social justice

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

After hearing more than 100 public comments, the Kern County Planning Commission voted Friday to pass the recommendation for a proposed oil and gas ordinance that would allow the permitting of up to 40,000 new oil and gas wells over the next 20 years.


Representatives from the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the League of United Latin American Citizens spoke in favor of the ordinance citing jobs for Latinx community members as a top reason. 


But the majority of the comments voiced concern over the new ordinance. 


A private philanthropic foundation is donating over two million dollars in grants to six organizations in Fresno as part of a nationwide

Monica Velez

Self Help Graphics and Art, an organization in Los Angeles that intersects art and social justice, is celebrating its legacy of producing art prints by Latinx, Chicana, and Chicano artists with an exhibit called Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self Help Graphics and Art.  


CSU Bakersfield’s Todd Madigan Gallery is currently housing more than 50 art prints from the exhibit. The exhibit is inspired by the Chicano Movement in the late 1960s and the rise of printmaking as an art form.


Carlos E. Osorno

Every year UC Merced presents the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance. This year, the speaker and award recipient is Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú Tum. She’s been fighting for women’s rights and social reform since she was a teenager in

Guatemala. We are joined by UC Merced Professor Arturo Arias who wrote a book about her. Listen to the interview above to hear more about the work she's done.

The event will be on November 5 at 6 p.m. at the Merced Theater.