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services. statistically, grin you looked at the numbers lately, what have we seen as far as people seeking help or people actually getting the help. has it gone up or down? does it remain steady? have you looked at the numbers? >> well, we have seen a lot lot more people older with hiv-aids. that's something that's impacting the funding as we are -- definitely a great thing that there's more treatment available. but what do we do with those people that are in need of sst? we have to provide additional services as the people get older. that does impact our program. we definitely need the funding. >> you have a lot of big named restaurants participating. >> the restaurants that are -- participating -- just pick one. or one of the other restaurants that are contributing this year.
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>> we will give thank you website to see where you can go. what's it say about those merchants? business owners who say i'm in? i want to do this? >> i think it is awareness in that there's still a lot of community support and -- in helping, you know, to, again, remove the stigma, to support those in need of services. and especially on the latino community. it seems to be, you know, still -- lot of shame over it. we immediate to break that stigma. >> these are people that are stepping up and saying i want to be part of the solution. >> yes. we have seen more and more participation from the community. we are trying to double what we raised last year. and, you know, we definitely think it is possible. community really cares and has been showing up. definitely want to say thank you to all the volunteers, all the diners and restaurants. even presenting sponsors. focus business bank for really helping us make this most successful year yet. >> if you are planning to go out to eat sometime this week, this is the night to do it.
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april 25. logon to the health trust's website. find out which restaurants are participating. how you can do it and contribute this great cause and help. thank you for the work do you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> appreciate it. up next on "communidad del valle," we invited a couple of latino students making a difference for the poor.
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they are back from a special mission. part of a program out at santa clara university. with me are juniors, denise chavez and sarah who happens to be my niece. welcome to the show. >> thank you. >> we have a couple of pictures that you sent me. this must have been a great learning experience for both of you. let me start with you, denise. tell me what you learned on your excursion to el salvador. >> the biggest thing learned was the importance of really doing something that you love and foe using on something that you are
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passionate about. through my time at santa clara i have become passionate about social education. during my time there i was able to work with the kindergarten classroom and help them with their reading skills and this like that. we were able to share stories and learn about each other's lives and learn -- i would be able to tell them about what i do here and in the united states. and i would learn about how they live their lives and we were able to apply what we learned there both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. >> you were gone for a whole semester. social media, how big of a part did that play in you keeping in touch with classmates, with your parents? there was an earthquake while you were down there and everybody was worried about you guy. >> there were a lot of earthquakes. yeah. there was a specific earthquake where everybody was freaking out. obviously we don't have our cell phones are not working and we don't -- we have a telephone in
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the houses. there's no internet in the houses, no television in the houses. we didn't realize how serious the earthquake really was. i don't even think we felt that specific earthquake when i called the next day. why haven't you called me? yeah. it was really interesting to find ways -- have to go lou like calling cards or -- >> what's it like to come from a valley that leads the world in technology and to go into a region where you can't facebook or tweet, you can't be on any type of social media? was that -- withdrawal that you went through? was it just -- you were there for a mission? >> absolutely. actually very liberating to get away from all of that. initially you think it is around here all the time. where is my phone and this. why can't i check my facebook? no. i think that was the purpose. the community aspect of it made it so much more valuable because they placed some emphasis on communities so that we do spend
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that time with each other so we are -- we have each other. we don't have phones and we are not distracted. we have that time to actually get to know each other, like -- old school the way it used done. >> paper and pencil. so denise, i guess the question is now what? you have been there and had that great experience. what are you going to do with it now to bet your yourself, better your community now that you are back? >> yeah. honestly it was an eye opening experience. there's just so much going on in the world that we didn't even know about. i mean, it is a tiny little country. central america. before going to el salvador hi no idea about the civil war. i knew a little bit about the gang activity but didn't know too much about what was going on. and on the next stop is just continuing my passion for social justice and i'm a junior now. i'm going to be graduating next year. i don't know what i will do after graduation. i know i want to do something that focuses on social justice and education.
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probably i really want to go back to el salvador at some point. hopefully working with a nonprofit in el salvador. that i can be involved with. >> great. when you graduate you are going to have a virtual toolbox of all of the skills you acquired in high school and in college. how big after tool do you think that trip in that toolbox will be for you? >> i think -- that one is probably the most influential so far. at least. because it is -- really taught me a lot about myself. mine, i took myself out of the country, out of this comfort zone. really pushed myself past my comfort zone. out of my bubble. it taught me to have patient wednesday myself. and patience with world. and all the things i see that i don't have control over. that may frustrate me. and i can't do anything about. it is really helped me think about the -- help me think about the world in a different perspective in ways i would have
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never imagined. >> you learned basket weaving is that what that was in the one picture? >> it is like -- straw mat. one of my moms there, she made them since she was 10. we just thought that was special. it was part of her. we asked her if she could teach us how to do it. it is really specific and intricate. i don't know how she did it when she was 10. she just went and -- my practice partner and i -- we were trying to do it. we got it after a while. man, it is really complicate. >> welcome home. it is part of a journey. these young ladies are part of a sorority. we threw your website out there just in case. >> thank you. >> if you want to recruit while you are doing this. think of the experiences for those of new high school now. this is what college is about. you get to expand your wings and fly and soar and come back and land and do some good things in our community. thank you for what you did. welcome home.
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>> thank you. >> thank you. >>.
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the latest hit is off to a great start, whitney back on our show. we have the talented duo back here on "communidad del valle." welcome back to the show. what a whirlwind. you -- talk about that -- evolution that -- you have gone through. what it meant for you. over the last few years. >> yeah. well, you know, thank you for having us back. and -- yeah. you know, it was just a -- something unexpected for us. we didn't expect to it have the outcome it did. it is still -- it has been in rotations to this day. it is something we felt responsible to do, you know. towards for our community for our -- people. and -- i think that people just really gravitated towards it.
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it makes sense for people to, okay, i have seen the connection now between those two worlds now. you know. and we were just trying to -- basically tell our story and perspective and how we see it and our frustrations. how we feel a sense of responsibility and that took off. our -- what we are trying to do now, you know. >> it is a good branding. for facebook pictures i have seen it on twitter, it seems like your dad just sago ahead if you want music on your own. he is sitting in the studio playing -- working out with you guys. >> exactly. i think our dad has been one of our biggest supporters, you know. you mean, lot of people think that being son of somebody famous that it is just oh, yeah, here. take it. that's not the case. our dad taught us to -- you know, always be disciplined and work hard. always, you know, humility first and work -- more than anything. you know, for us it is -- an honor just to have him there. being in the studio teaching us
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chords ands okay, it maids to sound like this. you are not singing in the right tone. very specific. if he doesn't like something he will let you know. >> i can see that. who can talk about this latest -- your latest album cover. it is pretty incredible. i have seen it several times. tell us about the -- evolution of this to -- is there meaning behind it? to have fun? >> yeah. it is out everywhere now and you can find it on the digital markets and stores now. it is up, up and away. when we -- were tossing ideas around for a title and -- we both felt like where are we now? well, what do we -- where do we want to be? where do we see ourselves in supervisor, ten years? i remember being out with my son. and we were driving and see the hot air balloon flying by.
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and he's like look, dad. look, look. it just click, like that's it. that's where we want to be. you know. it was taking off. barely getting off the ground. i called my brother right away. he is like -- that's perfect. that's it. so -- i think it kind of -- you know, represents what we are trying to do with who we are and where we have been. where we are heading now. and -- where we want to see ourselves in 10, 15 years from now. we definitely want to follow in the footsteps of our father and his -- our uncles. it will take a long time to get there. it means work, work to get up in the air. >> what a great metaphor. i asked you this the last time our the show. you gave me a beautiful answer. repeat it if you don't mind. you come from a family, the title says it. love across latin america, north america. yet, i asked you last time why not keep that genre? why not stick to what your father and what your uncles played? give me your answer.
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>> you know, for us, it is -- you know, they already spoke to a generation. their generation. we feel that we are speaking to our generation. you know the sons and the daughters of, you know, that -- the -- from -- who came over from mexico, from el salvador, america. you know, for us it is for that we get to that generation, just like us, you know, we are -- one moment they are here. and they don't feel exactly like they are from here. they go over there and don't feel like they are from there either. in between, spanish. it is like for us, we are speaking to that generation we can relate with. i think that this is what that outcome represents. that fun flavor where, you know, the latino kid of today, you know, can be listening to anything from dr. dre, brawn owe mars. you know. and it is just -- it is a -- you know, a vast, you know, array of music now. it is like for us this is what it has a little bit of, our rap
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influences and pop influences. it also has the coeverything. it was a really for that we get -- came across that way. and our first project, you know, that for us was just -- you know, it sparked the fire to -- the music genre we wanted to go through. you know, we still have it in -- turned our backs on that teach mike, political stats music. we have been writing a lot. after everything that has been going on lately, for for us it is for we keep that route and know where our roots are from. and know where we are headed. speaking to the next generation. >> political involve many, does that have to do with the powerful words that -- i mane, they take stances on a lot of issues and kind of make us open our eyes and realize the same thing but be -- the -- hip hop style? >> yeah, yeah. definitely. definitely tried to -- you know, have those type of phrase, those type of words.
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mine, i think nowadays with social media and way things have changed, i think things are -- lot more accessible. it is easy to get your word and perspective across now and people respect it, you know. so that's what is -- that's the beautiful thing about it. i mean, i think just the -- of course, the -- message is always going to be the same. you know. we are going to have the same feelings and feel the same way as our father and our uncles and their generation. new generation, telling their perspective and their side of the story. i don't think the story has been told yet. we -- you know, definitely want to represent that generation. and that voice. >> you have some of that. music video you will see in our next segment, this -- we are going to see the entire music video. you are wearing some of the -- appearel that your folks wear. >> yes. our dad's jacket and uncle's jacket. >> how can you go wrong?
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>> raul and mexia, their latest release. arriba y lejos.
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something special happened to me last week. some of you may have heard screening a documentary about my life called "from the fields, an american journey." we traveled to the east coast and screened the film at georgetown, harvard universities. then we invited to screen a documentary on capitol hill. you can imagine honor we had. congressman mike honda hosted that screening. to lend support was congresswom congresswoman. >> having damian here to tell the personal story is part of the bigger picture and we know him at home but, of course, not everyone in washington, d.c.,
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knows his story. we had the president of the foreign workers union here yesterday trying to reach conclusions and -- compromises that will help get this immigration bill done and i think damian's personal story will be part of that bigger picture. at least i hope so. >> more to it than just driving by the field and seeing rows and rows of folks with their -- you know -- strawberries or cotton or whatever. a much greater story. each one of those folks that possibly could be another damian. >> i just want to clarify we invited both republicans and democrats to the screening. just so happened only the democrats showed up. what an honor to be on capitol hill with that documentary. we want to thank the george the university and harvard university, capitol hill, staff there. staff of mike honda, congressman, and the director of the documentary, carolyn brown for taking a risk on a former farm worker.
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we appreciate all of the honor. let's show you again mailbag. drop us a line. there is my e-mail address and my twitter handle. twitter handle is --@newsdamian. we leave you with the sounds of raul and mexia. ♪ >> he is a terrible deejay. why didn't you give her what she wanted? >> mexia. [ speaking spanish ]
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