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Tickets replace taxes in lives of urban poor

Tickets replace taxes in lives of urban poor

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor

December 10, 2014

Protest has long been an important strand woven into a cloak of liberty and independence that collectively shrouds all of us as Americans. After the non-indictment decision of officer Darren Wilson for the killing of teenager Mike Brown, marches and protests erupted across the country resulting in riots ...

Selective outrage coloring America’s future

Selective outrage coloring America’s future

By Rodney Woodson, Associate Editor

December 10, 2014

There is no one woman or man to have ever made the decision to be born a certain gender, into a certain culture or as a specific race — so why is race held in such high regard in U.S. society? Being born a certain race is no different than being born with a butt or a nose — it just comes with t...

What’s wrong with weird?

What’s wrong with weird?

By Manning Peterson, Staff Writer

December 10, 2014

When you traverse the relaxing roads of the East Bay or enjoy a scenic stroll across the Cal-Berkeley campus, you will probably be privy to conversations in at least 30 different languages including American Sign Language (ASL). “Name-calling” aka “talking smack” or “negative labeling” is o...

Veterans get no respect

Veterans get no respect

By Manning Peterson, Staff Writer

November 20, 2014

“No one has been barred on account of his race for fighting or dying for America – There are no “white” or “colored” signs on the battlefields." — U.S. President John F. Kennedy   Before and after each visit to any Veterans Administration Health Services Center (VA), I practice co...

Harassment versus hospitality

Harassment versus hospitality

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor

November 20, 2014

“He was so angry that I could somehow ignore his public sexual advances. All I remember is seeing the shock in my friend’s eyes when the guy returned to punch me in the face as I turned around. I fell over. I could feel the blood begin to fill my mouth as I lifted myself from the cold tile....

Deteriorating foundations

Deteriorating foundations

By The Advocate Editorial Board

November 19, 2014

Police officers work to protect and serve the community and at a college campus that mission is no different. But without an adequately sized or seismically stable base of operations, that mission becomes increasingly difficult. At Contra Costa College, Police Services works out of a portable that it h...

Multiple partners breeds lustful regret

Multiple partners breeds lustful regret

By Rodney Woodson, Associate Editor

November 19, 2014

Multiple bedroom partners can be fun for most guys, and for a lot of men it is a way of life. That was my case back in the early 2000s. Yes much fun was had by all, but as time went on, that pleasure turned to real world pain—for those juggled by my infinite lust, and those battling for a true piece...

City council action halts positive progress

City council action halts positive progress

By Mark Wassberg, Staff Writer

November 19, 2014

Big money in politics — right or wrong? Did Chevron really try to buy the 2014 election in Richmond? Chevron was a few days away from modernizing its Richmond Refinery in 2008, to make it safe for the community and the environment in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards...

Bargain shopping over holiday values

Bargain shopping over holiday values

By Christian Urrutia, Photo Editor

November 19, 2014

Retail companies now brace their employees for the advent of the holiday season right after Halloween, beginning in November. Targeted advertising reminds us that the onslaught of early morning sales is steadily approaching once again on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and we, as consumers, must read...

People are not ‘illegal’ or ‘aliens’

People are not ‘illegal’ or ‘aliens’

By Roxana Amparo, News Editor

November 19, 2014

According to Dictionary.com, the definition of the word “alien” is no longer just a creature from outer space, but it is also actually “a resident born in or belonging in another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization; a foreigner.” Some people will use the word almost over-w...

Payment over-looked

Payment over-looked

By The Advocate Editorial Board

October 29, 2014

Students at Contra Costa College do not have an effective means of waiving the $5 student activity fee they are charged each term, a fee of which they are hardly informed. The fee has been in place since spring 2012. In a legal opinion released by the California Community College State Chancellor’s...

Deceitful government abuses voting system

Deceitful government abuses voting system

By Rodney Woodson, Associate Editor

October 29, 2014

Over the past few centuries people from all walks of life, races and genders have fought and died for the right to vote in the United States of America. While older generations and broadcasting entities like MTV continue to attempt to get more and more people to vote, it is the things that we are...

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