During this election year, the subject of refugees has been brought up many times. But does the average American know what the life of refugees in this country is actually like? This video intends to shed some light on the subject.
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On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Access Sacramento will be participating in the Big Day of Giving; A 24-hour on-line giving event for non-profit orgranizations. Access Sacramento is a proud media partner in the Sacramento Regional Foundation’s BIG Day of Giving, highlighting the great work of nonprofits across our community.
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With last Saturday’s Multicultural Education Conference came talks about a variety of cultural and ethnic concerns, with many speakers focusing on the academic careers of minorities in the US, and the challenges they face. One such speaker, psychologist Melissa Holland, explained to her audience at the University of California, Sacramento audience the “achievement gap” between minority and non-minority students across the country, as well as the notorious “school to prison pipeline.”
Citing a disparity of dropout rates between, black, Hispanic, and white high school students, Holland sought to explain the causes of such imbalances. She also gave some solutions put together by her own students, who designed teacher curriculums for their thesis projects.
A major source of inequality in the classroom she identified was the use of “exclusionary discipline,” which is a form of discipline that removes a student from the classroom. Detention, suspension, and expulsion are all punishments that Holland views as counterproductive, because they take away that student’s opportunity to learn.
Her students outlined a series of sessions as part of a “group curriculum.” These sessions include a class just for teachers to take the time to reflect on their own cultural awareness and biases, as well as group activities for students and instructors to better understand each other and their goals.
In another session, students would be asked to take the free VIA Strength Assessment to determine their strengths and how to use them to their advantage in class.
In addition, a common theme among discussions on at-risk youth is the need to have a caring adult figure, which Holland echoed in her discussion.
“It doesn’t have to be a parent, or a guardian,” she explained. “It can be a counselor. It can be a school psychologist. It can be someone who that child has semi-regular contact with who is a caring, consistent adult, and we can provide that for them.”
Another major topic addressed was the harm being done to by what is called punitive justice. This form of justice focuses on three issues: what law or rule was broken, who broke it, and what their punishment should be. According to Holland, this approach is all wrong. Instead, she hopes to make the switch to what is called restorative justice, which instead “maximizes student involvement” in “repairing the damage that has been done.”
Instead of conventional discipline, restorative discipline seeks to identify what harm was done and to who, what the needs of are of the people or things involved, and who is responsible to make that those needs are met and justice is restored.
If a student has been suspended or expelled, “reintegration” is the key to rebuilding relationships in the classroom, according to Holland. She goes on to cite Oakland School District as an example of restorative justice in action.
If other districts were to follow Oakland’s model, Holland, her graduate students, and many others in the field believe that it would help minority high school students make it to graduation day, which would in turn help their communities.
On August 9th 2014, a dreadful event took place in Ferguson, Missouri. An unarmed 18 year old black man, Michael Brown,was fatally shot by a 28 year old white police officer, Darren Wilson. This event has grown tensions between communities of color and police officers. Also, it has sparked discussion about law enforcement’s relationship to people of color and their use of force towards them.
Brown and Dorrian Johnson, a best friend of Brown, were walking down the street, and then Wilson drove up. He commanded the two to move the sidewalk; a physical disagreement begins to brew between Wilson and Brown inside of the police car. Shot were fired from Wilson’s weapon, Johnson and Brown began to take off in different directions. Wilson began to go in pursuit of Brown. Wilson fired his weapon a number of times while Brown was running. Brown was shot eight times.
The community of Ferguson, along with many different cities around the world broke into an outrage over this incident. Many communities believed that the shooting of Brown was unjustified. Some believed that if Brown was white then he wouldn’t have been shot. Protesting occurred all over to show the world that this was unjust. The Ferguson Police Department released a video covering the incident that had cities all over America outraged. The video showed Brown stealing a handful of cigarillos and shoving the store clerk away. Wilson said he heard that a theft had just taken place, so this is why he approached Brown.
Wilson was investigated by the grand jury; this lasted for over three months with testimonies from over sixty witnesses, testimonies from the investigators, and also a four hour testimony from Wilson. Over the course of this long investigation, the grand jury finally made their decision. They called for no indictment for Wilson. After hearing that decision many protesters felt that justice wasn’t served. Many riots broke out in Ferguson as a result.
“This is the same thing that has been happening to our people the past 400 years, I don’t think this is anything that is new,” says Robert Reid, a South Oak Park resident. “As far as things that should change, that’s gonna have to take place with each individual person who is a person of color, more support of each other, more love and protection for each other. I think that if we were more focused on protecting our brothers and sisters, then something like this wouldn’t happen.”
This incident has caused communities and law enforcement to discuss this issue and commit to bettering the relationship between the two. The local NAACP has set a march up for this weekend to push the matter further. According to the Sacramento Bee, marchers will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday at Southside Park, 8th and T streets. At 9:30 a.m. they will march to the Capitol where they plan to rally at 10:15 a.m.
Every Sunday at Sol Collective from 7 – 9:30pm, Foreign Native, an organization who uses creative expression and poetic arts to engage youth from different backgrounds, hosts an open mic called Penny For Your Thoughts. Foreign Native helps young people become successful in their journeys through the world by providing them with educational achievement and leadership skills.
Penny For Your Thoughts was created by the coordinator of Foreign Native, Andreas Tillman Jr., also known as Dre-T. He focuses on creative expression utilizing his experiences of being a performing artist. He has also participated in several events at an international level. Sometimes, an artist’s work is criticized early in their career, and that can either make or break them. Seeing that barrier, Foreign Native provides a supportive environment where one can come and ”speak their truth”.
To do this, one signs up to perform and then once everyone is done performing, all the artists go up on the stage. Then the audience reaches into their pockets and pulls out their common “cents” and trades it for another’s common “cents”. Every artist makes a little change no matter how good they are. Afterwards, all of the “cents” the collective have obtained during Penny For Your Thoughts belongs to the entire group and can be used by an artists when it is needed. When he looks around, Dre-T sees a lot of things around the world trying to take from artists. His motto for Penny For Your Thoughts is instead of taking from, we should give back to the artists.
“A unique thing about this open mic is that we pay homage to the performers at this venue,” says Dre-T. “And what we do at the end of the night (is) we trade our spare change, spare cash for pennies, (and) as the host, I bring up all the artists.”
Anyone who would like to know more about the events that Foreign Native hosts, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Foreign-Native/589850324379475?ref=bookmark
On October 9th, Unseen Heroes and The Oak Park Business Association collaborated to produce a gourmet food paradise on Broadway and 3rd Avenue called Gather: Oak Park. It started from 5pm – 9pm, throughout that time you will experience fine music, crafted beer, high quality goods, and exquisite cuisine.
Gather: Oak Park takes advantage of a beautiful California night and a block transforming a city block into a dining room. Many people who attended Gather: Oak Park, loved the experience; it was accessible to the residents in the community, to go to Gather: Oak Park, many residents could just walk a few blocks to attend. It created a sense of community, the residents got to meet different people in their community that they may not know, but now you meet them and can connect with them over things you have in common. Also, you can have beautifully crafted cuisine, tasteful beers, and artistic goods made by local businesses in Sacramento. Not only are you having a good time eating great food, you are contributing to the local economy because all of the restaurants that were featured at Gather: Oak Park were based in Sacramento.
“We came up this idea with the Oak Park Business Association, we talked about having an event that gathered community, we had this concept called Gather,” says Roshaun of Unseen Heroes. ” Its infusing the old neighborhood with the old neighborhood, and Oak Park is a good core for that, there is tons of rich history here, and there is this new development happening as well, with Gather were molding the two together and giving people a reason to come out of their houses.”
Gather is an event bringing people out of their houses creating a sense of community over great food, live music and beautiful California. Unfortunately, this was the last Gather: Oak Park, but when they do come back around, come out because on a beautiful night Gather.
Bridges for Humanity & Author, Iris A.B. Barnett
LiveWire! is happy to welcome back Author, Iris A.B. Barnett. She will be on the program talking about her book “His Time”. The book is about Dr. Herbert Guice, D.D., Emeritus-Pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Join us LiveWire! to learn more.
We’re also excited to have guests from Bridges for Humanity, a non-profit organization that joins people together from different walks of life. Founder, Toni Morris will be on the program to tell us more. Their mission “… is to create experiences that build bridges for understanding and compassion through human connections.”
For more details about Bridges for Humanity you can log on to their website at www.BridgesforHumanity.org.
Tune in to LiveWire! on Wednesday, September 24th at 5p.m. on Access Sacramento channel 17. You can also watch the simulcast online at www.AccessSacramento.org and click ‘watch 17.’
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On 21st street, in Sacramento, there lives an organization at Sol Collective called Foreign Native. Foreign Native is an organization who uses creative expression and poetic arts to engage youth from different backgrounds be successful in their journeys through the world by providing them with educational achievement and leadership skills.
In 2012, the idea of Foreign Native was sparked inside of the mind of Andre F. Tillman Jr, also known as Dre-T. There was a lot of ideas surrounding this idea of Foreign Native, the big idea was that he wanted Foreign Native to be a community, have its own schools, be in control of producing their own food, have ownership over the things they produce as artists, and be in complete self-sufficiency.
For now, Dre-T focuses on the creative expression among the youth. He focuses on creative expression because throughout his experiences of being a performing artist, and he has participated in several events at an international level. As an artist to have your work criticized that early in your career can either make or break you. Seeing that barrier, Foreign Native provides a supportive environment where one can come there and ” speak your truth”. Foreign Native does this by hosting an open mic every Sunday night at Sol Collective.The open mic is called Penny For Your Thoughts. It starts at 7:00pm and ends at 9:00pm. One signs up to perform and then once everyone is done performing the artists go up on the stage. Then the audience goes in their pocket and get their common sense and trades it for common sense. So, every artists makes a little change no matter how good they are. Also, Foreign Native makes their own shirts, it goes along with creative expression because with the youth who make the shirts, every shirt won’t be the same. Every person who makes one puts their own style into it.
“Foreign Native is not mine, it’s the communities, I just diagnosed it,” says Dre-t, founder and coordinator of Foreign Native. “Like with Penny For Your Thoughts, we are building an investment because with pennies there are some made of zinc and some made of copper, so it much more than its face value because when we look at the penny we just see one but in actually, it could worth way more.”
Foreign Native is an organization that supports everyone creative expression, no matter what it may be. It doesn’t leave anyone out, if certain things are happening. Those who would like more information can visit their page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Foreign-Native/589850324379475
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.
Last week, youth participants filled the Kentucky Room at the Serna Center to attend the last workshop of the Putting Youth On The Map, or PYOM, series put on by Sergio Cuellar and Beth Hart of UC Davis Center For Regional Change. The Putting Youth On The Map series was a four part training of youth on how to create, analyze, and use map data.
This series of the workshop taught the participants how to collect data using map data. The participants were first broken into groups. Then, there were envelopes taped to every groups table. The envelopes had a list of instructions on what the issue the teams were suppose to collect data on.
One topic was food deserts in their communities. First, the teams had to find the communities, which was the community of South Sacramento. The teams looked up South Sacramento on the Putting Youth On The Map mapping tool. They found in this community that it was a food desert because it has a 19.67% county poverty rate, that 46% of youth lived inadequate households and 54% of youth lived in adequate households.
Next, the teams developed a survey. Its questions included where do you shop, how much of your diet consists of fruits and vegetables, how much money is spent in household on food, and are there any organizations that teach nutrition, healthy living education, and gardening classes for residents in the community. Then, they asked two members of the team to complete the survey. The members in the team decided to plot out where the to members shopped to buy their groceries.
Shocked, the members saw that none of the stores they shopped at were even in the community of South Sacramento. The complications of this issue were transportation. Residents have to go out of their communities just to buy affordable, quality groceries. That means money was used on gas, and active transportation wasn’t able to be used by the residents. For example, one of the residents couldn’t ride their bike to buy a carton of milk.
“Putting Youth On The Map is important for a number of reasons,” says Beth Hart, co-facilitator of Putting Youth On The Map. “It gives youth tangible skills, so it can be applied to their own work. Our hope with Putting Youth On The Map is that, it can help project that are already existing, and inspire people for existing projects, by looking at the maps seeing where community are in need.”
This training will help youth have a voice because not only are they giving their experiences in these situation, they also have concrete evidence to back up their voices. Also, this can help influence politicians when they’re making decisions in their communities.
If you have any youth would like to attend the next series of Putting Youth On Map contact, Alondra Young at firstname.lastname@example.org