September 14,  2018
Dear Friends,

Following the actions of Sheriff Scott Jones to lock out the Inspector General and his independent oversight of the County Sheriff's department and the actions of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors , Sacramento ACT has the following statement.  Stay tuned for a Call to Action coming very soon.

Sacramento Area Congregations Together (Sac ACT) stands as a collective of faith communities with a common purpose of equity and fairness for all. Such a mission is only achieved through accountability and transparency in policy and practice.
We were dismayed when Sacramento County Sheriff, Scott Jones shut down an authorized independent review by the Inspector General of his department's fatal shooting of an emotionally troubled African American man. To further assert how "untouchable" he is, he stood before the County Board of Supervisors and proclaimed that the rules of the Sacramento County charter do not apply to him. (Board of Supervisors moves to replace Sheriff's department watchdog after lockout)
Where are we headed when law enforcement itself is ABOVE THE LAW? Has the county of Sacramento become a region of LAWLESSNESS?
Sacramento ACT stands firmly opposed to Sheriff Scott Jones' resistance to submit to independent oversight and inspection.
We are asking that Sheriff Jones, an elected official, be held accountable and that the Board of Supervisors require a strong, independent review of the Sheriff's department . This department exists as an agent of protection and service for the residents of Sacramento County. Therefore, Sac ACT views his rejection of oversight as an abuse of a sacred trust and an abuse of power. We insist that the Sheriff's department, like every other county department, does not have the authority to operate in a vacuum. This department operates for the good of the public and must be subject to review on their behalf.

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What is Racial Trauma?

This video discusses what racial stress and trauma is and its connection to historical and current racism and oppression. It develops an understanding of racial trauma through issues related to recent events in Sacrament and introduces post (persistent) traumatic slavery disorder, including signs and symptoms. 

Sacramento ACT, along with speakers from Safe Black Spaces developed the video series which was funded by the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services through the voter approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
Fall Canvasses Coming Soon! Save the Dates
ACT will be hosting 3 canvasses on October 13th, October 27th, and November 3rd, we'll let you know as soon as we finalize the locations.  We'll also have phone banks at the office from 6:30-8:30pm on October 8th, October 15, October 29th, and all day on November 6th (last day of the election).  You can sign up here.

Safe Black Spaces: New Website & Resources!
safeblackspaceIn our current climate many Black people are experiencing stress and trauma related to related to being Black.  We're feeling the impact of our humanity not being valued - from the killing of unarmed Black people by the police, to the day-to-day racial hassles we deal with. Sometimes we numb out, sometimes we struggle with rage, sometimes we lose can be overwhelming!
We want to introduce you to Safe Black Space - A place where people of African Ancestry come together to heal and to thrive. A place where Black people can talk openly and honesty with each other about their experiences of racial stress, anxiety and trauma.  A place where you can just be you!
Curious?  Check out our website at
  • Learn more about Safe Black Space and what we're doing
  • Identify local African American Mind Body Spirit Resources and Sacramento Mental Health Resources 
  • Watch a few short videos to learn more about the impact of racism on Black people and how we can take care of ourselves and our communities (see bottom of "Resources" tab) 
Take a day to heal from the lies you've told yourself and the ones that have been told to you. -Maya Angelou
Join us at the next Safe Black Space Community Healing Circle on Saturday, September 15th from 3:00-6:00pm. 

Turning Point Community Programs
3440 Viking Dr., Suite 114
Sacramento, CA 95827

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Our Promise United Way Event

Sacramento ACT  will be at the next United Way event. See the details below:

Wednesday, September 19th
2800 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento 95833 (Fair will be held in lobby)
Start time: 11:00am
End time: 2:00pm
Family Separation at the Border: Beyond the Crisis, September 24th

Salvadoran Residents with TPS
Amidst the various legal challenges Sacramento ACT would like to clarify that Salvadoran residents in the United States with temporary protected status, known as TPS, who already applied to retain their status will have their work authorizations extended six months. According to a letter by the Department of Homeland Security, DHS will extend the work authorizations for all recipients from El Salvador who have pending applications to continue living and working in the U.S. though the end of the program in September 2019. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced in January that the program - which offers protections from deportation and legal permission to work in the U.S. for Salvadorans and nationals of nine other countries who are in the U.S. - would end Sept. 9, 2019.
Upcoming LOC Meetings
Education, C ontact Tere Flores at for location and more information on Septemeber meeting

Environmental Justice, Second Wednesdays, (next September 12) at 7pm at Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento

Homelessness & Housing, 3rd Fridays (next on September 21), 10 am to 12 pm, contact Carlos Montes-Ponce at  for location and more information

Live Free, Third Thursdays, 6:30 pm, contact Ryan McClinton at for location and more information

Reinvestment, 1st and 3rd Thursday  at 2:30,  contact Ryan McClinton at  for location and more information

Youth Justice, every other Thursday, 5 pm to 7 pm, contact Tere Flores at for location and more information
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Can you donate $25 to support our work with youth to transform the juvenile justice system?  Donate here.

If you prefer, you can mail a check to Sacramento ACT, 2409 15th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818.
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Gabby Trejo
Executive Director

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