Fresh food to Oak Park, with love

OP Farmers Market

“The groundwork of happiness is health.” – Leigh Hunt, Essayist, Poet and Critic (1784-1859) The concept emerged as early as 1980. Skeptics and outside forces who believed Oak Park residents did not like fruits and vegetables hindered, but could not smother, what is now enjoyed by Oak Park residents and people from across Sacramento. It’s […]

Inspirational words for Sac Voices

Dianne Heimer

Sacramento City College journalism professor Dianne Heimer and Sacramento Voices alum Burt Clemons used heartfelt and inspirational words to describe the importance of community journalism at a Sacramento Voices training workshop in February. Heimer examined how traditional media outlets overlook stories in many South Sacramento neighborhoods, unless the stories involve crime. “You are the only […]

To protect, destroy and teach

In the hands of some people, guns forced a pathway to develop the Declaration of Independence and create this country I call home. In the hands of others, a gun took the life of a childhood friend. Guns can protect. Guns can destroy. But how can they do that, when they have no intellect, emotion, […]

A dead child, killed by accident

When I was in middle school, a girl in my youth group accidentally shot and killed her 13-year-old brother. Like his sister, the boy was a student at our school. They had been playing hide and seek. The girl, who was 10, grabbed her father’s gun as a joke. She didn’t know or think to […]

Pull the trigger first

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution says U.S. citizens have the right to bear arms. I agree with this. I believe any stable-minded individual with the right training on how to use a gun should be able to own a firearm, if that’s their choice. What I don’t agree with is the type […]

Normal guy wants stricter gun laws

Guns don’t personally affect me. I’ve lived in rough neighborhoods, but never experienced losing anyone to gun violence. I’m not saying it’s not a problem, but it’s a problem that seems out of my control. I do my best to stay out of situations involving guns. I’ve never shot a gun. I’ve held a few […]

Gun most comfortable

When I think about gun violence, I visualize crazy movie scenes. Action movies. Ghetto stories. But in an instant, reality hits, and I realize guns are not just some sensational act in cinema. It’s real. I’ve gone to a gun store and got my permit, even checked out a few. They were all cold and […]

Guns: A line between protection and violence

Sacramento Voices correspondents sat down to contemplate the question of gun violence in our communities, an issue that has become a major focus for President Obama. Correspondents were asked whether they had been personally touched by gun violence, and how that may have shaped their perceptions. They were asked about the impact of guns in […]

Street Hits goes to market

Latest Street Hits video: we visit the Afrikan Market Place, which operates the first Saturday of every month in South Sacramento at 2251 Florin Road, the Sojourner Truth center. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwWFKgNieHBwU3lRNlRWRy1rNTg/view Video credits: Tiffany Franklin (photography) and Marianna Sousa (editing).

Dream job brings chance to help

During her time in college, Irma Sandoval Rodriguez was like many students: she used the programs she found available. Financial aid and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services helped her advance through college. Rodriguez’s father, whose formal education stopped at the third grade,  didn’t understand how financial aid worked. He worried that someday, someone would come […]