The Indigenous Day event in the Los Medanos College Indoor Quad was a success. The event took place on Tuesday Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and featured various booths with food and free information. The event turnout was high, as students came looking for insightful information from those that ran the event. Along with food and information, there was great music and socialization between students involved or passing by the festivities.
By Charles Reed
Various clubs set up booths to raise awareness for undocumented students and various resources available for them. These tables also offered services such legal advice regarding immigration, wellness program (on campus counseling) information and a representative from Contra Costa Public Defender’s office.
Sean Kearns, a representative of Eleventh District Assembly member Jim Frazier, spoke out for services such as internships. Kearns was also facilitating communication with some organizations such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Consumer Affairs and Cal Vet for certain Veteran Affairs.
“I want to thank Los Medanos College for providing this platform, this is a great opportunity for students who are undocumented, and advocates for students that are undocumented,” said Kearns.
One of the organizers, Mahlieli Bothi, the Administrative Assistant for the Equality Office had very positive feedback in regards to this event. Bothi points out some of the advantages and services we offer at LMC, such as raising awareness for the various cultures enrolled in courses at LMC.
Bothi said that he believes “building a community for LMC is important to gain support within our community as a whole.”
Representative Karen Mcbride for Stand Together CoCo (Contra Costa)/ Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) gave very positive praise to the event and its coordinators as well.