BAKERSFIELD-, Calif.- The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) just announced that a federal judge ruled today that the redistricting decisions adopted by the Kern County Board of Supervisor’s in 2011 are in violation of the 1965 Federal Voting Rights Act and unlawfully denies Latinos to elect candidates of their choice.
South Kern Sol, News Report, Veronica Morley
Weathering criticism of a proposed ordinance that would regulate the oil and gas industry, Arvin Mayor Jose Gurrola insisted this week that policy changes are being misunderstood and would not amount to a citywide ban.
South Kern Sol, News Report, Emma Gallegos
Kern County diluted the voting power of Latinos when it drew district lines for the Board of Supervisors in 2011, according to a case that goes to trial in a federal court in Fresno today.
South Kern Sol, News Report, Dean Welliver
The day before ACLU released a report detailing civil rights infractions by local Bakersfield law enforcement, a peaceful die-in was held to demand police accountability.
South Kern Sol, Veronica Morley
Photo above: Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune and Julian Castro (left to right)
I recently journeyed to the Voto Latino Power Summit 2017 in Austin, Texas to receive training and hear Latino leaders talk about the power of the Latino community in relation to current issues, including the state of DACA in Kern County and the U.S., and how the Latino youth must further mobilize to help create change in upcoming elections.
By Marisol Sanchez Verdin
Ed. Note: On Oct. 9, 2017, 17-year-old Golden Valley High School student Marisol Sanchez Verdin helped organize a three-school walkout in protest of the Sept.