Leaders for Social Change

“Systems aren’t created by accident! People who created systems are benefiting from our silence and lack of solidarity.” The training is to build a shared analysis on how systems impact our every day life and how might we help change the dominant narrative through our collective purpose. Registration required! FREE Registration ! Lunch provided! Please RSVP by September 29th at noon: Tsia Xiong @...

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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...

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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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In Merced, Organizers Call on Past and Present to Bring Voters to the Polls

by Andres Reyes

September 18, 2014

With National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 23, quickly approaching, community organizers in Merced are working hard to register as many citizens as possible — enticing potential voters with history lessons on the importance of voting, showing them how voting can help address issues that they say they care about, and by explaining this year’s ballot measures.

The mostly volunteer-led voter registration drives take on an added importance in Merced County, which ranked last among California counties for registered voter turnout in the last general election of 2012, with only 63 percent of those registered making it out to the polls. In 2013, with only state and municipal matters on the ballot,...
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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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