Featured guest of the Cesar Chavez Assembly, Oscar Ramos, makes closing remarks while LULAC Youth members and other guests look on. Photos by Frank Perez.

Inspiring Hundreds Through Cesar Chavez’s Legacy

SBHS hosted an assembly organized by LULAC Youth of San Benito County. Guest speakers included Salinas educator, Oscar Ramos, and his former student, Jose Ansaldo. The two were featured in the documentary, “East of Salinas.”

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Trust works to preserve ancestral tribal lands in San Benito County

Event on Amah Mutsun Land Trust featured a critically-acclaimed film and presentations by tribal members and representatives

Flyer for the screening of "Here and Now." Courtesy of Bay Area Open Space Council.

Amah Mutsun Tribal Band’s Land Trust is Subject of Short Film

Produced by Bay Area Open Space Council, "Here and Now" documents the efforts of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band's Land Trust

Slide from Dr. Pamela J. Huckins' presentation at the 33rd Annual California Missions Conference. Photo courtesy of Dr. Huckins.

Mission San Juan Bautista’s Apostolado: A Historically Significant Artwork

The mission is home to the only known, complete apostolado--a series of individual paintings of the apostles--in California's mission system.

Unknown, local Mission Pageant participants, circa 1930s. Photo courtesy of San Juan Bautista Historical Society Archives.

For More Than a Decade, the Mission Pageant Plays Attracted Thousands

Co-produced by two prominent California women, the plays centered on the mission's rich and vibrant past

33rd Annual California Missions Conference Coming to San Juan

For the second time, San Juan Bautista will host the California Missions Conference from Feb. 12 thru Sunday, Feb. 14

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Scenes from the Cuban Revolution Captured by Former Hollister Minister

Before serving as pastor for Hollister's First Christian Church, Reverend David W. Havens traveled to Cuba in Jan. of 1959, capturing in black and white the Cuban Revolution

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Thomas Samuel (T.S.) Hawkins: A highly interesting and busy life

Thanks to the efforts of T.S. Hawkins' great-great grandson and New York Times’ best-selling author, Dave Eggers, the story of one of San Benito County's founding fathers is now more accessible

The entrance into My Father's House. Photo by Frank Perez.

Government / Politics

Local Couple Opens Drop-in Center for the County’s Homeless

On Oct. 10, Linda and Patrick Lampe opened My Father's House, a facility that provides the homeless with food, a hot shower, a fresh set of clothes, and more often than not, a compassionate ear over a hot cup of coffee

Hollister City Council Proclaims Nov. 18 as Al Castañeda Day

During Tuesday's Hollister City Council meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 18 was proclaimed as Al Castañeda Day.

Luis Valdez looking over the leaflet that announced the formation of El Teatro Campesino. Photo courtesy of Donna Silva (DLynn Photography).

El Teatro Campesino: Fifty Years and Counting

El Teatro Campesino was established in 1965 during the Delano Grape Strike. Fifty years later, its founder, Luis Valdez, continues creating thought-provoking productions and nurturing talent from the theater company's playhouse in San Juan Bautista

Proclamation from the city of San Juan Bautista declaring September, Alfonso J. Castañeda month. Photo by Frank Perez.

The Life of Alfonso J. Castañeda: A Dream and Recipe for Success

After 33 successful years in the restaurant business, Alfonso "Al" J. Castañeda will walk away from his childhood dream, Doña Esther

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DREAMers Club Makes College a Reality for Undocumented Students

The DREAMers Club at San Benito High School strives to empower, educate, and engage the school's undocumented youth and their supporters

Statue of Fr. Junipero Serra at Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo by Frank Perez.

11th Hour Efforts Bid to Halt Fr. Junipero Serra’s Canonization

With its sixth letter written to Pope Francis and two scheduled press conferences, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is hoping that the Catholic Church will jettison Serra's seemingly inevitable sainthood

Father Miguel Hidalgo ushering in the fight for Mexico's independence. Courtesy of banderanews.com.

COMMENTARY: Sept. 16: A day of debate, revolution, and a grape strike

Yesterday, Sept. 16, was historic for several reasons: The second Republican presidential debate was held; Mexico celebrated its independence; and 50 years ago, Cesar Chavez led his fledgling union in a grape strike