Dr. King’s Letter From Birmingham Jail Still Speaks to Us

On April 12, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., along with 53 members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR), launched the Birmingham Campaign— to put economic pressure on local merchants and government through a series of non-violent protests during the Easter shopping season. Dr. King and […]

Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation Saves Richmond Little League Games

After learning of a recent break-in at the Richmond Little League’s Nichol Park concession stand, Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation for Kids presented coach and league Vice President Thomas Gary with a $1,500 check to recover stolen equipment and concessions. The foundation also treated players to dinner and provided them with commemorative t-shirts and hats. “I was […]

League of Women Voters Elects New Officers

The League of Women Voters West Contra Costa County held its annual meeting recently where it announced newly elected board member. Kia Croom was elected president. She is as the first-ever African-American and youngest president elect in the history of the league. “It’s a true honor to be elected to such a prestigious office with […]

Kia Croom Advocates for Her Community

Writer Kia Croom has always been an advocate for those in need. As program director at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), she has helped provide services to homeless individuals and families, including emergency shelter and transitional housing, a resource center and serving meals 365 days a year. Holding a bachelors degree in journalism, a […]

Youth homelessness on the rise in Richmond

Continuously over the last four years, Jessica Comstock, 22, has been homeless, relying on a network of local emergency shelters for her survival. She is just one of a growing number of young people between the ages of 18-24 who are slipping into homelessness in the city of Richmond and throughout Contra Costa County. According […]

PUSHTech2020: Jesse Jackson and PUSH Silicon Valley host inaugural tech summit

Tech leaders, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from across the country attended the PUSHTech2020 Summit to continue the dialogue on diversifying the tech sector. The one-day conference, which was hosted by Rev. Jesse Jackson and the RainbowPUSH Silicon Valley Project took place May 6 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The ballroom was packed to the […]

At Oakland Tech, Rev. Jackson pushes school-to-tech pipeline to Silicon Valley

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is continuing his discussion on Blacks in tech, but on May 27, instead of talking to tech executives, he spoke to students during an assembly at Oakland Technical High School. He discussed the Intel and OUSD’s partnership, which includes a $5 million pledge to expand STEM programming at the Oakland Tech […]

Study says 50% of employees have gone to work hung over

Football season is practically upon us. In the spirit of the beloved sport, eager fans will descend upon local bars for happy hour and game parties. After an exciting game night, comes a painful morning. Most people you suck it up and go to work. They hope to fly below the radar until punching the […]

Hunters Point Entrepreneur Yolanda, ‘Londi’ Jones, 60

Jones was the president and CEO of Yolanda’s Construction Administration & Traffic Control (YCAT-C) an African-American and woman-owned business offering a wide range of administrative and traffic control services to support public and private sector clients on engineering-construction projects. Entrepreneur, community champion and philanthropist Yolanda “Londi” Jones died at her Richmond home on Feb. 18, […]