Community members gather outside of the Mesa Verde Detention Facility Friday, advocating for Jose Bello’s release. Bello was detained by ICE Wednesday. This is the second time Bello has been detained. Head to SouthKernSol.org for updates.
Jose Bello, a Bakersfield College student who was detained Wednesday for the second time, shared a poem titled “Dream America” at Kern’s Truth Act Forum Monday. Head to SouthKernSol.org to read the poem.
Jose Bello, a Bakersfield College student whose detainment last year made national headlines, was detained again Wednesday and taken to Mesa Verde Detention Facility, according to a Bakersfield College professor. His detainment comes just days after the former detainee read a poem aloud at Monday’s Truth Act Forum. His poem focused on injustices in detainment policies, frustrations with the Trump administration policies toward immigrants and the separation of families. “The fight has begun,” he said while reading his poem. “At the end of the day, the people always triumph, and the government always loses.” It’s unclear why Bello was detained or what the circumstances were for his detention. However, a man named Jose Bello who shares the same birth year pled no contest to driving under the influence on April 11, according to the Kern County Superior Court. Photo by Henry Barrios
The City of Arvin illegally approved four oil and gas wells within city limits in 2018, a Kern County judge ruled Friday afternoon. Superior Court Judge Kenneth C. Twisselman ordered the City of Arvin void the project. “This case sends a really strong signal that the oil industry,” said Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment Senior Attorney Chelsea Tu. “It can not do just whatever it wants. It needs to follow environmental laws.” CRPE, along with Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP, filed a lawsuit in October on behalf of the Committee for a Better Arvin, made up of Arvin community members that fight for a better quality of life for Arvin residents. The lawsuit challenged the City of Arvin’s decision to approve the wells — proposed by Petro-Lud, Inc.– without conducting any environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act. Read the full story at SouthKernSol.org.
Did you make it to our #DreamRevolution concert last week, featuring @lascafeteras and @veloriomusica? It was a blast! Check out some of our favorite photos from the event. #peoplepower
We are having way too much fun with @lascafeteras.