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You can't just sit back and wait for somebody else to do it, because maybe there is nobody else to do it...

FirstPerson.TattooCloseUp

There is one that thanks me for what I’m doing here. That is God...

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FirstPerson.AgMuseum

Fresno

At first, you are so ignorant that it's easy to say, "put it in the desert," but you start meeting people and you start understanding that there is no place to put an incinerator...

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Seville

The bees have buffers and we don’t?! ...

I don’t think I’ll ever stop working for community issues...

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FirstPerson.MountainCuldeSac

The air district governing board has historically been a problem...

BabyFrame

I had no idea what an activist was. Now I know there's a name to it, not just a “troublemaker.”

FirstPerson.CottonWithHarvester

Sometimes I don't want to invite anyone over to visit me because I have very little water...

The water from the faucet comes out mornings looking yellowish...

FirstPerson.BienvenidosAlpaugh

Ducor

Then, the Ku Klux Klan was standing on the corner of a gay pride parade; now, in 2007, we have Rally in the Valley, which is like a peace march...

Arvin

Along the way, we got insulted a lot about not having education and not knowing what we're talking about...

We wanted a healthier, cleaner environment...

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FirstPerson.LoneTrailer

Kettleman City

I felt a lot of my activist work to be very redemptive...

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Meds

People say “Well, arsenic, you have to drink 40-50 years of it before it’s a problem.” Hello? I’ve been here 47...

The supervisors would say “Well, you don't know technology..."

I'm not a tree hugger, and I never saw myself as an environmentalist...

My daughter is almost always by my side at meetings...

The Water Board says that we needn’t do anything, that we can use the water...

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FirstPerson.RosendaIncinerator

We’re a very small community but with many problems...

First you learn the system, and then you learn to change the system...

They have all these regulations to make you want to give up, get tired of it or whatever, but you have to be persistent. You have to let them know you are there...

East Orosi

FirstPerson.GustavoDesk

Wasco

Susana

Looking at a problem firsthand is very different from just hearing about it...

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They said, "If you don’t like it, why don’t you move out?"...

Cutler

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FirstPerson.PesticidePlane

Alpaugh

"At least your kid doesn't have to be here defending his life. Mine does..."

FirstPerson.Interview

After 9/11, there’s been a lot of hate crimes against Sikhs...

Every time that people appeared at meetings, they would call the police...

FirstPerson.WaterShirt
FirstPerson.ToDoList

Regardless of doing my medicine, my lungs are still deteriorating anyways because of what's in the air...

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I remember reading the articles and hearing them say that the probability of cancer was one in a million. I didn't want to be that one in a million...

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FirstPerson.Benefactors
VecinosUnidos

The anger in me was what drove me for a lot of years...

KettlemanCitySign
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Buttonwillow

FirstPerson.AtWell

Allensworth

I do understand. I am sorry I can’t express myself, but I am not stupid...

FirstPerson.Trucks

Those who work the land are lifting and making California stronger, but how does the governor of California help the field workers? How, when they work for a wage that is not enough to live on? California has grown because of the cheap labor of Hispanic people, but when one needs help there is nothing.

I think the Central Valley and Mexico have a lot in common in terms of water...

FirstPerson.McDonald's

We really had no idea that we were living next to California's largest toxic waste dump...

FirstPerson.WasteManagementSign

There's not a whole lot of respect for this region...

I’m not saying anything different from what they’re saying, but the fact that I have a degree, it’s recognized and it has some status...

Whether you're rich or poor, or wherever you're at, you need water...

We need a piece of the American pie too...

Those in charge of the water said that everything was alright, and the water was not contaminated, we would only have a problem if blue children were being born...

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FirstPerson.ButtonwillowSign

When the woman combed her hair bunches of it would come out...

FirstPerson.FactoryTrees

Grayson

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ButtonwillowLittleLeague
FirstPerson.AllensworthCommunityCenter
FirstPerson.PetroleumWaste

On the corner, it was barricaded. It's called a stop and freeze, or freeze and keep whatever is contaminated in. They were telling people “Go back, go back, you can't come out.” And they're like “No, we're sick, and need our kids to get to the doctor. We're going to drive them ourselves..."

Visalia

Orosi

Lindsay

FirstPerson.CutlerStreetScene

It almost felt like saying "Oh, thank you for just letting us be here"...

In Mexico each little town has a municipal office where you go to log your complaint. Then you go to another office and so on until you reach the office of the President. We didn’t have water there either, I remember...

FirstPerson.SandraMeraz

There’s got to be a way to educate people...

It looked like London fog out there, and in here it looked like San Francisco fog...

Part of the problem that we have here in the Valley is supposed Democrats are actually Valleycrats...

PoplarPark
FirstPerson.StandardOil
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If we have this local air district that supposedly does outreach... how come they never came to our community?

We would sit under a tree and tally all the trucks going by and what they were carrying...

FirstPerson.WaterShirt2

All of my uncles are lechugueros, lettuce pickers...

I was totally one of those people that thought that people with education and people in high authority knew what they were doing and you just let them do what they have to do...

Our street was the first street to get evacuated...

They'll say “Oh, it's mass hysteria, you're hung over," or, "It's just something you ate that's making you nauseous.” No, it's the pesticides, and don't doubt it...

Nobody ever studies the cumulative effects of anything. It's always, “Oh well, this won't be harmful for you. This and this amount will be harmful to you.” This won't be harmful to you, but how about all together? Nobody's talking about that...

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FirstPerson.Highway99

Delano

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I think my first part of activism was in high school, and I probably didn’t even realize it...

Sometimes you get the feeling that just because it’s a rural area and Allensworth is a black and brown community that the people of the upper class seem to see us as nobody...

Allensworth was the first black state historic park...

If all the pesticides you used in this area would just fall on you in one day, then you would think about the impact...

MaricelaRally

Earlimart

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FirstPerson.Hearing

Shafter

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