WATER IS LIFE
Celerina and Bartolo Chavez have lived in Arvin, a small agricultural town in California's Central Valley, for 20 years. Three years ago, they found out that their water was contaminated with a chemical called 123 Trichloropropane (or 123 TCP) — a known carcinogen and by-product of pesticides originally sold by Dow Chemical and Shell Oil Company. The California State Water Board recently passed a measure to regulate the chemical, but with ongoing legal battles with Dow and Shell, and the time it will take to treat the water, it could be years before residents benefit from it. Meanwhile, valley residents such as Celerina and Bartolo must find alternative sources of clean water, often at their own expense.
Resist! AN anTI-FAScIST fashion SHOW
In the early months of the Trump presidency, thousands protested on the streets of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. At its peak, the genderqueer collective -- the Degenderettes -- staged an anti-fascist fashion show to raise money for social justice and equality causes. This social media video, captures its highlights.
In 2016, a coalition of organizations and legal aid groups sued the DMV for what they described as the "illegal" suspension of driver licenses in California. A look at the impact of driver's license suspensions on disadvantaged communities and those who are simply, "too poor to pay the fine." Published at Richmond Confidential.
As the national economy improves, economic confidence in Richmond, CA remains uncertain largely due to the gap between wages and living costs. Published at Richmond Confidential.
On the ethics of being a tourist in a country defined by disaster: Haiti. Published at Flint.
A profile of quirky, marine biologist Jim Hobbs, with a focus on his work catching and monitoring leopard sharks in the South Bay salt ponds. Published at BayNature.org.
EMPTY: drought and FOOD INSECURITY in the valley
Since 2009, California has experienced the worst drought in the state's recorded history. In Biola, a Fresno County town of less than 2,000 people, a state-funded food distribution program has staved off drought-caused hunger in the community, but advocates say the federal government's slow response is leaving vulnerable people behind.
“Just because I’m an immigrant or just because I’m a janitor does not mean I need to live in fear of being raped.” On the ground with the janitorial workers campaigning for stronger legislation to protect workers from workplace assault in California. Published at Oakland North.
Hiking Tasmania's Overland Trail during a bushfire, raises questions about climate change and its current and future impact on the activities we take for granted. Published at Misadventures.
A literary look at Tangier, Morocco's misunderstood city. Published at Writer's Bloc
A look at one of the ocean's most charismatic species, nudibranchs. And, of course, the people who study them. Published at BayNature.org