Stories

Our Love is not so different

September 23, 2017 / By
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I made this poem because I know people who still struggle with their identity and being accepted.  Too many times, I’ve gotten in arguments to defend my friends and family. This is a very sensitive subject to me, and I feel I must stand up against hate because  LGBTQ+ love is no different from any other love.

My Life Changing Experience in DC

August 29, 2017 / By
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I was told this trip would be a once in a lifetime opportunity, but I never imagined it would make a huge impact on my life, allowing me find confidence in who I am and fueling me to become a champion for equal rights.

“Health for All” campaign sees some movement at county level

August 24, 2017 / By
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Advocates pointed out Merced County’s undocumented population is estimated to pay nearly $9 million in local taxes this year alone. Additionally, the community plays a major role in the local economy as the undocumented labor force supports much of Merced’s agricultural industry--valued at $3.5 billion in 2015.

Merced’s youth, still hungry for investment

August 8, 2017 / By
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Above: Members of the Joven Noble youth group during a recent trip to University of California, Merced.

Merced’s latest mural celebrates city’s cultural diversity

July 28, 2017 / By
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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.

Community groups push county officials to take up fight for #Health4All

July 28, 2017 / By
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Above: Tonya Mendoza shares her story of struggling to pay for medical care without insurance; at times she had  to decide between paying her utility bills and rent or buying medicine.