The Free Our Dreams event at UC Davis brought youth from all around California to come together and discuss issues in their communities. One of the most recent issues Californians and many other people across the country face is the fazing-out of the DACA program. In this video, we explain what DACA is, and how it will affect the people.
The power of youth who use their voice to advocate on their own behalf has been growing stronger in California in the past few years. The Free Our Dream Conference, held at UC Davis over the past weekend, seeked to empower young people from all across the state to make changes in their communities.
On Friday, September 8th, UC Davis again hosted the Free Our Dreams event. This Free Our Dreams, like previous events, brought youth from all corners of California, with the help of their adult allies, to come together and have conversations about statewide advocacy strategies for change. The youth came to Davis from as far away as San Diego, Bakersfield, and Eureka.
This event came only a week after President Trump’s decision to repeal the DACA program that supported over 800,000 “dreamers”. The DACA program will be phased out over the next two years.
The DACA program was eligible for undocumented immigrants who had been living in the U.S. before 2007 and were under the age of 30 before 2012. These undocumented immigrants had to be either working or going to school and could not receive federal benefits.
DACA’s removal was a huge topic at this year’s Free Our Dreams event as some of the participants were undocumented or know someone who is. Many youths in attendance are supported by DACA and have many concerns on what to do now.
Throughout the event, there were workshops set up for undocumented youth to participate in and learn more about what happens next. One of these workshops had an undocumented healing circle which allowed youth let out their words and feelings about DACA being repealed through the sharing of personal and emotional stories.
One student from San Francisco City College had more than a few words to say about DACA.
“DACA being revoked was devastating news,” said Cynthia Diaz. “However, DACA was never the solution to what was demanded, but still it offered protection from being separated from this community. I would just want to remind those affected that they are loved and supported, always. We must take initiative to start learning to go beyond DACA and this is by understanding class struggle and political theory. Unified, we will protect each other and build to overcome the system that oppresses us.”
“The fact that this conference brought out so many youths from across California and was very well attended and of course productive,” said Diaz. “This is perfect timing to get together as leaders of this state to create dialogue and share brilliant ideas with one another. Many more gatherings are needed, and definitely necessary.”
by Will James, Hometown Sports
Among a handful of highly intriguing Week-3 high school football games, one of them stands apart from the rest; the eagerly awaited rematch between the top-ranked Folsom Bulldogs and the #6 Sacramento Dragons.
Access Sacramento logged this high profile confrontation at Hughes Stadium as the Hometown Sports Game-of-the-Week, Fri. Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m. This live telecast may be seen on Comcast channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14. The game will also be streamed from AccessSacramento.org and on the NFHS Network. Play-by-play by Will James and commentary by Jim Dimino and Rick Stewart.
A year ago, the Dragons registered a stunning upset of the Bulldogs at Folsom’s Prairie City Stadium with a resounding 32-27 triumph. The victory snapped Folsom’s 48-game regular-season winning streak, and its 52-game streak against CIF Sac-Joaquin Section opponents dating back to the 2012 season.Kris Richardson, has guided the Bulldogs to 132 wins since 2005. Along the way the Bulldogs collected seven league titles, five SJS crowns, and two CIF State Championships.
The 2017 edition of the Bulldogs appears to be as dominant as ever; explosive on offense, stingy on defense, and showcases yet another terrific quarterback to further extend an amazing list of stellar QBs.
Taking center stage is Kaiden Bennett. The junior QB blasted out to a dazzling start, demonstrating the composure of a veteran while serving up a most impressive blend of precision passing and slick running.
Bennett’s stats are sensational. He’s accounted for 15 touchdowns in three games with 73% passing efficiency and leads the team in rushing. Complementing Bennett is another collection of outstanding play- makers and defensive stalwarts.
Under first-year head coach, Joe McCray, the Dragons continue to feature big-play offense and hard hitting defense. All-purpose threat, Anthony Bradley, sparks the offense . The defense is anchored by rampaging linebacker, E.J. Haag-Larry.
This game marks the fifth meeting of the teams since 2008. Folsom won the first three meetings by an average of 39 points before Sacramento’s upset last year. The previous four games were all played at Folsom High School.
Many factors add plenty of spice to this impending brawl in the Big House. Emotion will run extremely high at Hughes Stadium, generated by an extra large crowd expecting to be treated to a game packed with playoff intensity, electrifying plays, and heavy drama. Don’t miss this one.
Clear communication between law enforcements and the community is what many cities aim at accomplishing. That’s why on August 31st, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn and Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen attended a community forum with other community activists. The meeting was called “Law and Order: In the Trump Era” and its purpose was to have a discussion about how President Trump has affected the criminal justice system. The meeting also sought to address the tensions between the police and the members of the community.
“The only people who have the power to use the law to hurt you…is really the people using the police power…and that is a very sacred duty that should not be abused,” said Councilmember Steve Hansen. “In the end, we cannot let them be the front line of solving social issues because that is never going to be an answer…and I think it’s unfair for those folk [the police] to put that on them.”
Some of the speaking points during the meeting included homelessness, racism in the police department, and the responsibility of elected officials. Steve Hansen dove into the subject of community distrust of the police and how that has affected the criminal justice system. The Councilmember argued that the police cannot be the one handling everything and the community distrust of the department is only making their job harder.
“When you think about this Sacramento, this California you say, this diverse place they like to say, a place of multiculturalism. Black folk have nothing here,” said Berry Accius, CEO Voice of the Youth.
Statements like that and others caused the meeting to take a turn, getting more intense with its discussion about race and criminal justice. However, the meeting ended on a lighter note with all the speakers standing together in unison agreeing to work together to make Sacramento a better place.
The 20th anniversary season of Access Sacramento‘s Game of the Week launched its football coverage with a shutout as the Grant Pacers topped the Capital Christian Cougars 19-0 in a non-league match-up.
Grant’s Deshaun Pryor ran for two touchdowns of 11 and 27 yards to lead the scoring. Pryor carried the ball 16 times for 119 yards.
Grant built up 343 yards in total offense on 48 plays, but was also penalized 19 times for 149 yards and had several ejections.
Capital Cristian had 128 yards in total offense and was penalized seven times for 65 yards.
Announcers Will James and Jim Dimino call the highlights:
Both teams are now 2-1 overall.
Replays of the full game may be seen on Access Sacramento Sat. Sept. 9 at 11 a.m., Sun. Sept. 10 at 3 a.m., Tues. Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., Wed. Sept. 13 at 11 a.m., and Thurs. Sept. 14 at 3 a.m.
Watch on Comcast or Consolidated Communications Cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse Channel 14 or live streamed from AccessSacramento.org at those same times. Video on Demand is available from Access Sacramento and the NFHS Network.
Game of the Week will provide live coverage of Folsom vs. Sacramento High School from Sacramento City College on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
Despite many in the Republican Party being is opposed to the decision and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s advice to the president, the Trump Administration has decided to discontinue the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals, also known as the DACA program.
DACA, which was founded by the Obama Administration in 2012, protected undocumented immigrants, or “Dreamers”, who entered the country as children from being deported. If the program is discontinued, after a six month delay period around 800,000 immigrants would be subject to deportation by ICE to whatever country they came from.In the case of a lot of Dreamers, these immigrants have no memory of the countries where they were born or worse were unaware that they were ever undocumented in the first place. According to a press conference by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the president has decided as of today, that the DACA program will be phased out over a two year period.
Regardless of the president’s decision, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg hosted a press conference on August 29th to reassure California’s 22,000 Dreamers that Sacramento, and most of California, will protect the undocumented from ICE.
“In Sacramento, there are 13,000 Dreamers,” said the Mayor. “President Trump, don’t destroy the dreams of our Dreamers.”
The Sacramento Police Department also wanted to assure Dreamers of their compliance with the mayor’s idea in the hope that the undocumented won’t neglect to report crime in fear of being deported.
“Our mission statement is to improve and enhance the quality of life for everyone in our community and regardless of what federal program gets changed or doesn’t get changed, our mission statement doesn’t change,” Sacramento Police Chief Daniels said at the conference.“We are not as concerned with somebody’s status as we are concerned with how things happen in their community [affect] their quality of life.”
Despite reassurances from state leaders, there are still protests scheduled against the discontinuation of DACA in Bakersfield, New York, and Troy, Michigan and many more places around the country.
According to CBS News, the friends you make in high school have an effect on your mental health as an adult. They find that the more friends you have, the more anxious you become. In an interview with a student, we hear about a personal experience with their high school group of friends.
Come along with Accesslocal.Tv in this video of California Senators and Assemblymembers talking about how important parks are to communities across the state.
by Will James
Home Town Sports
Several prime points of interest are swirling around the most provocative high school football game in the entire CIF Sac-Joaquin Section this week; the uniquely majestic clash between #9 Grant and #10 Capital Christian.
So attractive is this marquee match-up, that Access Sacramento is launching its 20th year of Hometown Sports Game-of-the-Week football coverage with this spicy contest, Friday evening, Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m.
This live telecast may be seen on Comcast channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14. The game will also be streamed on the NFHS Network and at AccessSacramento.org.
This game is an intriguing eye-catcher because of the elite stature and the amazing careers of the opposing head coaches. Grant’s, Mike Alberghini, begins his 27th year at the Pacers’ helm, having headed the D-1 and D-2 fields with dynasty-like domination.Alberghini is in quest of a remarkable 27th consecutive year guiding Grant to the post-season. The Pacers have compiled seven CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Titles, and are the first SJS team to capture a CIF State Championship (2008), but enter play at 1-1, having lost a season’s opener (24-14 to Rocklin) for the first time in ten years and just twice in more than 25 years.
On the flip side, Casey Taylor takes over as Head Coach at Capital Christian after a brilliant 15-year stint at Del Oro that produced 6 SJS Championships, 3 NorCal Regional Championships, 3 appearances as a State Finalist, and a CIF State Championship on the D-1 and D-2 levels.
Grant’s presence and style as not changed in the Alberghini era. The Pacers have consistently fielded offensive and defensive lines that average better then 300 pounds to clear the way for a brigade of flashy speed backs. Defensively, the Pacers deploy fast, hard-hitters in the linebacker corps and secondary. None of this has changed, but it remains to be seen whether the vaunted Pacers have slipped more than a wee bit.
Casey Taylor brought winning tradition to Capital Christian, and expectations are high. Even so, to what degree, if any, are Taylor’s Cougars actually expected to defeat Grant? A daunting monumental challenge. We shall see. Former standout Whitney QB Jake Cruz takes the tiller for the Cougars’ maiden voyage with Casey Taylor plotting the course.
A capacity crowd of standing room magnitude is anticipated to fuel the fire beneath a classic coaches confrontation in a first-ever team match-up that features extra portions of answers to key questions.
Repeat broadcasts of the Grant at Capital Christian may be seen Sat. Sept. 9 at 11 a.m., Tues. Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., and Wed. Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. Video on Demand is available from the NFHS Network at Access Sacramento.org.