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.
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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.
For years, the South Sacramento water tower off of I-5 Freeway said in big letters, “Welcome to Sacramento. City of Trees.” But in March of 2017, the bottom slogan went from “City of Trees,” to “America’s Farm To Fork Capital
With Sacramento hosting their very large event the 2018 Farm-to-Fork Festival, it shows that the term “Farm to Fork” is here to stay.
Why was it changed? What is farm to fork? Why is Sacramento America’s farm to fork capital? What is the importance of farm to fork? And how did this all begin?
The term “Farm to Fork” is connected to a social movement that aims to promoting serving locally grown produce in restaurants, grocery stores and more. In the Sacramento region, this has become a very popular term. California has been a agricultural powerhouse for the United States.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), California in 2013 would have a export value of $13.7 Billion in agricultural and livestock products. The Top Countries to receive agriculture exports Canada ($2.6 billion); Hong Kong ($1.29 billion); and China. ($1.21 billion)
The six counties surrounding the Sacramento region produces over 200 different types of crops including 1.5 million acres of farmland. Locally that’s a billion dollar agricultural economy according to a study done by UC Davis.
With numbers as large as those, local farmers provide many restaurants with local produce and with the increase in local farmers markets such as the Oak Park Farmers Market, farm to fork is aiding in the fight against food deserts.
Food deserts can be described as areas or neighborhoods where access to affordable and healthy food options, is severely restricted or even completely non-existent. You would know if you’re in a food desert if you do not have a supermarket that provides fresh food within a mile from your neighborhood.
Neighborhoods that are in food deserts are statistically more common in communities of color and low-income areas. Studies from the USDA shows that wealthy neighborhoods usually have about three times as many supermarkets than low-income areas.
Many people think that farm to fork practices such as growing produce in resident’s backyards could help with the fight against food deserts around the country. Many believe that this could provide more access to fresh foods that food desert neighborhoods didn’t have access before.
In Sacramento, local farmers Chanowk and Judith Yisrael tried to combat the food desert he is in by growing a farm of produce in his backyard. He used his produce to provide food for himself and his family but as time went on he began to realize that he could help the surrounding community he is in with his farm.
“We realized that even though we were in our backyards and growing food, eating healthy. We still had a community that we lived in that was a food desert,” Said Chanowk in an interview with Sol Life. “It didn’t seem right for us. And that’s where the Yisrael Family Urban Farm was born.”
With locally produced farmers markets popping up more frequently not just in the Sacramento area but all across United States, the next few years will be interesting when it comes how other communities (especially low-income communities) will use the farm to fork lifestyle.
On October 31st the Sacramento BHC is hosting their 7th annual Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) Sacramento Summit. This event will take place at the Sacramento State University Ballroom starting early in the day at 9:00 AM at last until 4:00 PM.
“The BMoC Sacramento Summit is an annual full-day event which is focused on galvanizing community power and inspiring youth action,” said the Sacramento BHC, regarding what the event was about. “The purpose of the summit is to create system change by mobilizing young people and inspiring dialogue between youth activists and local leaders.”
With the upcoming midterm elections, it’s important for young people to come together at events such as the BMoC. Participants are being encouraged to use the hashtag #staywoke during this event and to speak on issues such as social justice, police brutality, and “schools not prisons”.
In California, with help from the California Endowment, student suspensions have been steadily decreasing with numbers as high as 400,000 fewer suspensions annually. Events like this help spread accurate information and provide forms of action for people to take part in, especially for youth. 11 other states in the U.S. have passed laws that help aid in the fight against the school to prison pipeline, following California’s lead.
The Sacramento BHC hopes to continue the momentum and spread more awareness about issues surrounding youth all while including the young people in the process.
To learn more about this event and how it helps the surrounding community of Sacramento please visit HERE.
On September 22nd, La Familia hosted an event that provided several services for the surrounding community while celebrating 45 years of helping the residents of Sacramento.
The Vice Mayor a small California town called Dixon was recently in the news for some anti-LGBTQ language he used in the local Independent Voice Newspaper. In a section called “That’s
Life”, Dixon Vice Mayor Ted Hickman had plenty to say concerning his feelings on Gay Pride Month.
“Last Sunday ended LGBTQF-WTF month … with tens of thousands of folks dancing and prancing all over American celebrating the fact they are different than most of the rest of us and showing their ‘pride’ in being so,” said Vice Mayor Hickman. “Last week I proclaimed the Month of July as SPAM …(Straight Pride American Month)…(as Vice Mayor don’t know if I can, but what the heck).”
This has caused an uproar from many of the LGBTQ community and from residents who live in the Dixon area. An online petition calling for Hickman’s removal from office quickly went viral. This petition from thepetitionsite.com has already garnered 25,000 signatures with the goal to reach over 30,000.
“Now hundreds of millions of the rest of us can celebrate our month, peaking on July 4th, as healthy, heterosexual, fairly monogamous, keep our kinky stuff to ourselves, Americans,” the Vice Mayor continued in his newspaper column. “Don’t get me wrong, I support the First Amendment, as much as the next person, and support the rights of grown men to wear skin-tight short-shorts and go-go boots and don tinker bell wings with a wand and prance down the streets of San Francisco.”
“Wow! That’s actually really nuts, he’s definitely not someone I want anywhere near me,” said Cecilia Ochoa, a student at UC Davis. “I will for sure be signing the petition for his recall.”
“Mr. Hickman’s words have no place in our society. Mr. Hickman should resign immediately,” said Rick Zbur, The Executive Director of Equality California.
Vice Mayor Hickman has acknowledged the petition but says that he doubts any sort of recall will happen. At a packed City Council meeting last week, dozens of protestor called for his immediate removal from office while Dixon Mayor Tom Bogue hinted that the city was considering other legal options to deal with Hickman’s remarks. Hickman is up for reelection this November.
On June 30th, Downtown Sacramento was host to the “Families Belong Together” Rally. People came together to combat the recent decisions by the Trump administration to seperate children from their parents at the border.
Join Access Local as we participate the annual NAMI Walk this year in 2018. Many people from all over come together to show their support for people with mental illness.