Alister Oliver, a photographer, presented his portraits on April 14th at the Sparrow Gallery. The pictures depicted gender-nonconforming renditions of male people and characters. The series started as a way to aggravate a perverted costumer that would ask for model’s numbers and ended as a boundary-pushing portrait series. Oliver hires primarily transgender models and other models that bend gender roles. His photography has taken him to different LGBTQ+ schools as a guest speaker and allowed him to meet some interesting people.
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At McClatchy Park, on April, Saturday 14th, a celebration of Oak Park schools will be held. It’s a free event, with free haircuts for kids. There will be live music, food, and resources for the community, as well as performances by students in the Oak Park area.
This festival is meant to be fun for the whole family, and it encourages stronger communities that know each other better. The schools and students of Oak Park have had many accomplishments and successes. This event recognizes the hard work of Oak Park students and teachers alike.
Vendors will be on hand to help the community recognize some organizations that can help them. Hot dogs will also be cooked for the celebrations, with help from community firefighters. So far, over 700 people are planning to attend.
As Oak Park grows and strengthens as a community, more and more opportunities for socialization appear. The celebration of the schools and students of Oak Park is a great way to connect with neighbors and to support the local community. Plus, it gives students the opportunity to go out in a safe environment and socialize with each other.
Those who want to attend should come to McClatchy Park, on 3500 5th Avenue in Sacramento. The event will be on Saturday, April 14th, from 12:00pm-3:00pm.
The Thousand Strong program, implemented by Mayor Darrell Steinberg, hopes to enrich the young people of Sacramento with skills that they will need for both college and the workforce. By implementing the Thousand Strong program, the city of Sacramento hopes to better not just it’s youth, but also the prosperity of its economy as well.
The Thousand Strong program works with local businesses in order to give youth professional training, to help make them a better asset to companies. The program also offers internships, so that way young people can get hands-on experience.
“This is not another program,” said Mayor Steinberg in a press release. “It is the way we intend to do business in our city. We don’t run the schools, nor do we run a business – we are the link to ensure that our kids are first in line for the jobs in Sacramento’s new economy.”
All the students who enroll will be aided by a professional to ensure that they have support and guidance. With the new skill sets, young people of Sacramento will be better equipped to handle any job that they might apply for. They will also have opportunities through internships to obtain a job.
The program offers 40 hours of workplace training through paid internships. Because the program doesn’t charge the employer, it allows for more opportunities for internships and helps teens better prepare for the workforce.
For employers, they have access to hundreds of job profiles of youth through the City of Sacramento, and they will have the ability to network with talented youth, setting up possible future employees.
In honor of National Women’s Day, local organizers put together a march to discus prevelant issues that all women deal with, as well as the women in Sacramento. There was a heavy emphasis on diversity, and inclusion. There also was live music, as well as speeches given by different organizers.
After the shooting at a Florida high school, students from all accords the United States have decided that they are going to band together and walk out of class on March 14th. But with principals threatening suspensions, some students are worried about how their activism may hinder their academic success. The ACLU put together a livestream video to reassure students of their rights, and what is equal punishment versus excessive punishment, and what you can do to assert your rights.
On February 5th, a racially charged science fair project was put up by a student of McClatchy High School in Sacramento. The student’s hypothesis was “if the average IQs of blacks, Southeast Asians, and Hispanics are lower than the average IQs of non-Hispanic whites and Northeast Asians, then the disproportionately in HISP (an advance student group) is justified.” The student used an online quiz to develop his conclusion that “As can be seen, non-Hispanic whites and Northeast Asians have an IQ advantage of fifteen points over blacks and Southeast Asians, and ten points over non-white Hispanics. Therefore, the hypothesis is accepted…” For obvious reasons, this created significant controversy and raised a plethora of questions about McClatchy and the “Humanitanities and International Studies” program.
The project remained standing for two days; it was taken down in the morning only after students, staff, and parents complained. The project also had to have gone through a teacher to be approved before being showcased. This has raised many questions about the school staff’s ethics.
A week after the project was taken down, a forum was held to discuss whether top academic schools were disproportionately excluding minority students access to their schools. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Superintendent Jorge Aguilar, and roughly 250 concerned Sacramento citizens gathered to have this discussion.
“What we see, is that of the 184 students that apply and are in the lottery, only 7% are African American,” Superintendent Jorge Aguilar stated during the meeting. “Even though they make up 14% of our class, and of the 349 that didn’t apply, they’re only 6%”
“We can’t tell ourselves that we’re going to wait until we’ve addressed the roots of this issue to start addressing the (topic point),” Amos Karlsen, a senior at McClatchy High School said during the discussion. “So one of the things I noticed, one of the things I wasn’t surprised by was the fact that only one student of every 40 who met the criteria that the district created (applied).”
This, however, is not the first time a staff member of McClatchy did something questionable. On October 3rd, 2016, a coach named Joakima Gregg called out three girls by their color instead of by their names, saying “three little black girls go sit down”. Coach Gregg did not face repercussions, and was claimed to have only given “vague individual apologies and only a vague mention to the teams.”
There is currently an investigation into HISP programs and how they select their students. Whether the HISP programs will become more diverse with the people they let into their programs, or if they continue to be the way they are, remains to be seen.
On February 17th and 18th, there was a two-day conference for youth who are involved in journalism programs throughout the state. The conference had workshops which were lead by professionals from the field, as well as key-note speakers that shared their wisdom about journalism. Young people from all over California came to Oakland for this event, and this video features a taste of how their programs are run.
In January of 2017, President Donald Trump issued a new ethics policy regarding lobbyists. The policy weakens the ethics policy which prevented lobbyists from joining agencies related to where they lobbied before. This change by the Trump administration allows lobbyists such as corn syrup advocates to help the USDA set rules and guidelines about what’s healthy.
For context, let’s take a step back for a moment. In 2009, Barack Obama made an executive order to prevent lobbyists from joining agencies if they had lobbied for something similar within the past two years. Though this ethics policy still remains, it has gotten easier for lobbyists to join an agency as long as they have an “ethics waiver”.
Now, how does all this affect citizens? Kailee Tkacz, a previous corn syrup lobbyist, was given an ethics waiver to serve as a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She lobbied on “education regarding federal food policy”, but now with her new position in the USDA, she can change those very same policies. That could mean that the maximum amount of corn syrup in any given product could rise, and it could mean that corn syrup will be seen as more healthy based on new standards.
“Recently, the World Health Organization recommended that an average adult consume only twenty-five grams of sugar daily,” Bruce Tran wrote in a previous article about health on our website. “However, an average American consumed about three pounds of sugar each week. With two-thirds of American being obese or overweight, there are many scientific studies to support that sugar is strongly linked to obesity.”
Tkacz is just one example of a former lobbyist joining the ranks of a government agency they once sparred with in a professional setting. Since June of 2017, over 30 lobbyists were appointed to Trump administration posts to oversee the same issue area on which they had lobbied on in the two year prior, in an apparent total shift in the Obama area policy.
The Verge is an art gallery that is free to the public. They offer classes on arts and crafts, as well as summer camps.
On Sunday, February 11th, the “Unity Ball” promoting solidarity with trans women will be held at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Only the first 450 people will be allowed to enter, and the tickets on Eventbrite have already been sold out.
“It’s actually a three-part series, and it’s called the unity projects,” Ebony Harper said in a previous interview. “And they’re to promote solidarity with trans folks, predominantly trans women of color.”
The three-part event included a Sacramento screening of two movies, Major! and KIKI. that occurred last year and the creation of a mural of Chyna Gibson, a trans woman who had been murdered.
The dance is based on “ballroom scene”, which is an LGBT based organization. Ballroom scene involves many art forms, such as dance, modeling, and singing. In ballroom scene, there are usually competitions in which members of the ballroom scene participate in.
“So the ballroom scene is an underground organization, I call underground but it’s actually really really big…” Demetriel Colon said in a previous interview. “It’s associated with a lot of different houses, or similarly, families of the LGBT community and what they do is compete regularly for cash prizes or trophies and things like that.”
You can read more about the Unity Ball on Sol Collective’s website here, or check out their Facebook page.