Race, Place, and Gender Matter in the Eastern Coachella Valley
Photos courtesy of Mory Hermon
A few weeks have passed since the CA Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) hosted a hearing in the City of Coachella, and it left a lasting impact on me. This video, produced by youth leaders from Coachella Unincorporated, validates the importance of raising awareness of health and outcome inequities in the region and holding systems accountable to address the plight of boys and men of color.
Over 250 local leaders and community members convened at the Select Committee hearing in Bobby Duke Middle School, a testament to the urgency of achieving equity in the region. Among the experts who testified at the hearing included leaders of RAICES Cultura and the Latino Commission, two exemplary community based organizations that are advancing the needs of all youth, including BMoC.
Neftali Galarza, a young leader from Coachella, told me that more programs like RAICES Youth Participatory Action Research should be funded. “Before RAICES, I didn’t know what I was doing after high school. They took me to Sacramento, and I met other assembly members and legislators. I felt like I want to be there some day.”
The fervor for equity is strong in the Eastern Coachella Valley. Youth and system leaders are drawing on the strengths and assets in their communities to improve outcomes and opportunities for BMoC in the region.