The American River Current

The push for reconciliation and forgiveness in a divided nation

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)
Forgiveness is not deserved, it is earned
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....

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

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)
Trump’s tapes, taxes and COVID-19 are only some of what’s happened in the last few months
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...

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

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)
Racism cannot be removed from a racist system; Defund the LRPD
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...

The crisis of identity and ethics facing journalists today

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)
Violations of press freedoms in 2020 higher than previous three years
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...

Social justice courses use history lessons to empower change

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)
SJS 300 dives into the importance of social consciousness
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...

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)
“This is people power; it’s community collaboration.”
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...

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)
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...

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)
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...

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)
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,...

“White lives matter” graffiti found in ARC restroom

File photo.
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...

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)
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...

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