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Insight: Sacramento's Human Rights Violations / Marcos Breton / "Poetry Out Loud" Competition / Blind "Goalball" Player


 
 
 
Sacramento's Human Rights Violations A United Nations appointee has rebuked Sacramento for restricting access to public restrooms and criminalizing public urination, calling the city policies "discriminatory" and saying they violate fundamental human rights.  UN Special Rapporteur Catarina de Albuquerque sent a letter to Mayor Kevin Johnson last Friday urging him to change these city policies.  Johnson said no one is more frustrated than he is about the lack of progress in fully addressing our homelessness challenges at his weekly press conference Tuesday while advocates for a homeless campground rallied outside city hall to protest.  We'll speak with Steve Watters, Executive Director of Safe Ground Sacramento, Connie de la Vega, Professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Jay Schenirer, City Councilman who's worked with Safeground over the past year, and Joaquin McPeek, from the office of the Mayor.
 
To read the UN letter to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson click HERE.
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Marcos Breton The Sacramento Bee columnist joins us the first Wednesday of each month; his columns appear each Wednesday and Sunday in the Bee's Our Region section.
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The "Poetry Out Loud" Competition The Sacramento County "Poetry Out Loud" competition encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.  The program provides students with the opportunity to perform poetry in English classes, encouraging youth to learn about great poetry, read it aloud and share it with others.  Sacramento County's "Poetry Out Loud" program is supported by the Sacramento County Office of Education, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the California Arts Council, California Poets in the Schools, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. The winner will advance to the California Poetry Out Loud competition, held March 25-26 in Sacramento. California's overall winner will receive $200 and an expenses-paid trip to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C.  The National Finals and Semifinals will be held May 13-15, 2012.  A total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends will be awarded at the national finals.
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Joe Hamilton's Story Goalball athletes show just one way visually impaired people can excel.
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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