Santa Rosa Junior College

We wanted to end the week of fire-related news with a look back at last Saturday’s Day of Remembrance at Santa Rosa Junior College. Earlier in the week we heard from Sheriff Rob Giordano – but now let’s listen to the music and poetry that brought the audience of several hundred to tears… and to their feet repeatedly on a crystal clear and warm fall day. You’ll hear MC Pat Kerrigan of KSRO and young poet Vicente Reyes of Mark West Charter School.

Community gathering to remember those who we have lost, celebrate community heroes, and support neighbors in need

SANTA ROSA, CA – Over the past several weeks, we have seen the very best of our county come through during the worst of the terrible fire storm we experienced: our resilience, strength, and grit; kindness, decency, and generosity; and above all, our essential humanity.

Santa Rosa Junior College Town Hall on DACA
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Yesterday we heard from Congressman Mike Thompson, at a town hall he co-hosted on immigration at Santa Rosa Junior College last week. Today we hear from others at the forum, called to support students struggling to respond to President Trump’s dismantling of DACA, the program that allows young men and women brought to this country as children to work and study here without fear of deportation. First up, Alegría de la Cruz, chief deputy county counsel for Sonoma County.

Mike Thompson, Jared Huffman
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On September 20, Santa Rosa Junior College hosted a town hall on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), with elected officials and representatives from groups who aid young immigrant “dreamers.” Those registered to work or study under DACA are living with uncertainty since President Trump upended their lives in early September by saying the program would end. He has since said that there's an agreement with Democrats to continue the program, but neither side has released details. Our story begins with the Vice President of Student Services at SRJC, Pedro Avila.

Santa Rosa Junior College Town Hall
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Wednesday, September 20, a full house at the Santa Rosa Junior College Bertolini Student Center welcomed Congress members Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman, and Assembly member Jim Wood, representatives from SRJC, the county and the legal community and student activists to a forum on DACA. 

Solar Eclipse
NASA

The countdown is on. On August 21, the total solar eclipse will darken a swath of the country. Forward-looking enthusiasts have booked up most of the hotel rooms and campsites  in the eclipse’s path. Reporter Steve Mencher talked with a local expert about what you’ll see if you’re staying home.

More on the eclipse, from NASA.

NASA visual aid on solar eclipse
NASA

Laura Sparks, an astronomy instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, and chair of the Earth and Space Sciences Department, visited us for a chat about the August 21 eclipse. We'll have that story soon on the North Bay Report.

While she was here, she warned listeners about counterfeit eclipse glasses. Since it's crucial that you protect your eyes while looking at the eclipse, using these non-approved glasses could result in injury, so we are posting this information immediately.

This month on Outbeat News In Depth, Greg Miraglia talks with Prop 8 plaintiff Kris Perry and Sandy Stier about how they met and their experience being the faces and name of California’s marriage equality case that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.  We’ll also share information about the new LGBT literature course being offered at Santa Rosa JC this fall.  

Listen to Outbeat Radio every Sunday night at 8:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

 

Jordan D. Schnitzer
Photo credit: Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services

Sunday, April 5th at 10am:
 

Tune in for Curtain Call at its new time, Sunday morning at 10, when your host, Charles Sepos, chats first with art collector and philanthropist, Jordan Schnitzer. They talk about the exhibition “Andy Warhol to Kara Walker: Picturing the Iconic,” opening April 10th at the newly expanded Art Museum of Sonoma County.