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Black History Month is dedicated to showcasing Black communities, and how influential leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. have impacted our world tremendously. American River College honors Black history by holding events all month long showcasing Black leadership, power, and resiliency. (Photo via Pixabay)

ARC honors Black History Month with a series of events

Cicily Thomas, Staff Writer February 16, 2021

Black History Month takes place in February. This month is dedicated to showcasing past and present accomplishments of important Black leaders and celebrating them. Among Some of these leaders are Martin...

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Recapping the “worst year ever”: 2020

Madison Duong, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

Looking back on the year 2020, there seems to have been more bad than good. There’s a long list of horrible things that happened in 2020, everything from natural disasters, devastating diseases, social...

Not all Trump supporters have been open bigots, and not all have attempted voter intimidation. But they are in league with those who have, and silence about the wrongdoings of your allies is complicity. (Photo courtesy of Vecteezy)

The push for reconciliation and forgiveness in a divided nation

Alexander Musa, Staff Writer November 17, 2020

We’ve seen enough, it’s over, at least in the eyes of more than 78 million Americans. Joseph R. Biden is to be the 46th President of the United States, and Kamala Harris will be our first woman Vice-President....

Our phones let us catch up on what we missed in the news, and be angry about it from the comfort of our bed sheets.
(Photo by Alexander Musa)

Keeping up with the news today is important, but it can be unhealthy

Alexander Musa, Staff Writer October 20, 2020

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, even with daily life ground to a near halt thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s getting to the point where I’ve experienced genuine mental exhaustion...

Over the summer people flooded into Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento over the course of weeks to protest the killing of George Floyd and police brutality across America. The Black Lives Matter movement and message has been at the forefront of these protests demanding justice, accountability, and national defunding of the police. (Photo by Emily Mello)

Editorial: LRPD needs more than reformation, it needs total reimagination

The Current Staff October 14, 2020

The summer of 2020 was one most of us will likely never forget. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world stopped when George Floyd was killed after Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt...

Physical violence towards reporters and violations of press freedoms have increased during the months of Black Lives Matter protests following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. President Trump has even described one attack on reporters as “a beautiful sight.” (Photo by Emily Mello)

The crisis of identity and ethics facing journalists today

Alexander Musa, Staff Writer October 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic reached a grim milestone in the United States this September, with over 200,000 Americans now confirmed to have died from the deadly virus. President Donald Trump has downplayed the...

Asha Wilkerson, department chair of Legal Studies, and Sociology professor for the fall 2020 semester is co-teaching Introduction to Social Justice Studies (SJS 300) in a synchronous online course at American River College. The SJS 300 course is a required course for students majoring in social justice. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)

Social justice courses use history lessons to empower change

Ariel Caspar, Editor-In-Chief September 30, 2020

Over the last couple of years, the Los Rios Community College District has gone through an institutional redesign, with a commitment to the social justice and equity of all students who have experienced...

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center and the Gender Health Center stationed themselves in the Center’s parking lot on 20th and J Street in downtown Sacramento to provide medical supplies for protesters, on June 2, 2020. Volunteers assembled care kits that contained medical supplies, snacks, and water to be distributed for the demonstrators while they marched against police brutality. (Photo by Emily Mello)

Sacramento community joins up to collect donations to help with the fight for change

Heather Amberson, Staff Writer June 16, 2020

On a hot afternoon in early June, in a parking lot near the Sacramento LGBT Community Center in downtown Sacramento, individuals set up a donation tent, with two tables underneath it, each one stocked...

In recent years demonstrators have come together to protest tragedies such as the killing of Stephon Clark, but there is still more that should be done to help conflicts within the black community. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Does the Black community have a widening divide?

Makenna Roy May 9, 2019

While the black community is becoming a more united front on the outside in recent years as a result of tragedies like the Stephon Clark shooting, I believe that the community can often forget about the...

The Sacramento community is working on healing and coming together in the wake of the district attorney's office's announcement. Demonstrators hold up a sign that reads “We must love and support one another / Black Lives Matter Sacramento” banner during the one year anniversary of Stephon Clark’s death in South Sacramento, Calif. on March 18, 2019. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Police need to be held accountable for actions

Breawna Maynard March 27, 2019

Another year, another unarmed black man killed by the police, and another injustice for the families of the victims involved. Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old African-American man, was shot in the Meadowview...

American River College U.N.I.T.E members Raven Kauba (left) and Dronme Davis (right) participate in a Stephon Clark protest on March 8, 2019. The two students were two of the 84 demonstrators who were arrested by Sacramento police officers during a Stephon Clark protest in East Sacramento on March 4, 2019. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Students among 84 arrested during Clark demonstration

Jennah Booth March 25, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1963: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” When Sacramento police arrested 84 people in East Sacramento on March 4, however, the demonstration was far from a riot,...

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