On Monday, July 23rd, Sacramento residents joined State Senator Dr. Richard Pan at the Fruitridge Community Collaborative for free nutritious meals and health care services, including free dental and optical exams.
On Thursday, July 19th, a Multicultural Town Hall focusing on Mental Health options for minorities and youth was held in South Sacramento. Many people from the community came to the event to speak out about mental health.
Food deserts appear when there are no fresh fruits, vegetables and the like in low-income neighborhoods. In this video, you can learn more about food deserts and in some ways, people are combating them.
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 email@example.com.
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When Marijuana became legalized in California, it was almost understood that a significant amount of the taxes the retail sales would generate would be used to fund drug treatment programs. However, that was not the case. Senate Bill 275 is being sponsored by the California Society of Addiction Medicine to help youth get good treatment delivered by the state.
As part of the bill an expert panel consisting of representatives from many communities, such as a representative of foster and homeless youth, county probation representatives, and a representative from the state department of education, would meet to discuss and advise the state on substance abuse.
According to drugtreatment.org, one in six teenagers admit to taking prescription drugs to get high or change their mood. Many California residents ask why if drugs are so easy for youth to get, why isn’t the state putting more money into treatment services for youth now that the state has a new resource for money- Marijuana.
“It’s clear that youth are harmed by drug use,” says Dr. Tim Cermak, a Marin County Psychiatrist. “We’re talking about tax revenue set up used for the treatment of drug abuse.”
Drug treatment services provided by the state is especially important to minorities. LGBTQ adolescents are 90% more likely to develop substance abuse disorders than their straight peers according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Senate Bill 275 could be essential to lowering those statistics by providing services to at-risk youth.
“Public sector programs (are) used to move in areas of underprivileged youth and minorities,” says Dr. Cermak. “$50 million is for communities that have been impacted the most, there will be quality standards for treatment programs that are started by private entities.”
If passed, Senate Bill 275 promises that hundreds of millions of dollars will be placed into services to give quality treatment to all youth, regardless of their means or background.
LGBTQ youth are being disproportionately placed in Juvenile Detention Centers. In this video, youth talk about ways to stop police from targeting LGBTQ youth, and services to be given to youth after incarceration.
On Tuesday, June 26th, 28-year-old activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the 14th Congressional District primary in New York state. Ocasio-Cortez beat 10-term Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley, who was seen as the possible future Speaker of The House if Democrats retake control, by over 4,000 votes.
This win has shaken many people within the Democratic Party and caused some Republicans to consider Democrats to be leaning “too far to the left” and calling Ocasio-Cortez a “socialist”. In an interview on the television show “The View”, Ocasio-Cortez explained what exactly she means when she refers to herself as a “Democratic Socialist.”
“There is a huge difference between socialism and Democratic Socialism,” Ocasio-Cortez says. “Democratic Socialism and really what that boils down to me is the basic belief that in a moral and wealthy America, in a moral and modern America, no person should be too poor to live in this country.”
In Ocasio-Cortez’ campaign video, she stated that “Women like me aren’t supposed to run,” yet she did and won her primary. Bucking other trends, not only is Ocasio-Cortez a woman, but she is a 28-year-old woman of color who won an election against a long-standing incumbent in America. She has repeatedly stated that her campaign is a movement for everyone. These facts have made many young people of color more excited than ever about getting engaged in politics.
“She gives me hope not only for myself, a person who doesn’t necessarily (identify) as a woman but is read as one, looking to go into politics,” said political science major Zauna Nuru-Bates from Sacramento. “It also gives me hope for our country, there are still good things happening in our government.”
More and more young activists of color are voicing their opinions and hoping to shape the United States into what they want. What do you think? Does Ocasio-Cortez’ win truly mean anything for the future?
Want to learn more about Ocasio-Cortez? Visit: ocasio2018.com
The Vice Mayor a small California town called Dixon was recently in the news for some anti-LGBTQ language he used in the local Independent Voice Newspaper. In a section called “That’s
Life”, Dixon Vice Mayor Ted Hickman had plenty to say concerning his feelings on Gay Pride Month.
“Last Sunday ended LGBTQF-WTF month … with tens of thousands of folks dancing and prancing all over American celebrating the fact they are different than most of the rest of us and showing their ‘pride’ in being so,” said Vice Mayor Hickman. “Last week I proclaimed the Month of July as SPAM …(Straight Pride American Month)…(as Vice Mayor don’t know if I can, but what the heck).”
This has caused an uproar from many of the LGBTQ community and from residents who live in the Dixon area. An online petition calling for Hickman’s removal from office quickly went viral. This petition from thepetitionsite.com has already garnered 25,000 signatures with the goal to reach over 30,000.
“Now hundreds of millions of the rest of us can celebrate our month, peaking on July 4th, as healthy, heterosexual, fairly monogamous, keep our kinky stuff to ourselves, Americans,” the Vice Mayor continued in his newspaper column. “Don’t get me wrong, I support the First Amendment, as much as the next person, and support the rights of grown men to wear skin-tight short-shorts and go-go boots and don tinker bell wings with a wand and prance down the streets of San Francisco.”
“Wow! That’s actually really nuts, he’s definitely not someone I want anywhere near me,” said Cecilia Ochoa, a student at UC Davis. “I will for sure be signing the petition for his recall.”
“Mr. Hickman’s words have no place in our society. Mr. Hickman should resign immediately,” said Rick Zbur, The Executive Director of Equality California.
Vice Mayor Hickman has acknowledged the petition but says that he doubts any sort of recall will happen. At a packed City Council meeting last week, dozens of protestor called for his immediate removal from office while Dixon Mayor Tom Bogue hinted that the city was considering other legal options to deal with Hickman’s remarks. Hickman is up for reelection this November.
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.