THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN: Community Voices: Working together is working smarter

Generations ago, during one of the most epic migrations of people ever recorded, thousands of families moved west across our nation to the beating heart of California for the promise expressed in one beautiful word:

Work.

Work that would allow them to feed their children.

Work that would improve their prospects.

Work that would give them security, roots, a home.

They had hope or, in the words of the great valley writer Gerald Haslam, they had the hope of hope.

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