generaciones de familias de Richmond dominaron la discusin y las preocupacio-nes sobre la educacin, y el acceso a recur-sos para jvenes tambin fueron promi-nentes. Angela Cox, de la Biblioteca Publica de Richmond movi la discusin al preguntar-le a los presentes, De quien es esta ciu-dad? Cox, una bibliotecaria de Richmond por 27 aos y coordinadora de los servicios de la biblioteca para los adolescentes, dice que quiere que la biblioteca sea un espa-cio donde los jvenes puedan expresarse y ser parte de Richmond. Cox presento al facilitador del foro, Bill Say, un mediador profesional especializando en la curacin en grupo y comunidad. Durante su presen-tacin, Say dijo que haba anhelado traba-jar con la comunidad de Richmond. La conversacin principiante fue sobre como mejorar la educacin en Richmond. Sylvia Greenwood, la directora de La-Vonya DeJean Middle School report que sus maestros, a pesar de tener un pequeo presupuesto, estn cerrando la brecha en-tre ellos y los estudiantes -- aprendiendo como comunicar en una poca cuando la tecnologa es una gran parte de la cultura de los jvenes. Ilse Rueda, una estudiante que asisti a Vonya DeJean y actualmente </p><p>estudiante en SF State hizo hincapi en la importancia de lo multicultural en el cur-riculum de la educacin pblica. Un cur-riculum multicultural les dara ejemplos positivos a los estudiantes de color y los animar a ser exitosos algo que los distri-tos escolares no estn haciendo lo demasi-ado. El actual curriculum, dice Rueda, no refleja los hogares de padres solteros o familias de bajos ingresos. La conversacin se animo cuando el tema llego a la violencia generacional, con algu-nos diciendo que la generacin previa haba establecido la fundacin para la violencia estallando hoy en las calles de Richmond. A este punto, Say llam por una conver-sacin honesta pero controlada entre los miembros de la comunidad. Tambin hubo comentarios sobre la falta de responsabi-lidad que estan llevando los miembros de la comunidad mayores en terminar los problemas. Sam Vaughn, una agente de cambio comunitario con la Oficina de Se-guridad Vecinal, dijo que los orgenes de la violencia no son exactamente importante, porque los jvenes no estn peleando por lo que estaban peleando los mayores. Dante Clark, artista de la palabra hablada e instructor de RAW Talent expreso una que los adultos deberan estar igualmente implicados en una cultura de curacin. Dijo que Richmond necesita un foro en donde los jvenes y los mayores involucra-dos en la violencia generacional llegan a un acuerdo de alto a al fuego. La discusin de la tarde concluyo al sacar a las perso-nas de su zona de confort, pidindole a los participantes que discutieran temas de los jvenes con alguien que normalmente no hablarian. RAW Talent cerro la noche con una pre-sentacin final. Dada la energa generada por la discusin se espera que haya ms fo-ros sobre la violencia comunitaria en Rich-mond prximamente. </p><p>De Quin Es Esta Ciudad? Foro de la Biblioteca Despierta un Dilogo sobre la Violencia </p><p>News Report + Photos</p></li><li><p>Richmond Pulse is a project of New America Media focusing on health and community coverage in the City of Richmond, California. The project is supported by The California Endowment.</p><p>Richmond Pulse es un proyecto de New America Media enfocado en la cobertura de salud y la communidad en la Ciudad de Richmond, California. El proyecto es apoyado por The California Endowment.</p><p>Publisher EDITORIALMalcolm Marshall</p><p>EditorsRedactoresJacob Simas </p><p>Bilingual EditorEDICCIN BILINGUELiz Gonzalez </p><p>Art Direction/Design DIRECCIN CREATIVAJosu Rojas</p><p>Sean ShaversMolly RaynorIraida SantillanEdgardo Cervano-SotoMonica QuesadaTodd SpencerWilliam FrakerTania PulidoKarina GuadalupeCharles JonesDonny LumpkinsDvondre WoodardsMegael Johnson</p><p>AdvisorsAsesoresVernon WhitmoreKevin Weston</p><p>Contributors Contribuyentes</p><p>StaffEl Personal</p><p>INQUIRIESHave questions, comments, or want to get involved? Contact Richmond Pulse at:</p><p>info@richmondpulse.orgwww.richmondpulse.org</p><p>PREGUNTASTienes preguntas, comentarios o dudas? Contacta a Richmond Pulse :</p><p>info@richmondpulse.orgwww.richmondpulse.org</p><p>2</p><p>2012 was definitely a busy and special year for Richmond. The city had its fair share of highs and lows an overall decrease in violent crime, a soda tax measure that sparked a national conversation, and the Chevron refinery explosion, to name just a few -- and the community welcomed many new beginnings. Along the way, we at Richmond Pulse continued working toward our goal of becoming your go-to source for community news, publishing ten bilingual print editions in addition to our online reporting. Shining a light on local heroes and collective efforts for community betterment has been a priority of the Pulse since our founding, and in 2012 our reporters delivered on that mission by covering stories about the Latina Center, Office of Neighborhood Safety, an innovative music program at Downer Elementary, the Richmond Tales festival, the closing of Opportunity West, the memorable season enjoyed by the Salesian High boys basketball team, the inaugural season of the Richmond Rockets professional basketball squad, the void in local LGBTQ services now being filled by new programs, the opening of Wanlass Park in nearby San Pablo, and many, many more. For this retrospective issue, we decided to take a second look at some of our most important and memorable stories from 2012, including: a new garden sprouting up in the Iron Triangle; a new co-op bringing healthy food to the city; </p><p>suspensions going down drastically at Richmond High School; a young man finally getting off probation; finding a fresh start after being released from prison; reflections of a youth who is the primary caregiver to his Grandmother; a bike shop, Richmond Spokes, that is so much more and other articles. Looking back, we have many to thank, and none more than the young people and community members who have graced our pages as writers, editors and sources its been an incredible pleasure to watch Richmond Pulse grow. We thank you for letting us serve you, and we look forward to doing it more in 2013. Our hope is that we can repay the support this community has given us by continuing to grow and by providing you with news, information and a platform for community voice -- media that truly matters to you and your families. -Thank you.</p><p>2012 fue sin duda un ao especial y de mucho trabajo para Richmond. La ciudad tuvo su parte de altas y bajas - una disminucin general de los delitos violentos, una medida de impuesto a las sodas que desat un debate nacional, y la explosin de la refinera de Chevron, por nombrar slo algunos - y la comunidad dio la bienvenida a muchos nuevos comienzos. En el camino, nosotros en Richmond Pulse continuamos trabajando hacia nuestro objetivo de convertirnos en su fuente para noticias de la comunidad, publicando siete ediciones impresas bilinges, adems de nuestras notas en lnea. Encendiendo una luz en hroes locales y los esfuerzos colectivos de mejora para la comunidad ha sido una prioridad del Pulse desde nuestra fundacin, y en el 2012 nuestros reporteros cumplieron con esa misin al cubrir historias sobre el Centro Latina, la Oficina de Seguridad Vecinal, un programa innovador de msica en la Primaria Downer, el festival de Richmond Tales, el cierre de Opportunity West, la temporada memorable que goz el equipo de baloncesto salesiano, la temporada inaugural de la escuadra de baloncesto profesional Richmond Rockets, el vaco en los servicios locales de LGBTQ llenados por nuevos programas, la apertura del Parque Wanlass en San Pablo, y muchas, muchas ms. Para esta edicin retrospectiva, decidimos tomar un segundo vistazo a algunas de nuestras historias ms importantes y memorables del 2012, incluyendo: un nuevo jardn brotando en el Tringulo de Hierro, un nuevo modo cooperativo trayendo comida sana a la ciudad, la disminucin drstica de </p><p>suspensiones en Richmond High School, un joven finalmente saliendo de libertad condicional, encontrando un nuevo comienzo despus de ser liberado de la crcel, las reflexiones de un joven que es el cuidador principal de su abuela, una tienda de bicicletas, Richmond Spokes, que es mucho ms ... y otros artculos. Mirando hacia atrs, tenemos a muchos que agradecer, y ninguno ms que los jvenes y los miembros de la comunidad que han adornado nuestras pginas como escritores, editores y fuentes - ha sido un placer increble ver crecer a Richmond Pulse. Les damos las gracias por permitirnos servirle, y esperamos poder hacerlo ms en 2013. Nuestra esperanza es que podamos devolver el apoyo que esta comunidad nos ha brindado al seguir creciendo y proporcionndoles noticias, informacin y una plataforma para la voz de la comunidad un medio de comunicacin que verdaderamente les importe a ustedes y sus familias. -Gracias.</p><p>Revisin del ao 2012</p><p>Editors Note: </p><p>Editors Note: </p><p>2012 Year in Review </p></li><li><p>Comentary Sean Shavers</p><p>All my life Ive been taught to despise the police, and for that matter, any other law enforcement official. I even had a saying: From the Pigs to the Feds, may they all drop dead. Now, you could say that was scandalous, wrong and just plain trifling. But Ive seen the police </p><p>abuse their authority and violate peoples civil rights, and when you come from a background where the police are considered terrorists, you dont respect them or trust them and thats how its been ever since I can remember. I recently had a brush in with the law I received a citation for marijuana that ended with me being slammed against a fence and thrown into a police car. At that moment. All the rage and anger I felt toward the police hit the fan. I hated them with a passion. Not long afterward, I recorded a vlog (a video blog) about the Oakland Police Department. I said that they were incapable of catching criminals and were getting paid just to wear a badge. At the time, I was speaking from a position of hurt and anger. I didnt realize that none of my statements were based on fact. I mean, how could I prove that all officers are lazy and not doing their job? About a week later, I saw a headline in the newspaper: Four Shot and One Critically Injured in Richmond. I immediately wanted to cover the story and put my spin on it. So later that day I started making some calls and ultimately got in touch with Captain Mark Gagan of the Richmond Police Department. We set up an interview for the following day and it was on. The ne...</p></li></ul>