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What the FAX? BMoC’s Fight to Improve Fresno’s Bus System

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Ever ride the bus? When you take the Fresno Area Express (FAX), a would-be 20-minute car ride can easily turn into a 2 ½ journey depending on the bus route you take. Riders can wait up to an hour along certain routes, and the frequent stops all add up. Turns out, there’s nothing “Express” about … Continued

When We Rise Up As One, WE WIN: MErcedTOO Campaign Scores Major Policy Win Against Sexual Harassment

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Campaign Victories

Last Wednesday, the Merced Girls & Womyn of Color (GWoC) stood up against sexual harassment in their schools — and WON. The June 13th Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) Board meeting was filled to capacity. Students and other community members wore t-shirts and carried signs. Brave young leaders stood up before the Board, their … Continued

BLING Funds $30,000 in Youth Advocacy Projects

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There were impassioned speeches. Poetry. There was boisterous applause, loud whoops and cheers as youth grantees shared their visionary projects for community change. Bright smiles and cascades of laughter lit up the room as the young people triumphantly waved their grant checks in the air. The Grantee Kickoff is the highlight of BLING’s grant-making cycle. … Continued

Reconciliation and the Revolution

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“To me, this memorial doesn’t call forth anger, but pain, anguish, and most importantly, critical thought- if this is our truth, we must face it; and then, what must my action be?” A reflection by YLI CEO, Jon Marker, on the Equal Justice Initiative Museum & Memorial Opening in Montgomery, Alabama. Walking through Kelly Ingram Park, … Continued

YLI Partners with Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands to Activate Youth Leaders in Monterey County

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Last month, girls and their adult allies from across Monterey County gathered for a 3-day intensive training with the Youth Leadership Institute to enhance their leadership skills. They are participants in Girls Health in Girls Hands, a girl-led movement that empowers girls to have a voice in their own healthcare. The training came at an … Continued

It’s Just Our Time

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“…it was the unwavering focus and commitment to actions in our present that I found most compelling, and have been unable to shake.” A reflection by YLI CEO, Jon Marker, on the Equal Justice Initiative Museum & Memorial Opening in Montgomery, Alabama. This past month, I found myself in Montgomery, Alabama at a celebration hosted … Continued