On May 6th, Yisrael Family Urban Farm and volunteers gathered at a local Oak Park residence to build a garden and promote healthy communities.
The announcement by Gary Martin, Film Festival Director and Access Sacramento Executive Director, revealed the names of the projects and writers who will produce their films over the summer, with a world premiere red carpet showcase for the ten projects on Sat. Oct. 6 at Sacramento’s historic Crest Theatre.
With the writers now becoming producers, more than 250 volunteers turned out at the Coloma Community Center in hopes of being select help as an actor or as a member of the technical crew on one of the 10 films.
Six of the writers come from Sacramento with others from Davis, Granite Bay, Roseville and Stockton.
“A Place Called Sacramento” awards 10 family-friendly scripts each year with the opportunity to have the script turned into a movie with a guaranteed big screen world premiere, cable distribution of the Access Sacramento public access cable channel and credit listings on the prestigious Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com).
Click on the writer’s name to email the writer and to volunteer for their project. The winning writers with their project descriptions are:
“Delta Breeze” by Aldo Cocco (Sacramento) – In life or love, listening is a strong force behind great change.
“The Disappeared” by Thalia Caraveo (Sacramento) – A grieving woman dealing with the loss of her mother to Alzheimer’s learns a beautiful lesson about love, loss and acceptance.
“The Engagement Ring” by Romeo Trocino (Stockton) – Jason is ready to propose to the love of his life. When the big moment arises, the outcome is not what he pictured it would be.
“Escargot” by Judith Plank (Davis) – Just your average everyday family, making big progress at a snail’s pace.
“The Gift” by Ritu Atwal (Granite Bay) – It’s her first wedding anniversary, but the most precious gift a young woman receives, is not the one from her husband.
“Justin Time” by William Mendoza (Sacramento) – Leslie hates deadlines, but delivering newspapers late today could have a deadly penalty.
“Triple Shot Latte” by Amy Lawrence (Sacramento) – She’s starting to lose hope, but love may be just a scone’s throw away.
“The Story of Jane and Jo” by Eric Sanderson (Sacramento) – Jane and Jo may see each other every day, but will they ever hear the music of their hearts?
“Swipe Right” by Nathan Reedy (Sacramento) – The very single and amused Will banters with the very committed and disenchanted Vanessa about the challenges of relationships and finding true romance in the hyper technological world of online dating.
“Tono Sommesso” by Danya Barrows (Roseville) – When a blind woman with heightened senses pursues her dream of becoming a Master Sommelier, she discovers a family secret that could keep her from ever reaching her goal.
Access Sacramento is a local non-profit foundation operating two cable television channels and cablecast/internet radio station KUBU-LP 96.5 FM on Comcast and Consolidated Communications Cable Channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14.
For more information about Access Sacramento, visit our website AccessSacramento.org or contact Executive Director, Gary Martin at 916-456-8600.
Access Sacramento is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation
VIDEO: District 5 City Council Candidate, Tamika L’Ecluse, Meets Neighbors For Coffee and Conversation
On April 22nd, City Council Candidate Tamika L’Ecluse met up with residents at Broadway Coffee Co. to answer questions over coffee and discuss her plans regarding District 5.
On April 25th, at Beatnik Studios in Sacramento, a live edition of The Brave Podcast was recorded. The podcast is about what people in California do to uplift their community. During the live podcast, the host interviewed people who were already featured on the podcast, as well as a woman who the host met that night who started up Black Women United.
If Sacramento were to pass a soda tax like some other cities have, would young people change their drinking habits? I spoke to some Sacramento High School students to see what they thought.
The death of Stephon Clark has been a national hot-button issue for the past month.
On March 18th 2018, two Sacramento police officers shot at Clark 20 times and killed him in his grandmother’s backyard.
Since then, protests have flooded Sacramento’s streets–stopping highway traffic and blocking access to the Golden One Center, home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.
On the night of the Kings vs Celtics game, both teams were seen openly showing solidarity with Clark’s family by wearing black t-shirts stating “Accountability, We Are One” on the front, referring to accountability for police officers and the district attorney, and “#Stephon Clarke” on the back.
The Rev. Al Sharpton flew in on March 29th to give the eulogy for Clark’s funeral at Bayside of South Sacramento Church in front of Clark’s family and loved ones–as well as camera crews and hundreds of thousands watching live.
“They have been killing black men all across the country,” Sharpton said, clutching Clark’s grieving brother, Stevante, to his chest. “It’s time to stop this madness.”
After nearly a month since his death, it seems as though everyone has an opinion on Stephon Clark’s death.
Some people assumed he was a thug and that he’d “deserved what he got”. Many sympathized with police, believing that the two armed officers, who’d never announced themselves as such, should be excused for their actions because of their fear. Others look to Clark as though he was a martyr, seeing his death as a way to push for reform social policies and police procedures.
But aside from that, Stephon Clark was a 22 year-old man with two young boys who will grow up without their father. The people who were closest to him are most affected by this tragedy and will never look at his picture and see him as a thug, or a martyr, or a statistic.
Patrick Durant, Vice Principal at Sacramento Charter High School, remembers Stephon from when he attended during his sophomore and junior years. Durant claimed he first heard of Clark because he was close to the daughter of a family friend and got to know him through conversations about college and sports. What Durant remembers most about Clark when he was alive was that he was a “very friendly kid with good manners and a great smile” and that he felt disturbed when he read text messages from community leaders sharing that Clark had been shot.
Clark’s former History teacher, Paul Schwinn, described Stephon as “bright” and “funny” when he was in his class.
“He got an A on every single test I gave him,” Schwinn said. “Every time he spoke in class he had the right answer and always explained history in a funny, accessible way. He was someone who made first period fun for me and his classmates.”
Overall, Durant knows that many of his students face challenging environments outside of school that staff simply can’t shield them from. “The more we can help to improve that environment, the less Stephon Clark stories we hopefully will have to endure,” Durant believes.
The verdicts of Rodney King’s trial and the Latasha Harlins murder trial turned Los Angeles on its head in the Spring of 1992. Five days of rioting that blocked streets, looted stores, and set fires to buildings killed 63 people, injured 2,383 and led to the arrest of 12,11. This is the subject matter of a powerful documentary now streaming on Netflix titled “LA 92”.
Citizens of LA were outraged when a video filmed by a witness was released to the media showing four LAPD officers brutally beating King with batons, kicking, and tasing him for several minutes while King lay on the ground.
After a three month trial, an all-white jury found the four defendants not guilty.
Tensions rose even higher between the Korean and Black communities after the death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins two weeks after King’s confrontation with police. Video footage shows Soon Ja Du, owner of a convenience store in Harlins’s area, shoot Harlins in the back of the head after grabbing her backpack and trying to peer inside with the suspicion that the teen had stolen a bottle of orange juice.
Du was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 1991 for the murder of Latasha Harlins.
Former Judge Joyce Karlin was condemned for sentencing Du to a $500 fine, 5 years of probation, and 400 hours of community service and no prison time justifying that she “knows what a criminal looks like” and “believes that Du will not offend again” in an interview.
For many LA residents, the two videotapes and the lax sentencings that followed were symbols of racial injustice reflected in the community and politics and many also considered Du’s verdict a catalyst to the riots that followed. Many people chose to express their anger by attacking the residents of LA’s Koreatown as 65% of the arsons and looting targeted Korean-run businesses.
Comparisons have been made between the Rodney King case and now, the Stephon Clark case. Both high profile cases received national attention involved young Black men that were either beat or killed by white officers convicted of using excessive force.
Protests prior to the defendants in King’s case mirrored Clark’s: highly emotional, sporadic, but relatively peaceful before the riots.
Sacramento Police Chief Han explained in an interview with Fox 40 how law enforcement plans to stay dynamic in case riots break out.
The independent autopsy of Clark’s injuries revealed that Clark was shot 6 times in his back, contradicting police’s alibi, and the recent incident in which a patrol car hit a protester and drove off has concerned many residents as heated tension grows larger in the streets of Sacramento.
The Thousand Strong program, implemented by Mayor Darrell Steinberg, hopes to enrich the young people of Sacramento with skills that they will need for both college and the workforce. By implementing the Thousand Strong program, the city of Sacramento hopes to better not just it’s youth, but also the prosperity of its economy as well.
The Thousand Strong program works with local businesses in order to give youth professional training, to help make them a better asset to companies. The program also offers internships, so that way young people can get hands-on experience.
“This is not another program,” said Mayor Steinberg in a press release. “It is the way we intend to do business in our city. We don’t run the schools, nor do we run a business – we are the link to ensure that our kids are first in line for the jobs in Sacramento’s new economy.”
All the students who enroll will be aided by a professional to ensure that they have support and guidance. With the new skill sets, young people of Sacramento will be better equipped to handle any job that they might apply for. They will also have opportunities through internships to obtain a job.
The program offers 40 hours of workplace training through paid internships. Because the program doesn’t charge the employer, it allows for more opportunities for internships and helps teens better prepare for the workforce.
For employers, they have access to hundreds of job profiles of youth through the City of Sacramento, and they will have the ability to network with talented youth, setting up possible future employees.
On March 14th, over seven hundred Sacramento Charter High School students walked out of class in protest of current gun control policies in wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglass school shooting.
Four years ago, the Human Rights Society dubbed Sacramento with the title of “Second Worst City in the US for Human Trafficking.”
In December of last year, Elan Seagraves, a soccer coach at John F. Kennedy High School, was arrested on human trafficking charges and for pimping at least two minors.
In early February, 58-year-old Yun Escamilla was booked into Sacramento County Jail on five counts of felony pandering–the act of persuading/forcing someone to become a prostitute. Escamilla housed five young women, constantly transporting them between three different Sacramento residences. It was reported that some of the women being prostituted were from Hong Kong and all were of Asian descent.
“Sex trafficking”, as it is called, is a global epidemic.
Thousands of people worldwide have been sold into, coerced or manipulated into sex-slavery. It has poisoned countless communities, but how big is Sacramento’s human trafficking problem?
“It’s been highlighted that there is more human trafficking in Sacramento than in other jurisdictions, but I think that it is equal to other jurisdictions,” Cindy Stinson, Lieutenant for the Sacramento Police Department and co-founder of Community Against Sexual Harm or CASH, told AccessLocal.Tv in an interview. “One reason that, if there is more human trafficking on Sacramento is because we have lots of freeways that run through Sacramento and there’s something called the circuit, where women will be driven to different cities where the freeways are close.”
Lt. Stinson thinks that another one of the reasons human trafficking in Sacramento is so highlighted is because the city is so informed on the issue and strives to do more about it through nonprofit organizations like CASH and WEAVE.
But is there any way individuals can fight against human trafficking in Sacramento?
“One way we can fight against sex trafficking in Sacramento is to focus on the demand,” Lt. Stinson explained. “So instead of going out and arresting the women or focusing on forcing action on the women who really are the victims, we can really focus on the men who are creating the demands to buy women–who are trolling around looking to buy girls and women for sex.”
“If all the law enforcement agencies in Sacramento got together and decided, ‘Hey, we’re not going to put as much of our effort on arresting the women, we’re going to put a lot of our effort on arresting the men who are pimps, who are trafficking the women, that would have a huge impact. It would also deliver the message that Sacramento is not a place that you want to come to buy women or traffic women.”
If you or someone you know is or might be a victim of human trafficking, please encourage them to call 1-888-373-7888, or text HELP to 233733.