On Saturday, November 11th, a group of like-minded people gathered together at the state capital to talk about gun violence in America, and steps you can do to prevent it.
120 Days is a documentary that is meant to open a discussion about Immigration policy reform in America.It closely follows the personal life of Miguel Cortes, an undocumented immigrant who lived with his family in North Carolina for twelve years, as he counts down his last days in the United States.
Before the movie begins, a North Carolina police pulled over Cortes for a routine traffic stop and arrested him after discovering this immigration status. The police quickly turned Cortes into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, because the 278(g) policy passed in North Carolina permits police officers to operate like ICE officials in order to get “dangerous” immigrants off the street.
Arizona attempted to enforce a similar policy in 2010. S.B. 1070 allowed police to check a person’s immigration status during routine policing procedures, which in turn created problems when lawmakers suspected police were targeting individuals through racial profiling. As a result of the policy, Latino businesses closed and populations plummeted while community trust in law enforcement reacted similarly.
Seeing as law enforcement relies heavily on community involvement to maintain order, policies such as these discourage residents from speaking up due to the fear of deportation, ultimately making law enforcement’s job more difficult.
The Cortes family appears to be the exact opposite of dangerous. Not every immigrant is dangerous like the ones broadcasted on TV. Many are from wholesome, hard-working families, restlessly chasing the American Dream.
Miguel and his wife were prominent community leaders who volunteered for their church’s choir and found time to teach dance classes to children despite their anxiety about Miguel’s departure. Their daughters excelled in school, just as they hoped.
“For me, the United States was always the land of opportunity,” Miguel’s wife, Maria-Luisa, says in the film. “I remember crossing…we risked a lot, wanting a better life for our daughters.”
The Cortes family seem like the “model” example for immigrant families. They have heavy community involvement, excel in school, have never broken the law in the twelve years since living in America. Despite this Miguel is being deported because of a law originally intended to be used on criminals.
The documentary can be seen here.
At the same exact time as shots rung out in Texas during the worst mass shooting in that state’s history, Moms Demand Action was organizing a new chapter in Sacramento to advocate against gun violence.
Boasting outrageous statistical dominance on both sides of the line of scrimmage, the visiting Dragons (10-1, not counting three forfeit losses) and host Cougars (11-0) square-off in an ultra-high profile attraction in Fair Oaks for what may very well be one of the best playoff battles this season, in any division.
No other team in the playoffs has more team speed than the Dragons. Senior QB Derek Shelton has engineered a flashy, high octane offense with poise and proficiency. With Shelton blending a premium passing attack with an explosive run game, the Dragons average 46 ppg.
Like Sac, Del Campo’s punishing defense has overwhelmed and dominated its opponents, allowing less than seven points per game. Linebackers Hunter, Ish Cisneros, Ray Aguilar and Markey, and DB Joseph all fly to the football. They’ve teamed for 383 Tackles, with 43 Sacks and 14 Interceptions, including 8 by DB Brouhns.
In the opening round of CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Playoffs, the Sheldon Huskies defeated the Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack 38-8 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Division 1 football playoffs during Access Sacramento’s Game of the Week.
Announcers Will James and Jim Dimino call the highlights.
The full TV replay of the game can be seen Sat. Nov. 11 9 a.m., Sun. Nov. 12 3 a.m., Tues. Nov.14 at 7 p.m., Wed. Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. and Thurs. Nov. 16 at 3 a.m. Watch on Comcast or Consolidated Communications cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse channel 14 or streaming from AccessSacramento.org. The video on demand can be seen on the NFHS Network.
Access Sacramento will broadcast the Div. 2 quarterfinal with Sacramento at Del Campo on Friday Nov. 17 Live at 7pm. the Live stream and only be seen on the NFHS Network.
City Rising is a documentary featuring the effects gentrification has in California cities. Gentrification is the process of revitalizing a lower income area to meet the needs of the middle class, and it is typical that the current residents get displaced because they can’t pay the rising prices.
One of the cities featured in this documentary is Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, specifically in the revitalized area rebranded the Triangle District.
Oak Park was originally a suburb consisting of predominantly white families and a handful of black and Mexican-American families until the 1940s. After World War II, community growth decreased dramatically, forcing white business owners and families to sell their properties. Minorities quickly settled into Oak Park after that because it was one of the few neighborhoods that allowed non-white homeowners.
By the late 1960’s the California State Fair Commission decided it would be better to move the fairgrounds into northern Sacramento, which was the primary source of Oak Park’s economic activity. The documentary explains how Oak Park’s continued economic decline increases crime rates and police presence and eventually adopted the reputation it had in the 1980’s.
This all changed in the 2000’s when the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency and the St. Hope Development Corporation collaborated in turning downtown into an economic engine, starting with renovating the Woodruff Hotel and Guild Theater into lofts and small businesses.
“This project is a much-needed catalyst that will boost the economy and vitality of the Oak Park community,” said former council member Lauren Hammond.
However, not everyone in the community agrees with that.
The founder of Black Lives Matter Sacramento, Tanya Faison, is concerned on how changes in the community will affect its current residents as newer residents begin to flood into the area.
“The area, which used to be mostly, predominantly black… I go there and I don’t even see black people anymore,” Faison expressed in the documentary. “Our mayor has taken it and flipped it and renovated it. People are being criminalized. People are being paid to move out of their apartments.”
Balancing the needs of residents while also trying to stimulate economic activity through a renovation is a struggle for cities, Manuel Pastor, director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity explained. “How can you get in the economic activity that you need to provide to your residents? Public investment is a sign of our public commitment to particular areas and particular people.”
The documentary KCET City Rising: Documentary on Gentrification and Displacement can be watched here.
On November 3rd, Sacramento celebrates the Day of the Dead in its Old Town. The event was hosted by Soul Collective. The purpose of this event is for Latinos to celebrate their own culture in Sacramento as well as for others to find value in it.
A common idea that has gained attention in places all over the world is a “soda tax”. This would be, in many cases, a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks. This tax has been being brought up by nutritionists and being fought back by soda production companies and some citizens. While the U.K. seems to have a handle on the idea of this tax, some places in the United States are having a rocky start getting one of their own.
Soda definitely has its costs, including being damaging to one’s health and leading to diabetes, and in the U.K. were the tax has been implemented, fewer people are buying soda. The tax on soda seems to be a good way of instituting good health practices, but not everyone agrees with taxing sugary beverages, as seen in Chicago, when the soda tax was rejected after a few months of being implemented.
“My opinion on taxing soda, I mean… it’s one of the cheapest drinks and it gives you a little bump into finishing the day,” says Charlie Mitchell, a student at American River College in Sacramento. “So taxing it would make it really difficult to like her a little something, because water is kind of more expensive… Not that I’m saying it’s not healthy and you should drink (sodas) as an alternative to healthy stuff, but it’s cheaper and college students are broke.”
At American River College, the cheapest place to get a soda is the cafe, which costs $1 for one can. The cheapest place to get water on campus is the vending machines, where it costs $1.75.
You may not even need to worry, considering the soda tax doesn’t seem to be very successful in California. Whenever the soda tax appears, it seems to be rejected in California. Other types of preventative measures can be taken, such as educating the public on how unhealthy soda is, and the possibility of having a warning label on every can of soda. Only time will tell if soda consumption will go down in the United States.
Until very recently, the Sacramento City Teachers Association were organizing a strike in order to increase their wages. However, on November 6th they sat down with members of the Sacramento City Unified School District and agreed on a three-year contract that would increase teacher wages by 11%
“I’m happy to announce that the district and the teachers union have reached a comprehensive agreement on a three year contract,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg said during a speech in front of City Hall. “It is fair to our hard working teachers and at the same time it upholds the districts proper responsibilities to always be a good fiscal steward and create additional opportunities to invest in the district’s equity agenda.”
The teachers claimed that the district was sitting on $81 million in reserves. The teachers union set out to hold a strike ranging across many different schools in Sacramento.
They set a strike date for November 8th in order to sit down with the Sacramento City School District to settle the dispute. If there was no resolution by that time, the teachers would walk the picket line.
However, on the 6th of November, the teachers union and the school district reached an agreement that the wages of teachers should increase by 11%.
“More than anything,this agreement was possible because of the unity shared, and sense of purpose by the 2,800 educators in our district who are represented by the Sacramento Teachers Association,” said David Fisher, from the Sacramento City Teachers Union during his speech at City Hall.”
While agreement satisfied the teachers union, as well as the school district, both parties agreed to collaborate on a future proposal to fund the arts and other special programs from students.