As a young Hispanic, I know that there are many reasons why I need to vote and have my voice heard. With the midterm elections coming up, this is an important time for me to do my part and help shape our nation into what I want it to be.
On October 26th, from 5 PM to 7 PM, La Familia is holding an event at the Maple Neighborhood Center about the proposed Measure U tax plan that is said to be renewing the old 2012 plan but adding an additional half-cent to the old one making the new tax a one-cent sales tax.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg will be there to answer any questions about Measure U, and as an avid supporter of the proposal he will tell you how this tax would benefit people rather than hurt them. There will also be food provided.
We interviewed about what he thinks about the bill passing, he said, “Me personally, I am voting no, and I would encourage anyone who is on a fixed income to also vote no,” said Jrmar Jefferson, candidate for U.S. Congress, and local resident opposed to Measure U. “If you are a union worker and you are wealthy, influential, you live in a nice house, I would expect and encourage you to vote yes, because you probably own the union, corporations, and jobs they’d employ workers to give them a living wage.”
“We don’t have enough of a resource base to invest more in youth and community in the first place,” said Mayor Steinberg when asked why he thinks Measure U would benefit Sacramento and its youth residents. “What we’re trying to do with Measure U is to lift the neighborhoods, work with the private sector, and make more jobs.”
So what side do you fall on? Still undecided? Go to The Maple Neighborhood Center on October 26th to ask the mayor any questions about Measure U before voting.
Accesslocal.tv attended a forum at the Sierra 2 Center concerning the local sales tax- Measure U. Mike Mckeever and Craig Powell both gave their views and how this plan could benefit or worsen the Sacramento region.
Recently, the Advancement Project California and Movement StrategyCenter released their Welcoming and Safe Schools for All model resolution. The model was created to inspire school districts and other local agencies to have all students in mind while acknowledging the diversity of this state when creating their resolutions and policies under the current political climate.
With California being one of the most diverse states in the nation, and a home to many different people, it is crucial that educators and youth advocates keep updating and considering the way that the students are dealing with real-life issues such as citizenship status, transphobia, and countless other issues that students unfortunately face.
Back in May 2017, many youth organizations came together to create a model resolution for the safety and protection of all students. Youth Organize! California Network, Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network, Californians for Justice, RYSE Center, Khmer Girls in Action, Del Norte and tribal Lands Building Healthy Communities, Resilience Orange County and many other youth organizations made this model a reality.
The resolution model focuses on protecting the rights of all students regardless of race, ethnicity, religious and spiritual belief/practices, citizenship status, sexual orientation, etc. Their three main focuses are safety and protection, supports and services for all students, and affirming and celebrating diversity.
“Having the… model resolution means that youth leaders are being heard, that adult leaders are responding to our needs, and that we can successfully work together to address the issues that threaten safe and welcoming schools,” says Citlali Ruiz, a youth organizer with Resilience Orange County in Santa Ana.
Resilience Orange County was created in 2016; merging together RAIZ and Santa Ana Boys and Men of Color, two organizations that fought against deportation and the issues that men and boys of color face in Santa Ana. The Resilience Orange County aims to engage the youth of their community in fighting for social and systematic justice.
According to Jeremy Lahoud, Senior Fellow Certified Professional Coach with the Movement Strategy Center in Oakland, YO! Cali Network will be creating a toolkit for educators across California to use the model resolution within the next month or so.
The Monterey Trail Mustangs earned solo first place honors in the Metro League Friday defeating the Burbank Titans 41-6 on senior night during Access Sacramento’s Hometown Sports Game of the Week. Coach T.J. Ewing’s Mustangs first scored barely a minute into the game and never looked back.
Monterey Trail remains undefeated at 8-0 overall, 3-0 in league play. Burbank is now 4-4 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Access Sacramento’s Will James and Jim Dimino call the highlights.
Mustang senior quarterback Zach Larrier ran for three of Monterey Trail’s touchdowns including a 70-yard dash in the 1st quarter, while carrying the ball a total of 11 times for 104 yards and completing four of eight passes for 64 yards.
Monterey Trail running backs Thaddeus Hills and Jehiel Budgett each ran for an additional touchdown while defensive linebacker Andrew Alamonte picked up a Burbank fumble on defense scoring on a 22 yard fumble recovery return. . Budgett carried the ball 13 times for 142 yards.
Bailey carried the ball 18 times for 95-yards while Taniela Fisilau carried five times for 49 yards.
Complete TV replays of the game may be seen on Sat. Oct. 13 at 11 a.m., Sun. Oct. 14 at 3 a.m., Tues. Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. and Wed. Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. Watch on Comcast or Consolidated Communications channel 17, or AT&T U-verse channel 14 or live streaming from AccessSacramento.org.
For years, the South Sacramento water tower off of I-5 Freeway said in big letters, “Welcome to Sacramento. City of Trees.” But in March of 2017, the bottom slogan went from “City of Trees,” to “America’s Farm To Fork Capital
With Sacramento hosting their very large event the 2018 Farm-to-Fork Festival, it shows that the term “Farm to Fork” is here to stay.
Why was it changed? What is farm to fork? Why is Sacramento America’s farm to fork capital? What is the importance of farm to fork? And how did this all begin?
The term “Farm to Fork” is connected to a social movement that aims to promoting serving locally grown produce in restaurants, grocery stores and more. In the Sacramento region, this has become a very popular term. California has been a agricultural powerhouse for the United States.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), California in 2013 would have a export value of $13.7 Billion in agricultural and livestock products. The Top Countries to receive agriculture exports Canada ($2.6 billion); Hong Kong ($1.29 billion); and China. ($1.21 billion)
The six counties surrounding the Sacramento region produces over 200 different types of crops including 1.5 million acres of farmland. Locally that’s a billion dollar agricultural economy according to a study done by UC Davis.
With numbers as large as those, local farmers provide many restaurants with local produce and with the increase in local farmers markets such as the Oak Park Farmers Market, farm to fork is aiding in the fight against food deserts.
Food deserts can be described as areas or neighborhoods where access to affordable and healthy food options, is severely restricted or even completely non-existent. You would know if you’re in a food desert if you do not have a supermarket that provides fresh food within a mile from your neighborhood.
Neighborhoods that are in food deserts are statistically more common in communities of color and low-income areas. Studies from the USDA shows that wealthy neighborhoods usually have about three times as many supermarkets than low-income areas.
Many people think that farm to fork practices such as growing produce in resident’s backyards could help with the fight against food deserts around the country. Many believe that this could provide more access to fresh foods that food desert neighborhoods didn’t have access before.
In Sacramento, local farmers Chanowk and Judith Yisrael tried to combat the food desert he is in by growing a farm of produce in his backyard. He used his produce to provide food for himself and his family but as time went on he began to realize that he could help the surrounding community he is in with his farm.
“We realized that even though we were in our backyards and growing food, eating healthy. We still had a community that we lived in that was a food desert,” Said Chanowk in an interview with Sol Life. “It didn’t seem right for us. And that’s where the Yisrael Family Urban Farm was born.”
With locally produced farmers markets popping up more frequently not just in the Sacramento area but all across United States, the next few years will be interesting when it comes how other communities (especially low-income communities) will use the farm to fork lifestyle.
On October 31st the Sacramento BHC is hosting their 7th annual Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) Sacramento Summit. This event will take place at the Sacramento State University Ballroom starting early in the day at 9:00 AM at last until 4:00 PM.
“The BMoC Sacramento Summit is an annual full-day event which is focused on galvanizing community power and inspiring youth action,” said the Sacramento BHC, regarding what the event was about. “The purpose of the summit is to create system change by mobilizing young people and inspiring dialogue between youth activists and local leaders.”
With the upcoming midterm elections, it’s important for young people to come together at events such as the BMoC. Participants are being encouraged to use the hashtag #staywoke during this event and to speak on issues such as social justice, police brutality, and “schools not prisons”.
In California, with help from the California Endowment, student suspensions have been steadily decreasing with numbers as high as 400,000 fewer suspensions annually. Events like this help spread accurate information and provide forms of action for people to take part in, especially for youth. 11 other states in the U.S. have passed laws that help aid in the fight against the school to prison pipeline, following California’s lead.
The Sacramento BHC hopes to continue the momentum and spread more awareness about issues surrounding youth all while including the young people in the process.
To learn more about this event and how it helps the surrounding community of Sacramento please visit HERE.
On Thursday, September 28th, the Sacramento American Heart Association held their annual State Employee Heart and Stroke Walk at the capitol. From hula hooping to side-stepping bananas, the Walk’s health fair had it all. The American Heart Association fights to end heart disease and stroke and aims to help people live healthier lives.
On Saturday, October 6th, the Black Parallel School Board held a forum at the Fruitridge Community Collaborative for candidates seeking office for the Sacramento Unified School District Board.
Access Sacramento’s 19th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival presented 10 original all-local films to a sold-out audience of more than 920 attendees at the historic Crest Theatre Saturday as the culmination of this annual celebration of Sacramento filmmakers.Ten original 10-minute screenplays were turned into movies over the summer and made their world premiere at a high energy event inside the region’s largest movie venue.
While each of the films is already a “winner” having its story judged last March as one of the top 10 among all entries into the competition, in several festival specialty awards, Writer/Director William Mendoza’s “Justin Time” earned top honors.
It took home both the “Audience Favorite” and the Producer’s Choice awards, the latter includes a grand prize of a $1,000 ladies diamond ring donated by Sharif Jewelers.
“Justin Time” is the story of a how a nearly late delivery by a 1980’s Sacramento newspaper carrier intersects with a man dealing with a personal crisis. The award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role went to Griffen Dresbach-Hill who portrayed the best friend of the newspaper carrier.
Other top specialty honors determined by professional filmmakers went to Writer Danya Barrow’s film “Tono Sommesso” for Dawn Spinella as Best Director, Matt Trammel as Best Actor in a leading role, and Michael Thygeson with Best Cinematography.
“Tono Sommesso” is the fictional story of a blind woman who works to become a top sommelier, recognized for her ability to pair wines and food at a chîc area restaurant.
Writer Ritu Atwal’s movie “The Gift” claimed the other two acting awards with Rachel Brown winning as Best Actress in a leading role, with Oliva Pratt winning for Best Actress in a supporting role.
“The Gift” explores the connection between a Los Angeles couple vacationing in Sacramento in hopes of rekindling the romance in their relationship.
“The Gift” also won for best editing by Jag Sandhu and Sikandar Sidhu.
Each of the 10 winning writers was called onto the stage at the Crest to make comments about the creation of their films and the inspiration for the stories. Many were based on true life incidents in their lives.
The other winning writers and their movies are (in alphabetical order):
Aldo Cocco’s “Delta Breeze” is the story of a psychologist whose own relationship troubles interfere with her ability to counsel others, until a chance encounter while walking along the Sacramento River provides new hope for the future.
Based on the true story of her grandmother’s immigration to Sacramento from El Salvador, “The Disappeared’ by Thalia Caraveo explores the twists brought when separated families who arrive as refugees must then face new concerns including those brought on by Alzheimer’s disease with an aging parent.
“The Engagement Ring” by Romeo Trocino is set around the state capitol and features a helpful set of bystanders who all help a young man on a desperate hunt for a missing engagement ring.
One of the comedies in this set of films, “Escargot” by Judith Plank explores a mother and father’s concern for their son whose only friends appear to be their home’s garden snails.
Over the course of the festival’s 19 years, only “The Story of Jane and Jo” by Eric Sanderson fills the genre of musical. With original lyrics and a score, the film centers around the impending blind date by two neighbors who’ve never spoken before.
Another dating movie, “Swipe Right” by Nathan Reedy, is a comedy based on real life encounters in the world created from on-line dating phone apps where the two parties show interest with a flick of the finger across the screen.
A final dating movie, “Triple Shot Latte” by Amy Lawrence, is set around a coffee shop where a young man from a pharmaceutical manufacturer must win over his date who in reality has been sent there to kill him.
The films, award ceremony and thank you messages by filmmakers will air several weeks from now on Access Sacramento cable 17. Access Sacramento Executive Director and Festival Director Gary Martin hosted the program and encouraged all those in attendance to consider writing a screenplay for next years competition and to prepare by becoming a member of Access Sacramento.
Access Sacramento is a local non-profit membership foundation providing media training and equipment resources serving Sacramento County residents with a full high-definition TV studio, checkout video equipment and an over-the-air and internet radio station, KUBU-LP 96.5 FM.
For more information about Access Sacramento, visit AccessSacramento.org or call 916-456-8600.
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