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/ 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 […]

/ June 13, 2015 11:58 pm

Coachella residents get moving with Walk with a Doc program

[Translate] AMANDA FLORES / Coachella Unincorporated COACHELLA — Eastern Coachella Valley residents are getting an opportunity to exercise alongside local physicians thanks to the Walk with a Doc program, a program dedicated to encouraging physical activity in order to improve the health of communities. Dr. Chris Flores, a family care physician with a private practice in Palm Desert, Calif., started […]

/ June 10, 2015 6:39 pm

Conference Focuses on Implicit Bias and Social Justice

[Translate] By Claudia. J. Gonzalez and Nayoon Jin OAKLAND, Calif. – Why are Black and Latino men across the country shot and killed by police officers at rates far surpassing whites? Why are Black and Latino students in California’s Central Valley 548 percent and 469 percent, respectively, more likely to be disciplined than their white peers? The answer, according to […]

/ June 9, 2015 3:19 am

Agua 4 All Featured On Univision’s National Health Week

[Translate] CHRISTIAN MENDEZ / Coachella Unincorporated COACHELLA — On Monday night, the eastern Coachella Valley’s Agua 4 All program was featured on Univision’s national Health Week. The segment was aired on the Spanish-language news show, Primer Impacto. Agua 4 All, an initiative of The California Endowment, aims to increase the accessibility of clean drinking water in communities that largely rely […]

/ June 1, 2015 7:02 pm

UC President Urges State to Fund Expanded Enrollment

[Translate] Editor’s Note: One of an occasional series of New America Media interviews with UC President Janet Napolitano. NAM: More students of color are graduating from California high schools than ever before who want to go to college. That’s good news. Is UC able to accommodate the demand? Napolitano:    We’re seeing increasing numbers of California high school students graduating…and they’re […]

/ May 29, 2015 6:35 pm

Bill to Combat Arsenic in Drinking Water Makes it to the Senate

[Translate] IVAN VALENZUELA and CHRISTIAN MENDEZ / Coachella Unincorporated COACHELLA — A proposed bill for combating arsenic-tainted water in rural California communities, including those in the eastern Coachella Valley, is one step closer to becoming a reality. Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia’s AB 434 is in the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality after receiving overwhelming (77-0) bipartisan support from the Assembly. Garcia, […]

/ May 20, 2015 6:05 pm

‘Something Ancient, Something New:’ Local Artists Celebrate East Valley Heritage

[Translate] CHRISTIAN MENDEZ / Coachella Unincorporated  COACHELLA — A small crowd gathered as Alma Ochoa took the stage to perform a monologue about being Purépecha in the eastern Coachella Valley.  “Remember something ancient; create something new,” Ochoa said. “Here we are.” Ochoa was one of more than ten artists who participated in East Valley Voices OUT LOUD, an event meant to […]

/ May 18, 2015 7:35 pm

Coachella Valley Water District Approves Plan to Cut Water Waste

[Translate] CHRISTIAN MENDEZ/ Coachella Unincorporated PALM DESERT — The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors approved water restrictions and penalties last week, as part of a strategy to meet the state-mandated 36 percent reduction in water usage. In April, Governor Jerry Brown ordered all water agencies statewide to reduce their water usage by 25 percent. An assessment released in April […]

/ May 18, 2015 7:25 pm

Health For All Bill Addresses Uncle Sam’s ‘Failure,’ Says Senator

[Translate] New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: May 14, 2015 One-third of undocumented Californians earn enough to buy their own health insurance on the federal exchange, but Uncle Sam won’t let them, asserted Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens. That’s forcing them to make the costly decision to go to emergency rooms when their health deteriorates. “Allowing them to pay for their […]