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Reimagine Justice Merced: a Conversation with Common

On his “Hope and Redemption” tour, rapper and activist Common participated in various community events while in California, including performing in three prisons. We’Ced youth reporters Stephanie Gurtel and Victor … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Crisis on Tribal Lands

The community is still calling for justice, one year after a 13-year-old Native boy who was shot and killed near his home on the Yurok reservation in rural northern California. … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bakersfield trans community demands ‘Justice for Jasmine’

Violence targeting transgender individuals has risen in recent years across the country, especially against transgender women of color. In January, Bakersfield resident Jasmine Sierra was found dead in her apartment—and activists say law enforcement needs … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Kern faith leaders press for police reform

A cross-denominational group of leaders from religious congregations met to strategize about how to address community concerns with law enforcement protocol. The group floated ideas like independent oversight, a citizens review board, and a separation … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Friends and family gather to demand accountability in police violence investigations

Friends and families of people killed by police in Kern County converged at Heritage Park to demand that law enforcement officials properly investigate fatal police-involved incidents. The District Attorney announced that — going forward — her office would review officer-involved … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Caravan seeks to end mass detention

Immigration advocates, youth leaders, and community organizers caravanned from Oakland to Bakersfield, converging in a protest at Mesa Verde, a privately owned detention center. A recent campaign successfully pressured officials for the release … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art exhibit aims to ‘Manifest Justice’

Manifest Justice, the exhibit that ran in Los Angeles this month, features work from some 200 artists focusing on issues impacting communities of color. Prominent themes are mass incarceration and police brutality, with pieces giving … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Manifest justice: a photo essay

Art in the “Manifest Justice” exhibition in Los Angeles highlights inequities and violence in America. Alyssa Castro, of Merced, photographed the pieces that most impacted her. “I’ve never been exposed to such a large amount of … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is Baltimore tipping off this generation’s Civil Rights Movement?

Each account of an unarmed man dying by the hands of police fuels anger and frustration, and in Baltimore, young people took to the streets to protest. Figures from Black history are awakened as resistance rises up against … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Walking the line: reporting on protests and police response

At a forum UC Berkeley’s Journalism School, journalists and law enforcement talked about the task of covering protests fairly. They compared the media reaction to violent versus nonviolent protests, like those after the decision not to … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

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