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Chachi Carvalho, Photo by: Doug Cuddeback @dougs_pictures 

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Chachi Carvalho,  Photo by: Doug Cuddeback @dougs_pictures 

In Motif‘s March edition, I spoke with Dylan Block-Harley, my first interview in a three-article series exploring how artists are pivoting to engage with virtual programming.  My second interview is with Chachi Carvalho (aka Chachi the Rapper), who celebrated his birthday and the release of the song “Hoodie Season” from his new album, Pawtucket Times, on March 8. He is an artist, educator and entrepreneur, Rhode Island born and raised, who resides in Pawtucket with his family. He currently serves as a school culture and community engagement coordinator at his alma mater, Shea High School, and is the founder and...

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In pandemic, housing authority letters omit key tenant protection info

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In pandemic, housing authority letters omit key tenant protection info

By Amy Martyn | CalMatters Public housing authorities in California, especially Los Angeles, have left critical coronavirus relief information out of letters sent to tenants. Advocates say the lack of information could lead to tenants evicting themselves when they don’t have to. Not long after Gladys Garcia obtained a restraining order against her husband last August, letters arrived in her mailbox saying that her ex owed thousands of dollars in unpaid rent and faced possible eviction. The letters from the Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles, or HACLA, came as a surprise to Garcia. She said she had...

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Growing spotlight on environmental justice focuses on Colorado’s energy future

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Growing spotlight on environmental justice focuses on Colorado’s energy future

The prospect of testifying before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission might be unnerving for a lot of people, but Ean Tafoya was excited about being cross examined during a recent hearing. “Huge for me and the (environmental justice) coalition,” Tafoya wrote in a text to The Denver Post before the April 21 hearing on a utility’s plan to help move the state’s transition to electric vehicles forward. Tafoya, the Colorado field advocate for GreenLatinos, referred to “the power of the mic” to convey the positions of his organization and other members of the Environmental Justice Coalition on Black Hills Energy’s...

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Advocates share fear of worsening overdose crisis in 2021, want national safe supply

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Advocates share fear of worsening overdose crisis in 2021, want national safe supply

With overdose deaths rising across Canada, advocates for drug users are calling for the implementation of a national safe supply program as part of an effort to save lives. Failing to do so, they say, will lead to more deaths from overdoses across the country. A public health emergency was declared in 2016, a year that saw 991 deaths. More than 1,500 people have died in British Columbia from illicit drug overdoses in 2020. Ontario’s chief coroner’s office estimates 50 to 80 people per week are dying of overdoses. British Columbia’s government created a safe supply program in March, allowing...

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Challenging the Authority

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Challenging the Authority

How Richmond’s mayoral candidates are addressing the future of public housing. In the virtual Richmond mayoral race that 2020 demands, a masked and gloved candidate, Justin Griffin, picking up a fly-covered pile of dog poop and gingerly tossing it in a trash bag, is a rare physical moment. The goal of holding a Gilpin Court trash cleanup, he says, was to meet voters and demonstrate the kind of attention he would offer as mayor. In the first 20 minutes, he’s talked to one resident sitting on his porch. A few people have stopped to stare at the dozen yellow-vested volunteers...

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