DO/LOVE/LIVE hosted a Veterans Day Community Party at McKinley Park and AccessLocal.TV was there to relay the ambitions and thoughts of two organizers.
Salutations. In case if you haven’t watched the video above already, my name is Nathaniel Lapid and I’m a new member of the Neighborhood News Correspondent team. I am currently 17 years old and I attend Sacramento Charter High School. I moved into Sacramento in 2011 and have lived here ever since. Before Sacramento, I lived in Stockton, Lodi, and San Diego.
When I attended my first middle school in Sacramento, I noticed that the general behavior and diction of my fellow classmates were different from the small-town community I was from. Nonetheless, I eventually adapted to my new environment and became familiar with the interactions and meanings of my classmates. From there, I befriended my first and long-time friend and we now attend the same high school.
At my high school, I have taken part in many clubs in order to be more active in the community. I was a member of the Drama Club, the Strategic Gaming Club, and the Restorative Justice League (also known as Peer Court). I am currently a member of Key Club and the Chess Club. I enjoyed being in these clubs because it gave me a chance to establish connections and to learn about my high school and the casual demeanor of my peers.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, practicing the piano, and riding my bike around the neighborhood. In my video game community, I have established informal online organizations for gamers so that many of them would unite under a common, and admittedly an ultimately trivial, cause. However, I have used the time to also sharpen my skills in organizing events and effectively communicating with my associates.
My community is very special to me. I live on Lemon Hill Avenue, between 65th Street and Stockton Boulevard, directly across from Will C. Wood Middle School. I know only a few people who live close by my apartment, but yet, I feel connected to all the people who live on my street. Every time I walk my dog, I say hello to everyone I come across. Sometimes I receive the salutation back, sometimes I receive silence. It is that latter sound that drives me to improve my community.
Many people in my community are apathetic. That does not mean that they are bad people. However, it is a lot harder for me to bring change because of this. The street I live on is often filled with trash. When I tried to organize a community clean-up recently, many of my neighbors pushed me away. I felt like giving up against the odds. Fortunately, I have friends that reminded me that I should not give up. One of them reminded me that falling victim to the same apathy that fell upon my community would only make things worse. Another reminded me of how far I had come in organizing my event.
Thanks to them, I was able to make my community clean-up possible.
My community extends far beyond the boundary of my street. It transcends physical distance and extends to the people who support me in what I do. Not only do they support me, but point out my flaws so I can improve myself. My community is made from the people who are willing to struggle with me against great odds. I am thankful for my friends and my community.
On Saturday, July 29th, an event called “It’s Our Time” is being hosted by the Sacramento Community Reinvestment Coalition. This event is a forum focused on criminal justice to community reinvestment. This event is located at the Fruitridge Community Center At 4625 44th Street in Sacramento.
This event is aimed to raise a discussion and teach the affects that the criminal justice system has on the budget of Sacramento County. People can come and share personal experiences and ideas for investments that can help people and keep them safe.
The “It’s Our Time” forum is absolutely free with lunch provided. Reentry is allowed and community resource tables are available. The Sacramento Community Reinvestment Coalition is a group of people that are aiming to in helping Sacramento County in transforming the criminal justice system to reduce incarceration.
They hope that the county will invest more in reentry, treatment, rehabilitation, as well as many other critical services for the community of Sacramento. Members of the coalition include the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Self Awareness and Recovery, Sacramento Area Congregations Together, and the ACCE.
This event starts at 10:00 am on the 29th of July and ends at 2:00 PM that afternoon. For more information on this event and it’s whereabouts click here.
Festivals, Book Fairs and Fun on LiveWire this week. The Sacramento Juneteeth Festival will be in our studios to talk about their upcoming festival. Then the Black Book Fair will be bringing in a special guest author to share about the fair.
The Sacramento Juneteeth Festival celebrates the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of slaves. This 4 –day event promotes health and wellness while providing important knowledge to the public of contributions of African Americans in the USA. This celebration kicks off on June 15th and runs through June 17th.
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The Sacramento Black Book Fair is a two day event featuring writers, cultural and food vendors, discussion panels, children’s activities and more. This community event runs from June 2nd to June 3rd.
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On May 6th, the Oak Park Farmers Market opened for its first event of the year. People from all over gathered to enjoy the fruits and vegetables that were on sale and are locally sourced within 150 miles of Oak Park. In this video report, we see just what the farmers have brought us this season.
This year for me has been accomplishing and exciting as I am approaching graduation and my time with Access Sacramento has come to an end. My time with Access Sacramento being a Neighborhood News Correspondent was amazing. Coming into this new experience I did, in fact, have some previous knowledge working in broadcasting from internships, and production assistant jobs. But my time as News Correspondent allowed me to gain hands-on experience that I couldn’t get anywhere else. As soon as I was hired we were given a camera bag with all the equipment needed to be a good reporter. Our first meeting we each individually were given our own story leads and from there it was up to us to make a story come to life. This was my first experience where I was allowed to have free will to tell a story my way. What I learned as reporters the world listens and watches you, expecting the story you
As soon as I was hired we were given a camera bag with all the equipment needed to be a good reporter. Our first meeting we each individually were given our own story leads and from there it was up to us to make a story come to life. This was my first experience where I was allowed to have free will to tell a story my way. What I learned as reporters the world listens and watches you, expecting the story you weave to be honest and truthful. The stories I have been able to tell throughout the city of Sacramento have been unbelievable. I underestimated the love and eagerness for engagement of the community people had for Sacramento. Every community event, free health clinic, or protest all demonstrated the unity and beauty of the people who live in these communities.
There have been many assignments that stood out for me throughout my eight months with Access Sacramento. However, there were two in particular that I will remember the most because they have turned out to be some of my best packages I have made. One of my first few assignments was an Oak Park Free Healthy Clinic. That day I watched hundreds of people show up in get support in getting free glasses, dental work, and medication. While I was there I interviewed so many people from attendees and staff. What surprised me the most was that people all over the world would volunteer to come help the people of the Sacramento area. It was a humbling experience and my job was to tell a story that highlighted this wonderful event. The second story I believe challenged my reporting skills due to the fact it was such a shocking story. My job was to cover a hate crime that took place on two local black businesses in the heart of Sacramento neighborhoods. The crime itself was shocking but, how the community responded touched my heart. The next day after the crime was committed local neighbors and businesses gathered in support of the victims by protesting and buying food in support of small black-owned businesses and demonstrating that this behavior won’t be tolerated.
With the guidance of the editor at Access Sacramento, I have learned so much about how to craft enticing social media chatter and how to be a better journalist. Going from a college intern to a respected Neighborhood News Correspondent was quite a leap, and I have found that publishing my work on a local platform is more rewarding than I could have guessed. I’m thankful for time and skill’s that I have gained at Access Sacramento. This program that Isaac Gonzalez runs is a rare platform for youth. This program allows young people the support hands-ons on skills that are needed to not only be successful within the broadcasting field but to also be a contributing member in society. As I move on to the next chapter in my life; I am confident in my skills and ability to conquer adversity thanks to the help of the Neighborhood News Correspondent position.
With the world focused on refugees and immigration, Flo Razowsky combines photos and installation pieces for “Up Against the Wall,” a free exhibit recreating border structures. Those include a 500-mile long wall along the West Bank of Palestine and structures along the U.S./Mexico border.
SacTRU held it’s weekly meeting this past Saturday. The meeting discussed key issues that effect riders and how they plan on make changes to benefit transit riders in the city of Sacramento.
This past Saturday, The Black Child Legacy Campaign brought together over seven focus neighborhoods. Which joined together to raise awareness about the disproportionate African-American child deaths in Sacramento County.