COMMENTARY: M.E.Ch.A stands for diversity; does not accept vandalism as ‘protest speech’

August 5, 2019 / By

BY Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán

M.E.Ch.A. de BC values diversity, but that ethic has been called into question by local history professor Erin Miller. 

In an opinion piece published by the Bakersfield Californian, Miller argues that although the acts of vandalism done by the Hundred Handers on the BC campus is unacceptable, it should still be considered “protest speech” that we should academically engage with.

COMMENTARY: While state budget extends health benefits for undocumented young adults, we’re still fighting for #Health4All

July 3, 2019 / By


In my work at Visión y Compromiso, an organization dedicated to advancing the work of Promotoras and Community Health Workers (CHWs), I’m reminded every day of why we need universal health coverage for all residents, regardless of age or immigration status.

COMMENTARY: Delano’s Day of Action was the first stride towards an inclusive environment

July 2, 2019 / By
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Pride month events have taken place across nation for decades, but in conservative cities like Delano, demonstrations like Delano’s LGBTQ+ Day of Action held last month was not accepted by many in the community.

COLUMN: Community wants to see results from Kern High School District’s teacher diversity initiatives

June 19, 2019 / By
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Years ago a student asked me why there was so much pressure on students to go to the high school in their neighborhood while the teachers in that school were, by and large, not from and certainly did not live in the neighborhood.

COMMENTARY: California Surgeon General advocates for health equity in Kern

June 6, 2019 / By
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California’s first Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris held a listening in Bakersfield in May, with hopes to hear about local challenges and to share the Administration’s priorities, which advocate for health equity, advancing the social determinants of health and screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) from lifelong exposure to toxic environments (social, physical, and natural).

COMMENTARY: Free speech or white supremacy? Students concerned about safety after group vandalizes BC campus

May 30, 2019 / By

A white supremacy group made their presence known at the tail end of the spring semester on the Bakersfield College campus, and following the bold statement, along came apologists from the school’s own staff.