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Residents Speak Out on the Effects of Violence in Merced

Posted April 9, 2015 by We'Ced

Merced County just counted its ninth homicide of 2015 a few days ago. The previous year had the most homicides on record in the county at 31. Many of the Merced County victims have been young people of color, like the young man shot and killed in Winton earlier this week and a Merced teen who was shot and killed in the parking lot of Tenaya Middle School back in February. Much of the media coverage around the violence has focused on law enforcement, gang activity and property values. We’ced youth reporters asked our community members a different question: How has violence affected your life?

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15 and Tackling Mass Incarceration

Posted April 7, 2015 by Claudia J. Gonzalez

Before I was even born, someone decided that my life did not matter. As it turns out, [California’s] infamous three strikes law actually originated in Fresno after some very serious crimes occurred in the area. But after it passed, people of color were mostly targeted. This is not fair, because Black lives do matter.

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Navigating College While Depressed

Posted January 22, 2015 by We'Ced

Keeney said she is now very open about her depression. “I actually find that talking about it has been really helpful.” Though she also noted people need to understand “you can’t get over it in one day.” While in school, she’s also come up with ways to cope with bouts of depression. “If I feel myself get too stressed out, or too unmotivated, then I will just take a day and just breathe,” she said.

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#FeelBetter: How Hardcore Music Helps Me Cope with Depression

Posted January 14, 2015 by We'Ced

Robert Cervantez, 19, says he’s been dealing with feelings of depression since middle school. After Robert began resorting to self-harm as a coping mechanism, his family tried conventional therapy but it didn’t seem to help. Ultimately, it was a particular brand of music and the community around it that provided a much needed cathartic outlet for Robert.

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Youth Reflect After Forum On Police Relations in South Merced

Posted January 14, 2015 by We'Ced

I have to say there is alot of gang violence in my neighborhood so you see the Sheriff’s Department coming down asking kids what they’re doing or asking them if they’re on probation and things like that. I think when youth see police officers arresting their friends, that hurts their trust with police. I think law enforcement needs to get involved more in the community, go out there more and see what it’s like.

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