Archive for category: Articles

/ October 2, 2015 7:08 pm

#WordsMatter — No Human Being is ‘Illegal’

[Translate] Karla Martinez / Coachella Unincorporated As a child, I thought anyone born on this earth was part of the United States. I did not know what being “legal” or “illegal” meant. When I heard the word “illegal,” I automatically thought about drugs or murder. So when I began to hear people being called “illegal,” I wondered whether it meant […]

/ September 25, 2015 10:29 pm

Central Valley Youth Say Pope’s Message ‘Already Having an Impact’

[Translate] YouthWire, Commentary, Various Authors, Posted: Sep 25, 2015 Ed. Note: The Pope’s visit to the United States comes as the U.S. Catholic Church is undergoing a dramatic shift driven in large part by demographic changes happening across the nation. Today’s Catholic heart of America lies in the West, in places like California’s Central Valley, where a fast rising immigrant – and largely […]

/ September 17, 2015 10:17 pm

The Torment of Isolation – Ending Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

[Translate] Illustration: Claudia J. Gonzalez  This story was originally published by We’Ced Youth Media. By Claudia J. Gonzalez After years of litigation and protests, earlier this month California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation agreed to drastically reduce the use of solitary confinement in state prisons. But as prison and human rights advocates celebrated the victory, the legislature put on hold a bill […]

/ August 27, 2015 10:47 pm

Californians Favor Extending Health Care Coverage to All Residents

[Translate] New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 27, 2015 SACRAMENTO — California voters are embracing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in record numbers, and a growing majority now supports expanding health care coverage to undocumented residents, according to the latest Field Poll, released here in the Capitol August 26. The survey found that sixty-two percent of voters support the law, […]

/ August 15, 2015 5:43 pm

Summer Program Makes Sure Students Don’t Go Hungry

[Translate] BY: KARLA MARTINEZ / Coachella Unincorporated COACHELLA — When summer comes around, many eastern Coachella Valley children who depend on free school lunches for a consistent daily meals must look elsewhere or go hungry. The Summer Food Service Program seeks to change that. The SFSP is part of a decades-old national program through the the United States Department of […]

/ August 3, 2015 7:36 pm

A Million Could Benefit From Prop 47 — If They Act Fast

[Translate] CHRISTIAN MENDEZ / Coachella Unincorporated SAN BERNARDINO — The clock is ticking for an estimated 1 million Californians to get their felonies reduced to misdemeanors. Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act, was passed in November 2014. The law allows California residents who have been convicted of simple drug possession, property crime under $950, or other nonviolent offenses […]

/ July 28, 2015 5:14 pm

Call for California Asians and Hispanics to Show United Front on Health4All

[Translate] New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jul 22, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO — Even as health care advocates are celebrating California’s recent “landmark victory” in getting its undocumented children health care, Latino and Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities should show a united front and make sure that all of the state’s undocumented residents get the same benefit, urged Sen. Ricardo […]

/ July 7, 2015 4:25 pm

Cuentos de Coachella

[Translate] COACHELLA — Earlier this year, students from the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) joined the Land Use Planning Awareness (LUPA) Project to learn about the power of land use planning in the eastern Coachella Valley. The students chose to focus their efforts on raising awareness about the need for affordable housing in Coachella. Through the LUPA Project, the students were […]

/ June 22, 2015 8:54 pm

On This DACA Anniversary, Invest in Immigrants

[Translate] New America Media, Commentary, Ju Hong, Posted: Jun 15, 2015 As I listened to President Obama’s announcement for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(DACA) in 2012, in that moment I could see the culmination of all the courageous organizing efforts of fellow advocates who pressed our president to provide relief from deportations and advance the inclusion of immigrants, in order to make DACA possible […]

/ June 15, 2015 9:11 pm

Undocumented Kids to Get Health Coverage in State Budget

[Translate]   New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 16, 2015 Sen. Ricardo Lara and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León discuss the state budget that passed this week. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Lara’s office.) Calling it one of the “best” budgets the state has ever had, California Gov. Jerry Brown said the $167.6 billion dollar budget the legislature passed […]