After meeting with four Kern County Supervisors in May, Faith in Kern organizers helped defeat Sheriff Donny Youngblood’s proposal to declare Kern a "non-sanctuary" county. The supervisors refused to support the proposal and said it was unnecessary and divisive. According to…
McFarland residents — many of whom work in the region's agricultural fields — "were not provided with a fair and transparent process in the vote for this detention center, and were shut out by those who are supposed to represent them," Pastor Trena Turner, executive director of Faith in the Valley, said in a statement. "We are hopeful that this temporary hold is a step towards progress, and that the resiliency of the community and legal partners will result in a permanent example of justice for the Central Valley, the state and the rest of the country."
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno represents about one million Catholics and, hopefully, inspires others, including folks who reside in the town of McFarland. Often it is those very same folks who inspire us and I am immensely proud of the parishioners at St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in McFarland who, along with many others, put their faith into practice and stood up for themselves, their neighbors, their community and this country by...
Tuesday night’s commission meeting saw a stream of residents come to the podium, urging city leaders to remember who lived in their town. "You can find other options, but don’t bring ICE. In the long term, the McFarland community will suffer.”
Check out our Youth for Justice leaders from Foothill High School as they appear on the show "In the 661" to call on adults for support to end gun violence in schools.
Faith in the Valley Youth surveyed nearly 100 students from over 11 high schools in the Kern High School District and over 90 percent of these students agreed that they would not want to see armed teachers and staff. We are fighting for our right to peacefully go to schools without having to worry about being slain by a gun.
Hundreds of people around Kern County gathered in support of the fourth annual Walk For Justice. Faith leaders and families came together in support of those who have lost family members during encounters with police.
The 40 days of lent have begun and here in Bakersfield, that means 40 days of protests. The people behind the demonstrations said they're giving up a little bit of their time for lent in hopes of getting permanent protections for children brought to the country illegally. Faith in the Valley Kern is a network of churches and congragations and you'll see them fighting for DACA recipients outside local congressional offices until Easter Sunday.