Hands Across California in Bakersfiel

Saturday evening I received a message on my Facebook from my sister Connie Brewer who I had not spoken to for over a year asking if I had plans for Sunday. It was a little shock but I knew it had to be for something good knowing that she is a student at Bakersfield College and she tries to be involved in school activities. So I tell he I have no plans. She then begins to tell me she is a Marshall for the Hands Across California and she wanted me to bring my family to help her out with the event. I immediately started checking into the event and notice that our local media hasn't really announced this as well as it could have been so I created an event on my Facebook page urging my friends to join us. I understand that most of them could not make it since it was a last minute thing. I went to the hands across California website and began "LIKE" ing other colleges events.
So my daughter and I, thinking its going to be packed and are worrying about parking, rush up to the college so we can be there no later than 1. We get to the BC parking lot and I see a single person standing on the corner waving a sign and trying to pass out fliers. And there she was my sister all by herself. Then my baby sister showed up. So its 1:00 and there is 4 people standing in the west parking lot corner. Little by little others start showing up. So now we have some on the east corner of Mt.Vernon and University and others on the west. One of my dear friends Sylvia Martinez who is a University graduate came out to show her support because thanks to scholarships like these she was able to get her education paid for. When she arrived the first thing she asked me was wheres the festivities? I reply "my thoughts exactly". So here we are standing waving signs, handing out fliers and asking for people to text for donations. In the meanwhile, I'm getting all these alerts from other community colleges with pictures. There was activities going on at El Camino College and Compton. The Mayors from their cities were there. Compton had over 300 people to hold hands. The Mayor from Santa Clara was at their college. By this time I'm getting really frustrated because I know that Bakersfield has some of the kindest and most generous people in the nation. But where the heck are they. There was no media or anything. So my sister decides to call the media and they did send a single camera-girl out. I don't believe she even interviewed anyone. So the 2:00 hour came and the people on the east corner joined the people on the west and we formed one link. All 30 of us. 2:30 rolls around and everyone has disbursed but my friend and I. When we were approached by two gentlemen from the Renegade Rip (I won't use their names since I haven't asked their permission)asking for an interview.
I was very disappointed that somewhere this event was not planned out the way it should have been. I have 3 sons their friends and girlfriends and my daughter-in-law that attend BC and none of them knew about the event. There was very little media attention giving to get this event publicized. I know that there is more we can do to get the students more involved in the school. We make people believe that you cannot be successful without an education but then we don't support our community colleges. That makes no sense at all. I really believe that BC dropped the ball on the organization of this event.

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