D’primeramano Inc held their second “Grito De La Independencia de México” on September 15th, in the Franklin Center. The Festival included traditional hispanic food, dancing, a raffle, and a mariachi group who sang on horseback.
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.
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.
Leaders in Sacramento are asking the voters to renew and double the sales tax known as Measure U. While the Mayor touts the plan as a win for the city, not everyone is convinced.
Inderkum capitalized on multiple turnovers including two interceptions and a blocked kick to keep Coach Terry Stark’s Inderkum Tigers undefeated at 3-0. The Sacramento Dragons and coach Joe McCray are still looking for victory at 0-3.
Access Sacramento announcers Will James and Jim Dimino call the highlights.
The full TV Game replay of Inderkum vs. Sacramento can be seen on Sat. Sept. 1 at 11 a.m., Sun. Sept. 2 at 3 a.m., Tues. Sept. 4 at 7 p.m., Wed. Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. and Thurs. Sept. 6 at 3 a.m. Watch on Comcast or Consolidated Communications Cable Channel 17, AT&T U-verse channel 14 or streaming from Access Sacramento.org. The game is also video on demand from the NFHS Network.
Hometown Sports Game of the Week switches to girl’s high school volleyball on Fri. Sept. 7 with a broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. of The Holy Court as the St. Francis Troubadours host the Christian Brothers Falcons.
A new upcoming community project called, Art Garden is rising. Created by Randy Stannard from Oak Park Sol, the Art Garden was made for the community to heal while creating art.
Visit: Community Creativity @ Art Garden to learn more!
The Sierra Health Foundation hosted the “Revive With Girls On The Rise” event on Tuesday, August 14th in Sacramento.
A new study released on August 20th by psychologist Jonathan Mummolo found that the militarization of police has little to no evidence of enhancing public and officer safety and has a direct correlation between deploying SWAT teams, a common form of militarization, predominantly in communities of color.
Not only does militarizing the police cost lots of money, but it has a psychological impact on civilians; causing the support from the public for funding police departments across America to decrease and arguably causing more violence.
In 1967, psychologists Leonard Berkowitz and Anthony Lepage conducted a study in which they found participants in their study naturally act aggressively after seeing the presence of a weapon. They called this the “weapons effect”.
This study rings true to this day. Sending out SWAT teams into communities of color has a huge mental impact on these community members; that’s a given. When a community is constantly seeing their local police departments suited up for war, in neighborhoods where groups that are already marginalized live, trust and confidence is out the door.
In Mummolo’s study, he used surveyed 1,566 people online, and 4,465 using Survey Sampling International. He found the decrease in support for funding local police departments after showing participants a fictional article about a police chief’s need for funding his department and displaying different pictures of militarized police teams.
According to the PNAS, roughly 90% of the SWAT deployments in Maryland between 2010 and 2014 were for search warrants. 84% of those search warrants instances, property was taken.
Mummolo found no evidence showing the benefits of militarizing the police. His study showed no increase in public safety, or police safety, but a significant amount of SWAT deployments in communities of color that were mostly search warrants and almost never emergency instances.
“It’s time for California to modernize our century-old deadly force standard,” says Assemblymember Kevin McCarty of Sacramento, a frequent supporter of law enforcement reform and one of the authors of AB931.
The bill AB931 that will change the way police de-escalate situations and their ability to be charged with manslaughter.
Cities across California have been organizing and clashing with law enforcement for change in police accountability. Police brutality against people of color is on the rise.
The death of Stephon Clark, a 23 year old father, by two Sacramento Police Department on March 18th became a national story, one far too familiar.
Police brutality and unjust police shootings have been on the rise. According to a database created by The Washington Post, 679 Americans have already been shot and killed by police in 2018. Last year, that number reached all the way up to 987. The Post also found that as of a week ago, there have been 25 more fatal shootings this year than around this same time last year.
The general public who have been demanding reform in their local police departments, fear that using warfare tactics won’t decrease the number of civilian deaths, or the death of police; they’re right.
Thetford Township Police Chief Robert Kenny of Michigan was arrested last Wednesday for an investigation of misusing surplus military equipment given to the department by a federal program called Defense Logistics Agency. The surplus military equipment was worth over 1 million dollars that was not accounted for, According to NBC25 News.
“The Trump Administration has a policy, and it’s very clear: We will protect those who protect us and who do such a great job in protecting us. That is why, as promised all along, that we are allowing local police to access the surplus military equipment they need to protect our officers and law enforcement agents and save their lives. And they are taking equipment at a record clip. Millions and millions of dollars of surplus equipment is going to our police departments” said Donald Trump at the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial in May.
“We must end he attacks on our police and we must end them right now. We believe criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty.”
If the mere presence of a gun causes people to instinctively act violent, shouldn’t the militarization of police using warfare tactics be monitored at least, just a little bit?
On Thursday, August 14th, the Girls on the Rise conference took place at the Sierra Health Foundation. People from throughout Sacramento gathered to hear what knowledge the many speakers of the conference had to offer.
Girls on the Rise is a local non-profit run by a young woman named Jaelyn Singleton. This program provides a space for young girls of color to work on community service projects and leadership skill development throughout their communities in Sacramento.
The conference started with a brief introduction by Singleton and was led into poetry. The event focused on self-care and acceptance, as well as how to fight oppression from where you stand and skills to get involved with the community and help people.
The event then entered into a yoga session after briefly talking about how meditation and yoga can help with everything from the way one sees themselves, being mentally present and tips for
managing stress. Participants then followed an instructor and went outside.
A panel of four women who help the community through non-profits helped the audience understand how they started helping the community, why they do it and what exactly was their “call to action”.
“My call to action,” said Carmen Martinez from Brown Issues, “is something that I have seen in my community, in Sacramento in general, is that certain parts of Sacramento are being gentrified and we have these people coming in from different places, different cities that are not from Sacramento and don’t know the people in Sacramento. Like, how they live and they come in here and they build all these fancy coffee shops, hair salons and breweries and all these things that are not accessible to our own people. So, my call to action for myself and for my community is to reclaim that space. Take that space back because this is our space and we need to take care of it and people say that gentrification is helping communities and making communities better, but it’s not. If people are becoming homeless because wealthier people are moving in, that’s not getting better and we have to take back that space because we know what’s best for our community.”
At the end of the conference, hugs and thanks were all around, and the participants agreed, Revive with Girls on the Rise, was truly a success.