Un indocumentado de origen mexicano y padre de cinco hijos, uno de ellos enfermo de cáncer, se refugió en una iglesia de Phoenix, Arizona, ante la amenaza de ser deportado.
Jesús Berrones, que vive en el país desde que tenía menos de dos años de edad, se refugió el viernes en la iglesia Shadow Rock United Church of Christ, uno de los templos adscritos al movimiento santuario, tras ver rechazado un día antes por parte del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) una extensión de su estancia.
“Mis planes eran dormir en mi casa, pero mi abogado me dijo que no era seguro, porque no sabía si en el camino me podían parar, así que decidí refugiarme en la iglesia. Si me presentó a ICE es casi como entregarme,” dijo Berrones, al lado de sus cinco hijos y de su esposa embarazada.
Desde su refugio en el templo, señaló que ICE le había ordenado que se presente en sus oficinas el lunes (12 de febrero), posiblemente para ser deportado.
“Me siento triste porque mis hijos sufren, saben de los problemas por los que estoy pasando,” comentó el inmigrante, de 30 años, y el único sosten de su familia.
Folkloric show at Fresno State
Nine Mexican folklórico dance troupes from California State University campuses will participate in the seventh annual CSU Folklórico Show Saturday (Feb. 17) at Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union.
Los Danzantes de Aztlán from Fresno State will be joined by dance groups from San José State, Long Beach State, CSU Channel Islands, Sonoma State, CSU San Marcos, CSU Fullerton and CSU San Marcos.
The program will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets ($10 general; $5 for university and high school students) can be bought at the door.
Artist at Arte Américas
Judy DeRosa – one of nine artists featured in the Kindred exhibit at Arte América and an Echota Cherokee elder – will share spiritual narratives that are interwoven with totems and other symbols in her art from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 18).
There will also be a guided tour of her artwork.
The event at 2630 Van Ness is free.
Atwater man on state panel
José L. González, 44, of Atwater, has been appointed to the Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel. González has been superintendent of the Planada Elementary School District since 2010. He served as superintendent principal for the Ballico-Cressey Elementary School District from 2006 to 2010.
He was an English-language learner science teacher at Livingston High School from 1996 to 2003.
He is a member of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Advisory Council, California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, School Employers Association of California, Association of California School Administrators and the Small School Districts Association. The position does not require state Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. He is a Democrat.
Kearney Park, Lost Lake reopen
Fresno County has reopened Kearney Park, Lost Lake, and Choinumni Campgrounds after completing work to remove hundreds of hazardous trees. The parks had been closed as crews worked to remove more than 300 trees that had been left damaged or destroyed due to the extended period of drought.
The parks opened well ahead of schedule.
This work is part of the county’s ongoing efforts to address high, tree mortality resulting from the drought.
Weekend recreation at Vinland Elementary
The City of Fresno’s Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services (PARCS) Department and Fresno City Councilmember Paul Caprioglio kicked off a weekend recreation and fitness program at Vinland Elementary School, 4666 N. Maple Ave.
The partnership between the city and Fresno Unified leverages existing green space for public use.
The interactive program runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (seasonal times may vary), and is available to all ages.
With open access to the green space at the school sites, participants are able to utilize the amenities such as: tracks, tennis courts, handball, tot lots and more.
Congressional candidates forum
United Valley Civics is hosting ‘Issues in 22’ candidate forum at Reedley College Forum Hall, 995 N Reed Ave., from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 15).
The forum will address topics such as immigration, healthcare, environment, the economy and women’s rights.
This forum will be moderated by reporter Desiree López of Telemundo 51/KSEE24/CBS 47.
Candidates attending the forum includes: Congressional Candidates Ricardo Franco (D), Bobby Bliatout (D), Bill Merryman (L), and Brian T. Carroll (ASPCA)
This event is Sponsored by: United Valley Civics, Mi Familia Vota, ACT for Women and Girls, Central Valley Partnership, Reedley College, Reedley Peace Center and P.U.S.H. and South Valley Civics.
Pancake drive helps children’s hospital
Pancake lovers can enjoy their meal while making a donation to support sick and injured children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital during IHOP National Pancake Day on Feb. 26.
The pancake drive-through event will be held in Lot 3 at the front of UC Davis Medical Center, near the intersection of X and 45th Streets from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pancakes will be served for a suggested donation of $5. Miss Sacramento County will be on site to meet and greet attendees. Children’s hospital pediatric inpatients will be invited to visit the event and receive a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes.
Pancakes will also be served in front of the Lawrence Ellison Ambulatory Care Center from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The event is being held to promote National Pancake Day on Feb. 27 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide. Now in its 11th year, Pancake Day encourages IHOP patrons to donate what they would have paid for a short stack of buttermilk pancakes to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Proceeds from Pancake Day are anticipated to raise $5 million nationwide for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All proceeds from the Sacramento event will benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Last year, Sacramento Pancake Day sales raised a total $87,352 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.