Millennials are the primary users of social media but according to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, they are also the most afraid of how it affects them. Of the demographic, 48% report that they are afraid of how social media use affects their physical and mental health and 63% report feeling attached to their phone or tablet. Social media has taken over the world as we know it, but is it really for the better?
On January 19th, 2017, Jose Banda announced his resignation as Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) in June of this year.
A town hall meeting was conducted at John F. Kennedy High School on Wednesday, March 1st, where parents and students were encouraged to give their input on what kind of superintendent they would like to see replace Banda.
Many of the concerns revolved around a lack of community outreach and involvement on the part of the superintendent.
“I would like to see the superintendent develop a […] strategic plan for broader and [more] insightful community involvement,” said community member Caroline Cabias.
This concern was stressed throughout the meeting by participating students and parents.
“I’ve been a student of this district for 12 years now and I only recall seeing the superintendent once,” said SCUSD student Christopher Wong. “I’d like to see a stronger connection between the students and the district.”
“I think there needs to be a better connection between the parents and the district,” said an attending parent.
Concerns were also expressed over the lack of community involvement in the process of selecting the superintendent. The possibility of creating a community panel to interview candidates for the replacement superintendent was raised, to which Special Assistant to the Board Nathaniel Browning responded:
“It’s confidentiality purposes. We cannot have three potential, five potential superintendents come because we’re only going to end up hiring one. That means others are going to have to go back to their districts.”
“You can have a written agreement that talks about ensuring confidentiality,” replied an attendant. “Our message to you, and to the board, and some of the staff is that we want to see community stakeholder involvement in the selection process.”
The comments and concerns of meeting attendants were written down as they were raised at the meeting. These notes are posted on the SCUSD website, where notes from other town hall meetings are available as well.
The meetings following the John F. Kennedy town hall are as follows:
Rosemont High School – March 7th, 2017 – 6pm to 8pm
Will C. Wood Middle School – March 8th, 2017 – 6pm to 8pm
Luther Burbank High School – March 9th, 2017 – 6pm to 8pm
American Legion High School – March 14th, 2017 – 6pm to 8pm
What is the purpose of food stamps? How important is a healthy diet? Today we learn about what some people in Sacramento think on these topics.
“Links to Law Enforcement” by La Familia is an event that will go from the 1st of March all the way to April 5th. It will be held at La Familia’s Maple Neighborhood Center which is on 37th Ave in Sacramento.
La Familia is an organization that provides multicultural counseling along with services of support for low-income and at-risk youth and their families in Sacramento. For over 40 years, has provided these services that are all completely free with a totally bilingual staff. Their mission is to improve the quality of youth and their families by providing these services and providing programs that aim to help families to become empowered and succeed.
The Links to Law Enforcement event is a six session event that empowers young people and encourages them to participate in all things law enforcement in Sacramento. This is in effort to have the youth participate to diversify the law enforcement including the California Highway patrol and local sheriff agencies.
This event is likely in response to the police department not being racially diverse as the communities they serve. In Sacramento, the police department is dominantly 72% white while the community is only 36% white. While the rest being 14% black, 25% latino, and 25% other.
“This event has been happening for a long time in Sacramento, and we’re very proud of it,” said Ramon Guitart with La Familia when asked about the event. “These programs, especially from La Familia, help out families and youth and their communities.”
For more information on this upcoming event and what they do please click here.
This past weekend the Growing Together School Garden Initiative gathered together to strengthen and educate teachers, parents, and community leaders involved with helping kids make the connection between food, health, and the environment.
Access Sacramento is pleased to offer a special short-form film screenwriting class starting March 11 and running four Saturday’s in support of the 18th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival.
The class can help beginning writers learn how to put a successful beginning, middle and end into a 10-minute film, and will help more experienced writers with the complexities of helping an audience “care” for characters when there’s so little time overall.
Screenwriter and UCLA-trained instructor Dawn Spinella delivers a course that focuses on the scriptwriting process from concept to FADE OUT.
Get tips and insights from Sacramento native Dawn Spinella has worked with amazing filmmakers like Dustin Lance Black (MILK), Bobby Moresco (CRASH), Paula Wagner (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE), and Wolfgang Petersen (THE PERFECT STORM).
She helps you take into consideration the many aspects of screenwriting that aren’t on the page, but help make your story as powerful as possible.Dawn holds a MFA in filmmaking from UCLA and a MA in Creative Writing. “There’s nothing as exciting as taking the germ of an idea and bringing it to life.”
Script submissions for the 18th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” script competition may be submitted on-line at AccessSacramento.org or turned in at the office at 4623 T Street, Suite A, Sacramento by 5:00 p.m. April 11.
The “A Place Called Sacramento” script writing competition over the last 17 years has produced 167 films featuring Sacramento stories and providing insight into the nature of our lives with the background of iconic area landmarks.
If you have a taste for film, this is a LiveWire that will crave your hunger. The Sacramento Film Food Festival will be stopping into our studios to share information about their event. Then to keep the movies coming we will be joined by local film students talking about their film projects and what it is like being on a film in the Sacramento area.
The Sacramento Film Food Festival is a unique festival that pairs foods with short films about food. This event was created in 2012 to help educate and create change within the community about our food system. The Festival kicks of April 1st.
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Local Sacramento area film students Cameron Smith and Erick Scott-Garrett will be stopping by the studio. Each student filmmaker will be speaking about their upcoming film projects and what it is a like being a film student in the Sacramento area.
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Sacramento could be called the greatest melting pot in California. Many immigrants and refugees have called the City of Trees home since it was first established. One of the largest ethnicities that have connections to Sacramento are the Hmong people. Unknown to many Americans, there was a “Secret War” in Laos at the same time of the Vietnam War. The U.S dropped more bombs on the Laos region that was connected to Vietnam than it did in World War II against Germany and Japan combined. Thousand of Hmongs died during what people now call the “Secret War.” Even to this day, the war affects people who lived in the area that was bombed decades ago. Tiny pellet bombs about the size of a baseball have been mistaken for playthings by children who live there. Once disturbed, the bomb explodes, killing or decapitating limbs of the kids who were mistakenly playing with it.
As the name implied, the Secret War is something has been lost in many of the history books. However, the people who have been through it never forget, both Americans who dropped the bombs and Hmong who survived it. So that’s why the “Hmong Story 40- The 4 decades” exhibit about the journey the Hmong people made to America is now in Sacramento. Many people are gathering at the Serna Center where there are exhibitions containing historic Hmong artifacts of the time of the Secret War and speakers who have been through the war itself.
See Vang, the outreach coordinator of Hmong Story 40, say in an interview about the exhibit “The purpose of the veteran day is to honor our Hmong veteran who fought during the Vietnam war and the secret war. It is part of our project to honor our parent and grandparents.”
Many of the 3rd and 4th generation Hmongs do not know about their ancestor’s histories with the Secret War. However, the ones who have come to America as the result of is can remember it like yesterday. The pain of the war is literally embodied within those first generation Hmong refugees. Many believe that it is their job to make sure that their story of pain, as well as joy, are not lost within the future generations. The Hmong Story 40 will continue to have events like this to serve as a reminder, as a record of the history that the Hmong people have been through.
This past Sunday, I attended “A Day of Remembrance” hosted by the local Crocker Art Museum. This spectacular interactive exhibit highlighted the history of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 internment of Japanese Americans. Exactly 75 years ago this past Sunday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed this Executive order that started incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese who were considered a threat to national defense from the west coast of the United States. They were forced to leave and abandoned their families, homes, businesses, and communities.
The Japanese were forced to leave to internment camps around the West in places like Utah and spread throughout California. The Crocker Center event included the sharing of stories by those who were imprisoned in the camps as children, remarks by community leaders, gallery tours, performances, and a film screening. This day of remembrance allowed attendees to capture the harsh conditions in the camps, living and work conditions.
The Croker Art Museum had a day of workshops and art exhibits planned that allowed every attendee to learn and gain appreciation for the culture of the history of this time. When I entered the building the first workshop I noticed was a group of people taking turns saying the names of all the people who were forced into these camps. As you continued to make your way around the museum there were stations for children to learn how to make traditional origami and have story time. The exhibit that took the majority of people’s breath away who attended was the “Two Views” photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank. When looking at the exhibit people were captivated by the true realness you can see coming from the photos. The photos showed the struggle of World War ll, forced relocation, and the quality of the work that was captured in each photo.
“After I observed this exhibit I found myself overwhelmed with emotion,” said Ann Peterson, an exhibit attendee.
The high-point of attending the exhibit was the personal narratives from Sacramento incarcerees. Harry Noguchi, 82, of Sacramento, who was interned at Tule Lake at the age of seven, shared his story of his family being forced to move where he was forced to live in an internment camp. Another incarcerated Mas Hatano, 88, of Loomis, who was interned at Tule Lake stated that “It happened, but it shouldn’t have happened”.
While memories of this day open a flood of emotions it’s still important that it is recognized. This Day of Remembrance helped educate and share the true stories of the Japanese decedents of people right in our community. The Crocker Art Museum did a phenomenal job putting this day together bringing the people of Sacramento together to remember the history and to pay respect of the individuals who shared their stories.
Titled “This Is What It Feels Like”, the installation features a black, curtained-off room whose only features are a mirror, a dim light, and a pair of headphones. The viewer puts on the headphones and hears recordings of cat calls that, as the sign outside reads, are “taken verbatim from brave women who chose to share their experiences”.
“My immediate emotional impact was that of searing sadness and anger”, says viewer Cullen Elly. “I’m still thinking about it”.
As the sign also reads, it is “intended for a male audience”, and as suggested by the title, the piece aims to bring the experience of cat calling to those who haven’t experienced it. “I think men should go through [the installation], to see what it’s like”, said Art Street viewer Ryan Montoya. “Even if you aren’t someone who [cat calls], it’s good to know what’s going on in the world.”
“This Is What It Feels Like” is centered in the open area of the warehouse, adjacent to the West End Club section of the exhibition. The installation will remain open to the public until Art Street closes on Saturday, February 25th.