Crissy Gallardo: Support needed for Merced youth

Published: July 22, 2014 To my fellow Merced citizens who support investing in youth and the young citizens who spoke up and stood up during the recent city of Merced’s budget process: Thank you. Thank you for participating. Thank you for attending the budget sessions and the council meetings. Thank you for publicly supporting youth. Your hard work, commitment and...

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Merced coalition gathers to push for more youth funding

BY THADDEUS MILLER tmiller@mercedsunstar.com Published: April 17, 2014 MERCED — The Invest in Our Youth coalition held a news conference Thursday – just in time for this weekend’s Merced City Council’s budget meeting – announcing the newly formed campaign and hinting at some of its plans. Almost 100 parents, business owners, nonprofit representatives and young people gathered in McNamara Park to hear from the...

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Town hall attendees say more money needed for youth

BY THADDEUS MILLER tmiller@mercedsunstar.com February 13, 2014 About 100 people in south Merced came to Wednesday night’s town hall-style meeting with a seemingly unified message for the Merced City Council: Find money in the budget for youth. Unlike last month’s town hall meeting in north Merced, where the crowd about equaled city officials and...

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Immigrants on pilgrimage stop in Merced to promote reform

Published: August 20, 2013 By THADDEUS MILLER — tmiller@mercedsunstar.com MERCED — Diane Campos was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, but has no memory of her time there and hasn't visited since. Campos, 19, lives in Sacramento and has been in the United States for the past 18 years. "I went to school here, grew up feeling like a U.S. citizen until I reached...

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Crissy Gallardo: Support needed for Merced youth

Published: July 22, 2014

To my fellow Merced citizens who support investing in youth and the young citizens who spoke up and stood up during the recent city of Merced’s budget process: Thank you.

Thank you for participating. Thank you for attending the budget sessions and the council meetings. Thank you for publicly supporting youth. Your hard work, commitment and dedication made a difference in how the budget process works and how our city functions. We should look forward to future discussions with city leaders and forging partnerships that will make our city stronger and more supportive of youth.

We have made tremendous progress, and we will continue to take steps that show future...
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Chavez film screened in Merced

Sun-Star Staff
June 18, 2014

Farmworkers’ health needs and the limited health care options for undocumented immigrants will be addressed tonight at a panel discussion and film screening event.

Building Healthy Communities South Merced and the Merced Organizing Project will screen the 2014 biopic “Cesar Chavez” at the UA Regency 7, 635 Fairfield Drive.

The film will follow a panel presentation from three community activists: Chakirina Gama, a local farmworker; Luis Cisneros, an undocumented UC Merced student; and Claritia Cortez, United Farm Workers Foundation coordinator. The event begins at 6 p.m.

Tonight’s presentation is part of the California Endowment’s “Health4All” campaign, an effort that seeks to call attention to the lack of affordable health coverage for...
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Merced City Council budget disappoints youth advocates

By Thaddeus Miller
tmiller@mercedsunstar.com
June 17, 2014

Local advocates for young people say they’re disappointed with receiving a fraction of the funding they had hoped for from Merced‘s City Council, but say they remain resolved to keep pushing next fiscal year.

Advocates drew up a plan in April asking for more than $400,000 to bolster the Parks and Recreation Department, which has seen years of cuts. On Monday the council opted to redirect $24,000. From which department wasn’t specified. That same amount of money would cover repairs to the recreational building at McNamara Park and utilities fees for a year. But the city wants a nonprofit and volunteers to run the building. If no nonprofit...
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Merced coalition gathers to push for more youth funding

BY THADDEUS MILLER
tmiller@mercedsunstar.com
Published: April 17, 2014

MERCED — The Invest in Our Youth coalition held a news conference Thursday – just in time for this weekend’s Merced City Council’s budget meeting – announcing the newly formed campaign and hinting at some of its plans.

Almost 100 parents, business owners, nonprofit representatives and young people gathered in McNamara Park to hear from the coalition’s organizers.

Invest in Our Youth is made up of Merced-area groups such as Building Healthy Communities, the Merced Organizing Project, Boys and Girls Club of Merced County, Symple Equazion, Faith Love and Hope, California Youth Connection, Communities for a New California and others.

“Positive activities are not just nice to have,...
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Merced project seeks health coverage for all uninsured

BY ANA B. IBARRA
aibarra@mercedsunstar.com
Published: April 14, 2014

Almost 21 years ago, Adriana Flores left her hometown in Guadalajara, Mexico, to relocate to Livingston with her husband and 10-month-old son. Since then, Flores has not visited a doctor or sought any type of preventive health care service simply because she can’t afford it.

Flores, 41, now lives in Merced and is one of the 8,750 undocumented immigrants in the city who do not qualify for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA excluded undocumented immigrants from insurance coverage provided through Medi-Cal and the health care exchange. In California, this means an estimated 1 million individuals are uninsured and ineligible for coverage because...
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