Sac To Zero is an organization that hopes to help give more access to emission-free transportation to the people of Sacramento. I was so intrigued by this ambitious goal, so I went to visit them in Downtown Sacramento to see what more they had to share.
Over 360,000 children live in Sacramento County. 33% of these children are white with another 33% latinx, 15% asian, and 11% black. While they make up one of the smallest demographics, there’s an issue within black children that has been plaguing them for over 20 years.
According to a study by thecapcenter.org and the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team (CDRT), between the years of 1990 and 2009 there has been a total of 3,633 child deaths in the county. The overall child death rate during the twenty year period was 53.20 per 100,000 Sacramento County Children. The data shows that black children, who only make up about 11% of the children population of Sacramento, have been dying at almost twice the rate of any other race.
Many of these deaths are due to perinatal conditions, congenital anomalies, infant-related sleep deaths, homicides, and motor vehicle collisions. But according to a new report by the First 5 Sacramento Commission, the infant-mortality rate has gone down by around 45% among black children in Sacramento between the years of 2013 to 2016.
This new trend brings down the number of mortality rates for black children to seven out of every 1,000 compared to 5 out of every 1,000 in the overall child mortality rates for other ethnicities. The First 5 Sacramento Commission has been working with a group of community advocates called the Black Child Legacy Campaign (BCLC). They have worked together to produce a public education program which surrounds the health of black infants. This education program includes pregnancy support, school support, and more.
“To see that data up there really tells the story of us really being committed to this work and educating our families,” said Jackie Rose of the Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center. “They’re getting it, they’re really getting it.”
The same report from the First 5 Sacramento Commission also says that the women that are enrolled in educational programs, such as the one produced by the BCLC, were more likely to put their babies to sleep safely than those who aren’t.
“We do see from today’s report that we’re headed in the right direction,” said Linda Fong-Somera, program planner for the commission. “We’ve had significant decreases in many of the areas.”
First 5 Sacramento Commission, BCLC, and CDRT hope and expects that this progress continues in the future. Since the County of Sacramento has been focusing more money in black infant mortality reduction than in 2015, they expect that future samples and studies will show even more progress and hope to even out the disparity between black children mortality rates compared to other ethnicities.
“After twenty years of listening to child stories, tabulating data, presenting annual reports, and watching programs and policies come and go, and the wisdom among our Child Death Review
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 July 20th, the Sacramento Land Trust Committee met at Southside Park Co-housing. They discussed the need for expansion, and how they plan to reach more Sacramento residents. The Sacramento Land Trust Committee, a nonprofit organization, aims to build equity for low to moderate-income residents.
As much as one may hear that young people are the future, you don’t often see many people give youth the platform they need to prove that. Thankfully, the District 5 Youth Advisory Council is holding a Youth Town Hall for Sacramento youth to provide just that.
The 2018 Youth Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, August 8th at 6 PM at Hollywood Park Elementary School, 4915 Harte Way in Sacramento. The Town Hall will be open to youth between the ages of 13 to 18 to share their ideas to improve the community in the future in front of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Councilmember Jay Schenirer, and many other local policymakers.
“What I took out of this event is that the youth is ready,” said Tyrell Bell, a Sacramento resident who attended last years Youth Town Hall. “I’ve always assumed that, I’ve always assumed that the youth is ready for change. It doesn’t matter which generation you look at, all of us want to see change.”
At last years first ever Youth Town Hall, over 65 Sacramento young people came out to share their ideas and concerns. Mayor Steinberg is on the record as saying that one of his top three priorities while in office is youth. The 2018 Youth Town Hall will hopefully bring more Sacramento youth to speak to Mayor Steinberg himself. It aims to provide the youth a platform to show that they have the minds to help improve the city of Sacramento for everyone.
For more information on the 2018 Youth Town Hall, call 916-808-2688 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On Sunday, July 8th, The Latino Center of Art and Culture hosted the 5th annual ¡Fiesta De Frida! The event celebrated the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and consisted of Cumbia, food, local vendors, art, and a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest.
My name is Carlos Davila-Viera, and I was born on January 17th, 2000 in the city of Lima, Peru. I was born premature and as a result I was very small, like incredibly small to the point where you couldn’t even hear me cry sometimes. I didn’t stay in Peru long however as my family, consisting of my mom, dad, and older sister, moved to Sacramento, California when I was only one year old. Because of this, I’ve always considered Sacramento my home. When going back to Lima to visit, I get homesick because I’m so used to my surroundings in California.
I’ve gone to a Catholic school from Kindergarten to my senior year of high school which I just finished. That’s been a really big part of my life- not the fact that it’s Catholic but because of the people that I met there. When I was in second grade, my parents separated and my mom, sister, and I moved to Denver, Colorado because my uncle lived there. That’s what I consider one of the hardest years of my life, it was just awful. Getting to know new people, new places, going to a new school, getting new friends, it was tough and because of that, we moved back to Sacramento a year later.
When I returned to Sacramento, I met Joe, who would become my best friend, at the same school I had gone to. We were always in the same class but didn’t become friends until then. He lived right across the street from the school so I’d go to his house almost everyday. We’ve been together since then, through thick and thin and other cheesy things to say about a lasting friendship.
High school was an interesting transition because I was so used to a small Catholic elementary and middle school before transfering to a large Catholic high school. Luckily, my two closest friends in Joe and Jacob, who I had met a few years prior, were there to help me through that. I struggle with anxiety and self esteem issues so sometimes I become overwhelmed and while that wasn’t too great, something strange ended up really helping me with that.
The game “Super Smash Bros. for WiiU” is what helped me overcome these self esteem issues and escape my comfort zone. There was a club at Jesuit High School that was dedicated to playing the game competitively. I had it and played casually but I thought that I could at least try to be better, so I did and ended become one of the best three players in the entire club. This is where I met some of my closest friends that I hang out with almost every day. Meeting these people helped me open up and get over things more. They drive me to improve myself and not stop even when I face a difficult road. It was because of these people that I was cast in the Fall play at Jesuit, “Isaiah Says”, and it was because of the interest they had in my original screenplay that I continued writing it. Other than hanging out with friends and family, I like to watch movies, watch TV and play videos games,most of the time with friends and family. My three favorite films are Pulp Fiction,which sparked my love for film, Psycho, which I can watch anytime and just love, and, my all time favorite, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, a film that I can watch endlessly and quote almost every single line. My favorite TV shows are Parks and Recreation, Game of Thrones, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia which is, in my opinion, the funniest show on television. My favorite video games are Tetris which I’ve spent hours on in one sitting, Kingdom Hearts 2 (a childhood classic), and my favorite, The Last of Us, a game that I’ve played over eight times, all the way through, and am still not bored of it.
That’s really all there is to know about me. I’m just a guy that wants the best for everyone, I would do anything for my friends and family. I just want to see everyone happy because I think that’s what everyone deserves. I like to talk about things that I care about and hang out with people that I care about. I’ve been told I’m a good listener and incredibly kind, not to toot my own horn, it’s what others have said.
I’m really looking forward to this experience, thank you!
On June 30th, Downtown Sacramento was host to the “Families Belong Together” Rally. People came together to combat the recent decisions by the Trump administration to seperate children from their parents at the border.