• Agua 4 All Campaign Launches in the Eastern Coachella Valley

    Agua 4 All Campaign Launches in the Eastern Coachella Valley

    [Translate] AMBER AMAYA/ Coachella Unincorporated THERMAL, Calif. — Agua 4 All, a pilot project that aims to bring clean drinking water to rural communities across California, launched Wednesday at the San Jose Community Center in Thermal, Calif. The project will fund the installation of water bottle refilling stations, or “taps,” in schools and other locations accessible to community members in […]

  • Son Jarocho Takes Root in East Valley

    Son Jarocho Takes Root in East Valley

    [Translate] JOHNNY FLORES / Coachella Uninc. Brightly colored papel picados are strung around the courtyard at the Rancho La Boquilla in Thermal, Calif. It’s late December, and Arnulfo Rodriguez and his daughters are busy hanging the paper streams, roasting heaps of lamb and beef, and readying the dance floor for the massive party later that night. The Fandango, a traditional […]

  • A Model for Police Reform

    A Model for Police Reform

    [Translate] Richmond Pulse, News Report, Brett Murphy, Posted: Jan 14, 2015 Image: Officer Brandon Ruffin chats with a group of locals barbecuing in the Veteran’s Memorial Hall parking lot. (Photo by Martin Totland, courtesy of Richmond Confidential) Ed. Note: In the past decade, the police department in Richmond, Calif. has undergone a dramatic transformation. Spearheaded by an openly-gay and white chief in charge of policing […]

  • Farmworker Women Speaking Up on Domestic Violence

    Farmworker Women Speaking Up on Domestic Violence

    [Translate] New America Media, News Feature, Brenda Rincon, Posted: Jan 15, 2015 Editor’s Note: This article was produced as part of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Names have been changed in this story for the protection of the victim. THERMAL, Calif. — Alicia Montes was only 16 when she fell in love […]

  • Napolitano: What is the Priority for Public Higher Education in CA?

    Napolitano: What is the Priority for Public Higher Education in CA?

    [Translate] New America Media, Question & Answer, Peter Schurmann, Posted: Dec 19, 2014 Ed. Note: In November, the University of California Board of Regents approved a plan to raise tuition for all students by 5 percent each year over the next five years. The move touched off heated reactions among students and state legislators, and has even led to a proposal by Senator […]

  • Border Keeps Family Apart During Holidays

    Border Keeps Family Apart During Holidays

    [Translate] KARLA MARTINEZ/Coachella Unincorporated While most students count down the days until winter break, I’ve come to dread the holiday season. That’s because I spend much of my vacation in the back seat of a car, traveling the 101 miles from Coachella, California to Mexicali, Baja California. For the past three years, my mom, my sister, my brother and I […]

  • Hard Winter for California Farmworkers

    Hard Winter for California Farmworkers

    [Translate] New America Media, Photo Essay, David Bacon, Posted: Dec 22, 2014 Above: Vidal Cota is an immigrant farm worker from Los Mochis, Sinaloa. He cleans the plastic tubes used for drip irrigation from a watermelon field in Merced, Calif., after the melons have been harvested. (photo: David Bacon) Scroll down to view more photographs by David Bacon. In October in California’s farmworker towns, […]