Valley Voices

Valley Voices

What makes Fresno’s economy thrive? Inclusivity, engagement and diversity

After five years as a U.S. Marine serving the United States of America, I’ve turned my attention to more local matters. Today, as the California state director for Mi Familia Vota, a nonprofit that registers new voters and increases civic engagement across the country, I work to defend and strengthen the democratic institutions of our state and, especially, our city. I’ve come to believe that our community will only truly thrive when all its members feel welcomed and included.

Valley Voices

’Tis the season to honor those whose shoulders we stand on

In my fantasy world this Halloween, I will follow the ancient All Hallow’s Eve tradition of honoring the deceased whose presence surrounds me in a miasma of fog and in the bright light of achievement. This medieval tradition, which some trace to Celtic origins, celebrates the night, Oct. 31, as the night before the day or days (some celebrate a three-day holiday, particularly in Mexico) when the deceased are recalled and honored, often at temporary altars. My focus is on our Fresno community and on the broader region.

These students chose to spread joy because "that’s what everyone needs"

Students at Fresno's Sunnyside High School celebrate their school campus, their diversity, their humanity and their unity with what could be the largest photo art installation in the country.