Friday, November 8, 2013

The Rivard Report: Local Needle in a Haystack

Rivard Report-courtesy graphic

With decades of professional journalism under his belt as former editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Express-News, Robert Rivard launched the Rivard Report in early 2012. His staff aims to contribute to the public conversation on the urban renaissance of San Antonio, creating a community forum through their online magazine.

The diversity of the RR lies in its contributors, presenting their perspective of the Alamo City with regularly featured columns. (See Rendon Retrato, The Feed)

After meeting with managing editor Iris Dimmick at a TEDx-Geekdom workshop in August, we exchanged contact info, shared our stories, and here we are - the RR has given me the opportunity to tell my story of manifesting change in San Antonio. With many friends leaving San Antonio and staying gone, I made the decision years ago to hold on and get to the heart of the people and politics shaping the culture of this city.

Following the site since its inception, I continue to be inspired by the wide range of issues covered on the RR. They have all the momentum behind them in igniting this community dialogue.  So stay tuned, spread the word, and if you have a story, they'd love to hear it.

 - Taken from the RR:

I realized I was a part of a network of talented individuals, all striving to make San Antonio a better place for our communities through music, through art, through culture.
I set a goal for myself: redirect my energy to staying in San Antonio, immerse myself in the history of this city, and get a better grasp of the social, political, and economic issues affecting and shaping San Antonio.
Dia de Los Muertos altar for Maury Maverick, former progressive mayor of San Antonio who "defeated the machine."
Dia de Los Muertos altar for Maury Maverick, former progressive mayor of San Antonio who “defeated the machine.” Photo by Rene Jaime Gonzalez.
In surveying the story of San Antonio, I fell in love with this city. I fell in love with the beautiful struggle that is present in the everyday lives of its citizens. I’ve embraced all aspects of its rich and turbulent history.
The impact of Emma Tenayuca’s pecan sheller strike in the 1930s continues to resonate in Westside communities. The political domination of the Good Government League and the restitution enacted by Community Organized for Public Service (COPS) illustrate the turmoil between suburban sprawl and the role of government acting a public steward in addressing the rights to civic benefits for all.
As a DJ I engaged in the booking and organizing process with music venues and nightclubs, establishing residency in 2011 at Tucker’s Kozy Korner alongside fellow disc jockey JJ Lopez, spinning an eclectic mix of soul, funk, and jazz on vinyl. We’ve dubbed our night The Soul Spot.

Read the rest of the article here: From the City of Brotherly Love to Falling in Live with the Alamo City