Green Technical Education and Employment employs youth over the summer to increase local access to healthy foods through use of an aquaponics system.
Obesity is one of the biggest problems to American health. Many public officials are becoming more concerned about how to stop it. Many argue that sugary products should be taxed while other say that the state should implement programs for healthier foods. There is one possible solution does not target the dietary choice of the people- instead, it focuses on how people travel.
According to Science Daily, increases in support for public transit would decrease the national obesity rate. “The analysis found that for each 1 percent increase in a county’s population who frequently ride public transit, obesity rates dropped 0.2 percent,” says the Daily Mail about a study conducted by the University Of Illinois that was published in the Journal Preventive Medicine
The study argues that by taking public transit, people have to walk from one location to another. This would reduce the obesity rate because people would have to be active. However, when a person is driving, they might drive directly to their location rather than be doing anything physically demanding.
According to the Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento has over 3 thousand bus stops, 3 light rails routes, and 67 bus routes. The transit system is one of the major players in transporting people around Sacramento. Many students, both in primary and secondary school, depend on RT for movement.
“[There’s] a lot of low-income people who are literally struggling by and I’ll hand them an extra pass and be like here quick before they give you a ticket,” said Rae Bandorf, SAC organizer, in an interview. “That’s not fair and I don’t want people to be like that.”
According to the University of Los Angeles, 39.9 percent of students in Sacramento are obese. Obesity is one of the biggest cause of health complications in America. There is definitely more than one way to fight obesity and every one of them count.
Regardless where they are, one thought plagues the minds of most aspiring principals in the nation: How can I improve my school by decreasing out-of-school suspensions?
Unlike other suspendable offenses, are as difficult to define as willful defiance. Carl Pinkston, a member of the Sacramento-based Black Parallel School Board, summarizes willful defiance as to “Willfully def(y) an authority (e.g. teacher, principals, SRO’s and school personnel) to perform their duty.”
“A student comes into class late, wearing clothing that displeases(s) the school official, non respons(ive) to a question, rolling of eyes, dropping of pencil, etc,” explains Pinkston. “In fact, it’s a question of implicit bias of authority view of a student and the failure of classroom management.”
While the subjective nature of willful defiance continues to confuse school administrators across the country, one New Jersey school seems to have found their own creative solution.
The Yorkship Family School in Camden, New Jersey has restructured some classrooms into “calm rooms”–typically used as safe spaces for anxious students–a type of group counseling room where students who are sent out of class on grounds of willful defiance can communicate their problems and learn how to better handle their frustrations in the classroom.
“After looking at the number of students being suspended at such a young age, sent home for misbehaviors in the classroom and decided that we weren’t approaching the whole child,” Linda Brown-Bartlett said in an interview with NewsWorks. “So we created this calming room which is a safe space where students can come if they’re anxious or agitated (or) starting to loose control…we’ve changed the question when they come into the calming room as to not ‘What did you do?’ but ‘How did this happen? What’s going on?’ and trying to make it a little more personal for the child.”
So if one school was able to decrease suspensions with this method, should California schools implement calm rooms as well?
“No,” says Pinkston. “It’s a very old approach to the wrong problem. First of all, Restorative Justice practices and (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)attempts to address the underlin(ed) cause of the student acting out and develop a strategy to restore the harm done. A calming room, let(s) the student settle down, but no one in authority ask the student the fundamental question – Why?”
These two differing views on how to handle willful defiance, directing more focus on the student or the environment, are considerable input for principals who want to consider the benefits of implementing calm rooms in their schools.
Several years ago, the creation of a Central Kitchen for the school district entered into the minds of communities members in Sacramento. As proposed, the Central Kitchen is supposed to bring fresh food to SCUSD students. In this video, residents descend on Hiram Johnson High School to discuss the subject.
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Join us as Team Hope walks into our studio to stamp out Huntington’s Disease. We will learn about the principles of Aikido from the Heart Tree Studio.
Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Thousands of people walk together each year to support The Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s fight to improve the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s Disease.
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Summer break is quickly approaching. With it, local organizers are planning to provide more options for young people who are just out of school to spend their time productively. On June 15th, at Cesar Chavez Park, an event geared just for teens will take place from 2pm to 6pm, an event called Juneteenth.
This event is geared for students between the ages of 5 and 18, with games and activities to do, spoken word competitions, as well as food trucks.
“There will be plenty of fun and exciting activities for our youth to enjoy!” said Nakeya Bell, Juneteenth organizer, “The event will have free food, community vendors, interactive booths, fun activities, live entertainment featuring music, spoken word and dance performances. All under the shady trees of one of the best parks in Sacramento!”
This event provides a safe place for students to hang out after school lets out. You can also pre-register for this event here.
“Our SAC community coming together to kickoff Summer ‘17, uplifting all of our youth across the county and having some fun before the heat wave arrives! In addition, we are celebrating the strong partnerships with Sacramento nonprofits, foundations, government agencies, community residents and youth working together on the Black Child Legacy Campaign,”
said Bell. “The Black Child Legacy Campaign is a community-driven movement raising visibility and strengthening collective impact efforts to reduce the number of black mortalities due to homicide, child abuse/neglect, infant sleep-related conditions and perinatal conditions. Aside from the historical black holiday celebration, we are promoting awareness around safety, violence prevention efforts and opportunities for our youth in Sacramento county.”
Once school lets out, the Juneteenth will be starting for any student to go and have a good time.
On Saturday, June 3rd, a workshop for financial literacy was held at the Sierra 2 Center on 24th street. The workshop discussed different ways of budgeting. This was one workshop in a series of financial literacy workshops to educate people on how to budget their money, how to buy a house, and other different ways of being smart with your money.
Since the Stonewall riots of 1964, the month of June has been known to many as LGBT pride month. On the third of June, hundreds gathered at Crocker Park in downtown Sacramento to prepare for the March of Equality. The March of Equality was hosted by the California Endowment and a coalition of people from various communitIes. The purpose of the march strive for equality and justice.
People started to gather at around 8:30 AM in the morning to prepare for the march. Signs were being made on the spot while new friends were meeting for the first time. Just before the march at around 10:00 AM, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg came to give a pep talk.
“We march to reaffirm that we are one community,” Steinberg told the crowd. “We march to say loud and clear that Sacramento has always been always will be a place where we celebrate diversity and inclusion. We march to celebrate the incredible strives we have made for the LGBT and transgendered communities.”
According to the March of Equality Facebook page, one emphasis of the event was to “resist the hate”. In light of some of President Trump’s actions, the #resist movement has suddenly became more popular in many states. During the march
there were many people holding signs with the “#resist” or “#resiste” statement on it. The sentiment were not necessarily anti-Trump, but it is clear that some of the strong feelings that were invoked during the march stem from the president’s actions since taking office. The march continued until almost 11:00 AM. People stopped outside the Pride Festival to hear stories from individuals that were willing to share. The march dispersed shortly afterward with many going into the festival.
Sacramento is home to a diverse population with many ethnicities and sexual orientations. According to organizers, the march was held to honor the fights that these communities have taken part in for their civil rights.
According to Homeland Security, the estimated total of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. is between 8-12 million people. California alone is home to around 2 million; that’s 1 in 5 of all undocumented immigrants living in the Golden State. With that large number of people living in the United States, one might think that our government would want to provide support for our undocumented neighbors.
Many undocumented immigrants, specifically undocumented students, face many challenges as they move through the education system in the U.S. Many undocumented students fear that they could get separated from their families due to deportation when at school.
This issue has caught the eye of some very important people. The Sacramento City Unified School District recently declared their schools as safe havens. That means that students are allowed on campus without fear of federal agencies like ICE from entering school premises in search of undocumented immigrants.
Undocumented students also lack the accessibility to federal financial aid, making college harder to attend. State-level financial aid is available, though many undocumented students find it fearful to share very personal information with the government.
“I was lucky to be able to be born in the U.S. but for friends and family, a lot of them are undocumented,” said Angel Perez, a soon-to-be college student. “I will be going to college in the fall but I know some of my friends aren’t due to a lack of federal help.”
In California, there is a new rising wave of support for undocumented students that continues to grow. Free legal services at most UC campuses are offered through support from the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center, and in-state tuition support at public universities through Assembly Bill 540.
One of the many topics that Californians are pushing for is keeping the public-at-large, specifically undocumented students, aware of the information on how to keep moving forward in the education system as an immigrant. It is also on the forefront of many resident’s minds to help students from the constant pressures that surround them.