Together with partners Miridae, Office of Kat Taylor (OKT), and Insight Garden Program, we’re building Oki Park Garden Project, a thriving urban garden that will promote environmental learning, produce fresh fruits and vegetables, and provide job training to individuals affected by the criminal justice system. The planning phase for this project is underway and expected to be completed mid-2022.
Oki Park in the College-Glen neighborhood of Sacramento is already a popular place for barbecues, outdoor activities, and dog walking. More than six acres of the park, however, have been sitting vacant for years. City Council member Eric Guerra saw past the weeds, trash, and overhead power lines and envisioned a place that could bring people together, serve the formerly incarcerated, and become a model for urban gardening and natural resource restoration.
Community Water Center joined a broad coalition of water advocates to push for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The fund is a vital part of the Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) program and promises $1.4 billion over 10 years for safe drinking water solutions for disadvantaged California communities.
In Fall 2020, faculty affiliated with Sacramento State’s new Center on Race, Immigration and Social Justice joined with municipal leaders, community activists, non-profit organizations, regional artists, Sacramento State students, administrators and staff to generate collective power for social justice, and to amplify the voices of activists across the Sacramento Region.
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