Archive for category: Featured

/ April 15, 2014 5:44 pm

Joaquin Magon: Why Citizenship?

[Translate]   The Diary of Joaquín Magón Entry 31: Why Citizenship?   Citizenship is one of the most important rights in this country; so why is there talk of denying this to an entire population? Republican members of Congress recently unveiled their “Immigration Standards,” a lengthy list of requirements that undocumented immigrants must meet in order to become legal residents […]

/ April 11, 2014 4:57 pm

New “Hydration Station” Encourages Healthy Habits at CVHS

[Translate]     Editor’s Note: As part of the Rethink Your Drink campaign, a “hydration station” was unveiled March 21 at Coachella Valley High School (CVHS). Reporter Victoria Contreras interviewed Eloisa Lopez-Valencia, president of the school’s Environmental Club, about the impact she believes the water bottle filling station will have at her school.   VICTORIA CONTRERAS/Coachella Uninc   Coachella Uninc: […]

/ April 9, 2014 3:04 am

Program Offers Adults Second Chance at High School Diploma

[Translate]     NATALIA CERVANTES/Coachella Uninc   INDIO — Fernando Arredondo was only 17 when he became a father and dropped out of school to support his new family. Two years later, the roles have switched. His girlfriend has finished high school, gone on to college, and is now supporting the family so that Arredondo can earn his diploma at […]

/ April 4, 2014 2:52 am

How I Overcame Losing my Grandparents

[Translate]   VICTORIA CONTRERAS/Coachella Uninc   COACHELLA — Death. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. My experience with losing someone is difficult to describe. I lost my grandpa a little over two years ago. He was and always will be a second dad to me. He was there for all of my achievements and games. He encouraged me and […]

/ April 3, 2014 4:46 am

Global Girl Media Uses Filmmaking to Empower ECV Girls

[Translate]   Editor’s Note: Coachella Unincorporated reporters Karla Martinez and Maria Garcia participated in Global Girl Media’s spring program, along with other Eastern Coachella Valley girls, at the Boys and Girls Club in Mecca. Sponsored by The California Endowment, the intensive five-day program is part of the “Mother/Madre” project in which young women interview their mothers as a way to […]

/ March 28, 2014 3:35 pm

Magón: Chávez Film Shows Human Side of Farm Worker Movement

[Translate]   The Diary of Joaquín Magón Entry 30: Living Unconquered   “César Chávez: An American Hero” opens in theaters today, bringing to the big screen the story of the beginning of the United Farm Workers. The film will inspire dialogue – that can help or not help — the farm worker rights movement. Discourse around farm workers by media, […]

/ March 26, 2014 2:14 pm

Previously Halted Improvements Now Underway in Mecca

[Translate]   IVAN VALENZUELA/Coachella Uninc   MECCA – The streets near Mecca Elementary School are undergoing a series of improvements as part of a $1 million project recently approved by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Work began this week, during Coachella Valley Unified School District’s spring break, and is expected to last two months. The project focuses on the […]

/ March 25, 2014 5:42 pm

Volunteer-Staffed Clinic Serves Coachella Valley’s Uninsured

[Translate]     NATALIA CERVANTES/Coachella Uninc   INDIO – Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine (CVVIM), established in the fall of 2010, has flourished into a state-of-the-art facility staffed entirely by volunteers and serving the most vulnerable in the community – those without health insurance. Many low-income people without health insurance flee to the emergency room for non-emergency situations, such as […]

/ March 24, 2014 3:33 pm

A Safe Space for Community at San Antonio del Desierto mobile home park

[Translate]   MARIA GARCIA, KARLA MARTINEZ and BRENDA RINCON/Coachella Uninc   MECCA — The children of the San Antonio del Desierto no longer have to worry about getting hurt while they play because a safe playground has replaced the rocky dirt patch at the center of their mobile home park. “I’m relieved there is finally somewhere I can take my […]

/ March 14, 2014 4:21 am

Coachella Valley Filmmaker Christian Sesma is “Living the Dream”

[Translate]     JOHNNY FLORES JR/Coachella Uninc   COACHELLA — When Christian Sesma graduated from San Diego State University in 2003, he had no idea where his bachelor of arts degree in anthropology would take him. But that all changed four years later. “I realized filmmaking was my true calling in 2007 after I shot my first few short and […]