An art gallery that highlights women of color is now being showcased at Sacramento’s Sol Collective. Nisha Sethi, the creator of the gallery, hoped to inspire other people with her work to share their voices and participate in protests.
On September 9th, from 11 am to 1 pm, Sol Collective will be hosting an event called “Healing for the Homies”. This event is geared towards activists and artists whose work takes a toll on them. Tickets are $10 and the event will be at 2574 21st street.
With the events in Charlottesville, d the hurricane in Texas, it’s easy to get caught up in what’s going on in the world around you. Though it is good to keep up on how the world is doing, activists can get too caught up in other people and big issues and forget about taking care of themselves.
Healing for the Homies helps activists and artists to take a step away from the issues of the world and take some much-needed time to focus on themselves. Healing for the Homies tickets can be found here.
“Sol Collective is a non-profit organization focusing on art, culture, activism, and we have a lot of programing such as Sacramento Activist School. We have Sol Live media platform, which I am the assembly director of, and basically, we try to provide a platform and a voice to individuals who represent marginalized communities,” said Salvin Chahal, the Creative Director of Sol Collective said in a previous interview. “Our work is just rooted in basically healing the people in the best way we can, because we know right now more than ever our communities are hurting, and we don’t need to see any numbers to get a better understanding of that. We know, we can feel it in our hearts and our minds and our souls, so anything we can do to basically provide the opposite of the duality of what’s going on with everything, that what we want to do that’s what our work is rooted in; trying to heal and build community through art and activism. Two things that go hand in hand in whatever way you think when you think of art of activism.”
More information about Healing for the Homies can be found on Sol Collective’s Facebook Page.
Every Wednesday evening at the Sol Collective, the Art and Activism School meets for presentations and hands-on workshops to strengthen and expand the Sacramento art and activist communities. With no cost, no experience required and free pizza, the Art and Activist School is the perfect place for aspiring activists and artists looking to get involved in hands-on activist projects and to join the community.
Wednesday evenings, 6 – 9pm
2574 21st Street
The Sacramento’s Women’s March, which began at Southside Park and ended at the State Capitol, was held on January 22nd. The march started at 10:00 AM, and ended at 3:00 PM. Marchers were told to wear rain gear, however, the skies showed no rain until around 2:00, when there was a light drizzle. There were many speakers at the event, including Tracie Stafford, Shauna Heckert, Kathy Kneer, Jessica Bartholow, Alejandra Valles, Sheryl Evans Davis, Emily Bender, and many more.
“I have never been afraid that we would go backward in women’s rights,” said Stafford, in reference to the Presidential Inauguration days before, “…but this, this scares me.”
An estimated 20,000 people marched to the capitol on Saturday, not just to protest the inauguration of President Trump, but also to show their support for human rights. Protesters wore rainbow flags, Mexican flags, and other flags that were indicative of the human rights protesters were supporting.
“We cannot let our eyes adjust to the darkness,” Davis told the crowd. “The light of truth must stay on.”
“I came because… I don’t want to be silent,” said Joan Bartosik, a protester who traveled to Sacramento from New Cassa. “I don’t want my silence to show support for what’s going on.”
The protests stayed peaceful throughout the event, despite the very controversial topics that were being discussed. There were little tensions between police and protesters, and many of the protesters were friendly. Some handed out bottled waters and cookies to other people attending the event. There were even school buses that had pulled up to the Capitol so that students could see the protests.
“I think the turnout’s great. Very enthusiastic,” Bartosik said about the Women’s March. “There’s been no problems that I see. It feels comfortable. There’s kids, there’s dogs; very peaceful.”
Despite many protesters being geared up for rain, it only sprinkled towards the end of the rally. However, Stafford did have this to say in relation to the weather and inauguration, “I just got news that a storm is coming in, but the storm has already come.”
Sol Collective, a center which offers many programs and services to the youth and surrounding community of Sacramento, is marking its ten-year anniversary this summer. Sol Collective hosts art exhibits, music shows and workshops for area youth. The center also provides a large open space for other community gatherings such as poetry nights and community meetings.
“Whether it’s Brunch and Beats, the Global Hood Music Series, or the Sol Life record label, the aim is always to promote positivity and community building through the arts and cultural exploration,” says Andrew Bell, Marketing Director for Sol Collective. “Brunch and beats is a way for us to further connect with the community we serve.”
Sol Collective is currently featuring an art exhibit by the Trust Your Struggle collective titled “Of Love and Riots.” There are many art pieces that make this large exhibit. Along side this the center is holding the second annual Global Local Festival in September. The festival will include activism, art and culture.
“(Our) mission is to empower the community we serve through artistic expression and cultural celebration while providing a safe, creative space for youth and creators of all ages,” says Bell.
In addition to the events mentioned above and positive actions Sol Collective is arranging, the center is home to many activities and is a great place to express oneself and experience art and culture all in a protected space.
Anyone interested in Sol Collective and any future events they are holding, their Facebook can be found at their Sol Collective Art Culture and Activism page.
Furthermore, Sol Collective is hosting Global Local Music Series presents: Live Afro-beat w/Zongo Junction on Wednesday, August 5th at 8:30pm and also Global Local Music Series presents La Misa Negra on Friday, August 7th at 8:30pm.
The Sol Collective Center hosted an event “Brunch and Beats” on Sunday, July 26th. The even featured live music, food and an art exhibit entitled “Of Love & Riots” by the Trust Your Struggle artist collective.
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On Wednesday August 6, Youth filled the steps of the Capitol to advocate to their assembly members on issues of education. The main issue that everyone discussed was the issue of willful defiance and how more positive actions could be taken, instead of just sending a student out of class, so that they miss out on education, you see why there are acting they way they are because it might be deeper than what on the surface.
I was apart of the Sacramento team, the first person we met was a representative for Darell Steinberg’s office Anthony Williams. Then, we spoke to assembly member Roger Dickinson. Finally, we spoke to a representative of Mark Stone’s office. We spoke to them about three issues we identified: Education Equity, Willful Defiance/Restorative Justice, and The Increase of Failing Students.
The first issue we identified was Education Equity. We saw in our communities that schools were funded by enrollment and property tax, so schools in higher income neighborhoods get more funding than schools inside of lower-income neighborhoods. We found that unfair, so we proposed that schools be funded on the population of the students in the schools. Also, each student gets a certain of amount of money, so they get the adequate resources they need to be successful in the education system.
The second issue we identified was Willful Defiance/Restorative Justice. In the schools, many of the students are suspended or expelled over unnecessary reasons. Those who spoke said that they believe that suspensions and expulsions aren’t effective remedies to students who aren’t disrupting the learning in the classroom. They felt that their removal away from their education and there are better solutions to handle a defiant child, like Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice is instead of suspending a student who is defiant, they shouldn’t be given a punishment that limits their education. We asked for their support on bill AB 420, which is a bill authored by: Roger Dickinson. Which says you can’t expel a student for willful defiance, No more suspension for K-3rd graders for willful defiance.
The last issue we identified was The Increase of Failing Students. We found in our schools that a lot of students aren’t passing sufficiently. We also see that classes are over-packed. The teacher couldn’t adequately teach all those students, so we proposed that there should be state-wide ratio mandated, which will be 24 students, 1 teacher, 1 teacher’s assistant. Also, bringing back counselors who helped students when they were getting below-average grades, helped will they were ready to get on that college road, and spoke to students to see if anything was wrong that is making a student act up in class or a drop in grades.
On 21st Street in Sacramento lives a center of arts, activism, and culture called Sol Collective. It is a community gathering place that focuses on arts, activism, and culture with young people.
Over nine years ago, Sol Collective was formed. There was a lot of ideas behind putting this center together, but Estella Sanchez, Director of Sol Collective, saw that there wasn’t a lot of activities for youth in their communities that were engaging, fun, and was what they wanted to do. Sanchez wanted to create a space that young people could come to which would offer different programs to would engage youth and even older people.
Sol Collective has different workshops that teach kids about the arts that they are interested in. For youth interested in music, the collective has a beat-lab, a recording studio, DJing equipment and they host different workshops that train you on how to use this equipment. In the past, Sol Collective has collaborated with local DJs to put on a DJ workshop for young girls, helping them follow their dream to becoming DJs.
For youth interested in art, they have different art galleries up and host different workshops that teach breath-taking art workshops. On one recent weekend ,a collective called Sublevarte Collective, a group of Mexican artists that use art for activism, came to teach a printmaking workshop. Printmaking is the process of creating artworks by printing, usually on paper, to show that art can be used for activism.
Sol Collective also hosts different events at a wide range of venues. They just hosted an event at the Crocker Art Museum called Art Mix-Hip Hop. The Art Mix-Hip Hop commemorated everything from beat-making, emceeing, DJing, and sampling. There was performances from ZFG, Foreign Native, Native Children and many more.
Sol Collective also teaches youth about social justice issues. They hold the Sac Activist School, which covers different social justice issues around the world. The Sac Activist School even held a class on the tension on the issues that are going on in Palestine on July 24th.
“I have reached my initial goal, we have created a place that allowed the community to come in, and young people can come and feel comfortable, take ownership of it, come record in the studio, come check out an all ages music show, and be apart of meetings,” says Sanchez. “But the goals are always changing. It’s our ninth year, my goal now is to own our building, so when I’m done with this work, I can hand over to young people, so you guys can have a place into the community and make sure young people have a place always.”
If you would like more information about Sol Collective and the different events its hosting visit its page at https://www.facebook.com/ArtCultureActivism or just stop by Sol Collective at 2574 21st St.
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Sol Collective hosted of series of workshops that helped young girls follow their dreams of becoming a DJ.
On Friday June 20th, the non-profit organization Girls on the Rise produced their first annual conference to gain additional support for their cause of promoting healthy living in Sacramento.
“Joining girls on the rise was really amazing,” says Marilyn Wong, member of Girls on the Rise. “It’s a really great experience and you meet other people and open up your shell to get outside your comfort zone. I hope that the future girls on the rise can expand our recommendations and also work on them so we can actually see the positive changes in our community.”
Not only are the girls striving to benefit their community, but they are bettering themselves in the process as well.
“My favorite part of planning the conference was spending time with young women of like minds. I believe I grew a lot mentally. I wasn’t able to talk a lot in public but now I’m a lot more comfortable around people,” says Nancy Lor, member of Girls on the Rise.
The youth planned conference was day long and provided attendees with the opportunity to participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers and learn more about the mission of Girls on the Rise. Workshops focused on healthy living with lessons on nutrition from a Ubuntu Green representative and life and fitness tips from La Familia Counseling center. Following the workshops was a presentation explaining what Girls on the Rise really is and their plans to make a difference in the community. Issues the young women hope to address include the lack of nutrition in school lunches and unfair treatment in schools.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved,” Maddie Felenz, youth mentor. “There are so many resources out there that people aren’t utilizing like supplemental food programs. There is so much funding out there and specifically for the school lunch program and raising awareness to utilize those funds mo0re in relation to the school lunch program and just bring healthier lunches to the kids who need them.”
The girls in this program have taken the reigns and worked diligently throughout the year to put on the conference and have many potential Girls on the Rise and adults inspired by their work.
“It’s amazing seeing these young women stand up and lead this conference for young women put on by young women and in that vein I think it was very successful,” says Wendy Petko, Executive Director of Girls on the Rise. “They presented their plan for the upcoming year and we were able to generate additional interest for additional participants into the program for next year. We are looking forward to year two of the program.”