Tension between Salinas City residents and Salinas City governing leaders was overwhelmingly high six years ago. It was in 2014 when the City experienced four officer-involved shootings within months of each other, all resulting in the deaths of Latino men from the farm working community.
Last month, the McFarland City Council voted to allow the GEO Group to open and operate Immigration Detention facilities in my hometown, and as a member of this community, I feel utterly betrayed knowing there will be not just one, but two immigration detention centers in my front yard.
McFarland city officials have decided to give GEO Group another chance this week to bring in immigration detention facilities to my hometown.
For those of you who don’t know, GEO Group is a private prison company that owns and operates numerous detention facilities across the nation, including Mesa Verde in Bakersfield.
There is a small farm working community in Kern County where essential workers risk their lives everyday by going to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic to provide the nation with the food we eat.
Thousands of people filled the Spectrum Amphitheater in Bakersfield Friday afternoon to attend the “Get out the Early Vote Rally” with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
The California Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, which seeks to build community resilience to climate change impacts.