Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in California Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in California

Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in California

New America Media, Commentary, Raj Jayadev 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 – […]

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Community Groups Sue Kern High School District for “School to Prison Pipeline” Community Groups Sue Kern High School District for “School to Prison Pipeline”

Community Groups Sue Kern High School District for “School to Prison Pipeline”

By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD — By Shortly after the September 11 attacks, Kern county resident Lori De Leon’s son was sent home from school on suspension. The offense? Not tucking in his shirt. School administrators, she said, thought her son could have been hiding weapons. De Leon also alleges that her […]

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Photo Essay: Guelaguetza 2014 Photo Essay: Guelaguetza 2014

Photo Essay: Guelaguetza 2014

South Kern Sol, Photo Essay, Daniel Jimenez Editors Note:  South Kern Sol’s youth reporter, Daniel Jimenez attended this years Guelaguetza celebration early this month and captured several great photos. To read South Kern Sol’s story on this year’s Guelaguetza click here. In this photo, two dancers hold up a flag of “Virgen de la Natividad”, […]

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Young Candidates Make Case for Change On Kern High School District Board Young Candidates Make Case for Change On Kern High School District Board

Young Candidates Make Case for Change On Kern High School District Board

South Kern Sol, News Report, Alfredo Camacho BAKERSFIELD — As the 2014 General Election approaches, one of the more interesting local contests is shaping up to be the race for Kern High School District Board of Trustees, where three young candidates are challenging older, more experienced incumbents. All school board candidates were invited to participate […]

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Arts & Culture

Photo Essay: Guelaguetza 2014

Photo Essay: Guelaguetza 2014

South Kern Sol, Photo Essay, Daniel Jimenez Editors Note:  South Kern Sol’s youth reporter, Daniel Jimenez attended this years Guelaguetza celebration early this month and captured several great photos. To read South Kern Sol’s story on this year’s Guelaguetza click here. In this photo, two dancers hold up a flag of “Virgen de la Natividad”, […]

Oct 28, 2014 15:55

South Kern

Central Valley Residents Grapple with Proposed Fracking Regulations

Central Valley Residents Grapple with Proposed Fracking Regulations

By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. —  About 100 people packed into a chamber at the Kern County administration building in Bakersfield to testify at a public hearing Wednesday on the state’s new fracking regulations, saying they are already at a breaking point with pollution in their communities, and that they’ll be […]

Jan 11, 2014 1:04

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Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in California

Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in California

New America Media, Commentary, Raj Jayadev 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 – […]

Oct 30, 2014 19:32

Recreation

Sup. Perez Brings New Playground to Lamont Park

Sup. Perez Brings New Playground to Lamont Park

By Alfredo Camacho LAMONT, Calif. — Over a hundred community members gathered at Lamont Park on October 4 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the park’s new playground. The renovations also included a wheelchair ramp and wood chips in place of sand for improved safety and wheelchair access. The host of the event, Kern County 5th […]

Oct 10, 2014 18:15

Beyond South Kern Sol

Photo Essay: Guelaguetza 2014

South Kern Sol, Photo Essay, Daniel Jimenez Editors Note:  South Kern Sol’s youth reporter, Daniel Jimenez attended this years Guelaguetza celebration early this month and captured several great photos. To read South Kern Sol’s story on this year’s Guelaguetza click here. In this photo, two dancers hold up a flag of “Virgen de la Natividad”, […]

Young Candidates Make Case for Change On Kern High School District Board

South Kern Sol, News Report, Alfredo Camacho BAKERSFIELD — As the 2014 General Election approaches, one of the more interesting local contests is shaping up to be the race for Kern High School District Board of Trustees, where three young candidates are challenging older, more experienced incumbents. All school board candidates were invited to participate […]

ELECTION 2014: Development Was Key in Arvin’s Candidate Forum

South Kern Sol, News Report, Alfredo Camacho ARVIN, Calif. — Lifetime Arvin resident Larry Horton wants more places to shop. The 23-year-old, like many in the city, travels at least a half hour to Bakersfield any time he needs to purchase basic household items. “We need more than just 99 Cent stores and auto part […]

A Growing Cultural Celebration: Guelaguetza 2014

By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Earlier this week the Seattle School Board voted unanimously to replace Christopher Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day, a move that hopes to give indigenous people a restored prominence in the community. Such a prominence has grown and developed for almost 15 years here in […]

Sup. Perez Brings New Playground to Lamont Park

By Alfredo Camacho LAMONT, Calif. — Over a hundred community members gathered at Lamont Park on October 4 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the park’s new playground. The renovations also included a wheelchair ramp and wood chips in place of sand for improved safety and wheelchair access. The host of the event, Kern County 5th […]

Educational Candidates Forum, Oct. 14

You are invited to an educational candidates forum on Tuesday, October 14th at Sierra Middle School in Bakersfield located at 3017 Center Street near Oswell. State Senate and Assembly, and Kern High School District candidates will participate. The forum is organized by the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Faith in Action, the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of […]

Commentary: The Rising Latino Population Isn’t the Bogeyman

By Leonel Martinez for South Kern Sol Whenever I write about the growth of the U.S. Latino population, I always stress one thing: There is no cucuy or “bogeyman” lurking in the closet. Yes, the number of Hispanics is surging. No, this will not result in cultural chaos because of their supposed failure to assimilate. That […]

Why Latino Leaders are Wrong to Stand With Obama on Immigration

South Kern Sol, Commentary, Gonzalo Santos Ed. Note: President Obama’s recent decision to delay taking executive action on immigration until after November’s elections, disappointed many immigrant rights advocates, but not Dolores Huerta who is standing by the president on his decision.  In this commentary, Dr. Gonzalo Santos, a professor from Cal State, Bakersfield and a […]

Dolores Huerta: Obama was right in delaying action on immigration

Ed. Note: To read a counterpoint to this story by Professor Gonzalo Santos click here. By Griselda Nevarez, Originally published on VOXXI as Dolores Huerta: Obama was right in delaying action on immigration Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta is standing by President Barack Obama on his decision to delay executive action on […]

What’s the Recipe for Latino Voter Participation in Kern County?

By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Election season is fast approaching, and that means people across the country will be subject to an increasing number of television ads, fliers, speeches and visits from canvassers all imploring them to vote come November 2nd.  In south Kern County, a region long dominated by […]