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From ‘Second Sentence’ to ‘Second Chance’

Posted  February 11, 2016  by  We'Ced

“I really felt the stigma of being a convicted felon,” said Hernandez as he reminisced about his experience. “You are told that once you do your time, you can live free, but in reality the second part of your sentence begins when you are released.”

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Community

Legal Forum Aids Undocumented Residents in Merced

Posted  February 6, 2016  by  We'Ced

The forum, held last Saturday, focused on two key pieces of legislation. The first, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and temporary relief from deportation. The second, Prop. 47, reclassifies certain low level, non-violent felony convictions to misdemeanors.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 19, 2011) -- The newly-built classrooms for Sir Asyab Girls High School in Kabul received new desks this week as the school prepares for a grand opening ceremony early next month

Previously, the high school had three buildings equipped with splintered and broken desks. New desks were also provided for the older buildings as part of the project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funded by the Commander’s Emergency Response Program.

Original plans for the new, two-story building requested by the Afghan Ministry of Education were scaled back to one story and designed with a safety corridor that will provide the more than 3,600 Afghan students with a safe escape should the building experience an earthquake or fire. (Photo by U.S. Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jordan Jones/Released)
Safety

We’Ced Weighs In: Reflections on the Desert Vista High School Incident

Posted  January 30, 2016  by  We'Ced

Over the weekend, a photo of six smiling Desert Vista High School students dressed in black shirts emblazoned with gold letters as they arranged to spell a racial slur, surfaced on the internet. The viral image sparked nationwide headlines and responses on social media. We’Ced reporters discussed the incident and the aftermath. Below are their reflections.

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Education

Get DACA, Pursue Your Dream Job

Posted  January 26, 2016  by  Claudia J. Gonzalez

In order to enroll in the liberal studies program at her college, Meza needed a social security number, something she did not have because she was undocumented. To work with children, she had to pass a background check and get her fingerprints scanned. Knowing she could do neither, she feared she would not be able to graduate.

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Identity

Countering the Myth of El Chapo in Merced

Posted  January 23, 2016  by  We'Ced

Regrettably, too many of our youth are influenced a great deal by people like El Chapo. Leaders of drug cartels have slowly become fixtures on social media, and to some, are perceived as role models. Youth are attracted to the false belief that trafficking drugs is the only way out of poverty or the “hood.”

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