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/ April 21, 2015 5:20 am

The Most Popular East Valley Music Venue isn’t Coachella Fest, it’s a Backyard

[Translate] CHRISTIAN MENDEZ and AMBER AMAYA / Coachella Unincorporated COACHELLA — For fifteen years, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has brought hundreds of musicians and artists to Indio, growing from a one-day event to a multi-weekend production. But even before Coachella fest set up its tents, just a few miles east, there were already quality shows going on […]

/ April 3, 2015 7:44 pm

City of Coachella Asks for Community’s Help in Preventing Gun and Gang Related Violence

[Translate] KARLA MARTINEZ / Coachella Unincorporated COACHELLA — On Friday, April 3, The City of Coachella held a press conference at city hall to ask the public for help in preventing violence in the community. “Today on Good Friday, we have organized, not individually, but as a community to stand here to send a message that the City of Coachella […]

/ March 31, 2015 11:45 pm

Remembering Cesar Chavez and Raising the Next Generation of Organizers

[Translate] AMBER AMAYA and CHRISTIAN MENDEZ / Coachella Unincorporated COACHELLA — Pins from a United Farm Workers of America Convention were scattered across a long table covered in a bright red banner. The bold image of a black eagle was stitched to the front of the banner, and a small signature next to the eagle read, “Cesar Chavez, ’77.” “Viva […]

/ March 28, 2015 11:22 am

Lideres Campesinas: Fighting for Farmworker Women

[Translate] AMBER AMAYA / Coachella Unincorporated  Editor’s Note: For the past 27 years, Lideres Campesinas, a nonprofit organization based in Oxnard, Calif., has played a key role in advocating for the rights of farmworker women. The grassroots organization, formed in 1988 by a group of female farmworkers in the eastern Coachella Valley, works to educate women about their rights and […]

/ March 23, 2015 1:03 am

Pueblo Unido CDC Joins the United Nations’ World Water Day

[Translate] Editor’s Note: In 1993, the United Nations designated March 22 as “World Day for Water,” a day to raise awareness about the need for clean drinking water and sustainable water development around the world. Access to clean drinking water and sustainable development are both important issues for families living in rural and unincorporated areas of the eastern Coachella Valley. Pueblo […]

/ March 20, 2015 8:25 am

Raising the Smoking Age: East Valley Youth Respond

[Translate] By: COACHELLA UNINCORPORATED Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, California Senator Ed Hernandez introduced the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement (STAKE) Act (Senate Bill 151), a bill that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21. “Tobacco companies know that people are more likely to become addicted to smoking if they start at […]

/ March 16, 2015 11:40 pm

How a Bag of Flour Taught Me About Dyslexia

[Translate] MARIA GARCIA / Coachella Unincorporated When I started looking around my house for a bag of flour, my mother asked me what I planed on baking. She then stared at me when I told her I needed the flour for a class assignment. A few days earlier, my child development teacher, Mrs. Equils, asked every student in our class […]

/ March 13, 2015 6:35 pm

Uncle Sam Wants DACA Recipients to Avoid Tax Scams

[Translate] New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Mar 12, 2015 Pictured above: DACA recipient Ana Alcantara, 22, was misinformed by her tax preparer and ended up paying an unnecessary penalty. A new scam targeting immigrants has gotten the attention of Uncle Sam. Health advocates are concerned that tax preparers have been misinforming, and some even outright scamming, Deferred Action for Childhood […]

/ March 10, 2015 4:54 pm

Diversifying Environmental Movement Key to Tackling Climate Change

[Translate] By Seung Lee, New America Media Over 200 environmentalists, philanthropists, and journalists convened last week at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco at an event hosted by Green 2.0 (an initiative of The Raben Group) and New America Media to discuss an issue that’s become increasing urgent in effectively addressing climate change – the lack of diversity in the […]

/ February 6, 2015 7:35 pm

15 Years Later, Comfort Station for Farmworkers a Reality

[Translate] AMBER AMAYA and IVAN VALENZUELA/Coachella Uninc. MECCA — A new structure being built in Mecca, Calif. will provide field workers a safe place to shower and do laundry. The comfort station fulfills a promise Riverside County made 15 years ago to provide a permanent comfort station in this unincorporated community in the Eastern Coachella Valley. The county agreed to […]