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#SchoolsNotPrisons comes to Merced

Posted July 18, 2017 by Claudia J. Gonzalez

Statewide social justice campaign #SchoolsNotPrisons held its first event in Merced, Calif. on July 8, bringing nearly 300 people out in support of dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Q&A: Prop. 57 Offers Promise of ‘Hope and Opportunity’ to CA Youth

Posted October 24, 2016 by Claudia J. Gonzalez

There is nothing “soft” about giving judges the discretion to make decisions. It is fair. Prosecutors have a problem with losing their power, which is why they are so opposed to this bill. Too much power in the hands of prosecutors is not a good thing. Additionally, prosecutors generally do not have any insight when it comes to rehabilitation. If judges have discretion, sentencing would look a lot different because they are not solely focused on convictions like prosecutors are.

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Changing Merced via Collaborative Partnerships

Posted June 21, 2016 by Claudia J. Gonzalez

The status quo in Merced is under threat, and some of those in power clearly don’t like it. Our leaders need to accept responsibility and help all Merced communities rise instead of offering false, or at best, misinformed opinions specifically intended to question the purpose and approaches of our work. Let’s be clear: they disagree with the tactics because they are afraid of the outcomes.

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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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Latino Artists Motivating Communities to Vote

Posted November 26, 2015 by Claudia J. Gonzalez

Back in June, while announcing his presidential candidacy, Donald Trump made divisive comments regarding Mexican immigrants. He voiced his concerns that the United States had become a “dumping ground for everyone else’s problems” and that Mexico was “bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists.”

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Claudia J. Gonzalez

Claudia J. Gonzalez was raised in the Bay Area and has lived in the Central Valley for the last two years. Before becoming We’Ced’s Program Manager & Editor, Claudia worked as our Beat Reporter. She has a background in youth organizing, focusing on issues of mass incarceration, police brutality, and gangs. Transitioning to journalism has allowed her to better understand the Merced community and connect with its younger residents. Claudia is looking forward to completing her education at UC, Berkeley and later attending journalism or law school.