Merced County residents rally on national day of support for undocumented immigrants

BY VIKAAS SHANKER | vshanker@mercedsunstar.com More than 100 Merced County residents on Saturday called for the reunification of immigrant parents separated from their children during a march and rally in Merced. Joining with hundreds of thousands of protesters across the nation Saturday, advocates, local community organizations and faith leaders called on lawmakers to oppose President Donald…

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Supervisors tout ‘Participatory Budgeting’ to local residents

By John Miller | johnmiller@midvalleypub.com Merced residents got their first glimpse of the ‘Participatory Budgeting’ (PB) process proposed by Merced County District 1 Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza and District 2 Supervisor Lee Lor during a community meeting at the Merced County Office of Education. Local residents and representatives from a variety of community organizations met with…

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Merced County to explore health coverage for undocumented

BY MONICA VELEZ AND BRIANNA CALIX  | mvelez@mercedsunstar.com The Merced County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to explore ideas on how to provide health insurance to the thousands of local residents who lack coverage because of their immigration status. Dozens of people, many wearing black T-shirts with the phrase #Health4All, waited through hours of the…

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Community forum to be held on education, health and safety Thursday

BY MONICA VELEZ | mvelez@mercedsunstar.com Health access, education equity, and safe neighborhoods will be the topic of discussion for community members and city leaders during a forum on Thursday. Advocates and leaders in the community will have the chance to speak on how education funding impacts youth and discuss how to expand health access in Merced…

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