Youth Power Fest Rally

The California Endowment held the #GetLoud Youth Power Fest Rally this month in Downtown Los Angeles; Amidst displays of youth-centered art, the event hosted booths for the #SchoolsnotPrisons campaign, nutrition advocates and a Latino empowerment organization. Trajan Susa writes about attending the event, for Access Sacramento.  

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Health for All Kids Act expected to serve 185,000 children

The Health for All Kids Act, signed into law last year, allows undocumented children under the age of 19 to apply for health coverage under Medi-Cal. Advocates and state legislators appeared in Coachella recently to promote insurance enrollment under the new law, and to lobby for similar legislation to promote health equality. “What we’re doing here in California is […]

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Kern County sued over alleged gerrymandering

A national civil rights organization has filed a lawsuit against Kern County, citing violations of the 1965 Federal Voting Rights Act. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed the suit on behalf of Latino citizens in Kern County, saying Latinos are underrepresented and challenging redistricting decisions by the county’s Board of Supervisors that plaintiffs say are intended to […]

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Advocating for Merced’s youth in D.C.

Claudia Gonzalez recently joined a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators and organizers working on social justice and equity issues. The five-day visit left her with the seeds of leadership and advocacy skills that she intends to nurture for life. “Some of the issues we advocated for included health access for undocumented people, immigration reform and youth investment. […]

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Advocating for the most vulnerable

Gloria Sandoval, a recently-retired high school guidance counselor, is a fixture at local demonstrations and city meetings. She identifies homelessness as a key issue obstructing equality in Merced. “My recent interest in homelessness is that I keep hearing that it’s increasing more and more. I’m trying to find out why, and why it hasn’t been […]

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The next generation of Long Beach women in STEM

STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – account for some of the fastest-growing and most lucrative jobs. But those jobs remain stubbornly male-dominated. A mythology surrounds this discrepancy: girls and women excel at English and social sciences, while boys are traditionally better at math and science. A study released earlier this year – surveying 1.5 million […]

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Virgen de Guadalupe and the environment

Residents from the Eastern Coachella Valley gathered for the Virgen de Guadalupe processional, this time to bring awareness to the environmental issues facing their communities. High School students carried signs reading, “Save the Salton Sea,” “We Need More Parks,” and “We Need Clean Water” – just a few priorities declared by the group. “We are supposed to be ‘criadores […]

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