Archive for category: Articles

/ December 13, 2014 2:53 am

Virgen de Guadalupe Processional Highlights Environmental Injustices in the Eastern Coachella Valley

[Translate] AMBER AMAYA/ Coachella Uninc. Thermal—Residents from Thermal, Mecca, Coachella and Oasis gathered Friday night at the San Jose Community Center in Thermal, Calif. for the Virgen de Guadalupe processional to bring awareness to environmental injustices in the eastern Coachella Valley. A crowd of about 60 residents marched from the community center, through the Vargas Mobile Home Park and then […]

/ December 5, 2014 8:02 am

Hernandez Is Sworn In As Coachella’s New Mayor

[Translate] Coachella—Residents gathered in the Coachella City Council Chambers Thursday night to witness Steven Hernandez get sworn in as the city’s newest mayor. Hernandez won the mayoral race by 56 percent in November. He is stepping into a position previously held by Eduardo Garcia, Coachella’s first elected mayor — Garcia served as mayor for eight years. During the swearing-in ceremony, […]

/ December 4, 2014 11:29 pm

Police Relations — Not Just a Black, Urban Issue

[Translate] New America Media, First Person, Various Authors, Posted: Dec 04, 2014 Above: Residents of Bakersfield protested last May on the one-year anniversary of the death of David Silva. The 33 year-old father of four died while being beaten by nine Kern County sheriff’s deputies. (photo: Alfredo Camacho) Editor’s Note: When President Obama proposed his $263-million spending package to expand the use of body cameras […]

/ December 2, 2014 11:33 pm

Obama’s Plan for Immigration Reform – What You Need to Know

[Translate] New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore, Posted: Nov 26, 2014 Ed. Note: On Nov. 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that he would take executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Following his announcement, New America Media hosted a national telephonic press briefing for ethnic media reporters, with speakers Marielena Hincapié of National Immigration Law Center, Marshall Fitz of […]

/ November 26, 2014 7:46 pm

East Valley Residents Give Obama’s Immigration Order Mixed Reviews

[Translate]   AMBER AMAYA/ Coachella Uninc. THERMAL — A crowd of 30 eastern Coachella Valley residents gathered at the San Jose Community Center last Thursday night where they watched President Obama, on Spanish-language television, make his long awaited immigration announcement. In the agricultural east valley, where the vast majority is Latino and there is a sizeable immigrant population, residents were […]

/ November 21, 2014 6:07 pm

University of California to Raise Tuition Over the Next Five Years

[Translate] JOHNNY FLORES/Coachella Uninc. California—On Thursday November 20, the University of California Board of Regents adopted a plan that would increase tuition over the next five years if the UC system received no additional funding from the state. The plan was approved by a 14-7 vote, despite student protests and opposition from California Governor Jerry Brown. The plan will increase […]

/ November 11, 2014 4:48 pm

Veterans Day Should Be About More Than Discounts

[Translate]   JOHNNY FLORES / Coachella Uninc. Coachella, California—I’ve grown up in a family full of veterans. My cousin served as a tank commander for the United States National Guard, and two of my other cousins both served in the United States Army. Each of my cousins was willing to risk their life in order to protect our most basic […]

/ October 31, 2014 11:51 pm

Q&A: Why Prop 47 Matters in the East Valley

[Translate] Coachella, Calif. — Allex Luna, a community organizer for Inland Congregations United for Change, has worked with local youth and families for several years. A Coachella Valley native, Luna’s desire for people in the eastern Coachella Valley is to live, “dignified lives.” This is why he’s been following Proposition 47, the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative, since the […]

/ October 30, 2014 1:00 am

Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in California

[Translate] Equal Voice News, Commentary, Raj Jayadev, Posted: October 30, 2014 Traducción al español In 1999, about this time of the year, I was hanging billboard-size banners off freeway overpasses with a bunch of people I just met that morning. The spray-painted bedsheets read “No on Prop 21!” and “Stop Criminalizing Youth of Color.” We were part of California’s burgeoning youth movement […]

/ October 9, 2014 4:19 pm

Youth Present ECV Projects at American Planning Association Conference

[Translate] AMBER AMAYA/ Coachella Uninc. Updated October 13, 2014 9:30 a.m. Coachella — A smile grows on Jacqueline Aguilar’s face when she talks about local art and her community.  Aguilar, a senior at Coachella Valley High School, is passionate about art and the Eastern Coachella Valley, and she’s eager to share her insight with anyone willing to listen. Last month, […]