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Boys & Girls Club Now Open to Merced Youth on Saturdays

Posted  February 17, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

Above: (Photo by Hannah Esqueda) Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Merced County play games during a rainy afternoon. The Club recently received additional funding from the Merced City Council as part of a pilot program to open the center on Saturdays.  By Hannah Esqueda MERCED, Calif. — For the first time in […]

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Valley residents call for a ‘golden state for all’

Posted  February 16, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

Billed as “Equity on the Mall,” the advocacy event drew hundreds of residents and families of color from towns across the Valley who braved rain and stormy weather to assemble on the steps of the state capitol building. Organizers hoped to engage with legislators on issues affecting their communities and express support for several key pieces of legislation, including Senate Bill 54.

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Black Lives Matter forum sparks internal reflection among Merced community groups

Posted  February 15, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

The BLM training was hosted by Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Merced and targeted towards community groups working with Merced-area youth. More than half a dozen organizations were represented at the event, which included presentations from the Bay Area’s Love Not Blood Campaign founder Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson and Fresno’s Reverend Dr. Floyd Harris of New Light for New Life Church of God.

Both men spoke on the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and gave advice on how local communities can work together to hold law enforcement accountable.

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State of Merced talk glosses over youth funding

Posted  February 13, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

At the talk, Murphy repeatedly described his vision of a bright future for Merced, but failed to share much detail on how the city planned to improve its record on youth investment. City leaders have previously been criticized for slashing youth-program funding, investing about $13,000 annually in youth programs in recent years.

Murphy said that the city recently added more resources to McNamara and Stephen Leonard Parks, enabling the city to serve thousands of families through academic and recreational resources.

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#RecoveryinMerced: Residents say more resources needed for Substance Abuse Recovery

Posted  February 7, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

Longtime residents in the City of Merced are quick to comment on the rapid decay seen in some neighborhoods around town. The blight — often a result of drug use and related activities — is concentrated in South Merced, near Highway 99 where many of the city’s low-income and minority communities have historically lived.

“If you don’t know about 16th Street, that’s where all the prostitutes are, that’s where everything that you don’t ever want your children to see, happens,” Anna said.

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