Archive for category: Featured

/ 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 5, 2015 10:20 pm

Indigenous Leaders Call for Driving Test in Their Own Language

[Translate] La Opinión, News Report, Araceli Martínez Ortega, Translated by Elena Shore, Posted: Jan 28, 2015 Lea en español Leaders of the Mixtec community of Oxnard, Calif. are asking the Department of Motor Vehicles to offer the written driving test in indigenous languages so they can get licenses under California’s AB60. The law, which went into effect in January, allows Californians to apply […]

/ January 29, 2015 1:30 am

Agua 4 All Campaign Launches in the Eastern Coachella Valley

[Translate] AMBER AMAYA/ Coachella Unincorporated THERMAL, Calif. — Agua 4 All, a pilot project that aims to bring clean drinking water to rural communities across California, launched Wednesday at the San Jose Community Center in Thermal, Calif. The project will fund the installation of water bottle refilling stations, or “taps,” in schools and other locations accessible to community members in […]

/ January 26, 2015 5:35 pm

Son Jarocho Takes Root in East Valley

[Translate] JOHNNY FLORES / Coachella Uninc. Brightly colored papel picados are strung around the courtyard at the Rancho La Boquilla in Thermal, Calif. It’s late December, and Arnulfo Rodriguez and his daughters are busy hanging the paper streams, roasting heaps of lamb and beef, and readying the dance floor for the massive party later that night. The Fandango, a traditional […]

/ January 20, 2015 5:43 pm

A Model for Police Reform

[Translate] Richmond Pulse, News Report, Brett Murphy, Posted: Jan 14, 2015 Image: Officer Brandon Ruffin chats with a group of locals barbecuing in the Veteran’s Memorial Hall parking lot. (Photo by Martin Totland, courtesy of Richmond Confidential) Ed. Note: In the past decade, the police department in Richmond, Calif. has undergone a dramatic transformation. Spearheaded by an openly-gay and white chief in charge of policing […]

/ January 15, 2015 6:59 pm

Farmworker Women Speaking Up on Domestic Violence

[Translate] New America Media, News Feature, Brenda Rincon, Posted: Jan 15, 2015 Editor’s Note: This article was produced as part of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Names have been changed in this story for the protection of the victim. THERMAL, Calif. — Alicia Montes was only 16 when she fell in love […]