On Thursday, February 7th, 2019. Tarana Burke the civil rights activist and creator of the “#metoo” movement, visited Sacramento and gave a speech to many people at a free event at Sac State University.
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Sacramento is often referred to as the “Farm To Fork Capital of California” but what is often ignored are the people who actually live in it, specifically, those who live in impoverished areas such as South Sacramento.
Based on Sacramento County’s Crime map, parts of South Sacramento see a higher rate of crime than in neighboring communities- especially in parts such as Meadowview. A median household income in Meadowview is around $25,000 with the unemployment rate being 17%. Compare that with a neighborhood close by named Greenhaven, the median household income is at around $100,000 and their unemployment rate is at only 10%.
There are many issues with Meadowview including crime, unemployment, and more. There needs to be something done as many people in the community feel there is a sense of abandonment or ignorance when it comes to having the city help the community.
“No, I don’t think the city is doing enough to help out this community. It doesn’t even feel like they’re concerned about us,” said Trenton Boyd, a resident in Meadowview. “I voted for the Mayor but I think I regret it. He said some promising things and I felt hopeful but I don’t think I should’ve voted for him.”
Many people in Meadowview feel this way but often don’t have many outlets to have their voice heard. Capital Public Radio hosted an event on January 16th at Cabrillo Park in Meadowview to learn and hear more from the residents of Meadowview about their experiences and their issues with the area.
The event had many activities for families to come by and enjoy, including speaking with the Capitol Public Radio journalists, map exercises, a photo booth, and storytelling opportunities.
This is all for a documentary CPR will be producing named “The View From Here” which will bring light to the issues that many residents feel are being unheard. The documentary is a year-long project that will include radio shows and podcasts showcasing community voices.
Please visit http://www.capradio.org/ for updates on their documentary series on Meadowview.
President Trump and many other White House officials have been invoking the term “crisis at the border.” It’s one of Trump’s administration’s strongest reasons for building a southern border wall. The President has even as going as far as shutting down the government in an attempt to get funding for the border wall.
But does the term “crisis at the border” hold any validity? Is there any real crisis? To find out we will have to look at what the administration believes is a crisis and what the numbers behind them are. President Trump’s three main points for the wall are crime, illegal immigration, and drugs.
When we look at a study done by the Cato Institute, we can see that crime rates among counties by the border are really low compared to counties not along the
border. Counties not among the border have a crime rate of about 378.6 per 100,000. compared to counties that are among the border with 347.8 per 100,000.
“If the entire United States in 2017 had crime rates identical to those in counties along the U.S.-Mexico border, there would have been 5,720 fewer homicides, 159,036 fewer property crimes, and 99,205 fewer violent crimes across the entire country,” said in the article published by the Cato Institute.
The Trump administration makes it seem as if there are many illegal immigrants flooding past the southern border. But in recent years the number of apprehensions has actually decreased compared to previous years. We know this because of a report that was done by the Southwest Border Patrol. It showed that numbers have actually had a steady decrease.
“The President is out of touch with what the values of people who cross over to this country have,” said Angel Perez, a previously undocumented immigrant. “My family brought me here to have a good life and that’s it.”
Drugs crossing the border is an actual issue but critics have been skeptical about if a wall would even help stop the trafficking of drugs into the United States. The Drug Enforcement Administration studies show that the majority of drugs cross through official ports of entry.
As of this writing, the federal government is shut down due to Trump’s so-called “crisis”. There is still no funding for a border wall and no telling how far this fight will go.
Sacramento is known for it’s Farm to Fork movement and it’s Capitol Building. But what it may not be well known for is the surprising increasing numbers of homeless people that are haunting the county of Sacramento.
In 2017, an organization by the name of Sacramento Steps Forward (SSF) did a homeless count in the Sacramento County and found over 3,665 people were living without shelter. This is an absolutely massive increase from the count done in 2015. In 2015 there were 2,822 people living without shelter making for a 30 percent increase. The numbers in 2017 were the highest record of homelessness in Sacramento ever.
“I have worked throughout my career to address the homelessness problem head-on in California and in the Sacramento region,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on the official Sacramento City website. “We know that the best way to reduce homelessness is to provide a place for people to live with the resources they need to transition out of homelessness permanently.”
Many of Darrell Steinberg’s main campaign issues were about fighting the rising numbers of homelessness. It has been about 2 years since he was sworn into office and yet this hasn’t been forgotten. Many are starting to question his actual solutions to the problem. The mayor has taken some steps to fight homelessness such as ordering to reinstall benches and has been adding policies that he hopes will take 2,000 homeless off the streets.
The City of Sacramento does these counts every few years to determine how to accurately shape policies and programs. There will be a new count for homelessness done by the Sacramento Housing Alliance on January 30 – 31st of 2019. To find out more information please visit https://sachousingalliance.org/ or if you want to volunteer or register for the counting process please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WLV8VVT?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=8fcd4b06-a236-4a1c-928f-6987413857c5
Sac To Zero is an organization that hopes to help give more access to emission-free transportation to the people of Sacramento. I was so intrigued by this ambitious goal, so I went to visit them in Downtown Sacramento to see what more they had to share.
Secretary of Education Betsy Devos is aiming to remove important Obama-era guidance policies that aimed to ensure that students are not unfairly disciplined in American schools. The Trump administration believes that removing these guidelines set by the Obama administration will decrease the amount of school-related violence.
This comes move comes from a policy recommendation from the Federal School Safety Commission’s report. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, it was expected that this report would have a focus on on guns and school safety. The report was aimed to provide recommendations and ensure school safety.
Obama’s policies are called the “Rethink Discipline” and explain why “zero-tolerance” policies in school do more harm for students than good in many cases. This is especially relevant with minority students having three times higher and a disproportionate rate of suspensions and expulsions than white students.
“Schools are places where there’s tremendous amounts of discretion with regard to when to call law enforcement,” said Phillip Goff, the president of the Center for Policing Equity at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York in a paper by edweek.org. “As a result, we end up with folks who fear black kids, fear for their physical safety, fear that they can’t control their class, or quite frankly, contempt [for black children]. Anytime you have high levels of fear and high levels of discretion, you’re going to end up with high levels of disparity.”
According to the Trump administration, rescinding these policies will help alleviate the amount of school-related violence. They have gone out to cite that teachers and students were scared of students that showed signs of antisocial or violent tendencies who would tend to go unpunished or even unchecked.
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker went to say that the report “provides a substantive blueprint for this Administration’s next steps to protect our young people. The Department of Justice will continue to support first responders and provide training for law enforcement officers and school personnel.”
As expected, this news from the Trump Administrations created an uproar of criticism by activists and parents alike.
“School shootings are a grave and preventable problem, but rescinding the school discipline guidance is not the answer,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, the President and Director-counsel of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on a paper by the New York Times, “Repealing the guidance will not stop the next school shooter, but it will ensure that thousands more students of color are unnecessarily ushered into the school-to-prison pipeline.”
Studies show that suspensions can lead students into a spiral of lifelong negative effects and show little effectiveness of having a positive impact for students. While the Trump Administration believes that rescinding these policies will help decrease school-related violence, it’s good to point out that statistically the majority of school shooters in the United States are not students of color. They would however be the most affected by the removal of these Obama policies. This issue will continue to develop in the coming of weeks and Accesslocal.tv will continue to focus on how this will be resolved.
Over 360,000 children live in Sacramento County. 33% of these children are white with another 33% latinx, 15% asian, and 11% black. While they make up one of the smallest demographics, there’s an issue within black children that has been plaguing them for over 20 years.
According to a study by thecapcenter.org and the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team (CDRT), between the years of 1990 and 2009 there has been a total of 3,633 child deaths in the county. The overall child death rate during the twenty year period was 53.20 per 100,000 Sacramento County Children. The data shows that black children, who only make up about 11% of the children population of Sacramento, have been dying at almost twice the rate of any other race.
Many of these deaths are due to perinatal conditions, congenital anomalies, infant-related sleep deaths, homicides, and motor vehicle collisions. But according to a new report by the First 5 Sacramento Commission, the infant-mortality rate has gone down by around 45% among black children in Sacramento between the years of 2013 to 2016.
This new trend brings down the number of mortality rates for black children to seven out of every 1,000 compared to 5 out of every 1,000 in the overall child mortality rates for other ethnicities. The First 5 Sacramento Commission has been working with a group of community advocates called the Black Child Legacy Campaign (BCLC). They have worked together to produce a public education program which surrounds the health of black infants. This education program includes pregnancy support, school support, and more.
“To see that data up there really tells the story of us really being committed to this work and educating our families,” said Jackie Rose of the Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center. “They’re getting it, they’re really getting it.”
The same report from the First 5 Sacramento Commission also says that the women that are enrolled in educational programs, such as the one produced by the BCLC, were more likely to put their babies to sleep safely than those who aren’t.
“We do see from today’s report that we’re headed in the right direction,” said Linda Fong-Somera, program planner for the commission. “We’ve had significant decreases in many of the areas.”
First 5 Sacramento Commission, BCLC, and CDRT hope and expects that this progress continues in the future. Since the County of Sacramento has been focusing more money in black infant mortality reduction than in 2015, they expect that future samples and studies will show even more progress and hope to even out the disparity between black children mortality rates compared to other ethnicities.
“After twenty years of listening to child stories, tabulating data, presenting annual reports, and watching programs and policies come and go, and the wisdom among our Child Death Review
The Burbank Garden is located at Luther Burbank High. It is a part of an agricultural program for the students at the school. In this video, we take a look into what they are building and what it means to the students.
On Saturday, October 20th, the 5th annual Walk 4 Literacy was hosted at James McClatchy Park in Sacramento. This walk went from McClatchy Park, passed by the Capitol, and ended at Cesar Chavez Park and brought hundreds of people to bring awareness of the dropping literacy levels in schools across California.
According to Walk4Literacy,org, “Third grade is a pivotal point in a student’s learning. This is the point when children transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Falling short of this milestone has significant consequences including: students not graduating from high school, and those that do graduate are underprepared for college, careers, or military service.”
According to a study by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, two out of three American children do not read at grade level and one in six children who do not read proficiently by the third grade do not graduate high school on time. This rate is four times higher than children who are proficient readers.
According to another study by the National School Boards Association,it’s even worse for children who grow up in poverty. 22% of students who grew up in poverty do not graduate high school, and 26% of those who were poor are not reading at proficiently levels.
According to Walk4Literacy.org, “From the 2017 Walk4Literacy, $7,200 was be granted to local programs positively impacting children’s literacy in our community. To date, $37,200 has been granted back to the community organizations helping children reach grade-level reading. Our goal is to help every child reach grade-level reading. The Walk4Literacy is a collaborative project.”
While there are many issues surrounding the literacy of our youth, events like Walk 4 Literacy aim to combat these problems and hope to provide a solution. If you are interested in learning more about their efforts, please visit walk4literacy.org and make to watch this quick video about the event.
As a young Hispanic, I know that there are many reasons why I need to vote and have my voice heard. With the midterm elections coming up, this is an important time for me to do my part and help shape our nation into what I want it to be.