Gather Oak Park was held on Thursday, September 13th. Many people in the community gathered together to eat food and have fun. I interviewed vendors and participants at Gather.
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When Mollie Tibbets’ murderer was identified as undocumented immigrant political officials began to use her death as a racist political argument against the Latino community. Mollie Tibbets father said in the Des Moines Register: “Please leave us out of your debate. Allow us to grieve in privacy and with dignity. At long last, show some decency. On behalf of my family and Mollie’s memory, I’m imploring you to stop.”
Many in the Latino community have been struck hard by the effects of Mollie Tibbets death. Latinos in Des Moine have been attacked with graffiti and robocalls since the suspect was identified as an undocumented immigrant. Donald Trump, Jr. wrote his own Op-Ed in the Des Moines Register blaming democratic policies for the murder of Mollie Tibbets.
Young people in Sacramento have opinions on Mollie Tibbets’ death as well. “We already have to face enough with the fact that we have always been the lower class in society, and ever since Trump was elected racism has gone up for Mexicans and African Americans”, says Caleb, a 16-year-old student.
And he isn’t wrong. In 2017, the Anti-defamation League released a report which stated white supremacists committed the most extremist killings in 2017 compared to other extremist groups.
“Besides if (Mollie Tibbets) was an immigrant, nobody would bat an eye,” Caleb stated. Perhaps it is this statement that is the most important, maybe Americans as a whole need to take a long hard look at ourselves and think about racism and inequality. What can Americans do to bridge the divide?
In Fresno County, the preterm birth rate is 12% in a 70% Black or Hispanic zipcode while in a historically white zipcode area where over 66% of it’s residents are white, the preterm birth rate is only 7% in a report published by UC Berkley’s Graduate School of Journalism. And it’s not just a “Fresno” thing, in this video I touch on the affect that zipcodes have on premature birth.
A proposed bill in California would make water and milk the “default beverage” for children at restaurants who order children’s meals. Senate Bill 1192 has already been passed in the Assembly and may soon be signed by Governor Jerry Brown.
The proposed bill was made in an effort to curb childhood obesity and childhood diabetes. If passed, children’s meals will automatically be served with water or milk instead of a soda or juice option with high sugar content.
“I think kids eight and under should not have sugary drinks in restaurants because young bodies need healthy food to grow and the sugar could also cause them to get hyper thus disrupting other customers,” says Elizabeth Merrifield, a 15-year-old Sacramento resident.
According to the text of SB-1192, some of the reasons for this proposal are that “obese children are at greater risk for numerous adverse health consequences, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, certain cancers, asthma, low self-esteem, depression, and other debilitating diseases.”
Some people believe that the proposed bill will prevent childhood diabetes and obesity, while others believe that the bill is too much. Whichever way one feels, SB-1192, if adopted will have effects across California.
The Party For Socialism and Liberation met on August 18th to discuss Rent Control and reform as well as the release of the magazine; The Housing Issue. In this video, participants, candidates, and guests talk about their thoughts on how socialism could affect rent reform.
On Friday, August 12th, Sol Collective hosted a pop-up Art Show and poster sale with Ernesto Yerena. It was a chance for the community to get together, view art, listen to music and eat traditional Mexican food. Yerena’s art focuses on the Chicano experience and feelings on both sides of the border.
“For me being a political artist, it’s important because a lot of times, the media’s not gonna put out our own stories, stories from our own neighborhoods, from our heritage,” says Yerena.
Sol Collective regularly provides opportunities for the community to engage in activities that promote social justice and awareness. Just last week, on August 8th, Sol Collective hosted Sac Activist School: Mothers Out Front.
“I’ve known them (Sol Collective) for years, and I’ve always wanted to come and do something like this here, we just planned this last minute but, it’s nice to be a part of something here in the community,” Yerena said.
The show brought the community together to appreciate art that highlighted the cultural Chicano experience, while surrounded by great company.
Political art, social justice, and culture all culminated in one place at the Pop Up Art Show. For more events like this one, check out @solcollective on Instagram and Facebook.
Ever since Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by Donald Trump to sit on the Supreme Court, many people in the United States have been concerned for women’s reproductive rights. Despite the concerns, polls now show that support for reproductive rights has never been higher while support for the new Supreme Court justice has plummeted as well.
Only 14% of Democrats support the confirmation of Kavanaugh, being “the lowest for the opposing party for any nominee in recent memory” according to a Gallup survey conducted in July.
Kavanaugh is not clear to whether he supports reproductive rights but is clearly conservative which is why his nomination matters to people all over the United States who care about reproductive rights. According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, “Those supporting the ruling include 88 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of independents and a majority — 52 percent — of Republicans.”
“There is more polling that shows over 70% of Republicans support safe and legal abortions, Americans at large don’t want to go back to the days before Roe V. Wade,” said Cheri Greven, Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood NorCal.
Without legal and safe abortion access, women may go to dangerous and potentially fatal means to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. This could have something to do with the fact that only 4 out of 10 Republicans even believe Roe V. Wade should be overturned, according to Gallup.
“Kavanaugh will be bad for reproductive rights,” Greven states. “In just 2015 at the affordable care act benefit wrote the dissenting opinion on birth control access at workplaces.”
If Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court, women’s reproductive rights may be at risk. And with more and more Americans supporting reproductive rights, what is really at stake?
On Thursday, July 19th, a Multicultural Town Hall focusing on Mental Health options for minorities and youth was held in South Sacramento. Many people from the community came to the event to speak out about mental health.
When Marijuana became legalized in California, it was almost understood that a significant amount of the taxes the retail sales would generate would be used to fund drug treatment programs. However, that was not the case. Senate Bill 275 is being sponsored by the California Society of Addiction Medicine to help youth get good treatment delivered by the state.
As part of the bill an expert panel consisting of representatives from many communities, such as a representative of foster and homeless youth, county probation representatives, and a representative from the state department of education, would meet to discuss and advise the state on substance abuse.
According to drugtreatment.org, one in six teenagers admit to taking prescription drugs to get high or change their mood. Many California residents ask why if drugs are so easy for youth to get, why isn’t the state putting more money into treatment services for youth now that the state has a new resource for money- Marijuana.
“It’s clear that youth are harmed by drug use,” says Dr. Tim Cermak, a Marin County Psychiatrist. “We’re talking about tax revenue set up used for the treatment of drug abuse.”
Drug treatment services provided by the state is especially important to minorities. LGBTQ adolescents are 90% more likely to develop substance abuse disorders than their straight peers according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Senate Bill 275 could be essential to lowering those statistics by providing services to at-risk youth.
“Public sector programs (are) used to move in areas of underprivileged youth and minorities,” says Dr. Cermak. “$50 million is for communities that have been impacted the most, there will be quality standards for treatment programs that are started by private entities.”
If passed, Senate Bill 275 promises that hundreds of millions of dollars will be placed into services to give quality treatment to all youth, regardless of their means or background.