South Kern in the Billion Dollar Mix South Kern in the Billion Dollar Mix

South Kern in the Billion Dollar Mix

By Ray Gonzales, Ph.D. How do you spend $1 billion dollars?  That’s the question The California Endowment (TCE), the state’s largest health foundation, had to answer.  In 2010, TCE committed $1 billion dollars in a ten-year period, 2010-2020, in a strategic investment in Building Healthy Communities (BHC) in 14 of the state’s highest needs communities.  […]

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Family Detention — It’s Time to Do the Right Thing Family Detention — It’s Time to Do the Right Thing

Family Detention — It’s Time to Do the Right Thing

New America Media, Commentary, Michelle Brané A court ruling is the latest blow to the controversial practice of detaining families seeking asylum. Now it’s up to the Obama administration to do the right thing. When the number of unaccompanied children fleeing Central America in search of safety overwhelmed U.S. border infrastructure last summer, the Obama administration […]

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Q&A: Local Filmmaker Looks at Human Trafficking in the Central Valley Q&A: Local Filmmaker Looks at Human Trafficking in the Central Valley

Q&A: Local Filmmaker Looks at Human Trafficking in the Central Valley

By Randy Villegas Photo above courtesy of Michael Fagans: Doug Bennett (left) and Michael Fagans (right) outside Maya Cinemas on the day of the debut. Ed. Note: A recent documentary explores the issue of human trafficking in the Central Valley. “The Trafficked Life,” co-produced by Bakersfield photographer and filmmaker Michael Fagans, tells the story of […]

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The Dinner Table: The Classroom On Privilege and Racism for White Families Across America The Dinner Table: The Classroom On Privilege and Racism for White Families Across America

The Dinner Table: The Classroom On Privilege and Racism for White Families Across America

Silicon Valley De-Bug, Commentary, Andrew Bigelow Last week MTV premiered Jose Antonio Vargas’ show, “White People” exploring white people and white privilege across America. The dinner table was an ongoing theme: a Washington family speaking with their son about his white privilege workshop for the first time, an Italian family in Brooklyn, friends sharing spaghetti […]

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Health

South Kern in the Billion Dollar Mix

South Kern in the Billion Dollar Mix

By Ray Gonzales, Ph.D. How do you spend $1 billion dollars?  That’s the question The California Endowment (TCE), the state’s largest health foundation, had to answer.  In 2010, TCE committed $1 billion dollars in a ten-year period, 2010-2020, in a strategic investment in Building Healthy Communities (BHC) in 14 of the state’s highest needs communities.  […]

Jul 31, 2015 22:51

Education

Future of California’s Economy in Hands of Latinos

Future of California’s Economy in Hands of Latinos

We’Ced Youth Media, News Report, Claudia J. Gonzalez Edmundo Zaragoza and Gustavo Perez graduating from UC Merced on May 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of Edmundo Zaragoza. MERCED, Calif.– Ruby Aguirre is beating the numbers. “I feel so proud to be graduating today,” said the first generation Mexican-American student at last month’s Merced College commencement. “This […]

Jul 10, 2015 18:05

Recreation

Live the Challenge Ends With Most Successful Run Yet

Live the Challenge Ends With Most Successful Run Yet

South Kern Sol, News Report, Alfredo Camacho LAMONT, Calif. — Building Healthy Communities South Kern (BHC-SK) celebrated the end of its annual Live the Challenge with its biggest and most successful Live the Challenge event to date. Over 300 runners from the South Kern area gathered at Lamont Park on Saturday, April 25 to participate […]

Apr 28, 2015 20:58

Arts & Culture

Thousands of Farmworkers in California Can’t Make a Living

Thousands of Farmworkers in California Can’t Make a Living

New America Media, News Analysis, David Bacon Editor’s note: California farmworkers once made a decent living but according to NAM contributing writer, David Bacon, those days are long gone. Now the majority is struggling to survive. More than a third of the farmworkers population makes less than the minimum wage, while the other third earns […]

Jun 2, 2015 19:33

Beyond South Kern Sol

South Kern in the Billion Dollar Mix

By Ray Gonzales, Ph.D. How do you spend $1 billion dollars?  That’s the question The California Endowment (TCE), the state’s largest health foundation, had to answer.  In 2010, TCE committed $1 billion dollars in a ten-year period, 2010-2020, in a strategic investment in Building Healthy Communities (BHC) in 14 of the state’s highest needs communities.  […]

Family Detention — It’s Time to Do the Right Thing

New America Media, Commentary, Michelle Brané A court ruling is the latest blow to the controversial practice of detaining families seeking asylum. Now it’s up to the Obama administration to do the right thing. When the number of unaccompanied children fleeing Central America in search of safety overwhelmed U.S. border infrastructure last summer, the Obama administration […]

The Dinner Table: The Classroom On Privilege and Racism for White Families Across America

Silicon Valley De-Bug, Commentary, Andrew Bigelow Last week MTV premiered Jose Antonio Vargas’ show, “White People” exploring white people and white privilege across America. The dinner table was an ongoing theme: a Washington family speaking with their son about his white privilege workshop for the first time, an Italian family in Brooklyn, friends sharing spaghetti […]

Call for California Asians and Hispanics to Show United Front on Health4All

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram SAN FRANCISCO — Even as health care advocates are celebrating California’s recent “landmark victory” in getting its undocumented children health care, Latino and Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities should show a united front and make sure that all of the state’s undocumented residents get the same benefit, […]

Kern Youth Weigh in on Marriage Ruling

By Carlos Ramirez Last month the United States Supreme Court ruled that all Americans, regardless or sexual orientation, could legally marry their partners. Same-sex couples and supporters rejoiced, and millions of Facebook users overlaid a rainbow on their profile pictures to express their support of the ruling. South Kern Sol went to Arvin High School […]

Friends and Family Gather to Demand Accountability in Police Violence Investigations

Friends and Family Gather to Demand Accountability in Police Violence Investigations By Earl Parsons Several families affected by police-related deaths in Kern County met in Heritage Park last Saturday to demand accountability for the loss of their loved ones. Reacting to Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green’s announcement last week that her office would review […]

Health For All Bill Passes Senate Committee

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram SACRAMENTO – After hearing heart-rending testimonials from three young undocumented immigrants who have seen first hand the havoc caused by not having access to health care, the Senate Health Committee yesterday voted 7-0 to provide health care to all Californians, regardless of their immigration status. The committee also […]

‘Promotoras’ Help Kern Residents Make Healthy Choices

South Kern Sol, News Report, Staff Photo above: Beatriz Basulto talks to residents Beatriz Basulto and Marisela Sanchez joined Dignity Health in June as community health educators to work on helping residents get access to healthcare. As trusted members of their community, Basulto and Sanchez serve as community advocates, educators, mentors, and outreach workers. Basulto, 52, […]

After SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling, LGBTQA Fight Far From Over

WeCed by Jacqueline Hernandez photo by Stephen Masker Ed Note: Jacqueline Hernandez is a 22 year old resident of South Merced. A member of the LGBTQA community and student at Merced College, Hernandez describes herself as an ‘intersectional feminist.’ She works to advocate locally around issues, like healthcare and youth engagement, that connect with her […]

Future of California’s Economy in Hands of Latinos

We’Ced Youth Media, News Report, Claudia J. Gonzalez Edmundo Zaragoza and Gustavo Perez graduating from UC Merced on May 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of Edmundo Zaragoza. MERCED, Calif.– Ruby Aguirre is beating the numbers. “I feel so proud to be graduating today,” said the first generation Mexican-American student at last month’s Merced College commencement. “This […]