Delano High School Board Approves To Hold In-Person Graduations; Students Express Excitement

Coronavirus has taken away some essential life experiences for the class of 2020. Now, Delano High School is fighting to give one of those experiences back. Late last month, the school decided to host in-person graduations for the senior class. “(I am) happy with the decision because it shows that [the board] cares about their […]

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My New Neighbor Will Be An Immigration Detention Facility, And We Won’t Get Along

Plans to build an immigrant detention facility in McFarland, California have already been approved by the city’s leaders. Now, residents are pushing back. “How am I and the members of my neighborhood supposed to enjoy going outside and relishing our freedom knowing that just a few yards away is a building dedicated to imprisoning many […]

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Children Of Essential Farmworkers Worry About Their Parents’ Health And Safety During Pandemic

While some essential workers are receiving preferential treatment for risking their lives, farmworkers are largely being forgotten, leaving many of their children concerned about their health. “I think my parents feel terrified because they might end up getting sick or having a terrible disease, and they’re just not ready for that,” said McFarland Junior High […]

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Distance Learning Has Proven To Be More Difficult Than Expected For Students

Distance learning can pose a number of issues for students from working-class families. For 8th grader Aimee, tutoring her younger sister takes priority over her own schoolwork. “I have to help my sibling with her homework, while my parents, who are essential workers, go to work. I have found myself giving more effort in providing […]

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From ‘Illegal To Essential’: Thousands Of Farmworking Families Struggle To Get Through Pandemic

For years, Biviana Camacho’s parents faced deportation and harsh conditions working as undocumented farmwokerks in California. Now, they face an even bigger threat: coronavirus. “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security considers those who work in the food supply industry as essential workers and ‘have a special responsibility’ to maintain their normal work schedule. It’s ironic […]

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Local Olympic Trials Qualifier Alex Collatz-Sellens Remains Hopeful During Pandemic

Ja’Nell Gore profiles athlete Alex Collatz-Sellens, a track and field star in discus throwing. Collatz-Sellens hoped to qualify for the Olympics this year, a hope that was crushed by the the cancellation of the 2020 games. Even so, Alex is choosing to remain positive. “This should remind us that life is not all about sports, […]

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Be Counted: 2020 Census

For Census Day 2020, the California Youth Media Network highlighted stories from those on the front lines across the state who are working to make sure each Californian is counted. Read more from Richmond Pulse, South Kern Sol and YR Media. 

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Living In Crisis Has Been People’s ‘Normal’ For Generations; Why Wait For Pandemic To Do Something About It?

For many marginalized communities, living in fear of a financial crisis is nothing new, so why are at-risk families just now getting assistance? Marivel Servin breaks down the ways in which our government has failed those working in essential services, and why a pandemic might just be the wake-up call America needs. Read Marivel’s commentary […]

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