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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...

ARC Respiratory Care Program donates equipment to community amid ventilator shortage

American River College has donated ventilators  and N-95 masks to University of California, Davis Medical Center, Mercy General Hospital and Kaiser South Sacramento Hospital to help with equipment needs during this essential time. (Photo courtesy of ventilator.png)

Clifton Bullock, Staff Writer

April 23, 2020

The COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic has challenged the American healthcare system, the American healthcare industry and the American structure of government in ways never seen before. While the states scramble to procure ventilators, medical personnel are fighting to save the lives of citizens whil...

California Senate passes bill to stop discrimination towards natural hair

Black women have been historically criticized for their natural hair. Today, they find power in embracing how they choose to wear their hair, natural or otherwise. (File Photo)

Gabe Carlos

May 14, 2019

On April 22, the California State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 188, also known as the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act, which protects students and employees from discrimination based on natural hairstyles including afros, braids and twists. According to the...

Anderson .Paak brings it home with Oxnard

Photo courtesy of Aftermath Entertainment.

Felix Oliveros

December 4, 2018

It was just three years ago when Anderson .Paak made his unique voice and soulful presence felt in the rap game after being featured four times on Dr. Dre’s album “Compton”. After his status skyrocketed, the world was exposed to more appearances and all the talents .Paak brings to the table, incl...

Human Trafficking: Modern slavery in California

California leads the nation with cases of human trafficking in 2018. Everyone is at risk regardless of background, sex, age or race. (Photo illustration by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Itzin Alpizar

November 14, 2018

At 18 and 19 years old, a couple struggled to find work in Boston. One day they found a Craigslist ad for work in Sacramento. They called the number and a man offered them an opportunity they couldn't resist. The man added that if they didn't like the job, he would get them tickets back to Boston. ...

Despite recent calls for it, a gun ban is not the answer

Photo Illustration by Brienna Edwards

Brienna Edwards

April 2, 2018

With gun violence on the rise and an increase of mass shootings being reported by the media, the discussion on gun control has been on the minds of everyone. Gun control isn't necessarily a bad thing, and has the potential to lead to increased safety —  which is something that everyone wants. ...

Men’s tennis aims for the top

American River College's Paul Bhatia returns a ball during a nn-conference game against De Anza College on Feb. 24 at ARC. Bhatia and ARC are looking to win its eigth straight conference championship and third straight NorCal title. (Photo by Mack Ervin III)

Mack Ervin III

March 2, 2018

While a good start is always nice, it’s the end result that matters the most. And that’s the approach American River College’s men’s tennis team is taking this season. The team has established itself as a tennis powerhouse by winning the last six Big 8 conference championships, winning its...

Marijuana legal in California but not on campus

(Photo Illustration by Ashley Hayes_Stone)

Luis Gael and Brienna Edwards

February 22, 2018

By Brienna Edwards & Luis Gael Jimenez Larissa Lopez rolls out of bed, eyes bleary and heavy-lidded. She is tired and she is stressed; her mind is running a mile a minute and won't slow down. She rubs her eyes, and stares at the floor for a long-moment. Her alarm still blares in the background as ...

Women’s March brings thousands to the state capitol

A group of protesters hold up a

Luis Gael

January 24, 2018

Millions of protesters took to the streets of cities all across the country, including Sacramento,  to voice their support for the rights of marginalized populations in the United States on Saturday as part of a national demonstration of equality. While the march was officially called a “Women’s March,” p...

Thousands plan march on state capitol in support of women’s rights

A woman holds up a sign at “Women’s March on Sacramento,” a nationwide peaceful gathering to show support for all marginalized peoples in downtown Sacramento in 2017. This year's march is expected to draw 20,000 people into the streets of downtown. (File Photo)

Luis Gael

January 19, 2018

On Saturday Jan. 20, tens of thousands of people will flood the streets of Sacramento to participate in the 2018 Women’s March. The march will begin at Southside Park at 10 a.m. and protesters will walk a predetermined route all the way to the west steps of the California State Capitol. The ...

ARC student arrested for allegedly flying drone over NFL game

(Left) Tracy Mapes' staff photo from his time on the AR Current in the spring of 2016. (File photo)

(Right) Tracy Mapes' mugshot at the Santa Clara Police Department on Nov. 26 after being arrested for allegedly dropping anti-media leaflets over Levi Stadium. (Photo courtesy of Santa Clara Police Department)

Luis Gael

November 28, 2017

[UPDATED] An American River College student was arrested on Sunday after allegedly dropping anti-media leaflets from a drone over Levi’s Stadium and Oakland-Alameda Stadium during two different NFL games.  Tracy Mapes, 55, attended ARC and served on the Current in the spring of 2016 before leaving the...

Suicide is not the answer, prevention is possible

September is mental health awareness  month. (File photo)

Lily Rodriguez Drake

September 30, 2017

September was National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which carried  a goal of informing and familiarizing the public about statistics, preventative care and how to conduct effective discussions regarding mental health. Ironically, September is merely the cusp at which most people experience depressiv...

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