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“We don’t want fear to spread in the community. All it takes is one person to say, ‘ICE is here,’ and everybody is fearful. So our volunteers will go out and verify,” said Christopher Martinez, the chief program officer of Catholic Charities, one of the organizers of the Stand Together CoCo legal observer training.

Legal observer trainings teach what to do if ICE knocks at your door

With President Trump recently ramping up restrictions on immigration, Stand Together Contra Costa, an effort by local organizations and agencies to assist people who may be deported, is training legal observers in how to deal...

‘What would it be like if you owned the business down the street?’: Richmond residents fight for more ownership over their careers

Najari Smith, Josue Hernandez, and Roshni “Tay” McGee have opened a worker-owned cooperative in Richmond called Rich City Rides. The bike repair shop opened in 2015, but the organization responsible for community rides and outdoor...
West Contra Costa district schools failed to improve in California’s annual test according to results released last month. District leaders and education expert said the standardized test is not the only way to measure student performance.

West Contra Costa schools fail to improve on annual test, but leaders say student success is measured in a variety of ways

West Contra Costa district schools failed to improve in California’s annual test. District leaders and education expert said the standardized test is not the only way to measure student performance.
Richmond mayor Tom Butt revealed residents' home addresses and alleged rent-control violations in an October newsletter. Now, the ACLU of Northern California is looking into the incident. Cartoon courtesy of Abner Hauge.

Opponents and supporters criticize Richmond mayor for ‘doxxing’ his political adversaries, call Tom Butt’s weekly email newsletter a ‘smear campaign’

Opponents – and even supporters – of Tom Butt say Richmond’s mayor is guilty of what one critic described as a “flagrant abuse of power” and a council member called “highly inappropriate” actions. Emails between...