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.
It is expensive to be poor in Sacramento. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, a citizen living barely above the poverty line in California during 2017 has an average annual income of $12,060. For the average American, it is safe to say that $12,060 is not enough to live comfortably by today’s standards. When considering budgeting for the annual expenses of owning a car, healthcare, living space, or food it is easy to see that $12,060 is not a lot to survive on.
According to ValuePenguin, the average annual cost of car insurance in California is $1,962. In an article in HowStuffWorks, the average annual cost of car maintenance, oil changes, and other necessities amounts to $3,269 and the cost of gas is $2,208. Considering these individual expenses, owning a car amounts to $7,439 a year in costs.
Living poor and alone in Sacramento is especially expensive. According to RentCafe, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Sacramento is $1,088 a month. The San Francisco Gate reported an individual plan’s average cost of healthcare in California is $331 a month or $3,972 a year. A quick Google search reveals that the average American also spends roughly $2,641 per person annually on food.
Other than the overwhelming costs of basic living that the lower-middle or poverty class faces, Apartment List, a renowned website for finding apartments, revealed a tremendous study concerning rental insecurity. According to their statistics, an estimated 3.7 million Americans have experienced eviction and one in five renters were unable to pay their rent in full at least once every three months in 2017. The eviction rate for low-income citizens in Sacramento is 4.4% compared to the national average eviction rate of 3.3%.
Apartment List data determined that eviction often leads to destabilized families and communities, poor educational performance, and increased behavioral problems in children. According to the Independent Budget Office, eviction is the leading cause of homelessness.
“It’s tough trying to make it month by month,” said Dominique Mejia, a student at American River College. “We have a pretty big family, plus we live with our grandparents to cheapen rent. We usually don’t buy food until my sister gets a paycheck by the end of the month, and by that time the only thing we have left is a few canned foods. As for paying bills and rent, our grandparents really help out. If it wasn’t for them, we’d likely be homeless.”
A common idea that has gained attention in places all over the world is a “soda tax”. This would be, in many cases, a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks. This tax has been being brought up by nutritionists and being fought back by soda production companies and some citizens. While the U.K. seems to have a handle on the idea of this tax, some places in the United States are having a rocky start getting one of their own.
Soda definitely has its costs, including being damaging to one’s health and leading to diabetes, and in the U.K. were the tax has been implemented, fewer people are buying soda. The tax on soda seems to be a good way of instituting good health practices, but not everyone agrees with taxing sugary beverages, as seen in Chicago, when the soda tax was rejected after a few months of being implemented.
“My opinion on taxing soda, I mean… it’s one of the cheapest drinks and it gives you a little bump into finishing the day,” says Charlie Mitchell, a student at American River College in Sacramento. “So taxing it would make it really difficult to like her a little something, because water is kind of more expensive… Not that I’m saying it’s not healthy and you should drink (sodas) as an alternative to healthy stuff, but it’s cheaper and college students are broke.”
At American River College, the cheapest place to get a soda is the cafe, which costs $1 for one can. The cheapest place to get water on campus is the vending machines, where it costs $1.75.
You may not even need to worry, considering the soda tax doesn’t seem to be very successful in California. Whenever the soda tax appears, it seems to be rejected in California. Other types of preventative measures can be taken, such as educating the public on how unhealthy soda is, and the possibility of having a warning label on every can of soda. Only time will tell if soda consumption will go down in the United States.
The latest lineup of Neighborhood News Correspondents have published videos, articles, and a podcast to introduce themselves to our readers, viewers, and listeners. Here’s a sample of their newest posts:
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.
At American River College, there is a plethora of resources for the students.
WAC and RAD, Writing Across the Curriculum and Reading Across the Curriculum, are classes designed to help their students write papers and make sense of their textbooks.
Another thing ARC offers for their students are clubs. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, there is a gaming club, a finance club, and many other clubs.. Clubs are a great way for students to do what they love or to socialize with other students. There is also a Club Day when all the clubs gather in front of the Student Center to advertise their clubs to students.
College hours and events are held at ARC as well. College hours are meant to inform and educate students on all types of matters; it’s also a good way to spend time in-between classes.
Events, such as plays, art show, and contests are also held on campus. There are always plays running in the fall semester, the current play being Beauty and Beast, next being Seagull.
Art galleries hold show from from student artists or professionals who come on campus to showcase their pieces. Typically for art students, their art gallery shows are held in early December around finals.
There are also events held at ARC that offer either knowledge or a chance to relax. ARC has meditation rooms, and twice a week during finals they bring in adoptable puppies for students to pet and take their minds off of their tests.
If you’re interested in enrolling in American River College, you can click here and sign up for the next semester.
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.
It has been nine months since I started working for AccessLocal.TV, and along the way I learned so many things about the community, and the workforce. Between my first and second term, we began working on a project outside of AccessLocal.TV.
We partnered with Neighborworks to produce a series of videos called Know Your Farmers, Know Your Foods. Over the spring and into the summer we worked on this project, traveling to various farms and asking the farmers a variety of questions.
In July, my team and I took a trip to San Jose to cover the Summer Transportation Institute. This was a summer program held at San Jose State University, in which students attending the program got college credits for the classes they took. We got to tour San Jose state, as well as go to the Santa Cruz boardwalk, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Our last trip was the Free Our Dreams event held at UC Davis. We went to workshops, danced, and played games. However, the most important thing we did during our trips was our jobs: interviews, photography, and videography.
The best advice I could give to new coming arrivals is always get your work in on time. Make sure you get interviews to give your article or video soul, and don’t be afraid. The more confidence you have in yourself the easier the job becomes; the easier it is to get interviews and the easier it is to get interesting shots.
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.
On the 19th, 24th, and 29th of this month, from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center on 14th street,“The Sugars” event will work to educate people about diabetes. To RSVP for tickets, please visit eventbrite.com
There are two types of diabetes, and Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable with healthy food choices and exercise. 55% of adults in Sacramento have pre-diagnosed or diagnosed diabetes. 50% of adult African-Americans have diabetes in California. Knowing how to take care of your diabetes can help maintain a balance in the blood’s sugar levels, thus helping you lead a healthier life.
“In order to reduce the devastating complications of diabetes, individuals with diabetes need to adequately control blood glucose, along with other associated risk factors such as lipid disorders and hypertension,” said Association Chief Scientific, Medical & Mission Officer William T. Cefalu, MD in a press release. “Thus, the person with diabetes is responsible for daily management of this chronic condition, which involves adequate nutrition and regular physical activity, as well as adjusting medication dosages and monitoring blood glucose. The National Standards for DSMES recognize that the person with diabetes is actually the center of the health care team since it is estimated that a person with diabetes visits his or her primary care provider, on average, only four times a year. Therefore, it is critical that we support people with diabetes and their caregivers with the appropriate self-management guidance, education, and tools to improve patient outcomes and prevent or delay the many serious complications that can accompany diabetes.”
William Jahmal Miller will be moderating the event, with the guest speaker Dr. Rodney G. Hood, a health professional. They will be working to educate African Americans about diabetes, and how they can take care of themselves.