California Camp Challenges Young Men to Rethink Masculinity
Kids are heading back to school these days, taking stock of what they've learned over the summer. Maybe through sports camp, drama camp, or maybe... masculinity camp. The Sons and Brothers Camp brings young men of color from cities across California to the woods of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. They spend a week grappling with ideas about manhood, violence and emotions. This year, some youth journalists went to camp, too, to document the experience. Rudy Cardoso-Peraza from the youth media outlet VoiceWaves in Long Beach, followed one young camper, and brings us this story.
‘You’re in My Seat’: Betty Valencia’s Run for Orange City Council
After the 2016 election, something changed for Betty Valencia. She was a VP in auto financing in the city of Orange in Orange County. And she was at a city council meeting, watching her city's leaders vote to oppose California's sanctuary policies. As an immigrant lesbian in her very conservative hometown, she decided the only thing to do was to run for city council herself. We found Betty after putting out a call on Facebook to women candidates in California running for local office for the first time. We've asked her to keep an audio diary this election season, for a series we’re calling “The Long Run.”
These days, it seems especially hard to nail down what exactly is the truth. So, what do we do when we're presented with something we can't explain? Like a 60-foot deep hole that appeared overnight on California's tallest volcano? Reporter Cat Schuknecht tells us about the mystery of the hole on Mt. Shasta, and why a guy who works at an old school video store might have some answers.
For our ongoing series, “Letter to my California Dreamer,” we’ve been asking you to write a short letter to one of the first people in your family who came to the Golden State. What was their California Dream? What happened to it? And is that California dream still alive? This week's letter is from Katrin Ciaffa from Sonoma County. She addressed it to herself.