September 12, 2019 Community vigil for Sumandeep Kaur “Sumandeep Kaur was a friend, a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a loving mother of two young children. Unfortunately, on August 26th, 2019 Sumandeep’s life was brought to an abrupt end. Due to one mans careless and wreckless action, her children will now grow up without a mothers love. She is one of the many who did not survive domestic violence. Let us not forget her story and her name. Her murder is inexcusable. Let us bring light to her story and open our eyes to the deeply rooted misogyny and oppression womxn face today. Mothers, fathers, sisters/brothers, sons, and daughters, when you think of her think of all the beloved womxn in your life and please remember to respect and cherish them forever. Womxn already endure and fight against systematic and societal oppression, let’s work to deconstruct this within our homes as well. It was Guru Nanak himself who spoke so highly of women and said, “the woman is born from woman; there is none without her.”
Cal State Bakersfield, along with 20 other CSU campuses, is providing free immigration legal services to students and university employees, the California State University announced Thursday. Attorneys will be available on campus to help students with general consultations, DACA renewals and general assistance in filling out forms, such as family-based petitions, according to an email sent out to CSUB students. “I am delighted that we will be able to increase the availability of immigration legal services to the California State University community, said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. We remain committed to ensuring that all CSU students have the opportunity to pursue their higher education goals regardless of their country of origin. Immigration attorneys from Immigration Legal Defense will be on campus at CSUB on Sept. 10-11. Head to southkernsol.org for more information. Photo courtesy to CSUB Facebook
In many rural communities, just getting kids to graduate from high school proves challenging. But in McFarland, Bakersfield College and McFarland High School administrators are doubling down on efforts to ensure kids not only graduate with a high school diploma, but also take college courses and put them on a pathway to a degree. “I can’t grasp how fortunate I am because, here in McFarland, you wouldn’t expect something big like this to happen,” said Isiah Figueroa, who began his freshman year of high school in August. The Early Start Program at McFarland High is a mandatory, first-of-its-kind initiative in California that, if successful, could accelerate college graduation rates and ensure opportunities for more students from areas with historically low educational attainment. “Being in a rural community, the need here is higher,” said BC Early College Program Manager Kylie Swanson. “In cities, students go to college because it’s part of the culture. In rural areas, college isn’t part of the culture for a lot of families.”
A California Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that students and community organizations can sue the State of California, through the Superintendent of Public Instruction, for failing to monitor and hold school districts accountable for discriminatory suspension, expulsion or transfer, according to a press release by the Equal Justice Society. The ruling, by the California Court of Appeals for the Fifth Appellate District in Collins v. Torlakson, reverses a Kern County Superior Court decision dismissing the State Superintendent from a lawsuit filed in October 2014 by multiple organizations, including California Rural Legal Assistance, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Equal Justice Society, and pro bono counsel Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. “This is a long-needed affirmation of what we all know to be true, the State of California may not sit back and do nothing in the face of discriminatory practices by school districts that push students of color out of the classroom,” said Cynthia L. Rice, lead counsel for the Plaintiffs and Director of Litigation, Advocacy & Training for CRLA. “We welcome the opportunity to meet with Superintendent Thurmond to discuss how CDE will address its duty under the law.”
We are at the Neighbors United Leadership Conference 2019, hosted by the @doloreshuertafdn. Guests attending will hear from elected representatives like @reptjcox, @senmelissahurtado and more. Stay tuned.
Today, South Kern Sol gave a mini training on interviewing skills to a group of @ucsc students part of the @everettprogram. The students are partnering with the @doloreshuertafdn on a big project about redistributing and gerrymandering. Stay tuned