On September 22nd, La Familia hosted an event that provided several services for the surrounding community while celebrating 45 years of helping the residents of Sacramento.
The Black Parallel School Board will hold a candidates forum for the upcoming Sacramento City Unified School District Board election on Saturday, October 6th from 11:30 to 1:30 PM at the Fruitridge Community Collaborative in Room 5.
The main focus of this event is to let the public understand who their candidates for this election are. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, hear what the candidates have to say and learn what the future of their school district could hold.
Confirmed candidates who will be attending are Lisa Murawski and Anna Molander, running in Area I, Ellen Cochrane, Cecile L. Nunley and Leticia Garcia who are running in Area II, and Darrell Woo and Jody S. Johnson from Area VI.
“As a young person, I try and find every possible way to get involved,” said Emelia-Rose Engel, an intern with candidate Lisa Murawski. “I know how important and vital this race is to me and so many other youths. This race affects the school system and with that, thousands and thousands of students, which means getting involved and letting our voices be heard is so powerful and meaningful.”
Residents who would like more information should call (916) 484-3729 or visit www.blackparallelschoolboard.com.
The acclaimed AccessLocal.TV youth journalism training program from Access Sacramento, now in its eighth year, continues to showcase how young people can make a difference in their community.
Writer Arthur Kunert recently had a short opinion piece he wrote about Climate Change printed by the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. The short write-up was included in a composite of short responses from youth writers across the state.
Panthers Brace for Wolverines’ Invasion on the Hometown Sports Game of the Week
by Will James
Access Sacramento‘s Hometown Sports Game-of-the-Week is shifting gears this week and taking its coverage to the “Big House”, and next level of competition; to Hughes Stadium, and California Community College Football.
The game may be seen in Sacramento County on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14. The game will also be streamed live from AccessSacramento.org
It’s an interesting, if not provocative match-up of two teams with identical 2-2 records. Both clubs dropped their first two games of the season, then rebounded to notch back-to-back wins and even their records at 2-2 entering Big-8 play.
After seeing his team sputter in its first two games, totaling just 30 points, Sierra College Head Coach, Ben Noonan, has seen his offense explode in its two recent wins, averaging 43 ppg.
In just three games, Freshman QB, Joe Curry, has passed for 663 yards with 70% accuracy, and tossed 10 TD passes. Ryan Graham and James Budgett lead the ground game, combining for 404 yds. and 8 TD. Freshman WR, Hassani Zackery, is Curry’s favorite target, hauling in 24 receptions and 5 TD.
Leading tacklers Amir Murray and Steve Brown are the key run-stoppers, Luz Hernandez sparks the pass rush with 3 sacks, and ball-hawking William Brocchini has registered 3 interceptions.
After a slow start to open the season with two losses, SCC Head Coach, Dannie Walker, has seen his team roll up 76 points in its two victories. Quarterback Jaden Machado is hot, having thrown three TD passes last week in the Panthers’ rout of Shasta. Reuben Lee is the top receiver, and the rushing attack is sparked by Tyrone Roper, Cameren Nelson, and Trey Bussey.
DB, Eurijah Potts and LB Aarmon Euwing are the Panthers’ leading tacklers. Defensive Linemen Alex Rowe and Alema Taamu have teamed for 5.5 sacks, and Potts and Cameren Davis have combined to steal 4 interceptions.
On paper the teams have very similar results and stats over their first four games. The importance of all remaining games has elevated to the vital stage now that conference games are underway. We’ll see which squad is ready to rock, as the curtain is raised in the Big House for the Big-8 opener.
The Sheldon Huskies held on at home Friday topping the Elk Grove Thundering Herd 21-14 in Delta League action.
Access Sacramento’s Hometown Sports Game of the Week Announcer Will James and Jim Dimino call the highlights.
The full game TV replay can be seen Saturday Sept. 22 at 11 a.m., Sunday Sept. 23 at 3 a.m., Tuesday Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., Wed. Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. and Thurs. Sept. 27 at 3 a.m. Watch on Comcast and Consolidated Communications cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse Channel 14 and streaming from AccessSacramento.org. The game is also available as Video on Demand from the NFHSnetwork.com
Game of the Week switches to community college football at 6 p.m. on Sat. Sept. 29 with the Sierra College Wolverines invading Hughes Stadium vs. the Sacramento City College Panthers.
by Will James
It’s Week-5 of the high school football season, non-conference games have concluded, and league play has begun, placing vital importance on the outcomes of all remaining games. This is particularly crucial in the tough D-1 leagues like the Delta, where every team poses a serious challenge, and none should be taken lightly.
The game may be seen live on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14. The game will also be streamed live on accesssacramento.org, and on the NFHS Network.
After getting blasted by #2 Inderkum and Serra (San Mateo) in the first two games, Heffernan’s Thundering Herd clobbered Shasta (Redding), and came from behind to defeat Davis, 21-14 to even the Herd’s record at 2-2.
Sheldon Head Coach, Joe Cattolico, has rejuvenated the Huskies since taking charge in 2016, and has directed Sheldon to four straight wins after dropping the opener.
Senior quarterback Francisco Salinas runs the show for Sheldon and defers to a trio of flashy RBs led by RBs Tyrell Smith (596 yds., 9 TD), Justin Williams (365 yds., 6 TD), and Ladon Johnson (228 yds., 4 TD) that carry the load. Speedy WRs Michael Graves and Dillon Juniel provide excellent targets for Salinas.
Both teams are 1-0 after winning their Delta League openers, and approach Friday’s contest as a crucial encounter that will further separate one half of the Delta League teams from the other half, that will produce crucial leverage for the winners. Toss a coin on the outcome of this one.
An unsettling statistic in Sacramento County has arisen- it seems to be that three out of five students in third grade don’t read at their grade level. While five percent of kids in Sacramento County have increased their skills in language arts, the schools still need to find ways to better students reading proficiency.
April Javist, the Library Foundation’s Executive Director wanted to find out if high need schools in Sacramento were increasing at the same rate of other schools in the county or the state. “We just wanted to highlight where literacy providers are at because eventually, that’s the line we need to move the most,” Javist said. ”That’s the line we want to see the greater increase.”
When the report cards from Sacramento County came in and it clearly showed that there wasn’t much to be proud of. It showed that schools with more literacy programs often lagged behind schools with reading and writing proficiency. They also are typically farther behind the state average.
Also, according to the One World Literacy Foundation, 78 percent of fourth graders reading below that level will more likely end up in prison, on welfare, or both. And the fact is while kids in high-need schools improved faster overall, they are still trailing their counterparts by 14 points.
The worst areas in Sacramento County seems to be at schools such as the North Area District schools, Dyer Kelley Elementary School, and Thomas Edison Elementary. Schools like Encina Preparatory School and Elanor Hickey Junior/Senior High School are also struggling.
The question truly remains, what can we do to improve our literacy communities in low-income areas?
Recently, a study found that a homeless person in Sacramento dies every three days. According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, there was 150% increase of homeless deaths from 2016 to 2017. A major factor in this is the increase in the homeless population in Sacramento County which has increased by at least 1,000 people in the past two years. Although there are various homeless shelters around Sacramento, due to the increasing number of people on the streets, it’s become incredibly difficult to house all of them.
“They are too many people who are suffering on the streets with severe health issues from diabetes, high blood pressure to alcoholism. It is very difficult for someone who is homeless to receive and maintain the necessary follow– up with a doctor and to get regular medications needed,” said Sister Libby Fernandez, former Executive Director of Loaves and Fishes and founder of Mercy Peddlers. “Also, they are no immediate shelters or respite care when you are sick. That is what our community needs to help with immediately! Many people die from health issues, being exposed to the hot or severe cold weather, and of course, violence—a homeless person is so vulnerable.”
The issues surrounding homelessness are many, but one thing is for certain- the lack of a solution is fatal problem which we can’t ignore.
You almost have to see it to believe it. The Folsom Bulldogs dominated the Oak Ridge Trojans 62-6 showing end of the year playoff form in the opener for the Sierra Foothill League.
Trick plays, stand out rushing and passing, crushing tackles. Coach Kris Richardson’s Bulldogs announced to the rest of the SFL teams they better bring their best efforts for a chance the balance of the season.
Access Sacramento’s Game of the Week Announcers Will James and Jim Dimino call the highlights:
Replays of the full TV game can be seen Tues. Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., Wed. Sept. 19 at 11am and Thurs. Sept. 20 at 3 a.m. on Access Sacramento. Watch Comcast or Consolidated Communications channel 17, AT&T U-verse channel 14 and streaming from AccessSacramento.org and Video-On-Demand on the NFHSnetwork.com
The Game of the Week crew’s next live broadcast is Elk Grove at Sheldon on Fri. Sept. 21 at 7pm.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick just became the face of a Nike ad campaign and for many upset football fans a reason to burn Nike products.
Nike is celebrating its 30th anniversary. On Monday, September 3rd, Nike released an ad for their “Just Do It” campaign in celebration of the anniversary featuring a photo of Kaepernick, an activist for racial injustice, that reads, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Starting in 2016, Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest against the oppression of people of color and police brutality in the United States.
The ex-NFL player sparked a fire of controversy, literally, over what some believed was disrespectful to the troops who have fought for the U.S.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” said Colin in 2016, according to the NFL. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
The hashtags #boycottnike and #justburnit have flooded social media, with pictures and videos of people cutting off the Nike swoosh from their socks or lighting their Nike’s on fire. Setting shoes on fire to protest the views of the ex-football player didn’t seem to decrease the company’s sales. In fact, Nike sales have gone up by 31% since the photo’s release, according to NBC News.
Kaepernick claims that his intentions were never to disrespect the people who have fought for this country. After making the compromise to kneel instead of sitting down during the anthem with Nate Boyer, a former Army Green Beret and player for the NFL, Kaepernick spoke to reporters about his conversation with Boyer.
“We were talking to [Boyer] about how we can get the message back on track and not take away from the military, not take away from fighting for our country, but keep the focus on what the issues really are,” said Kaepernick. “And as we talked about it, we came up with taking a knee. Because there are issues that still need to be addressed and it was also a way to show more respect to men and women who fought for this country.”
After telling the media over the years that he does support the military and stated his intentions for protesting racial injustice, some Nike owners still continue to boycott the brand.
As for Nike, the $28 billion brand, according to Brand Finance, marketing strategies like this have seem to show much success.
With the 31 percent increase in the brands sales, some say this is just another way for a big corporation such as Nike to make more money, having in mind that talk about social justice is on the rise.
“That is difficult as Nike supports child labor and social justice is somewhat on trend,” says Cian Ward, a Sacramento artist and activist. “That being said it is important for larger scale corporations to recognize the struggle and give it some more attention.”
Another Sacramento resident, Izzy Ignacio, who is a writer and a student, agrees that Nike didn’t take a risk at all, but people should not react in the extreme ways that are taking place.
“I think it’s fine and I don’t understand why people are getting worked up about it; he started a movement, no matter what your point of view on it is,” said Ignacio. “It is still a movement. Financially, it’s not even a big risk to Nike, they’ve always been sort of progressive and they have lots of money and their customers have always mostly been younger people and younger people at the moment are mostly liberal/progressive/democratic so it makes sense why they would use him.”
“We wanted to energize its meaning and introduce ‘Just Do It’ to a new generation of athletes,” Gino Fisanotti, the Vice President of Nike told ESPN.
Regardless of people’s opinions and urges to destroy shoes and clothes that could actually just be donated to children in need, Nike is still the world’s most valuable apparel brand.