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Identity

My Body

Posted  August 9, 2017  by  We'Ced

A couple of weeks ago, Iris Vang, 17, a youth leader with Faith in Merced’s Leadership Academy, had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Sisterhood Rising Camp in Portola, Calif. Spending a week in nature connecting with her cultural and ancestral roots inspired her to write about her experience as a young Hmong-American woman. Her poem ‘My Body’ is full of vivid imagery and is an ode to her culture.

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Community

Merced’s youth, still hungry for investment

Posted  August 8, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

Above: Members of the Joven Noble youth group during a recent trip to University of California, Merced. The group was founded to help teach Merced youth to embrace and celebrate their cultural heritage. (Photo by Crystal Rivera) By Hannah Esqueda Author’s note: Three years ago We’Ced youth reporter Alyssa Castro dissected the issue of youth […]

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Community

Merced’s latest mural celebrates city’s cultural diversity

Posted  July 28, 2017  by  We'Ced

By Alexander Salas Photos by Crystal Rivera and Alyssa Castro   MERCED, Calif. — Last Saturday one of Merced’s local community youth groups, Faith in Merced (FIM), had a major event to showcase a mural they advocated for earlier this year. The unveiling event was located at Sam’s Cafe, whose exterior wall was recently transformed into […]

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Community

Community groups push county officials to take up fight for #Health4All

Posted  July 28, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

Above: Tonya Mendoza shares her story of struggling to pay for medical care without insurance; at times she had  to decide between paying her utility bills and rent or buying medicine. (Photo by Hannah Esqueda) By Hannah Esqueda MERCED, Calif. — As the federal debate over the fate of the Affordable Care Act continues, Merced County […]

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Community

Schools Not Prisons makes a powerful stop in Merced

Posted  July 25, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

Above: Nearly 300 residents turned out for the #SchoolsNotPrisons event in downtown Merced earlier this month. Families enjoyed food, music and important community discussion on ending the school-to-prison pipeline. (Photo by Kody Stoebig) By Maria Dominguez MERCED, Calif.– On July 8th, the Multi-Cultural Arts Center in downtown Merced saw around 300 people attend in support […]

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