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.

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 […]

Community Forum keeps us safe

Marianna Sousa demonstrates electrical safety.

From kitchen fires to downed power lines, community members learned essential safety skills at a Sacramento City College and Sacramento Voices Community Forum organized by Voices correspondent Marianna Sousa, with assistance from correspondent Kalaisha Totty. The highly successful event was held Jan. 28 at the SCC Student Center. “The issue of safety effects all of […]

Town Hall: Safety Awareness

Please join Sacramento Voices and the Sacramento City College community for a Town Hall filled with presentations to help keep you safe. The Safety Awareness and Crisis Prevention event will be held this Thursday, January 28, at the Sacramento City College Student Center on campus, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entire South Sacramento […]

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 […]