Mi Familia Vota earns awards for civic engagement work

Mi Familia Vota was awarded four Reed Awards, including “Non-Profit Grassroots Organization of the Year” for civic engagement work.
Mi Familia Vota was awarded four Reed Awards, including “Non-Profit Grassroots Organization of the Year” for civic engagement work.

Mi Familia Vota was awarded four Reed Awards, including “Non-Profit Grassroots Organization of the Year.”

The Reed Awards are the “Oscars” of political campaigns; they embody excellence in political campaign work.

The “Non-Profit Grassroots Organization of the Year” award reflects the hard work of field – registering voters, providing citizenship workshops, and organizing the community- in coordination with communication staff efforts to maximizing outreach efforts in the Latino community in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections, MFV registered to vote over 82,000 people and led the “USA Tu Poder” and “Show Up” digital campaigns that reached millions of Latinos through television, radio, and social media.

The Reed Awards presented to Mi Familia Vota based on the work also includes:

▪ Award: Best Lit Piece – Democratic/Partners: Solidarity Strategies

▪ Award: Best Web Video in Expenditure- Independent Category/Partners: Benitez Strategies, Cultura Colectiva, Environmental Defense Fund

▪ Award: Best Spanish Language Direct Mail Piece/Partners: Solidarity Strategies

Many partners were involved in serving the Latino community through our civic engagement work.

MFV earned an award for mobilizing Latino voters to act on climate change in partnership with Benitez Strategies, Cultura Colectiva, and the Environmental Defense Fund. The Reed Awards granted us the best “Best Video: Expenditure – Independent/Other” for the “Protect Madre Tierra” video.

The final two Reed Awards were granted for best literature pieces that were designed with Solidarity Strategies. The “Best Literature Piece – Democratic” and “Best Spanish Language Direct Mail Piece” flyers were distributed throughout our community to increase voter participation and voter education

In addition, MFV was nominated for three Reed Awards for our “Trumpadas” ad, which featured a dramatization of President Trump’s assault on the Latino community with a message that our votes and civic participation can stop the attacks. The ad, produced by Cesar Martinez of Mas Consulting, was broadcasted on Spanish language television, by radio and through social media – 5.8 million Latinos were reached through television alone.

Mi Familia Vota continues to build political power by investing in our youth and Latino community. Post election efforts include advocacy work on immigrant rights, paid family leave, the census, and the environment, with a vision for the 2020 elections.

Teacher and Educator Recruitment Fair March 9 in San Joaquin County

The San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) is hosting the 2019 Teacher and Educator Recruitment Fair on Saturday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Wentworth Education Center, 2707 Transworld Drive in Stockton.

The recruitment fair will be a one-stop shop to meet with prospective employers from the SJCOE, school districts, and other schools. They are looking for counselors, psychologists, nurses and teachers for all grade levels and a variety of subjects, including art, science, and English. Teachers in special education are sought from multiple employers, including the SJCOE.

Walk-ins are welcome, but job seekers can save time by pre-registering online:

Details: (209) 468-5952 or email

Third- through sixth-graders to show off science skills at competition

The 33rd annual San Joaquin County Regional Elementary Science Olympiad comes to Ronald E. McNair High School, 9550 Ronald E. McNair Way in Stockton, on March 9.

The San Joaquin County Science Olympiad consists of rigorous academic competitions following the format of board games, TV shows, and athletic games. Events cover the range of scientific disciplines and include Barge Building, Chopper Challenge, Orienteering, Crime Busters, Water Rockets, and more. Division A is for third- through sixth-graders.

The event will features 57 teams from 35 San Joaquin County schools with 24 events repeating every hour, from 9 a.m. until the last round begins at 1 p.m.

SB 1087 FLC sexual harassment prevention training in Stockton, Fresno

CFLCA will conduct English and Spanish SB 1087 Sexual Harassment Instructor Training seminars for Farm Labor Contractors and their designated trainers, with update on new SB 1343 Harassment Prevention training requirements. The training will include the two-hour requirement for supervisor training under all related regulations. Attendees will receive certification of training, as well as sample training and resource materials.

Training programs are scheduled for Stockton on March 12 at the Robert J. Cabral Ag Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave. and Fresno on March 15 at the Fresno Farm Bureau, 1274 W. Hedge Ave., #102

Space limited to 35 Participants per Session with morning English Session from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and afternoon Spanish Session from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

For information on these programs, on-line registration visit

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Students from Fremont Elementary School in Merced performed at the annual Merced County Education Foundation fundraiser on Feb. 9 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center. DYLAN MCMULLEN/MERCED COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION Special to Vida en el Valle

More than $35k raised for Arts and Outdoor Education in Merced

More than $35k were raised to support arts and outdoor education at the Merced County Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser on Feb. 9.

The event, held at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, featured a program with students from Ada Givens, Burbank and Fremont elementary schools as well as Merced and Golden Valley high schools. The event also included a virtual tour of Camp Green Meadows where attendees could wear a headset that put them in the middle of the outdoor school near Yosemite National Park.

The arts and outdoor education programs will support student scholarships to camp and improvements to the facilities including a new nurse’s station and renovated cabins. Funds will also support a variety of visual and performing arts opportunities in Merced County.

Schools can apply to the MCEF for grant money to bring artists into the classroom, assist with art supplies, take a field trip, or expand their music program, among others. Foster Youth are also eligible for scholarships to attend visual and performing arts classes throughout the year.

For more information about the MCE Foundation and how you can support their programs, contact Arancibia at (209) 381-6602.

IHOP Free Pancake Day to help Valley Children’s Hospital

Valley residents can enjoy a complimentary short stack of pancakes and help Valley Children’s Hospital during IHOP Free Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 12, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at participating IHOP restaurants.

In return, guests are asked to help make a difference by leaving a donation of any size in the restaurant. All funds collected from Merced to Tulare will directly benefit Valley Children’s, which provides pediatric healthcare services to more than 1.3 million children in 12 counties.

IHOP and its franchisees have set a goal of raising $4 million to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), including Valley Children’s.

Madera County Academic Pentathlon

Madera County’s middle school students are putting their minds to the test during the 2019 Academic Pentathlon on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 16. This year’s topic is The 1960s: A Transformational Decade.

More than 230 students from 14 schools from throughout Madera County will take tests in the area of fine arts, literature, science, social science, and will write an essay. The Super Quiz will be the final event in this five-event competition and will be held on Saturday, March 16 followed by an awards ceremony.

Each school is allowed one seventh grade and one eighth grade team. Each team may have up to 15 students. Students must compete in all five events.

The Super Quiz will be held at Ranchos Middle School at 9 a.m. on March 16. The awards ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend both events.

2019 Mother of the Year nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for Fresno County’s 2019 Mother of the Year. The winner will be honored at the 77th Annual Mother of the Year Luncheon hosted by the Fresno County Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Nomination deadline is Sunday, March 31, 2019. A selection committee will choose the winner in early April and the luncheon will be held on Friday, May 10.

Nominees must:

▪ Be a resident of Fresno County for at least 5 years.

▪ Have at least 1 child that reached the age of 18 years or older (biological or adopted).

▪ Be (or have been) active in the community.

▪ Be available to attend the 77th Annual Mother of the Year Luncheon on Friday, May 10, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Full details and the online application can be found at:

El Gobierno extiende el TPS para El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haití y Sudán

El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS, en inglés) ha extendido hasta enero de 2020 el amparo migratorio del Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS) para los beneficiarios de El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haití y Sudán.

El DHS presentó este jueves una notificación sobre su decisión de ampliar el TPS para los nacionales de esos países hasta el 2 de enero de 2020.

Dicha notificación se hará pública oficialmente mañana viernes en el Registro Federal, según el propio documento que aparece en la web de ese registro.

El TPS es un programa migratorio creado en 1990 con el que Estados Unidos concede permisos de forma extraordinaria a los ciudadanos de países afectados por conflictos bélicos o desastres naturales.

En los últimos años, los beneficiarios del TPS han visto cómo su permiso se renovaba de manera automática por períodos de 18 meses, pero el Gobierno del presidente, Donald Trump, decidió revaluar las condiciones que justificaron la concesión del programa.

En consecuencia, en el último año, el mandatario ordenó a los beneficiarios del TPS -unos 263,000 salvadoreños, 86,000 hondureños, 58,000 haitianos, 5,300 nicaragüenses y un millar de sudaneses- que preparasen “su salida” de EE.UU. o buscasen una alternativa migratoria legal.

En la notificación, el DHS explicó que su decisión se produce “para garantizar el cumplimiento continuo del mandato judicial previo de la Corte de Distrito de EE.UU. para el Distrito Norte de California.”

En octubre pasado, un juez de ese tribunal bloqueó el cese del TPS ordenado por el Gobierno para Sudán, El Salvador, Nicaragua y Haití.

El caso de Honduras, que queda fuera de esta resolución del DHS, lo lleva la misma corte, junto al de los receptores de TPS de Nepal, en una causa separada de la anterior.

La organización se congratuló por la medida pero recordó que “esto no debería ralentizar los esfuerzos del Congreso para proteger permanentemente a estas comunidades que afrontan un riesgo inminente como resultado de las acciones de la Administración de Trump”.

Según datos de septiembre pasado del Servicio de Investigación del Congreso, actualmente hay más de 436,000 inscritos en el TPS en todo el país, de los cuales aproximadamente el 90 por ciento son de El Salvador (262,000), Honduras (86,000), Haití (58,000) y Nicaragua (5,000).

Hallan a 67 indocumentados en caseta de madera en Nuevo México

Un grupo de 67 indocumentados ecuatorianos y guatemaltecos, entre ellos 6 adolescentes, fue hallado en “deplorables” condiciones en una pequeña caseta de madera sin ventanas ni baño en Dexter, Nuevo México, informó hoy la Oficina de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE).

La fuente informó de que detuvo en el lugar al guatemalteco Tomás Miguel Mateo, de 38 años, que enfrenta cargos federales por albergar a indocumentados y por reingresar de forma ilegal a los Estados Unidos después de haber sido deportado.

El hallazgo de los indocumentados, en condición de hacinamiento y sin suministro de agua o alimentos, se produjo el lunes pasado, precisó ICE en un comunicado.

Entre los indocumentados habían seis adolescentes que viajaron sin acompañantes.

“Las organizaciones criminales trasnacionales no tienen respeto por la vida humana,” manifestó en el comunicado Jack Staton, agente especial a cargo del departamento de investigaciones de ICE en El Paso (Texas).

“El contrabando de personas es una empresa multimillonaria, y las redes criminales tratan a los individuos que son contrabandeados como carga,” se lamentó Staton.

La estructura de madera estaba al lado de una casa móvil en Dexter, a unas 18 millas de Roswell, detalló ICE.