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Two youths’ views on ‘sanctuary state’

Two California teenagers, both undocumented, share their views on proposed legislation that would limit how California governments can cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. One teen lives in Hayward, a city … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

On the streets of Richmond: sex trafficking versus sex work

The line between human trafficking and sex work is not always clear. In Richmond, sex workers appear in fewer numbers on the street, but advocates and police say it’s still … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gay kickball brings healthier social outlet for LGBT, everyone

A small LGBT kickball league in Long Beach has evolved from a small neighborhood group to a popular league. It’s a healthier alternative to the night life scene of bars … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Common Core: Pushing kids to be smarter or just making them work harder?

Confusing, useless and unnecessary are some of the words used by some students to describe the Common Core education standards implemented three years ago. Two Fresno students share their frustrations … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

In this desert nobody is a stranger

Slip into the shoes of a Coachella Valley student, and you’ll wake up before dawn to braid your sister’s hair while your parents are already at work in the fields. … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

School officials ignore parent and community priorities

Students and advocates challenged school officials in Coachella to be more transparent about how districts spend money. They also urged schools to prioritize youth-focused programs like restorative justice services. “They … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sacramento PRIDE march 2017

Marchers took over Sacramento for the annual PRIDE parade and march. The event brought people together at the Capitol Mall to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and promote … Continue reading

June 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

On Father’s Day, actions mean more than words

The worst stereotypes of immigrant men — as criminals, drug dealers and thieves — don’t stack up to the reality for many families supported by hardworking men. A young Central … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Advocates speak out against Kern’s plan to rubber-stamp dangerous drilling

Oil drilling, pipeline, fracking and other oil and gas projects could be streamlined in Kern County if local lawmakers lessen requirements for environmental reviews. Some Kern County residents and activists … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

A teen refugee in Oakland: “I have no more nightmares, no more tears”

From the lush forests of Burma to the streets of Oakland, a young refugee shares his story. Adjusting to a new culture, and a new country, has not been easy. … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

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