Merced County residents join in ‘call to action’ against immigrant family separation

BY VIKAAS SHANKER | vshanker@mercedsunstar.com A group of San Joaquin Valley residents went to the U.S.-Mexican border last week to examine a detention center for undocumented immigrants and shared their experiences listening to the “cries of immigrant parents” for their separated children. At a news conference on Friday in front of the Merced County Administration Building,…

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Merced youth gather at state Capitol to advocate for “Health4All”

BY MONICA VELEZ | mvelez@mercedsunstar.com Young people from Merced presented an art piece at the state Capitol on Tuesday afternoon they say advocates for accessible and affordable healthcare for everyone regardless of immigration in a campaign dubbed “Health4All.” “Our community is in a harsh political climate and the message we want to say is we are…

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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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