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Asm. Alejo on Bill to Establish Permit Program for Undocumented Farmworkers

For many undocumented farmworkers employed in California, there is a general overarching fear about the possibilities of being detained, deported, and separated from their families. Assemblyman Luis Alejo is seeking to provide legal work permits for those already employed in California’s Agriculture industry, which would ostensibly increase family stability and reduce many fears and anxieties regarding family separation and displacement.

Today is decision day for bills in Sacramento that require the state to spend money. Fiscal committees will decide which bills advance to the Assembly and Senate floors and which bills die for a year. Among those bills is one that would establish a state-sanctioned guest worker program for undocumented farmworkers already employed in California. The California Report’s Queena Kim spoke with the bill’s author, Assembly member Luis Alejo why he chose to focus on farmworkers.

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Health Squad Keeps Kids Moving & Thinking

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Youth Alliance’s Health Squad, in partnership with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Pharmacy at Safeway concluded their free week-long camp last week. Students aged 10-14 learned about proper nutrition, diabetes prevention, healthy activities & physical fitness.

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Diabetes prevention is important in every community, but in San Benito County’s Latino Community, this is especially vital. Due to many factors, Latinos in San Benito County are uninsured & overweight at a higher rate than the general population. Because access to health care options are more rare, controlling the factors that cause diabetes goes a long way to cover health and financial side effects once diagnosed.

Health Squad, with the help of the ADA and Safeway Pharmacy, tackle diabetes prevention head on. Through field trips, interactive educational seminars and physical activities San Benito County youth are learning practical ways to combat diabetes.

To learn more about Health Squad and what we do, Watch our Video!

Joshua Rodriguez Memorial Fund

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Everyone at Youth Alliance would like to give our heartfelt condolences to the family of Joshua Rodriguez, following their tragic loss. This is an unspeakable tragedy and we hope to offer our support in any way possible.

Domino’s Pizza in Hollister will graciously be donating 100% of their proceeds today to the family. Thank you to Domino’s Pizza for their generosity.

Furthermore, Youth Alliance has set up a donation page for the memorial fund below. Your support will go a long way in covering costs for services.

A Little Boy With a Big Heart

From KION:

A little boy with a big heart – that’s how close friends and family describe 11-year-old Josuha Rodriguez.

“When I found out what happened, I just started crying and went straight to the hospital. And I found out he was actually gone. It was sad,” Cody Cordova

Cordova said they were together the night before Josh was killed. That’s a day Cody’s mom, Sheila Cordova, said she will never forget.

“It hurts me to see him because when he asked me he goes ‘Mom, what do I do? I lost my best friend. What am I going to do now?’” Sheila Cordova said.

Police said that just after 4 p.m. on Monday, Joshua was hit by a county bus at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Verdun Avenue. He died at the hospital. The crash was near the skate park where Cody and Joshua spent many hours together.

“I told my son (and) he goes ‘I don’t want to go to the skate park anymore, Mom.’ I said ‘you know what? I don’t think Josh would want that. I think Josh would want you to go,’” Cordova said.

Fundraising events have popped up all over the city. Next Tuesday August 4th, the Hollister Domino’s Pizza is donating all of its proceeds earned that day to the Rodriquez family.

“He was, like, the most lovable person you could ever know. If you were with him, if he was mad or sad, he would still be, like, happy. He would always help people out. We could trust him with anything,” Cody Cordova said.

Hollister police are still investigating how the crash happened. No arrests have been made. Witnesses said the bus driver jumped out to try and help Josh. The driver has not been charged.

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