Sacramento Voices: a celebration

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Sacramento Voices celebrated its 2016 class graduation in April at the Sacramento City College Cultural Awareness Center. The event celebrated the journalism, poetry and personal narratives that emerged during the nine-month course in community journalism — a remarkable production of work from an outstanding group of writers.    

Oak Park’s silent divide

There’s a city I know Once just a cow town with plenty of trees and dusty roads. Diverse groups of people  Seeking to live equal. Weather just right no desert, no snow. If you travel down Broadway it serves as a hallway to the center of the city’s heart. Yet something is changing  there’s been rearranging […]

A Center for healthy lives keeps on giving

Washington Neighborhood Center, on the corner of 16th and D streets, was established in 1956 and has held strong over the years, staying open and serving a diverse community that keeps coming back to participate in the many activities offered there. Many great people have benefitted from the Center, including boxers, renowned artists, business owners […]

Where did family go?

Family. What is family? This question has been on my mind, so I decided to write. I was inspired by a recent incident that happened with my biological family. It made me want to ask, “What is family?” Is family the scientific meaning? Biological? Having the same mom and dad? Is family something a young […]

From the darkness, help and new beginnings

“At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and here should be no distinction.” –Michelle Obama No one told me I needed help. I think I figured it out in college when […]

Old backboards, leaky roof, no wins — and joy


Basketball has always been my favorite sport to play. I like to play baseball and football, too. But basketball has always been the sport I find myself yearning to do. Whenever I watch basketball, I get the itch to go to the court. I always remember my childhood at the Washington Neighborhood Center, where I […]

Kids learn joy of great food. Even eggplant

Do you remember running home from your first-grade class and asking your mom for a persimmon? How about dreaming of eggplant? I grew up in Meadowview. Went to John Sloat for elementary school and John Still for junior high. And I can honestly say on the walk home, I never dreamt of eating persimmons or […]

Brilliant art, beautifully discovered

By Franceska Gomez. Instagram @ewfrank

I found it by accident. An afternoon walk in downtown Sacramento led me to a line of people alongside the Golden 1 Center arena construction site at 7th and L Streets. Curious, I asked where the line was leading. A man told me, “Art Hotel 916.” Spontaneously, I situated myself amongst the rapidly forming group […]

In my world, a new victim every day

In the world I live in and the places I go, I’m in close contact with many disenfranchised and hurting people. Many homeless women come to Wellspring. There are now more and more homeless men, women and children in our Oak Park community. I volunteer for Safeground when my Bayside Church in midtown hosts it. […]

Heart of the World: Community Journalism

When I was asked to speak today about community journalism, I was honored. I have a lot of respect for the Maynard Institute and its goals to bring diversity to journalism. And I’m so proud to see former students as a part of this important program: Marianna, Totty, Courtny and Ricardo. I thought about what […]