5-6PM Monday 6/8 NEWS MAGAZINE SHOW – PRIMER IMPACTO
PKG #1: AGUA4 ALL
In California, safe drinking water is a right that many do not have. One million Californians rely on contaminated underground wells for their drinking water. The problem disproportionately affects people of color and low in-come residents of rural communities like South Kern and the Eastern Coachella Valley where 99% of the residents rely on contaminated groundwater.
The town of Coachella, California is about a 20 minute drive from the ritzy city of Palm Springs but it could be a continent away. The images from Coachella depict a poor, sparse and dessert like environment where the hard working farmworkers live in mobile homes and surrounded by dirt and their drinking water comes from wells that are contaminated with arsenic. Arsenic has been linked to cancer and birth defects and can be as harmful as a lifetime of smoking. Thankfully for those that live here the non-for-profit organization Pueblo Unido has been working hard to bring clean water to the area. The Duarte trailer park was the first in the area to receive the filters, and the Duarte family couldn’t be happier and more relieved. We meet the family and learn of the changes that have been brought about as a result of clean water. Close by is another neighborhood Vasquez Park, which is next in line to begin the filter installation. We visit Maria Vasquez as her filter gets installed making this the first home in the area to receive the prized filters.
LOCATION: Coachella, California
5-6PM Tuesday 6/9 NEWS MAGAZINE SHOW – PRIMER IMPACTO
PKG #2: “FRESNO SAYS YES TO ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FOR THE UNDOCUMMENTED”
Fresno, California has a population made up of mostly Mexicans who work in agriculture or domestic services, many of them are undocumented. The plight and fear of those living and working in this country and their inability to access healthcare is told through the story of Maria.
Maria is undocumented and works cleaning homes, she has many health issues and doesn’t qualify for Obamacare because of her status. Since she lives in Fresno she had access to MISP, a service for the undocumented that provided access to specialty care. In 2013, the Fresno Board of Supervisors voted to eliminate this service leaving people like Maria without medical care.
Though the efforts of organizations like Fresno Building Healthy Communities and Clinica Sierra Vista the ruling was overturned and the services of MISP were reinstated. This is only a temporary win, as Sandra Celedon of FBHC says, their goal is to find a permanent solution for the undocumented in this country.
LOCATION: FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
7-11AM Wednesday 6/10 MORNING SHOW – DESPIERTA AMERICA
PKG #3: “RETHINK YOUR DRINK, ELIMINATING SUGARY DRINKS FROM SCHOOLS”
The superintendent of the Arvin school district in California has joined forces with the Dolores Huerta Foundation to establish healthy meals at the schools. We visit Bear Mountain Elementary and learn follow 6th grader “Anthony” as he begins his day with the healthy breakfast prepared by the cafeteria workers. Principal Aurora is committed to helping change the health patterns of child and family, one kid at a time by teaching them a love for fruits, vegetables and exercise. Eliminating sugary drinks has helped the children focus better in class, according to the teachers and parents. Anthony’s mother Maria Isabel shares Anthony’s newfound love of carrots and broccoli and how she has now learned to include those foods in her meals along with water instead of soda.
LOCATION: Arvin, California
5-6PM Wednesday 6/10 NEWS MAGAZINE SHOW – PRIMER IMPACTO
PKG #4: “YOUTH AND DEPRESSION THE CASE OF THE UNDOCUMENTED”
The story of Mexican immigrants Katia Diaz and Norma Saldana, is one that is prevalent throughout the undocumented community. Although they are now dreamers, since they were very young they lived in constant fear of being discovered by “la migra” and they still do. Every time Norma sees a police officer she trembles with fear that they would arrest her and deport her along with her parents. The pattern of fear, isolation, and depression is creating an unprecedented problem among immigrant youth. The parents are mostly unaware of the problem that is affecting their children, those that do see the problem find they are unable to do anything to help them for lack of resources. Also, in many cases the idea of seeing a psychologist is not an option as it is considered something only “crazy” people do.