Rejecting guidelines on transgender bathrooms puts all students at risk

Kern School Board trustee Chad Vegas recently told a local news site that he would not comply with the Obama Administration’s recently issued federal guidelines requiring that schools allow transgender students to use restroom facilities that correspond to their gender identity. Youth reporter Dean Welliver has something to say about how his local officials are failing to protect […]

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After SCOTUS victory, the fight is far from over

Merced College student Jacqueline Hernandez explains why, even after the Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a constitutional right for same sex couples, there is still much work to do. Being gay in a homophobic culture is only one factor in her experience of discrimination – she knows that, for other minorities, marriage is the least of their problems. “I have to question, as a queer […]

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An anthology of school discrimination stories ‘speaks for justice’

Boyle Heights high school students became published authors with their first-person accounts of discrimination in school. In the writings, they explore the roots of prejudice within the history of segregated schools. “I entered the class and the teacher asked me, ‘Where are you from? What language do you speak at home?’… I told her I was born and raised in […]

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Judge says discrimination suit against school district can go forward

A Kern County Superior Court Judge ruled that a discrimination suit filed by Latino and African American students against the Kern High School District can move forward. The expulsion rate in district schools was over five times higher for African-American students and three times higher for Latino students than the rate for white students. “[The Kern High School District’s] discipline […]

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Coachella High students open to dialogue on Arab mascot

Coachella Valley High School students had an open conversation a group that says the school’s mascot, the Arab, perpetuates negative stereotypes.  A representative from the Arab American Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC) pointed to the mascot’s large nose, heavy beard and its overall cartoonish, caricatured depiction of an Arab man.  The school’s logo, which is prominently displayed during […]

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Living the American Dream

A Yemeni family migrating to San Leandro in 2000 found an accepting new home in the U.S., but that all changed after the World Trade Center attack.  Mid-Eastern and other minority families experienced the post-9/11 period as unsafe in a different way than other Americans.  “We were no longer able to make friends and even […]

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