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.
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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.
During the panel discussion for the 2018 Women’s March, some people of Sacramento were unhappy with some of the aspects of the last women’s march. This year, however, changed some of the issues people had with the march last year. Let’s see what the people of Sacramento think of the Women’s March this year.
According to KCRA 3, 44 pedestrains and bicyclists were killed in Sacramento County in 2015. That’s why the City of Sacramento is working on its own “Vision Zero”, a program that is based on traffic and biking safety. Their ideas are to bring biking fatalities down to zero.
“Vision Zero” believes that traffic deaths are preventable, and they use preventative measures to try and keep residents safe. Vision Zero recommends changing speed-setting standards for cars, improve enforcement on speeders, and updating roads to accommodate everyone who uses them, not just cars.
“Well, last time I rode my bike I ran into a parked car and the handle smacked (me) and almost broke my ribs!” Katherine Mills, a Sacramento resident explains. “Bruised like crazy! I don’t like how sidewalks here have the wave effect. They aren’t flat.”
New York City and other town have seen a decrease in biking accidents after implementing Vision Zero, or other programs like it.
Locally, there are four upcoming meetings in different areas at different times, in order to get input from the city of Sacramento:
- January 17 – 5:30-7: 00 pm, South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Rd.
- January 24 – 5:30-7: 00 pm, Pannell Community Center, 2450 Meadow View Road
- January 29 – 5:30-7:00pm, Oak Park Community Center, 3425 MLK Jr Blvd
- January 31 – 5:00-7: 00 pm, City Hall, 915 I Street
The Women’s March in Sacramento last year was successful in getting thousands together for one cause. But many people felt lost after the march, and some of Sacramento’s citizens want there to be changes before there’s another march to the Capitol.
In 2017, white nationalists rioted against the removal of a statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. The statue was removed in August 6th, with the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a confederate general and member of the klu klux klan, soon to follow in Memphis.
White nationalists, and other radical groups such as the KKK, and Alt-right members rioted the removal of the statues. In Charlottesville, a white nationalist drove a car through people who gathered to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee, killing one person and injury many others.
Some people believed the statues had historical value, and didn’t want them removed. However, the statues were not dedicating during the Civil War. The statues depicting confederate generals, some of which were KKK members, were created during the civil rights movement.
White nationalism is the idea that having white complexion is “superior”, and that people who are not considered white should not be in the United States. Despite the fact that the United States being founded on the shoulders of immigrants, white nationalists hold the idea that America shouldn’t have immigrants.
Moving into 2018, there are still hundreds of confederate statues standing,and the battle to remove them continues to be an issue. White nationalism and other hate groups continue to fight against the people who want the statues removed. Hopefully this new year will bring more peace in the United States.
The film “LadyBird” was filmed here in Sacramento. It’s about a teenager who’s family struggles financially. Her dream college is in New York, but going there could harm her already rocky relationship with her mother.
A showing of City Rising will be playing for free at the Crest Theater on 1013 K Street at 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on December 14th. After the screening of the movie there will be a discussion panel afterwards. RSVPing to this event is required, and you can find the link to tickets here.
City Rising is about gentrification in the United States. Gentrification is when businesses reinvest in an area that is typically of a lower class. To business owners, this practice is called revitalization.
Though this may sound good, many of the people who have lived in these areas for years get forced out of their homes because their rent is increasing too much, and the cost of living gets too high for them to pay.
In a previous article about the documentary itself, Jazmine Justice-Young got a quote from the documentary.
“The area, which used to be mostly, predominantly black… I go there and I don’t even see black people anymore,” Tanya Faison said in the documentary. “Our mayor has taken it and flipped it and renovated it. People are being criminalized. People are being paid to move out of their apartments.”
Whether you think of the practice of increasing rent to be Gentrification or revitalization, watch the movie and join the discussion about the practice with other people who are interested in the topic.