The turmoil and controversy in this year’s presidential election prompted me to get out into the community and find out what was being said about the candidates and how people were going to vote. My questions were basic: What do people think about this election, and whom are they voting for? And, why were they […]
Sacramento Voices: a celebration
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Local business: a city’s heart and soul
There’s an awakening happening in Sacramento. Between big businesses booming, the arena looming and developments popping up everywhere, major change is happening. With every twist and turn, the city is paving the way to become the major metropolitan center that will finally remind visitors that San Francisco and Los Angeles are not the capital of California. This […]
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 […]
Why Voices matter
Sacramento City College Professor of Journalism Dianne Heimer recently spoke to Sacramento Voices correspondents at a training workshop. Her words captured the essence of the Voices program, and the motivation behind its support by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Professor Heimer’s remarks follow.