On Saturday September 24, Pan Valley Institute of American Friends Service Committee participated along with many members of the Central Valley community representing different non-profit organizations, churches, masjids, and temples in a two-mile walk to raise awareness and show support … Continue reading
On October 02, 2016 I attend the showing of Dr. Thomas Ellis’ production of Hands Up at Fresno State. The production consists of 7 testaments written by 7 writers, inspired by the death of Michael Brown, who was shot multiple times … Continue reading
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On September 25th 2016 the pan Valley institute held an education forum in Caruthers. The topics for the day included AB60, DACA and DAPA update, Prop 47, and Ice out of Fresno campaign.
The Pan Valley Institute of the American Friends Service Committee is organizing a vigil followed by a workshop presented by special guest Maestro Pergentino Jose Ruiz. Pergentino Jose Ruiz is a Zapoteco writer, poet and teacher in the state of … Continue reading
On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of visiting the Refugee Photo Exhibit at the Annenburgh Space for Photography. This exhibit has been shown from April 23, 2016 to August 21, 2016 and focuses on sharing … Continue reading
It was well said by Dr. Martin Luther King more than 50 years ago, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Yet, in today’s world everyday we see … Continue reading
We are deeply troubled by news that the Obama administration is planning to conduct a second round of raids to deport women and children from Central America. The raids are said to target young people who crossed the border as … Continue reading
Do you know an emerging grassroots leader representing a Central Valley immigrant community, who is rooted in the community, is interested in mobilizing and engaging people in creative endeavors and is open to learning strategies for activating the power of … Continue reading
I can remember as if it was yesterday that I ran through the streets of the small Ejido, the place I called home for many years, eleven to be exact. My first memories birthed in this small village, I can still smell the wet hills after the rain, the home of the bakery man as I walked by on my way to school. I can still hear the heavy accent in my teacher’s voice as she attempted to teach us how to say “Buenos Dias” in English. She had big dreams, indeed. Most importantly, I can still feel the passion of my community running through me. Continue reading
It has been two months since I started the fellowship at the Pan Valley Institute and so far it has been a great experience! I enjoy working with the staff here and learning form them. In these two months I have been able to learn about the amazing work that the Pan Valley Institute of the American Friends Service Committee does and the impact that it has in the community.
I have been learning about Proyecto Campesino; its beginning, its evolution and its ending. I am truly convinced that the work of AFSC-whether it be through Proyecto or the Pan Valley Institute, or any of its national programs- has a tremendous impact in our communities.
In the coming months I plan to work in the Tulare County area visiting with indigenous communities living in the area and generating a dialogue about life in the Tulare county. I will also seek to understand how these communities organize and if there are needs that are not being addressed by local organizations.