Commentary

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

July 3, 2019 / By

BY NATALY SANTAMARIA

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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BY ANTHONY FUENTES

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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BY CAROLINE FARRELL

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.

Jose Bello: Dear America

May 17, 2019 / By

Jose Bello, a Bakersfield College student who was detained Wednesday for the second time, shared this poem at Kern’s Truth Act Forum Monday.