Valencia: The Women’s March to End Sexism

Beatriz “Betty” Valencia, Vice President of Operations, Business & Finance, Central Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of OC, community organizer, author and motivational speaker writes that sexism is a cancer in our society that oppresses all of us.

Keefe: Why I’ll March

Catherine Keefe, poet, essayist and story coach writes that she will march so that her body will be counted in the name of all that is just.

Dunnell: Stand Up, March for the Movement

Kaelyn Dunnell, a local San Juan Capistrano teenager, writes that the Women’s March provides motivation, inspiration and encouragement; a place where you can find your voice.

Briceño: I March for Working Women

Ada Briceño, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11 and Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County writes that worker’s rights are women’s rights.

Adelekan: We Must March to Make Our Voices Heard

Dr. Patricia Adelekan, CEO and Founder of Youth on the Move, writes that she will be marching at the Orange County Women’s March on January 18th, 2020 for the same reasons she participated in the March on Washington in 1963: Unity, Justice, Fairness, Equality, Jobs, Freedom, and Agape love for all mankind

Rutter: I Am Not Homeless. I Am a Human Being

Callie Rutter, a lifelong resident of Orange County writes about her personal twist of fate and the harsh reality of finding herself homeless coupled with having to fight cancer. In spite of her personal struggles, her compassion and courage has led her to become an advocate for the human rights of people experiencing homelessness.

Kriz: Nineteen More Homeless Died in OC in November

Fr. Dennis Kriz, pastor of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Fullerton, writes that the county has about 1/3 of the beds needed to shelter its 7000-10000 homeless population. People continue to die on the street. In November, another 19 died without a fixed abode.

Lundell: California Students Deserve Properly Vetted Charter Schools

Carrie Lundell, a PTA mother of four school-aged children from Orange, writes that partisan politics wants us to choose whether we are “pro charter school” or “anti charter school”. But, if we want to do right by our students, we need to stop talking in absolutes and start looking at charter schools and their costs on school districts and student education individually because not all charter schools are created equal.