The 2nd Annual Black Women’s Health and Wellness Conference was held at the Education Building of the UC Davis Medical Center on July 12th. The goal of the conference was to inform black women on common health disparities they face and connect them with resources for prevention.
On August 12th, the National Lawyers Guild of Sacramento held a lecture which focused mainly on what to do if you had any type of interaction with the police in public. The NLG brought in about a group of around 16 people to come and ask questions and learn about what do when a police officer stops you.
Many people shared their experiences and interactions that they’ve had with police and asked what they could’ve done instead in that situation. The NLG gave several points about what to do when a police officer approaches you.
“You do not have to show ID unless you are driving a motorized vehicle,” said the National Lawyers Guild representative when asked about showing ID to officers. “If officers try to speak to you, do not answer any questions. Anything you say can and will be used against you.”
NLG continued to speak about their very own experiences and how they’ve managed to get by. As the lecture went on, people talked about what they could do if they were at a rally. They even went into detail about tactics you could use such as picketing, sitting down, not yelling or swearing at police and video recording.
“If you are stopped, ask if you are being detained,” said the National Lawyers Guild representative. “If the police detain you, use the magic words to every officer who talks to you; I am going to remain silent I want to see a lawyer. You do not have to reveal your immigration status.”
As the lecture wrapped up, participants were given the opportunity to be put on an email list with details on what to do when police stop you. Also, the participants were given a paper with an overview of what was discussed.
If you need their services, you can contact the National Lawyers Guild at NLGsacramento@gmail.com or at 916/500-4NLG(654)
Sol Collective now has an open art gallery open to the public until September for anyone to view. Many of the pieces are for sale and have a mix of artists from California and Mexico.
On the 19th, 24th, and 29th of this month, from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center on 14th street,“The Sugars” event will work to educate people about diabetes. To RSVP for tickets, please visit eventbrite.com
There are two types of diabetes, and Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable with healthy food choices and exercise. 55% of adults in Sacramento have pre-diagnosed or diagnosed diabetes. 50% of adult African-Americans have diabetes in California. Knowing how to take care of your diabetes can help maintain a balance in the blood’s sugar levels, thus helping you lead a healthier life.
“In order to reduce the devastating complications of diabetes, individuals with diabetes need to adequately control blood glucose, along with other associated risk factors such as lipid disorders and hypertension,” said Association Chief Scientific, Medical & Mission Officer William T. Cefalu, MD in a press release. “Thus, the person with diabetes is responsible for daily management of this chronic condition, which involves adequate nutrition and regular physical activity, as well as adjusting medication dosages and monitoring blood glucose. The National Standards for DSMES recognize that the person with diabetes is actually the center of the health care team since it is estimated that a person with diabetes visits his or her primary care provider, on average, only four times a year. Therefore, it is critical that we support people with diabetes and their caregivers with the appropriate self-management guidance, education, and tools to improve patient outcomes and prevent or delay the many serious complications that can accompany diabetes.”
William Jahmal Miller will be moderating the event, with the guest speaker Dr. Rodney G. Hood, a health professional. They will be working to educate African Americans about diabetes, and how they can take care of themselves.
Nationally, racial tensions have been on the rise since the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency. An article on the Sacramento Bee website posted in July revealed that in this year so far hate crimes in California have increased by 11.2 percent after 2016’s 21.3 percent increase. 60 percent of hate crimes last year were race-related with Blacks and Latinos as the most targeted groups. In a new trend, it appears that public officials aren’t exempt to these attacks.
Officials like Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León are used getting hate mail like the one he received recently demanding he “hurry up and die”. He says it “comes with territory”. But de León did notice that since last November the hate mail has been getting more frequent and more threatening.
“In my mind, there’s no doubt that Donald Trump has opened up this Pandora’s box,” de León was quoted as saying in a Sacramento Bee article.
“The more high-profile you are, the more of these attacks you get,” said former Assembly speaker Fabian Núñez in the same article.
The target of these attacks are often high-profile officials like de León, who defied Trump’s immigration policies by passing the Senate Bill 54, or the “sanctuary city” bill, in April. That law banned all of California’s law enforcement from assisting in federal immigration enforcement.
“I think it’s sort of redundant to the point of being funny,” says Keven Boult, a Senior at Sacramento Charter High School. “ Like, how many times do we need to embarrass ourselves in order to state our opinion? (Trump supporters) think having (Trump) in office validates their opinions and actions.”
While blaming President Trump personally for the increase in racial tensions may be too far, there’s plenty of examples of American’s expressing themselves in a bolder manner since his swearing in. President Trump himself is on the record denouncing hate crimes and speech, but for those who would use fear and intimidation as tools to frighten the people they disagree with, the current administration inspires those who kept their opinions hidden before to act out in less than desirable ways.
From July 23rd to the 29th, the annual weeklong “Sons and Brothers Summer Camp” took place. Over 130 young men rode buses to Portola, California for the retreat. The Sons and Brothers Summer Camp is a youth gathering, high up in the mountains, that aims to help youth change for the better while teaching them the value of helping their communities.
After arriving in Portola, the campers were assigned cabins at the Sierra Nevada Journeys Grizzly Creek Ranch. Each cabin had around 12 beds which were almost entirely were filled with camp participants. After check-in, campers were called into the main lodge to go over some rules and housekeeping and to discuss the many activities that would occur throughout the week.
Each day at camp had a “theme” and Monday’s was on “beloved community”. At around 10:00 AM, the elders and adult allies stood in front of everyone to speak about their how they make their communities better and how the youth could do the same. Then, campers split up into “trails” which is a team of about 12 people who must go through a certain amount of courses to built up trust and teamwork together. Campers finished off the day with activities spread around the park until 10:00 PM.
On Tuesday morning, campers went to their sessions to discuss “Healing and Wholeness.” Two adult allies shared very emotional stories about their children and their life experiences and how they found themselves despite the hardships they’ve gone through. After that, campers experienced even more sophisticated trust exercises before ending the day with activities such as spray painting and hip hop music.
Wednesday was the longest day of camp and featured the topic ”repairing and structural harm”. This went into detail about how when a person thinks they are doing the right thing, but they might be damaging something or someone else. The campers trust exercises got much harder that afternoon. The youth had to help their peers across a tiny rope by guiding them all the way across. If the youth groups could trust in each other during in this activity, they were able to move on to the next course.
That day ended with a very emotional fire circle. For many of the youth, these fire circles were the highlight of entire trip. Participants got a tiny string to tie a knot for a every problem they wanted to leave behind. Once they told their story about what their knots represents, they placed it into the fire symbolizing that those problems have been left behind.
“Unity in the community is fundamentally based on relationships,” said Baba Greg Hodge, an adult ally at the retreat. “You have to get know the people in your community – their interests, problems as well as what their assets are.”
On Thursday, the youth discussed “community voice and power.” The young people had to explore scenarios that could actually happen and learn about individual and collective strategies through one another. Afterwards the youth went to their trail groups to do obstacle courses where each team had to use the trust they had built up to support one another to climb up a 50 feet tower.
The last day of camp was the most eventful day of the whole week. The topic of the day was “commitments and accountability”. Young people had the opportunity to explore practices, skills and tools for creating beloved communities.
After that was the final stage of the trail groups. The youth had to jump off a plank 50 feet high and trust in their teammates to be safe while jumping off the plank. This activity was called the “Leap Of Faith.” While many did not choose to do the jump, this writer decided to do it. As a person who is extremely afraid of heights, I would think that I would be the least likely to do it. But I did it and I had the trust I developed with my teammates built in me.
As a reporter, it was a very exciting experience to be able to cover this camp and to tell anyone who is reading this about it. But as youth, this camp is so far one of the highlights of my life.
For more information about Sons and Brothers and their efforts; please click here.
On Saturday, July 22nd, The Sacramento Transit Union held a community meeting which brought a group of people together to talk about the issues public transit users face daily. Sac TRU holds these community meetings every Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at their Broadway office.
Many people in Sacramento area depend on public transit to get to one place to another. Sac TRU believes that transit in Sacramento needs to be improved for those who use buses and light rail.
Many of the things done at these meetings are the generation of letters which are then sent to the Regional Transit Board Members. Some of those go into depth about the excessive heat and public safety concerns on light rail trains.
“Passengers are placed in dangerous situations when exposed to excessive heat. This especially affects the elderly, young children and persons with disabilities,” said Sac TRU in a weekly letter to the RT Board. “Delayed, malfunctioning trains and buses also cause riders to be exposed in the sun for extended periods of time at unprotected stations in triple-digit temperatures.”
Another weekly letter sent to the Regional Transit Board Members included concerns about the limitations of languages that public transit offers. “We request that communications and outreach events be conducted in the acknowledged top 6 languages used by RT riders: English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Hmong, and Vietnamese,” Sac TRU wrote in another weekly letter to RT. “ We also request that RT provide outreach in a greater variety of venues, including neighborhood associations, community centers, schools, etc.”
For more information about Sac TRU and where and when their meetings take place; click here
The second annual Sacramento Black Women’s Health and Wellness Conference will be hosted at 4610 X Street on Saturday, August 12th from 9 am to 3 pm. The conference will focus on decreasing the number health disparities that affect black women by educating attendees on mental health awareness and physical health.
“We know and understand the stereotype that black women are strong and they don’t go through anything and they are just resilient,” said the Encouraging Life Organization founder Jessica Brown. “But in the end we realize we end up suffering from more mental health illnesses [from] things such as not prioritizing our health which leads to a lot of the health disparities we see right now.”
This year’s conference is called “Healing Invisible Scars” and will focus on “overcoming trauma, relationship dynamics, cardiovascular disease prevention, and overall the mental, spiritual, and physical protection of your heart.”
Last year, approximately 125 women attended the conference. They received complimentary a breakfast and lunch, heard a keynote address, and attended health related workshops.
Organizers want area residents to know that Black women in Sacramento County are the most susceptible to diabetes and hypertension, and are most affected by STDs that cause infertility.
To find more information about the conference and to register please visit their website:
On Saturday, July 29th, an event called “It’s Our Time” is being hosted by the Sacramento Community Reinvestment Coalition. This event is a forum focused on criminal justice to community reinvestment. This event is located at the Fruitridge Community Center At 4625 44th Street in Sacramento.
This event is aimed to raise a discussion and teach the affects that the criminal justice system has on the budget of Sacramento County. People can come and share personal experiences and ideas for investments that can help people and keep them safe.
The “It’s Our Time” forum is absolutely free with lunch provided. Reentry is allowed and community resource tables are available. The Sacramento Community Reinvestment Coalition is a group of people that are aiming to in helping Sacramento County in transforming the criminal justice system to reduce incarceration.
They hope that the county will invest more in reentry, treatment, rehabilitation, as well as many other critical services for the community of Sacramento. Members of the coalition include the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Self Awareness and Recovery, Sacramento Area Congregations Together, and the ACCE.
This event starts at 10:00 am on the 29th of July and ends at 2:00 PM that afternoon. For more information on this event and it’s whereabouts click here.