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.
Between the years of 2010 and 2015, the death rates of African American children in Sacramento County exceeded that of any other race. Out of the 873 children who died between 2010 and 2015, almost one-quarter of them were black youth. That’s twice the rate of white children, and three times the rate of Latino and Asian children according to the Sacramento Bee.
Why is this issue occurring? The common and most addressed theory is that it has to do with socioeconomic status. Due to historical oppression, people of color tend to be of a lower socioeconomic status, and they have less access to healthcare, or any other kind of medical resources. Some organizations are trying to combat this, such has Her Health First. Sacramento County even enacted its own health program specifically for black infants to combat this issue.
“As a Personal Advocate, I want to assure women that they don’t have to do this alone,” Kenya Fagbemi, program director, wrote on the Her Health First website, “I am here to help client’s problem solve some of the challenges that happen in their daily lives, that might directly or indirectly impact their pregnancy. We empower women with information, options, and an action plan, giving them the confidence to deal with whatever life throws at them.”
Latinos have the many of the same issues with poverty, but why not with infant deaths? This question raises another theory that affects every person of color despite their socioeconomic status.
The theory has to do with discrimination and the stress that the mother is under while the baby is still in utero. When a baby is still developing, they can be affected by the emotional state of their mother. If the mother is under stress during her pregnancy, it can create a variety of issues for the baby, even after it grows up.
Mental health issues also plague the black community due to poverty and discrimination. It could be a combination of these two issues is what is causing the higher mortality rates in black children, but nobody can say for sure until more research is done.
The announcement by Gary Martin, Film Festival Director and Access Sacramento Executive Director, revealed the names of the projects and writers who will produce their films over the summer, with a world premiere red carpet showcase for the ten projects on Sat. Oct. 6 at Sacramento’s historic Crest Theatre.
With the writers now becoming producers, more than 250 volunteers turned out at the Coloma Community Center in hopes of being select help as an actor or as a member of the technical crew on one of the 10 films.
Six of the writers come from Sacramento with others from Davis, Granite Bay, Roseville and Stockton.
“A Place Called Sacramento” awards 10 family-friendly scripts each year with the opportunity to have the script turned into a movie with a guaranteed big screen world premiere, cable distribution of the Access Sacramento public access cable channel and credit listings on the prestigious Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com).
Click on the writer’s name to email the writer and to volunteer for their project. The winning writers with their project descriptions are:
“Delta Breeze” by Aldo Cocco (Sacramento) – In life or love, listening is a strong force behind great change.
“The Disappeared” by Thalia Caraveo (Sacramento) – A grieving woman dealing with the loss of her mother to Alzheimer’s learns a beautiful lesson about love, loss and acceptance.
“The Engagement Ring” by Romeo Trocino (Stockton) – Jason is ready to propose to the love of his life. When the big moment arises, the outcome is not what he pictured it would be.
“Escargot” by Judith Plank (Davis) – Just your average everyday family, making big progress at a snail’s pace.
“The Gift” by Ritu Atwal (Granite Bay) – It’s her first wedding anniversary, but the most precious gift a young woman receives, is not the one from her husband.
“Justin Time” by William Mendoza (Sacramento) – Leslie hates deadlines, but delivering newspapers late today could have a deadly penalty.
“Never Too Latte for Love” by Amy Lawrence (Sacramento) – She’s starting to lose hope, but love may be just a scone’s throw away.
“The Story of Jane and Joe” by Eric Sanderson (Sacramento) – Jane and Joe may see each other every day, but will they ever hear the music of their hearts?
“Swipe Right” by Nathan Reedy (Sacramento) – The very single and amused Will banters with the very committed and disenchanted Vanessa about the challenges of relationships and finding true romance in the hyper technological world of online dating.
“Tono Sommesso” by Danya Barrows (Roseville) – When a blind woman with heightened senses pursues her dream of becoming a Master Sommelier, she discovers a family secret that could keep her from ever reaching her goal.
Access Sacramento is a local non-profit foundation operating two cable television channels and cablecast/internet radio station KUBU-LP 96.5 FM on Comcast and Consolidated Communications Cable Channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14.
For more information about Access Sacramento, visit our website AccessSacramento.org or contact Executive Director, Gary Martin at 916-456-8600.
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On April 25th, at Beatnik Studios in Sacramento, a live edition of The Brave Podcast was recorded. The podcast is about what people in California do to uplift their community. During the live podcast, the host interviewed people who were already featured on the podcast, as well as a woman who the host met that night who started up Black Women United.
A new law in California allows for 16-and-17-year-old residents to pre-register to vote. How will this change voter turnout and election results? Do young people care enough to show up to the polls? I talked to students and teachers at Sacramento Charter High School to see what they think.
Royal Society for Public Health in the UK released a report listing the top five social networking platforms that were damaging to youth’s mental health. Instagram was listed as number one, followed by Snapchat for impacting youth through anxiety and depression, as well as generating uncertainty about self-identity and body image. AccessSacramento talked to five teens who use Instagram regularly about their experiences with the app.
At McClatchy Park, on April, Saturday 14th, a celebration of Oak Park schools will be held. It’s a free event, with free haircuts for kids. There will be live music, food, and resources for the community, as well as performances by students in the Oak Park area.
This festival is meant to be fun for the whole family, and it encourages stronger communities that know each other better. The schools and students of Oak Park have had many accomplishments and successes. This event recognizes the hard work of Oak Park students and teachers alike.
Vendors will be on hand to help the community recognize some organizations that can help them. Hot dogs will also be cooked for the celebrations, with help from community firefighters. So far, over 700 people are planning to attend.
As Oak Park grows and strengthens as a community, more and more opportunities for socialization appear. The celebration of the schools and students of Oak Park is a great way to connect with neighbors and to support the local community. Plus, it gives students the opportunity to go out in a safe environment and socialize with each other.
Those who want to attend should come to McClatchy Park, on 3500 5th Avenue in Sacramento. The event will be on Saturday, April 14th, from 12:00pm-3:00pm.
The death of Stephon Clark has been a national hot-button issue for the past month.
On March 18th 2018, two Sacramento police officers shot at Clark 20 times and killed him in his grandmother’s backyard.
Since then, protests have flooded Sacramento’s streets–stopping highway traffic and blocking access to the Golden One Center, home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.
On the night of the Kings vs Celtics game, both teams were seen openly showing solidarity with Clark’s family by wearing black t-shirts stating “Accountability, We Are One” on the front, referring to accountability for police officers and the district attorney, and “#Stephon Clarke” on the back.
The Rev. Al Sharpton flew in on March 29th to give the eulogy for Clark’s funeral at Bayside of South Sacramento Church in front of Clark’s family and loved ones–as well as camera crews and hundreds of thousands watching live.
“They have been killing black men all across the country,” Sharpton said, clutching Clark’s grieving brother, Stevante, to his chest. “It’s time to stop this madness.”
After nearly a month since his death, it seems as though everyone has an opinion on Stephon Clark’s death.
Some people assumed he was a thug and that he’d “deserved what he got”. Many sympathized with police, believing that the two armed officers, who’d never announced themselves as such, should be excused for their actions because of their fear. Others look to Clark as though he was a martyr, seeing his death as a way to push for reform social policies and police procedures.
But aside from that, Stephon Clark was a 22 year-old man with two young boys who will grow up without their father. The people who were closest to him are most affected by this tragedy and will never look at his picture and see him as a thug, or a martyr, or a statistic.
Patrick Durant, Vice Principal at Sacramento Charter High School, remembers Stephon from when he attended during his sophomore and junior years. Durant claimed he first heard of Clark because he was close to the daughter of a family friend and got to know him through conversations about college and sports. What Durant remembers most about Clark when he was alive was that he was a “very friendly kid with good manners and a great smile” and that he felt disturbed when he read text messages from community leaders sharing that Clark had been shot.
Clark’s former History teacher, Paul Schwinn, described Stephon as “bright” and “funny” when he was in his class.
“He got an A on every single test I gave him,” Schwinn said. “Every time he spoke in class he had the right answer and always explained history in a funny, accessible way. He was someone who made first period fun for me and his classmates.”
Overall, Durant knows that many of his students face challenging environments outside of school that staff simply can’t shield them from. “The more we can help to improve that environment, the less Stephon Clark stories we hopefully will have to endure,” Durant believes.
The verdicts of Rodney King’s trial and the Latasha Harlins murder trial turned Los Angeles on its head in the Spring of 1992. Five days of rioting that blocked streets, looted stores, and set fires to buildings killed 63 people, injured 2,383 and led to the arrest of 12,11. This is the subject matter of a powerful documentary now streaming on Netflix titled “LA 92”.
Citizens of LA were outraged when a video filmed by a witness was released to the media showing four LAPD officers brutally beating King with batons, kicking, and tasing him for several minutes while King lay on the ground.
After a three month trial, an all-white jury found the four defendants not guilty.
Tensions rose even higher between the Korean and Black communities after the death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins two weeks after King’s confrontation with police. Video footage shows Soon Ja Du, owner of a convenience store in Harlins’s area, shoot Harlins in the back of the head after grabbing her backpack and trying to peer inside with the suspicion that the teen had stolen a bottle of orange juice.
Du was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 1991 for the murder of Latasha Harlins.
Former Judge Joyce Karlin was condemned for sentencing Du to a $500 fine, 5 years of probation, and 400 hours of community service and no prison time justifying that she “knows what a criminal looks like” and “believes that Du will not offend again” in an interview.
For many LA residents, the two videotapes and the lax sentencings that followed were symbols of racial injustice reflected in the community and politics and many also considered Du’s verdict a catalyst to the riots that followed. Many people chose to express their anger by attacking the residents of LA’s Koreatown as 65% of the arsons and looting targeted Korean-run businesses.
Comparisons have been made between the Rodney King case and now, the Stephon Clark case. Both high profile cases received national attention involved young Black men that were either beat or killed by white officers convicted of using excessive force.
Protests prior to the defendants in King’s case mirrored Clark’s: highly emotional, sporadic, but relatively peaceful before the riots.
Sacramento Police Chief Han explained in an interview with Fox 40 how law enforcement plans to stay dynamic in case riots break out.
The independent autopsy of Clark’s injuries revealed that Clark was shot 6 times in his back, contradicting police’s alibi, and the recent incident in which a patrol car hit a protester and drove off has concerned many residents as heated tension grows larger in the streets of Sacramento.