Our Voice

Taking Action for Our Neighbors
CNC needs all hands on deck as we battle through massive pandemic outbreaks and enter into recall election season. We’re calling attention to local issues in our effort to create better neighborhoods for our families, and – as a result – a better California. Join us in taking action and...
Public Comment: On Indio's Housing Crisis
There is an ongoing housing crisis throughout the state of California, currently worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The cost of living in California is higher than it's ever been, with opportunities for affordable housing few and far between. CNC is building power throughout the state to advocate for our neighbors'...
The Future of California Is In Our Hands
July is coming to a close, and Californians have important decisions to make about the future of our state on the horizon. That's why it’s more important than ever to stay healthy and get protected against COVID-19. CNC is working to inspire working-class Californians to engage, activate, and fight for...
Empowering California Families One Day at a Time
CNC is here to support our families and neighborhoods. We welcome you to get involved in our Spanish-English bilingual programs, whether it’s using our public parks to connect with our neighbors and get active, attending our workshops to learn about civic engagement processes, or even participating in government meetings to...
Grassroots Partners Host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic In Merced
Merced, California – Communities for a New California Education Fund (CNC) is partnering with regional community-based organizations -  including Jakara Movement, Lideres Campesinas, and the United Farm Workers Foundation -  to provide a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic that will run Friday, July 16 from 4-7 p.m. at El Bajio Supermarket,...
CNC Shines Bright During Summer Break!
Stay hydrated and cool this summer in the California heat! While this hot spell won't let up anytime soon, that doesn’t mean CNC has slowed down at all. We’ve hit the ground running this July by continuing with our COVID-19 vaccination outreach efforts, having our voices heard at local city...
CNC Education Fund Hosts the California Youth Vaccination Virtual Community Forum
June 28, 2021 ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** CONTACT: Karina Martinez 858/752-1262 or [email protected] CNC EF Hosts California Youth Vaccination Virtual Community Forum    WHAT: Communities for a New California Education Fund (CNC EF) is hosting a virtual COVID-19 youth vaccination forum for parents with participants representing California regions from Coachella to Sacramento on...
CNC Makes Waves Throughout California!
The summer fun has just begun at CNC! June may be winding down, but we’re gearing up to make a positive difference in our neighborhoods all summer long. You can find us at our virtual forums, our community meetings, canvassing neighborhoods, and sharing our stories on TV and social media....
CNC Stands Up for Our Neighborhoods
There’s no better time than right now to create meaningful change in our neighborhoods, and that is exactly what CNC is doing! Take a peek at the impact CNC has made this week as we honor Immigrant Heritage Month while making tv cameos, attend budget hearings, and continue our COVID-19...
Love: A Universal Language
Sarah Martinez Peña is a Social Media Manager at CNC and identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. In celebration of her Grandmother and Immigrant Heritage Month, she demonstrates through poetry how love transcends far beyond the language barriers that stand between us. You can watch the full reading...
Between Homes: Being an Immigrant in America
Karina at the California State Capitol. This year, the White House issued a proclamation establishing June as National Immigrant Heritage Month stating, “Across each generation throughout our history, wave after wave of immigrants have enriched our Nation and made us better, stronger, more innovative, and more prosperous.”
CNC Changemakers Improving California Vaccination by Vaccination!
Don’t you just love being vaccinated against COVID-19? Wouldn’t it be great if everyone in your neighborhood knew how safe, effective, easy it is to get protected against the virus? Well, worry no more! CNC has got your neighborhood covered with our extensive COVID-19 vaccination outreach and education program, and we’re...
CNC Partners with Univision to Uplift California Latino Pandemic Stories
The storytelling Facebook live series uncovers how the COVID-19 vaccine has been a resource for the Latino community Fresno, CA —  Communities for a New California (CNC) is diversifying COVID-19 vaccination outreach efforts through community voices through a storytelling series of Facebook lives produced in partnership with Univision Fresno. 
CNC Welcomes a Healthy Summer with Vaccination Outreach
CNC is kicking off June the best way we know how: by celebrating the start of Pride Month! We are proud of who we are today and every day, and we are ecstatic to be highlighting our LGBTQ+ community all month long. We have so much to celebrate, and one...
Supporting Health Equity One Household at a Time
The future of our health is rooted in our neighborhoods. That’s why we’re working to bring health equity for California families whether it be by supporting vaccination efforts or providing mental health reminders and hotlines. There are so many gaps in our systems, but here’s what we’re doing to support...
Foro de Vivienda: The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative Provides Comment on California Housing Struggles
Nicholas González, Policy Analyst at the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI), provided remarkable insights into California’s housing crisis during our virtual COVID-19 housing forum. The research corroborated and supplemented the testimonies of the forum participants who have experienced the brunt of this housing crisis. Featured below are Gonzalez’...
Covid-19 in Our Neighborhoods: Israel and Janine
 Covid-19 in Our Neighborhoods: Israel and Janine COVID-19 seemingly stopped the world in its tracks, but with over 285 million vaccinations in the United States and counting, many are claiming the long-awaited return to normalcy is finally here, marked by none other than Disneyland’s grand reopening. Despite this progress, the...
Mid-May Successes with CNC
Communities for a New California organizers continue to surpass their goals in a remarkably speedy and effective fashion. Our COVID-19 education and outreach program is successfully reaching even more residents in our neighborhoods, with organizers working to ensure that every household is vaccinated and informed on the processes to stay...
Vaccinating Our Children Against COVID-19
Living in a three-generation home, Lorena Lopez knows the importance of getting every family member vaccinated against COVID-19 – both young and old alike. “It’s not only adults or the elderly who catch it, it's also children,” Lorena said of the virus. She stressed the importance of not leaving out children...
Hustling Through May with CNC!
The pandemic has changed our lives and increased the inequality in our neighborhoods, and Communities for a new California (CNC) is responding to our needs by ramping up life-saving vaccine outreach. This week, our teams continued our COVID-19 education program and also coordinated a virtual COVID-19 housing forum, giving residents...
CNC Charging Into May
Communities for a New California (CNC) has been hard at work organizing and educating throughout the Coachella and Central Valleys with our COVID-19 education program, helping to register residents for their COVID-19 vaccination appointments, and working to address local housing concerns in each region. Here’s a closer look at what...
CNC Celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Latino Centered ‘Súbete la Manga’ Challenge
     CNC Celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Latino Centered ‘Súbete la Manga’ Challenge The ‘Súbete la Manga’ challenge relies on community members to encourages COVID-19 vaccination  Sacramento, CA —  Communities for a New California (CNC) is dancing into Cinco de Mayo with a call for eligible Californians to participate in...
CNC Launches ‘Súbete la Manga’ Campaign to Spur COVID-19 Vaccinations Among California Latinos
 CNC Launches ‘Súbete la Manga’ Campaign to Spur COVID-19 Vaccinations Among California Latinos Súbete la Manga campaign aims to inspire confidence and promote awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine Coachella, CA —  Communities for a New California (CNC) is ramping up COVID-19 vaccine outreach efforts through the ‘Súbete la Manga’ campaign,...
Earth Day 2021
    There is no time to waste on Earth Day platitudes. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the burdens unloaded onto families of color sharply visible, and many of these are intensified by their marginalization into neighborhoods with contaminated water, toxic lands, bad air quality, and no green spaces. Restoring...
CNC Covid-19 Outreach
  Communities for a New California (CNC) is committed to ensuring that COVID-19 information, including crucial information about the vaccination process, is accessible to California families from the Coachella Valley to Sacramento.  Throughout the course of the pandemic, we’ve gotten creative with how we’ve done our outreach, and how we’ve...
Get the Facts About Your Drinking Water
A 2013 report found that over 2.8 million people in the San Joaquin Valley are served by a water system whose source water is impacted by contamination. That translates into over 265,000 people in Stanislaus County, over 80,000 people in San Joaquin County, over 450,000 people in Fresno County, and...
Post-Primary Election Update
Updated Bottom Lines CA-10: Jeff Denham (R) - Central Valley: Modesto, TracyToss Up. Denham's support for immigration reform has allowed him to continue winning reelection in this moderate, diverse Modesto seat that Hillary Clinton won by three points. But his advocacy of a discharge petition to force a House vote on a...
FINAL CALIFORNIA PRIMARY PREVIEW
  Under California's rules, all candidates in all 53 districts run on the same primary ballot and the top two finishers, regardless of party, advance to the general election. In a few GOP-held seats, there are so many Democrats running that they risk splitting enough votes to allow two Republicans...
December 2017 Civic Engagement Project
Images from Week #1 of CNC's December non-partisan civic engagement project. Team members are speaking with voters in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern Counties about the issues impacting their families the most. Voters are stating the current proposed tax plan is a major concern. In addition to issues related to...
Victory! Fresno OK's deal to relocate meat-rendering plant out of a southwest neighborhood
A deal to relocate a meat-rendering plant out of a southwest Fresno neighborhood was unanimously approved Thursday evening by the Fresno City Council, providing a victory for neighbors who for years have complained about odors. The council approved a development agreement with Darling Ingredients, which runs the operation on Belgravia...
Fresno Residents File Lawsuit Over 40 Year Old Odor
“The city has a legal obligation to enforce laws that make Fresno a safe and healthy place for all its residents, no matter their income level, race, or the neighborhood where they live. West Fresno residents will seek to enforce that duty," says Phoebe Seaton of California Rural Legal Assistance,...
Five Victories By The California Immigrant Rights Movement
There’s no doubt immigration reform has a long way to go to ensure family reunification and a path to citizenship for the undocumented community. We must continue to fight for a federal DREAM Act and demand an end to Secure Communitiesand 287(g) programs that allow state and local law enforcement agencies to...
Secure Communities: The Real Cost of Failed Immigration Policy
In his 2013 proposed budget, President Obama outlined the administration’s plan to cut $17 million from the failed and expensive,16-year-old 287 (g) program to expand the equally failed and expensive four year-old Secure Communities program. Both programs were created to allow state and local police to check fingerprints of the...
In Defense of My Body, Health & Choices
By Jacquie Marroquin During the recent Women in the World Conference in Washington D.C., Liberian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee said,  “Women need to stop being politely angry.”  She was referring to the ever-escalating war on women’s access to reproductive care in the United States. This powerful statement made by...
We Can’t Afford to Give Away the Great Outdoors
Outdoor recreation and land conservation and preservation generates $1 trillion in economic activity and supports 9.4 million in jobs each year in the United States, according to a study by the National Fish and Wildlife Outdoor recreation and land conservation and preservation generates $1 trillion in economic activity and supports 9.4 million...
Lessons for 2012 Elections from 2010 Nevada
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the political parties gear up for the 2012 Presidential Election, it would be wise to use this time to study the 2010 general election and the impact made by Latino voters throughout the country. In particular, I offer the 2010 general election in...
Why we marched in Sacramento
The headline in this week's San Jose Mercury News, "Harvard Now Cheaper Than Cal State," may have shocked many across the country. But for California's families and students, it reflects the reality of millions who have struggled for years with the rising cost of higher education. California leads the nation...