News Network The international screws are tightening on Russia as the country continues annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Western countries are imposing additional sanctions on Russia that threaten isolating the country further and disrupting its economy. In this week’s News Network we’re speaking with Russian American Media contributing editor Florin Ciuriuc about how Russians are responding to the news of additional sanctions on Russia.Ciuriuc is also executive director of Slavic Community Center of Sacramento.
Indigenous Peoples Day Even though all three Sierra College campuses are located on what was originally Native American land, the school has never celebrated Indigenous Peoples until now. Student Tiffany Adams, who is also a California Native American, has worked with professors, students and school officials to bring the first ever Indigenous Peoples Days to Sierra College beginning tonight and culminating Saturday with A Big Time (an intertribal gathering of western indigenous peoples of North America), a reception and a film screening of “K’ina kil – The Slaver’s Son.”
For The Love Of Cities Sacramento has always suffered from a bit of a identity crisis. Even though it’s the Capitol City of one of the largest states in America and one of the largest economies in the world, Sacramento is often seen by those outside as just a place to pass through to get to bigger and better things. Community members and civic leaders have been trying to change that image for years and they seem to have picked up some momentum recently. This Friday, Peter Kageyama, the author of “For the Love of Cities” will deliver the keynote address at the Emerge Summit in Sacramento. The summit is a first for the area – its goal is to bring young professionals together to discuss issues important to the region – and Kageyama will talk about civic pride and how it can impact various parts of a communities economy.
Rio Americano High School For the second year in a row, a group of Rio Americano High School jazz musicians have taken home multiple awards, including “Outstanding Combo,” at the 2014 Charles Mingus Jazz Festival in New York City. Plus, Rio’s AM Jazz Ensemble has been selected as a finalist for the Essentially Ellington Festival and will be travelling back to New York City in May. Joining us for a performance of their award winning jazz are five students from Rio Americano and their band director Josh Murray.