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Merced’s latest mural celebrates city’s cultural diversity

Posted July 28, 2017 by We'Ced

By Alexander Salas Photos by Crystal Rivera and Alyssa Castro   MERCED, Calif. — Last Saturday one of Merced’s local community youth groups, Faith in Merced (FIM), had a major event to showcase a mural they advocated for earlier this year. The unveiling event was located at Sam’s Cafe, whose exterior wall was recently transformed into […]

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Profile in Community: Creating a Legacy of Change in Merced

Posted June 28, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Alex Carrillo may be a recent transplant to Merced but he’s already leaving his mark on the city–making the most vulnerable communities feel seen and heard. (Photo provided by Alex Carrillo)   By Hannah Esqueda MERCED, Calif. — At a smooth 25 years old, community organizer and businessman Alex Carrillo is already looking to […]

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Coming Out as Trans and Finding a Role Model in Myself

Posted June 15, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Just like the beautiful sunset amidst a storm, Alice’s story is about finding beauty in the life you’re living no matter what. Photo by Alice Herrera.  By Alice Herrera I had sweaty palms and shaky hands as I walked into the room. I knew my whole life would change. I smiled and asked her […]

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Merced Schools Are Punishing Students Who Don’t Fit Gender Norms

Posted April 22, 2017 by We'Ced

Unfortunately, there are many situations in schools throughout the country where students are discriminated against because of what they wear, who they love, and who they are. These students are bullied and they are humiliated, resulting in both physical and emotional scars that will haunt them for a long while.

It’s very upsetting to see schools turn away from the kind of progress made in recent years when it comes to things like LGBTQ+ rights and gender stereotypes. More and more, students are again becoming afraid, keeping their identities and their views in the shadows.

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Corrupted Adolescence

Posted April 3, 2017 by We'Ced

The kids of this new neighborhood only cared about his street credibility: where he was from and what drugs he took. Teachers only cared about his prior education and how his grades were above average. This boy will refuse to make friends and keep to himself, focusing strictly on education. Until mom’s too busy working to notice his 3.0 grade point average or achievements. The boy then realizes he has no achievements, or friends. His grades don’t bring that release of dopamine anymore. His teenage mind is his worst enemy.

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