by Ron Cooper 

From the Board of Access Sacramento, we thank all who helped plan and those attending our 25th Anniversary celebration Saturday March 12. We estimate more than 200 people participated. Guest presenters included web site representatives from the Sacramento Bee (Sacramento Connects), Sacramento Press, television stations KCRA (channel 3), KXTV (channel 10), and KTXL (channel 40), the League of Women Voters, Asian Resources, City of Sacramento Neighborhood Services, Cosumnes River College Communications Dept., Building Healthy Communities – Cal Connects, and SunshineWeek.org.  Elected officials included: Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, City Councilman Steve Cohn, Supervisor Phil Serna, and Chris Flores representing Congresswoman Doris Matsui. The Congresswoman included a statement to the 112th Congressional Record honoring our 25th anniversary (see artwork above).

The special event also honored a new class of “community reporters” to our region. We launched our new web site www.AccessLocal.tv including digital content from our five Neighborhood News Bureau locations. We also celebrated the beginning of “Sunshine Week”, encouraging transparency in government.  

At a time in which political differences are dividing us, traditional media reporting is problematic, and government information sharing is becoming increasingly non-responsive, Access Sacramento is busy empowering our youth in service to their communities, spreading the word that more speech is always better than violent alternatives, and adding a bit of “sunlight” to neighborhoods without voices. To quote the ancient lyrics from the 1967 Buffalo Springfield song “For What Its Worth”: 

“There’s battle lines being drawn.
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.
Young people speaking their minds,
Getting so much resistance from behind.
It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look what’s going down.”
 

It is the “sound” of Access Sacramento, “making a difference, one voice at a time”.