Deema Kashak is a young Syrian woman living in Fresno . What follows is recount of her journey to America. By Deema Kashak I was born in 3/5/2002 in the city of Homs in Syria. My family and I lived … 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
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
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.
For the past few months the UC Davis Center for Regional Change has partnered with the Pan Valley Institute in an environmental scan that aims to asses the main challenges in the health and well being of children ages 0-8. … Continue reading
“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, … Continue reading
This morning as I left home on my way to work I drove past the small park at the corner of my block. As usual, I drove by but to my surprise I didn’t find an empty park as it … Continue reading