South Sacramento considers the White House

Clemons survey

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our health: what’s the beef?

CM meat

Since 2009, all meat sold in the U.S. included labels informing consumers where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. But in late December, Congress repealed the law that requires Country of Origin Labeling, otherwise known as COOL. The next time you bite into steak, you may be unknowingly consuming an animal that was raised […]

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. Video credits: Tiffany Franklin (photography) and Marianna Sousa (editing).

On the street where you live

Sacramento Voices is a community journalism project that does exactly what the name implies — provide voices for our neighborhoods. In keeping with this spirit, the Voices will be describing some essential components of their neighborhoods: the shops and merchants and people who make them unique. Ricardo Lopez’s story about La Esperanza bakery follows.

Lives lost and remembered along the road

Christina mem

We become accustomed to the landmarks in our neighborhood after navigating the streets on a regular basis. The corner market that houses one of the best taquerias in town, the weathered red truck that perpetually sits along Florin Road, advertising hauling services, and the picnic bench that doubles most days as a card table in […]

A level-headed barber finds success

Sports Center on ESPN is playing on the flat-screen television mounted on the wall. Four barber stations, tidy and organized with clippers, mirrors, oil sheen and other materials a barber needs to manicure clients, stand ready. A chalkboard hangs above with prices. There are pictures on the wall and a vending machine with snacks. In […]

Wellspring’s heart tells the stories

Sacramento Voices correspondent Corey Rodda works at Wellspring, the center for women and children in Oak Park. Rodda documents remarkable stories from Wellspring visitors and publishes her journalism on the center’s website, Sacramento Voices is proud to present the adaptation that follows.