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Why Voting Matters

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Change is happening, whether you’re ready or not…Elections are coming up and everyone has the power to elect officials that represent their beliefs and needs. Voting gives people the power to control how their nation is run.

Love is Love: LOUGHLIN BROWNE

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Meet Loughlin Browne, Calafia Fellow 2020! “Society often forces a narrative on gay youth and having a queer parent,” says Loughlin. “At first I wanted to avoid being at the forefront of that stereotype, but now I unapologetically embrace it.”

No One Is Illegal: NAYELI VELOZ

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Campaign Victories

Meet Nayeli Veloz, Calafia Fellow 2020! “Fear is a way to quiet us,” she says. “We know if we speak up it could go bad for us. At the same time, it’s beautiful how the community surrounds those of us who have less opportunity. Discrimination closes down some doors, but my community opens up new ones.”

No One Is Illegal: ROSA GONZALEZ

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Meet Rosa Gonzalez, Calafia Fellow 2020! When Rosa Gonzalez speaks up, she is not just another voice caught in the wind…she has always found solace in making a change, but never sitting still. 

Turn Up the Volume: RACHEL LIVINAL

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Meet Rachel Livinal, Calafia Fellow 2020! “I believe many voices are underrepresented and should be uplifted,” says Rachel. Through her writing and podcasts, she brings awareness to issues surrounding social equality by bringing all sides of the story together.

No One Is Illegal: IVAN MANRIQUEZ

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Campaign Victories

Meet Ivan Manriquez, Calafia Fellow 2020! The depiction in the media that immigrants are aliens and come to invade is very personal to Ivan. Seeing Latinx families torn apart connects to him greatly because in Fresno there is still a dense population of undocumented immigrants, especially people he knows.

No One Is Illegal: ELINA AYON

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Meet Elina Ayon, Calafia Fellow 2020! Elina feels that if people saw their true intentions, then people wouldn’t see Mexicans as dangerous and that they take what is “ours.” She sees herself changing this problem by participating in more movements to show Mexicans’ true intentions and values.