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Talking About California: Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 Part 4

Today Talking About California presents the last of four programs in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 (Oct 13th). We interview three Mendocino County Latino leaders and activists who report on the work done in the last years to improve the access to health, information and services by the Latinos in our county.

Roseanne Ibarra is a spokesperson for the Mendocino Latinx Alliance, a leadership group that provides a voice for the aspirations, needs and concerns of the Latinx community in Mendocino County, as well as a place to inform and grow leaders. She is also a founding member of the Mendocino Diversity, Equity & and Inclusion Task Force, formed in 2020 following community outcry regarding disparities magnified during the Pandemic.

Keily Becerra serves as a commissioner on the Citizens Commission tackling the potential Fort Bragg name change. In addition, she is the program manager for the Promotores de Salud de Nuestra Alianza de Willits.

Esme Plascencia created the local chapter of Latino Outdoors, a national group working to inspire, connect, and engage Latino communities with the outdoors and nature and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented.

Cal Winslow is Director of the Mendocino Institute and a past Fellow in Environmental History at the University of California, Berkeley. He was trained at Antioch College and Warwick University, where he studied under the direction of the late Edward Thompson. He is a co-author with Thompson of Albion's Fatal Tree. After Warwick he worked as a warehouseman, truck driver and journalist, as a participant in and observer of the 1970’s rank-and-file workers’ rebellion in the US. He was a professor of labor studies at the Center for Worker Education, City College of New York, and he was a visiting Senior Lecturer at the Northern College for Residential Adult Education in South Yorkshire, also a visiting professor at the Evergreen State College.