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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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Profile in Community: Creating a Legacy of Change in Merced

Posted June 28, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Alex Carrillo may be a recent transplant to Merced but he’s already leaving his mark on the city–making the most vulnerable communities feel seen and heard. (Photo provided by Alex Carrillo)   By Hannah Esqueda MERCED, Calif. — At a smooth 25 years old, community organizer and businessman Alex Carrillo is already looking to […]

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Health Advocates Warn Federal Policies Can Hurt Immigrants’ Health

Posted June 9, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Dozens of residents gathered in Winton earlier this year for one of several Know Your Rights events hosted by community groups and immigrant advocates throughout Merced County. Photo courtesy of MOP Merced Facebook page.  By Hannah Esqueda MERCED, Calif. — Immigrant rights groups and health advocates are keeping a close eye on national, state […]

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The Talk You Should Have with Yourself

Posted June 1, 2017 by We'Ced

What are we doing and why are we doing it? Those seem to be the questions that keep coming up as I try to differentiate my thoughts from a once thoughtless category of opinion. What opinions you ask? Well let’s start with the obvious narrative of politics and all its rich participants, oh sorry, I meant rich discussions.

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A Deportation and the Vanishing Memories of my Grandpa

Posted April 13, 2017 by We'Ced

My mom and her sisters grew stressed and depressed. They missed their dad a lot. We also began to struggle financially. We expected Grandpa to only be gone a year at the most, but it’s been almost seven years now. Since then, we’ve struggled to make enough money to send to support him and support ourselves.

But despite the difficulties, we continue to help him as much as we can, hoping to bring him back to us.

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