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 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 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 — 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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Senate approval of ‘health for all’ bill gives new hope to Merced’s undocumented workers

Photo by Andrew Kuhn

By Ana B. Ibarra
Published: June 11, 2015

Two years ago, Merced resident Adelina Hernandez was forced to quit her job in the fields.

A sharp pain on her left side made it difficult for her to crouch down or do any heavy lifting.

She knew medical attention was necessary, but without health insurance, a clinic visit would cost her more than half a day’s earnings – something she and her husband, who also works in the fields, could not afford.

She found herself postponing medical attention, until the pain became unbearable, she said.

Hernandez, 38, is one of an estimated 24,000 undocumented immigrants...
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MOP has four major campaigns and our Local Organizing Committees (LOC) are meeting bi-monthly to strengthen, build relationship, and deepen our understanding in the issue areas:

1) Champion 4 Education (C4E): The LOC seeks to improve local schools by actively engage with school districts in the areas of LCFF, LCAP, parent engagement, and restorative practices. To participate in the LOC, please contact Nomtsia at 261-2358.

2) Health 4 All: Local residents and partners are working to improve health 4 All for everyone, regardless of immigration status. The residents come from Merced, Atwater, Winton, Delhi, and Planada. To participate in the LOC, please call Crissy at 626-0631.

3) Youth Organizing 4 Change: The campaign includes 5 congregations...
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Building Parental Leadership in LCFF Implementation

Photo and story by Claudia J. Gonzalez

By: Claudia Gonzalez
Published: June 10, 2015

Maria Vasquez, mother of four Merced students, is always on the lookout for ways to get involved with her children’s education.
“I’m here because I want my kids to be educated and successful, but I also want them to be good people whom love and help their community,” Vasquez said.

Vasquez was one of more than 50 diverse Merced parents and community members who participated in last week’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) community workshop, organized by a coalition of local organizations and held at the Boys and Girls Club.

Parents were given an overview of LCFF, the landmark 2013 education...
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Marilyn Mochel: Cannella made right call in supporting Health 4 All

Letters to the Editor

Published: June 10, 2015

I’m writing to express my appreciation for Sen. Anthony Cannella’s support for Senate Bill 4, the Health 4 All bill. Sen. Cannella’s representative at our local Health 4 All Forum last month demonstrated language and cultural competence as he listened to testimonies and answered questions. Because of Sen. Cannella’s vote, over 24,000 people in Merced County are now one step closer to receiving health care that they need and deserve. I applaud Sen. Cannella and Sen. Andy Vidak for their understanding of the importance of health care for all people in California.

I share the American Nurses Association’s position that “health care is a basic human...
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Rosaura Muratalla: Staying informed on funding formula important

Letters to the Editor

Published: June 8, 2015

Creating a healthy local school plan that benefits all of Merced’s children requires input, feedback and engagement from all parents/providers. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) provides one of those opportunities that can make a difference. But its success depends on all of us – parents, students and concerned community members – becoming better informed and on how the extra funding from LCFF will support our schools and will help our kids achieve academic success.

As a parent, I applaud those who attended the LCFF 101 Parent Training provided by Building Healthy Communities Merced last on May 27. As a parent, I need to be involved and informed...
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