Archive for category: Featured

/ 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 […]

/ January 5, 2015 5:14 pm

Napolitano: What is the Priority for Public Higher Education in CA?

[Translate] New America Media, Question & Answer, Peter Schurmann, Posted: Dec 19, 2014 Ed. Note: In November, the University of California Board of Regents approved a plan to raise tuition for all students by 5 percent each year over the next five years. The move touched off heated reactions among students and state legislators, and has even led to a proposal by Senator […]

/ December 24, 2014 10:02 pm

Border Keeps Family Apart During Holidays

[Translate] KARLA MARTINEZ/Coachella Unincorporated While most students count down the days until winter break, I’ve come to dread the holiday season. That’s because I spend much of my vacation in the back seat of a car, traveling the 101 miles from Coachella, California to Mexicali, Baja California. For the past three years, my mom, my sister, my brother and I […]

/ December 23, 2014 8:11 pm

Hard Winter for California Farmworkers

[Translate] New America Media, Photo Essay, David Bacon, Posted: Dec 22, 2014 Above: Vidal Cota is an immigrant farm worker from Los Mochis, Sinaloa. He cleans the plastic tubes used for drip irrigation from a watermelon field in Merced, Calif., after the melons have been harvested. (photo: David Bacon) Scroll down to view more photographs by David Bacon. In October in California’s farmworker towns, […]

/ December 22, 2014 6:16 pm

Water Stations Filling a Huge Need in East Valley

[Translate] This additional water bottle refilling station has been installed in the learning center at the San Jose Community Center in Thermal, Calif. This water station and the water station in the community center are not fully operational yet; Pueblo Unido CDC hopes to connect the water stations early next year. Photo: Courtesy of Pueblo Unido CDC   IVAN VALENZUELA/ […]

/ 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 […]