Why Immigrant Rights Advocates Aren’t Worried About Texas Judge’s Ruling Why Immigrant Rights Advocates Aren’t Worried About Texas Judge’s Ruling

Why Immigrant Rights Advocates Aren’t Worried About Texas Judge’s Ruling

New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore Editor’s Note: A federal judge on Monday blocked Obama’s executive actions on immigration from going into effect. But while immigration reform advocates say they are confident the judge’s decision will be reversed, they are concerned about the uncertainty the ruling could generate within immigrant communities.  A federal judge […]

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Kern County Residents Overcome Hurdles to Get Driver’s Licenses Kern County Residents Overcome Hurdles to Get Driver’s Licenses

Kern County Residents Overcome Hurdles to Get Driver’s Licenses

By Alfredo Camacho LAMONT, Calif. — Ivan Flores, 32, was one of the first to get a driver’s license under a new California law that grants driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. “It’s like not having one leg and waking up one day and having it,” Flores said at a recent workshop where he was lauded […]

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At Long Last, Romero Named a Martyr by Pope Francis At Long Last, Romero Named a Martyr by Pope Francis

At Long Last, Romero Named a Martyr by Pope Francis

AL DÍA NEWS, Commentary, Sabrina Vourvoulias Image: “Mural Oscar Romero UES” by Giobanny Ascencio and Raul Lemus- Grupo Cinteupiltzin CENAR El Salvador – Mural painted in acrylic and oil. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. The people of El Salvador have long held that their beloved Mons. Óscar Romero was not only a […]

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Love Letters to East Bakersfield Love Letters to East Bakersfield

Love Letters to East Bakersfield

By LEONEL MARTINEZ On any weekend night at my east Bakersfield home, you might hear Mexican banda music blaring from a neighbor’s house, see a Latino teen swagger by wearing baggy shorts that hang down to his ankles, or watch the “elotero (corn-on-the-cob peddler)” push his cart down the sidewalk. Some people think those are […]

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Arts & Culture

At Long Last, Romero Named a Martyr by Pope Francis

At Long Last, Romero Named a Martyr by Pope Francis

AL DÍA NEWS, Commentary, Sabrina Vourvoulias Image: “Mural Oscar Romero UES” by Giobanny Ascencio and Raul Lemus- Grupo Cinteupiltzin CENAR El Salvador – Mural painted in acrylic and oil. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. The people of El Salvador have long held that their beloved Mons. Óscar Romero was not only a […]

Feb 11, 2015 19:21

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

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

Why Immigrant Rights Advocates Aren’t Worried About Texas Judge’s Ruling

New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore Editor’s Note: A federal judge on Monday blocked Obama’s executive actions on immigration from going into effect. But while immigration reform advocates say they are confident the judge’s decision will be reversed, they are concerned about the uncertainty the ruling could generate within immigrant communities.  A federal judge […]

Kern County Residents Overcome Hurdles to Get Driver’s Licenses

By Alfredo Camacho LAMONT, Calif. — Ivan Flores, 32, was one of the first to get a driver’s license under a new California law that grants driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. “It’s like not having one leg and waking up one day and having it,” Flores said at a recent workshop where he was lauded […]

At Long Last, Romero Named a Martyr by Pope Francis

AL DÍA NEWS, Commentary, Sabrina Vourvoulias Image: “Mural Oscar Romero UES” by Giobanny Ascencio and Raul Lemus- Grupo Cinteupiltzin CENAR El Salvador – Mural painted in acrylic and oil. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. The people of El Salvador have long held that their beloved Mons. Óscar Romero was not only a […]

Love Letters to East Bakersfield

By LEONEL MARTINEZ On any weekend night at my east Bakersfield home, you might hear Mexican banda music blaring from a neighbor’s house, see a Latino teen swagger by wearing baggy shorts that hang down to his ankles, or watch the “elotero (corn-on-the-cob peddler)” push his cart down the sidewalk. Some people think those are […]

Live the Challenge — 100 Days to Better Health

By Aurora Cervantes Editor’s Note: Kern County ranks 58th among California’s 58 counties in rates of heart disease, and 57th in diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In Kern, 6 out of 10 residents are considered obese. Looking to reverse these disturbing health trends, The California Endowment’s “Building Healthy Communities” initiative launched […]

Agua for All – New Filling Stations Provide Clean Drinking Water

By Alfredo Camacho LAMONT, Calif. – Residents from Arvin to Lamont have complained for years about the lack of clean drinking water and the high levels of arsenic, a known carcinogen. But thanks to a new initiative launched last week, locals can now get clean drinking water at several filling stations. “You may have noticed […]

Indigenous Leaders Call for Driving Test in Their Own Language

La Opinion, News Report, Araceli Martínez Ortega, Translated by Elena Shore 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 for a […]

Life Lessons for Farmworker’s Son at Community College

By LEONEL MARTINEZ More than 30 years ago, I became the first member in my farmworker family to go to college. I chose Bakersfield College, a 2-year community college, instead of a 4-year institution because the cost was low and it allowed me to live at home, staying close to my family and friends. Every […]

The College Myth: Why Most Students Need More Than Four Years

Richmond Pulse, Commentary, Joanna Pulido The teacher smiled and held a hat as a line of about a dozen students looked at each other nervously. Inside the hat were small pieces of paper with each student’s name. Luck would determine who would be part of the class, and who would have to continue the search. […]

Farmworker Women Speaking Up on Domestic Violence

New America Media, News Feature, Brenda Rincon 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 […]