Yo siempre quise ser maestra desde niña. Mi padre, aunque no tenía muchos recursos, me ayudó a ir a la Normal más cerca que hubiera. Estudie en una escuela Normalista en Arteaga, Michoacán. Ademas de educarnos, hacíamos lo mismo [que los estudiantes desaparecidos], hacíamos huelgas y nos apoyaron diferentes escuelas Normalistas como la de nosotros y la de Ayotzinapa. Así como esos estudiantes andaban protestando, nosotros así lo hacíamos.
My name is Carolina Arceo. I’m from Planada, California, and I’m 45 years old. I was motivated to attend [the protests in Merced] in support of the 43 missing normalista students when I heard an announcement at my church urging the congregation to attend. Twenty years ago, I too was a normalista like the missing students. Hearing about their disappearance hits home for me because I used to attend protests and rallies like they did.
Discussions of police misconduct in mainstream and social media outlets have reduced it to a black and white, and decidedly urban issue – African Americans on one side, white officers on the other. New America Media asked youth reporters in rural, and predominantly Latino, areas of California to survey people in their community about how they perceive local law enforcement.
Since the War on Drugs started in the early 70’s our communities have been hurting and punished through incarceration, with no real rehabilitation opportunities. For several years my older brother was caught up in a vicious cycle of addiction and incarceration. To me the passage of Prop 47 meant offering him a second opportunity. It was about sending the message that black and brown lives matter!
If I could vote this election I would vote for Prop 1 because it saves our water and our marine animals. I would also vote for Measure T because all sections of Merced should have a say in this city. As of now, everything is one sided because the city council are all from the non-ghetto side of Merced.