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

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)

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 with multiple cases of water, boxes of snacks and medical supplies. People gathered around the tent...

Does the Black community have a widening divide?

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)

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 allies they’ve always had standing right next to them facing similar issues. Everyone praises wh...

Police need to be held accountable for actions

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)

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 neighborhood in Sacramento by two police officers from the Sacramento Police Department on March ...

Students among 84 arrested during Clark demonstration

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)

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, according to Dronme Davis. Davis is an American River College student who works with the coll...

“White lives matter” graffiti found in ARC restroom

File photo.

Jennah Booth

March 20, 2019

On Monday evening, the phrase “white lives matter,” a slogan associated with white supremacy movements and far-right political ideologies, was found scrawled in a restroom on the American River College campus, according to an email sent to staff by ARC President Thomas Greene Tuesday afternoon. ...

Poet hosts event on the importance of words

Rapper Aurellius the Saint lectures on the power of words in the Hub at American River College on April 17, 2018. (Photo by Jennah Booth)

Gabe Carlos

April 25, 2018

On April 17, American River College hosted “Unite: Lyrics Matter” in the Hub. Aurellius the Saint, an artist from Washington Park, Illinois, hosted the event to speak on how words matter and the importance of the words people choose when they speak. Aurellius doesn’t consider himself a rapp...

Kneeling during the anthem hasn’t found its way to ARC

The American River College Football team salutes during the National Anthem before a home game. (Photo courtesy of Joe Eiers)

Brienna Edwards

October 5, 2017

Over the past year, and more specifically the past few weeks, the sports world has been prevalent with athletes protesting during the anthem. Colin Kaepernick began his crusade by kneeling during the anthem in the 2016 NFL preseason, and continued to do so through the regular season. Kaepernick, who is ...

Michael Brown Sr. speaks at Sac State

Michael Brown Sr. answers a question from audience member after his speech at Sacramento State on Oct. 20. Brown Sr. talked about his son's death and how he deals with the aftermath. (Photo by Mack Ervin III)

Shiavon Chatman

October 21, 2016

“Close your eyes and imagine losing a child. Imagine they’ve been murdered. Now open your eyes. That's my reality.” Michael Brown Sr., the father of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man who was killed in Ferguson, Missouri two years ago, spoke in the fully packed Sacramento State Uni...

UNITE kicks of Black Lives Matter Brave Space series

Info graphic by Jordan Schauberger

Solange Echeverria

October 20, 2016

American River College’s Universal eNgaging Inclusive Transformative Education (U.N.I.T.E.) program is spearheading a series of events that address the Black Lives Matter movement and the painful impact of the controversial police killings of black men and women. Since Aug., UNITE has been trying to spread ...

Church panel discusses importance of ministry in the Black Lives Matter era

Pastor Arthur Jenkins III gets passionate as he talks about the church’s role in the Black Lives Matter era, during the Faith Covenant Community Church’s panel at American River College on Sunday. (Photo by Jordan Schauberger)

Jordan Schauberger

October 18, 2016

The story of Linda Marie Anderson finds a Sacramento woman bloodied and beaten by police, unaware of why she was assaulted and arrested. It echoes eerily similar to the stories of many black Americans across the country. Four years later, Anderson’s search for a way to tell her story and facilitate ...

Opinion: “Lives” Movement Paints a Different Picture

The notion that black lives matter more than any other life is incorrect, but the rate of violent deaths of black men living in the United States is appalling. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black men die of homicide at a rate higher than people of any other race. (Photo illustration by Kameron Schmid)

Johnnie Heard

October 20, 2015

In the wake of the recent "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter" debate, it is time to discuss this very divisive issue. As have most African-American men, I have been directly affected by police brutality, or let’s just say bad policing. Racial profiling and police brutality go largely unchecked in ur...

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