This video contains a recap of the Hurley Way Harvest event, as well a an interview with Dominic Allamano, and a home owner who allowed the volunteers to pick fruit from trees on her house.
People can be just like tomatoes. Gardeners know that if tomatoes are planted in the same soil over and over again, they will not grow. The soil lacks nutrients, and minerals, and is unable to sustain life. Even if the little plant grows, it only gets so big before it withers away. Would anyone grow if they were to be “planted” on the same “soil” over and over again?
According to reports by the Prison Policy Initiative, a criminal justice organization, inmates made about $19,185 per year before they went to prison and people who make little money have a much greater chance to be incarcerated than those who are considered higher-earners. Almost 2 million children have parents that are incarcerated, and about half of those kids are 9 or younger. Many people wonder how families with one parents missing from the household provide a nurturing environment for their children. Has there been any change in the “system” in the last few years to address this? Will there be any changes in the next couple of years?
To some students that are about to enter the working class, they do not at all see themselves as potential inmates.
“My plan after high school is to go to college. No, I don’t see myself in prison because I don’t intend to do bad things,” says Allicia Lee, a John F. Kennedy senior who’s graduating in June of this year. Prison is not an option to some because they were raised in an environment that who focuses are learning. Many high school graduates intend to continue on the path of educations in college, not crime.
Another senior that will be graduating this June believe that he will not go to prison. However, he does see himself in prison when thinking about it.
“I would sometimes imagine myself in prison when coming across the subject of prison,” says Andy Zhao of John F. Kennedy high school. To him prison is like a shadow lurking from the behind, waiting for the right opportunity.
To others, however, it can be seen as the ground they live on. They live in low-income neighborhoods, which lacks in quality educational options, making the youth who live there all the more susceptible to turn to crime. Their parents are prison inmates, making life much harder without a “model” to follow.
People can survive in these conditions, but will the children ever have any hope to prosper?
We are celebrating the year of the Rooster tomorrow on LiveWire.
The Chinese New Year Cultural Association (CNYCA) is dancing into our studio. We will talk with them about their upcoming Lunar New Year event and watch as the group Flow Crew perform.
CNYCA ‘s celebration is in its 20th year in Sacramento. This family event promotes the Chinese Culture and Heritage with bringing the diverse community together. The Rooster symbolizes punctuality and faithfulness in Chinese Culture. This Lunar event will be taking place on February 18th.
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On February 9th, in Sacramento at the Capitol, there will be an event called San Joaquin Valley Health Fund Equity on the Mall. This event aims to unite the people of San Joaquin Valley against issues that they face in their communities. It will be set up on the west side of the Capitol and speakers will talk about the issues of equity in their area. The event organizers believe that communities along San Joaquin Valley haven’t had equity and the same opportunities as other cities in California.
Organizers are coming with an all-around approach for dealing with racial, health equity, and some of most pressing issues in the valley. Some of those include sustainable agriculture, community safety, drinking water, education, environmental justice, and housing. Over a thousand people from the valley are coming to support this event.
Organizers will also have special guests that will come and support their cause. Diane Dooley, Secretary of California Department of Health and Human Services, will be making appearing as well as many state elected officials such as Senator Ricardo Lara and assembly members Joaquin Arambula, Rob Bonta, and Tony thurmond.
Attendees will gather for a briefing in room 4202 to go over everything that will be done during the day. The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund is in partnership with over 50 organizations alongside nine state and national foundations. They hope that they can unite everyone to bring awareness about equity in their community.
“Together, we will continue to sow seeds so that transformative change takes place in the Valley.” Said Chet P. Hewitt in a blog post on January 25th.
Registation will begin at 11:30 followed by a welcoming by Diane Littlefield. From then on out the event takes off and does what it was meant to do.
For more information about this event please click here.
The Yisrael Family Farm is offering cooking classes for seniors, families, and teenagers in February, March, and April at the Oak Park Community Center on 3425 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The class are free to attend and offers multiple time slots for each age group, aiming at ease and accessibility for the general public.
“The type of audience I hope to see at the class is the kind that eats,” says cofounder Judith Yisrael. “I’m looking forward to meeting people who are ready and willing to try new foods and are not afraid to be pushed outside their comfort zone.”
The Yisrael Family Farm was founded by husband and wife team Judith and Chanowk Yisrael in 2007 and is based in the Oak Park area of South Sacramento. The farm was created in part, according the website, in response to the declaration of Oak Park and nearby areas as a ‘food desert’, what the U.S. Department of Agriculture declares as “a low-income census tract where either a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store”.
The farm, run by Chanowk, Judith and their children, now has over 40 fruit trees and free-roaming chickens. Since its inception, Yisrael’s have founded programs and community outreach efforts, such as We Diggit Urban Gardens, aimed at building gardens for South Sacramento residents at no cost through funding from the California Endowment, and Project GOOD (Growing Our Own Destiny), an educational outreach program for youth field trips and hands-on events. Project GOOD is also the program through which the upcoming cooking classes will be run.
In addition to specific recipes and dishes, the class will teach food safety, nutrition, and basic cooking technique. Each different class will also cater to their respective audience.
“The series for seniors will focus on delicious meals and snacks that won’t take too much time while Family Night Out series will bring families together in the kitchen and focus on teamwork and collaboration,” Judith told Access Sacramento. “Our TGIF Teens will focus on great tasting easy to make meal ideas, such as our Three Sister Tacos and homemade pico de gallo!”
The Seniors Group will be meeting Tuesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm on February 7th and 21st, March 7th and 21st, and April 4th and 18th.
The Families Night Out group meets Wednesdays from 5pm – 7pm on February 1st and 15th, March 1st, 15th, and 29th, April 12th, 19th, and 26th.
Lastly, the Teen Scene group will be meeting on Fridays from 5pm – 7pm on February 10th and 24st, March 10th and 24th, and April 14th, 21st, and 28th.
About 3.2 percent of the U.S adult population are vegetarian or vegan. In Sacramento, there are a lot many of people with plant based diet. Each year a festival is held to showcase the community. Welcome to the Sactown Vegfest.
Lovers of books, poetry, and black culture- mark your calendars! The 4th Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair (SBBF) will be held on June 2nd and 3rd at The Historic Center of Oak Park at 35th Street & Broadway. The Sacramento Black Book Fair will celebrate another year of bringing black authors together introducing the 2017 theme “Black Books Matter: The Truth of Our Many Selves.” Unlike many of the previous book fairs, this year will include book signings, talks by the featured writers, cultural awareness vendors. Families, schools, and churches are recommended to attend for the array of activities featured such as a Kids Zone, writer’s workshops, food trucks, community parades, poetry readings and art galleries.
“What’s different about this book fair is that people will actually get to talk with the author’s themselves,” says Faye Wilson Kennedy, SBBF Coordinator.”
-“Many people don’t understand the depth of black authors’! So getting to meet them personally to discuss literature will create an understanding and appreciation of their work.”
The Sacramento Black Book Fair plans on spotlighting over fifty authors of African descent which will promote a unique group of authors and literature. The author’s stories and books will feature topics on religion, contemporary and historical fiction, poetry, children’s stories, inspirational, non –fiction, fiction, and biographies.
For more information contact: Faye Wilson Kennedy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento’s largest charity football game, the 43rd annual Pig Bowl / Guns and Hoses XV featured a last minute charge by the area fire fighters against area law enforcement, making for an exciting finish to this long-time tradition in the Sacramento area.
The Law Hogs staved off the Fire Dogs 14-11 in this traditional rivalry that raises thousands of dollars by the Pig Bowl Association for area charities.
Tune in for the replays on the following schedule:
Saturday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 6 at noon
Monday, Feb. 7 at 4 a.m.
Hometown TV can be watched on Comcast or Consolidated Communications cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse channel 14 and is live streamed from AccessSacramento.org at those same times.
Terrence McDonald caught two touchdown passes, leading the law enforcement Hogs to a 14-11 victory over the firefighter Dogs in the annual Guns & Hoses game at Sacramento State.
McDonald’s TD receptions covered 35 and 21 yards as the first-time Hog was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Neither team mounted much offense. Fire outgained Law, 179 yards to 158.
Law committed three early turnovers, but Fire could not capitalize. Fire QB Ryan Gardner completed 10 of 18 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
The victory was Law’s second straight in the Guns & Hoses series, which now stands at 11 Law wins to four for Fire.
The game was the 43rd edition of the Pig Bowl which began in 1975 and the 15th annual Guns & Hoses after the series was renamed
When Harvest Sacramento hosts a fruit collection event, the community and the team of volunteers involved in the effort, all benefit.
Youth media hubs from all over California united in Sacramento to socialize, learn, and discuss topics that effect the youth and the communities surrounding them. The BHC Youth Media convening was held at the Doubletree by Hilton and had many youth media groups come from various places in California such as Fresno, South Kern, Oakland, Boyle Heights, and more.
When first arriving, the young journalists checked-in with their luggage to get their room before going to the ballroom to have lunch with the rest of the youth. The first speaker of the day was Dana Griffin; a news reporter from KCRA 3. She began with an introduction of herself covering how before she lived in Sacramento she was a reporter and fill-in anchor in Rhode Island and about how her career began in Eureka, California. She finished her talk by answering questions from the audience.
The youth took a quick break to their rooms and came back down to the ballroom to do workshops. One was about photography in which you would learn about lighting and angles. In the other, the youth learned about LGBTQ history. At the end of day one, every youth media hub got together at the ballroom to eat dinner. They then hurried off into their rooms, ending the night.
The next day started with breakfast with a speaker from BLM speaking on his experiences while advocating his views. He talked about shutting down BART in Oakland and other protests. He finished his speech and took questions from the audience
We moved onto two more workshops which included how to do Quik videos presented by Isaac Gonzalez. In that workshop, he taught everyone how easy and fast it is for someone to make a video using the program.
“I think it’s pretty cool. I mean it’s something that I think is interesting and I could use to easily make videos with,” said Jocelyn Cuevas, a youth media participant at the event.
The second workshop was about infographics in which they taught the audience about
what it means to have a mean share information and the power it has to do so.
“Using information from credible sources and a bit of art design, you could make a really informative infographic,” said Isabella Martinez, s fellow youth journalist.
We finished the whole event with announcing who were the photo contest winners and gathering everyone together for a grand photo before sending everyone home to where they traveled from.