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YouthWire weighs in: sanctuary

The word sanctuary has taken on new power with the Trump administration’s aggressive stance on immigration enforcement. Youth reporters asked a cross section of peers from across California what sanctuary … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

I lost my Dad to gun violence

Dominik Vaughan was in fourth grade when his father was shot and killed. Years have passed since the first grief-stricken day Vaughan learned his father had died, and he reflects … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Without borders in San Diego

The U.S.-Mexico border is an arbitrary and fluid division for people with lives rooted in both worlds. A San Diego art exhibit featured artists works exploring the concept of being … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

My time reporting for Sacramento youth media

Youth reporter Julian DeLeonardis said the four months he spent Access Local in Sacramento creating journalism and learning technical skills — on deadline — will stick with him. “In four months … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

The war between women: a personal note

Friendship can be complicated. When the friends are a guy and a girl, the complications can double when a significant other doesn’t understand the friendship. “Women are taught from birth … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

A deportation and the vanishing memories of my Grandpa

The fear of being separated from loved ones is constant for mixed-status immigrant families. Merced County high schooler Crystal Rivera’s grandfather was deported seven years ago, and she reflects on … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Long Beach activists want cleaner air. What about the beach?

Low income families are often priced out of neighborhoods along California’s coastline. Long Beach environmental activists focused on health concerns among communities of color often target air quality, but the health … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Finding family as a homeless shelter volunteer

Richmond teen Celeste Navarro started volunteering at a homeless shelter because she needed the community service hours to graduate. Three years later, the volunteer work has become an important part … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Immigration destination: The road to sanctuary city

A group of Long Beach immigrants pushed their city to adopt sanctuary policies to protect immigrant residents from the Trump administration’s plan to step up deportations.  Their experience was chronicled … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

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