On June 30th, Downtown Sacramento was host to the “Families Belong Together” Rally. People came together to combat the recent decisions by the Trump administration to seperate children from their parents at the border.
The announcement by Gary Martin, Film Festival Director and Access Sacramento Executive Director, revealed the names of the projects and writers who will produce their films over the summer, with a world premiere red carpet showcase for the ten projects on Sat. Oct. 6 at Sacramento’s historic Crest Theatre.
With the writers now becoming producers, more than 250 volunteers turned out at the Coloma Community Center in hopes of being select help as an actor or as a member of the technical crew on one of the 10 films.
Six of the writers come from Sacramento with others from Davis, Granite Bay, Roseville and Stockton.
“A Place Called Sacramento” awards 10 family-friendly scripts each year with the opportunity to have the script turned into a movie with a guaranteed big screen world premiere, cable distribution of the Access Sacramento public access cable channel and credit listings on the prestigious Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com).
Click on the writer’s name to email the writer and to volunteer for their project. The winning writers with their project descriptions are:
“Delta Breeze” by Aldo Cocco (Sacramento) – In life or love, listening is a strong force behind great change.
“The Disappeared” by Thalia Caraveo (Sacramento) – A grieving woman dealing with the loss of her mother to Alzheimer’s learns a beautiful lesson about love, loss and acceptance.
“The Engagement Ring” by Romeo Trocino (Stockton) – Jason is ready to propose to the love of his life. When the big moment arises, the outcome is not what he pictured it would be.
“Escargot” by Judith Plank (Davis) – Just your average everyday family, making big progress at a snail’s pace.
“The Gift” by Ritu Atwal (Granite Bay) – It’s her first wedding anniversary, but the most precious gift a young woman receives, is not the one from her husband.
“Justin Time” by William Mendoza (Sacramento) – Leslie hates deadlines, but delivering newspapers late today could have a deadly penalty.
“Triple Shot Latte” by Amy Lawrence (Sacramento) – She’s starting to lose hope, but love may be just a scone’s throw away.
“The Story of Jane and Jo” by Eric Sanderson (Sacramento) – Jane and Jo may see each other every day, but will they ever hear the music of their hearts?
“Swipe Right” by Nathan Reedy (Sacramento) – The very single and amused Will banters with the very committed and disenchanted Vanessa about the challenges of relationships and finding true romance in the hyper technological world of online dating.
“Tono Sommesso” by Danya Barrows (Roseville) – When a blind woman with heightened senses pursues her dream of becoming a Master Sommelier, she discovers a family secret that could keep her from ever reaching her goal.
Access Sacramento is a local non-profit foundation operating two cable television channels and cablecast/internet radio station KUBU-LP 96.5 FM on Comcast and Consolidated Communications Cable Channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14.
For more information about Access Sacramento, visit our website AccessSacramento.org or contact Executive Director, Gary Martin at 916-456-8600.
Access Sacramento is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation
Four years ago, the Human Rights Society dubbed Sacramento with the title of “Second Worst City in the US for Human Trafficking.”
In December of last year, Elan Seagraves, a soccer coach at John F. Kennedy High School, was arrested on human trafficking charges and for pimping at least two minors.
In early February, 58-year-old Yun Escamilla was booked into Sacramento County Jail on five counts of felony pandering–the act of persuading/forcing someone to become a prostitute. Escamilla housed five young women, constantly transporting them between three different Sacramento residences. It was reported that some of the women being prostituted were from Hong Kong and all were of Asian descent.
“Sex trafficking”, as it is called, is a global epidemic.
Thousands of people worldwide have been sold into, coerced or manipulated into sex-slavery. It has poisoned countless communities, but how big is Sacramento’s human trafficking problem?
“It’s been highlighted that there is more human trafficking in Sacramento than in other jurisdictions, but I think that it is equal to other jurisdictions,” Cindy Stinson, Lieutenant for the Sacramento Police Department and co-founder of Community Against Sexual Harm or CASH, told AccessLocal.Tv in an interview. “One reason that, if there is more human trafficking on Sacramento is because we have lots of freeways that run through Sacramento and there’s something called the circuit, where women will be driven to different cities where the freeways are close.”
Lt. Stinson thinks that another one of the reasons human trafficking in Sacramento is so highlighted is because the city is so informed on the issue and strives to do more about it through nonprofit organizations like CASH and WEAVE.
But is there any way individuals can fight against human trafficking in Sacramento?
“One way we can fight against sex trafficking in Sacramento is to focus on the demand,” Lt. Stinson explained. “So instead of going out and arresting the women or focusing on forcing action on the women who really are the victims, we can really focus on the men who are creating the demands to buy women–who are trolling around looking to buy girls and women for sex.”
“If all the law enforcement agencies in Sacramento got together and decided, ‘Hey, we’re not going to put as much of our effort on arresting the women, we’re going to put a lot of our effort on arresting the men who are pimps, who are trafficking the women, that would have a huge impact. It would also deliver the message that Sacramento is not a place that you want to come to buy women or traffic women.”
If you or someone you know is or might be a victim of human trafficking, please encourage them to call 1-888-373-7888, or text HELP to 233733.
After the Trump Administration filed a lawsuit over its Sanctuary State laws, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared in Sacramento for a speech covering his issues with California. This appearance ignited a protest right outside of the Sawyer Hotel in Downtown Sacramento.
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.
Many people believe that laws exist in society in order to keep its citizens safe. When a person commits a crime, they should be penalized accordingly. However, there are some that are questioning if punishment is the appropriate way to keep people safe. After all, if the punishment cripples a person’s ability to return to being a productive citizen, is it really the best option?
According to the Los Angeles Times, community reinvestment is the key to reducing crime and violence. Instead of locking up the people who break the law, they are assigned projects or summer jobs to improve their community.
“Indeed, there is now sufficient evidence to support an entirely new model for countering violence — one driven by investment,” said Professor Patrick Sharkley, the writer of the article Community investment, not punishment, is key to reducing violence.
In Sacramento, organizations such as the California Endowment encourage restorative actions rather than punishment. One reason to choose reinvestment is the much lower cost. According to the New York Times, the average cost of locking up one inmate annually is $168,000, The prison population of California in 2015 was 112,300 people. According to the Orange County Register, California could save half a billion dollars by introducing new rehabilitation programs for inmates and ex-convicts.
In the Sacramento City Unified School District, there are some educators who hold similar views. Often, the teachers and school administrators have to strike the balance between restorative programs and punishment.
“I definitely think that the balance should tip in the favor of, restorative, reinvestment, supportive, as opposed to punishment,” said David Van Natten, Principal of John F. Kennedy High School. “Particularly in the context of school, sometimes a consequence is appropriate but that it’s a much better learning experience and it’s more likely result in long-term change if there is a restorative component.”
The American prison system has become one of the largest in the world. It is up to the people to decide what happens next.
As time marches on, technology advances. These advancements are meant to provide improvements to the condition of life for everyone. For example, automation makes manufacturing faster and more efficient. Computers and algorithms make sorting millions of data points as simple as the click of a button. However, there may be a downside to technology that many people might not be aware of. Artificial Intelligence may be very advanced, but it does not yet have the strengths that people get from human interactions.
According to Gizmodo.com, the book “Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools, Profile, Police and Punish the Poor” is exploring how technology affects poor people.
“What the system did was explicitly sever the link between local and caseworkers and the district that they served,” said Virginia Eubanks, author of the book, in an interview with Gizmodo. “The result was [a rise in] denials of benefits for basic human rights like food and medical care.”
In her examination, Eubanks brought up an examination of how statistics collected in during a case in Pittsburg determined abuse or neglect in a household were discriminating against the poor. She claims that the lower incomes families are “over surveils” because they are the one who uses public programs such as welfare, food stamp, etc. Most of the data collected used by the city come from those programs, and there, unfairly assume abuse and negligence are more common in low-income households.
Sacramento had also become more technologically advanced in the recent years. According to an article written by the Los Angeles Time in 2015, Silicon Valley was having increasing present in the Capitol. Even though they were bringing new technologies to Sacramento, they were also bringing lobbyist. For example, Uber and Lyft spent nearly half a million dollar in 2013 lobbying bills that would regulate them like the taxi industry. While technology is making life easier for some, it may also be increasing hardships for others.
Sacramento housed the fourth largest Japan Town in the United State during the 1920s. Today the town is known as Old Florin Town. Explore in this video the untold history that many that still have a message today.
Did you know that Sacramento and many cities in the Central Valley ranked among the top in the nation in rent increases? In this video, we look at the statistics and how it affects people.
Housing has been a major problem in Sacramento for the past several years. Whether it be the affordable housing crisis or high rents, many people are struggling with finding a place to live. Even when people find apartments to live in, they can still face problems as tenants. Often, low-income tenants struggle to pay their rent. They struggle because they are what’s considered a “cost-burdened” tenant. That means that they have to pay 50% or more of their income on rent. According to a Harvard study reported by National Public Radio, 72% of people who make under $15,000 a year have to pay more than half of their income on rent. Cost-burdened tenants are more likely to be evicted or treated unfairly by their landlord because of their struggling ability to pay rent.
One group that seeks to stand up for tenants rights in Sacramento is the Sacramento Tenants Union. On January 8th they held a meeting in the Organize Sacramento office to discuss solidarity in supporting each other rights as tenants. It was an open door meeting and everyone was welcome to join.
“The Sacramento Tenants Union [believes that] housing is a human rights, solidarity is key,” said Lazaro Cardenas, a member of STU. “It is important to recognize that tenants are not defined by one issue. Affordable, rent control and evictions are issues that impacted a lot of people incident in Sacramento and other states. The mission of the Sacramento Tenants Union is to ensure a strong solidarity amongst tenants in Sacramento.”
Tenants have rights that are protected by state and federal laws. The Sacramento Tenants Union seeks to spread knowledge of those rights and protect people from unjust evictions.