On Saturday, August 4th, residents of California gathered at the capitol to protest the NRA. There was an open mic, and a march against the NRA.
On Friday, August 3rd, La Familia’s Club Excel; Youth Voice, hosted a paint night at the Maple Neighborhood Center. They meet every Friday during their free summer program from 1-4pm in room 10 until August 24th.
Being that summer can be a tough time for some students, due to a lack of resources and a unhealthy environment at home, Club Excel aims to provide a safe and engaging environment for the youth of the community by allowing them to participate in STEM activities, art, physical activities, and lunch.
Next Friday, Youth Voice will be taking a field trip to go bowling! Visit https://lafcc.org/event/club-excel-26/ for more information.
On Saturday, July 28th, the Washington Neighborhood Center held a small workshop for kids and family. It focused on art made with materials from around the house, like tissue paper and paper plates. Check out the Barrio Art Workshop in this video.
Recently, First 5 California and SupplyBank.org kicked off the beginning of a “Free Diaper initiative program” to help low-income families in Sacramento. The cost of diapers can be a burden on some families, and the groups believe that providing them for free will help prevent higher health care costs in the long run.
On April 25th, at Beatnik Studios in Sacramento, a live edition of The Brave Podcast was recorded. The podcast is about what people in California do to uplift their community. During the live podcast, the host interviewed people who were already featured on the podcast, as well as a woman who the host met that night who started up Black Women United.
Alister Oliver, a photographer, presented his portraits on April 14th at the Sparrow Gallery. The pictures depicted gender-nonconforming renditions of male people and characters. The series started as a way to aggravate a perverted costumer that would ask for model’s numbers and ended as a boundary-pushing portrait series. Oliver hires primarily transgender models and other models that bend gender roles. His photography has taken him to different LGBTQ+ schools as a guest speaker and allowed him to meet some interesting people.
In honor of National Women’s Day, local organizers put together a march to discus prevelant issues that all women deal with, as well as the women in Sacramento. There was a heavy emphasis on diversity, and inclusion. There also was live music, as well as speeches given by different organizers.
After the shooting at a Florida high school, students from all accords the United States have decided that they are going to band together and walk out of class on March 14th. But with principals threatening suspensions, some students are worried about how their activism may hinder their academic success. The ACLU put together a livestream video to reassure students of their rights, and what is equal punishment versus excessive punishment, and what you can do to assert your rights.
On February 17th and 18th, there was a two-day conference for youth who are involved in journalism programs throughout the state. The conference had workshops which were lead by professionals from the field, as well as key-note speakers that shared their wisdom about journalism. Young people from all over California came to Oakland for this event, and this video features a taste of how their programs are run.