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Dear Friends of the Urban League,
The last couple of weeks have proved difficult for many, many Sacramentans as we continue to grapple with the shooting and killing of Stephon Clark by police. My heart continues to weep for the family and friends of Stephon and all those affected by his death. He was an unarmed, African American man - a story that is too often played over and over in the United States. People, especially young people, in our community and across our country are grieving in ways that are both private and public. I personally respect all forms and, it is my sincere hope that we all continue to respect and provide the space for people to express their grief and sorrow. 

Since this tragic incident happened, it has weighed on my heart day in and day out. Today, I personally attended Stephon’s funeral and witnessed not only the pain and grief of his family but of people who came to the funeral from as far as Los Angeles. I can tell you that as a mother and a grandmother, it’s tough to wrap my head around the idea of burying a 22-year old, father of two as a result of what I believe to be an unnecessary act. The killings of unarmed Black people by police officers must stop.

As we all continue to hurt and begin to heal, I want to make sure that Stephon’s death is not in vain and that we transform this moment to a movement with a shared vision of proactive investment and radical transformation for Black communities. Last week, GSUL joined Sierra Health Foundation, SacACT, Sistallect, South Sacramento Christian Center, NAACP and Voice of the Youth to form the “Build. Black.” Initiative for collective local action. Build. Black. Initiative is  made up of activists, community organizations, youth advocates, faith leaders and those fighting for equity. Build. Black. Initiative will focus on a) uplifting Black youth voices; b) health equity and access; c) justice and policing in black communities; and d) investment in black neighborhoods and businesses.

The effort to support and lift up the Black youth begins this Friday, March 30 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, when Sacramento Kings players Vince Carter, Garrett Temple and Kings Legend Doug Christie will join Kings and Queens Rise: A Youth Voice Forum for Healing at the South Sacramento Christian Center. Let’s start the healing with our youth and Build. Black.

Cassandra H.B. Jennings
President & CEO, Greater Sacramento Urban League
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Success at the Diversity Job Fair!
This year, GSUL had an outstanding showing of employers and prospective employees at our annual Diversity Job Fair. The event, held on March 8 at the Sacramento Convention Center, is a critical mechanism for achieving our mission of supporting community members to achieve economic self-reliance. Over 50 local and regional Sacramento area employers participated, which represented a diverse array of organizations from law enforcement, staffing agencies, education, and other public and private organizations.

The Convention Center was abuzz from beginning to end, with eager job seekers arriving early, prepared to dazzle and impress prospective employers. The Fair attracted over 500 job seekers. Feedback for the event was overwhelmingly positive, with many employers noting the wonderful quality of applicants they had the opportunity of engaging with. Many hours of work and dedication went into ensuring the job fair was a success! We are proud to foster great connections and are hopeful for the continued success of our community members.

We are grateful and thankful for those who participated in and supported the 2018 Diversity Job Fair, with special recognition to all of the employers who participated.

We hope to see you all again next year! Keep an eye out for more information at our website (


Indivizible returns as the Oak Park Speaker Series
Back by popular demand, the Indivizible Speaker Series returns as the new Oak Park Speaker Series! Presented by Underground Books and the Greater Sacramento Urban League, the 4-part speaker series features prominent African American leaders on the topics of education, politics and economics. 

During this critical time of social justice awareness, the speaker series brings together Sacramento's African American community to discuss issues facing our city, state and nation. 

The premier event will take place on Wednesday, May 9 at 6pm with political commentator Roland Martin. Please be sure to arrive early, as seating will be limited. Tickets for individual events and the entire series are available by visiting Underground Books, or the Oak Park Speaker Series website.  

A book signing will take place immediately following each event for those who purchase copies from Underground Books.

Free admission for students who have GPA of 3.0 + (Must bring a current report card).

All tickets are tax deductible. 

Higher Heights: Destination Volunteers of America
This month, we are revisiting one of our recent graduates, Patricia Holmes. We highlighted Patricia last year as she finally completed her high school diploma after years away from school. Patricia was always a success despite her frustration in returning to school and her struggles with math. However, Patricia’s resilience carried her through and she earned her diploma in September 2017.

This was just the beginning for Patricia. We are proud to report that since earning her high school diploma, Patricia has blossomed in leadership and confidence. She gained employment at Volunteers of America shortly after graduation working with the homeless and displaced community in the area. With her bright smile and fun-loving personality, she quickly became one of the most beloved employees there.  Recently, Patricia was promoted to Case Manager! She now supervises her own caseload of displaced community members in Sacramento. In addition, she is attending community college. Moreover, Patricia is one of the highest-performing students in her math class!

Patricia’s journey embodies everything important and meaningful about what we strive to accomplish at Higher Heights Adult School. Our goal is not just to help students earn their diplomas, it is to instill valuable skills, leadership, and confidence in our students so that they can go on and achieve wondrous things. We celebrate you, Patricia! 

Let's R.E.V. up the VOTE!
Starting in 2018, Sacramento County will be one of the first counties in the state to implement the Voter's Choice Act (VCA): a new law that expands voters’ choices as to where, when, and how to vote. All registered voters will receive their ballot in the mail a month before the election. Instead of going to their old polling places, they will have 3 choices for how to vote:
(1) Vote by Mail starting as soon as their ballot is received. 

(2) Ballot Drop Off at any of the County’s 52 secure drop off sites. No postage is required for ballots delivered to drop off sites.

(3) Vote Centers for in-person voting, helpful assistance, and same-day registration and voting. There will be 16 Vote Centers open starting 10 days before the election and then a total of 78 open Saturday before the election through Election Day.

The Greater Sacramento Urban League will be operating as 1 of the 16 Vote Centers. Community engagement is essential to prepare voters for the big changes ahead. Our collective goal is to make sure underrepresented communities and voters with disabilities are aware of the new changes taking place. We are looking for organizations to join us in educating and reaching out to underserved communities and communities of color. Also, we will come and share or coordinate someone to come and present to your organization. We invite you to join our R.E.V Up the VOTE initiative.

Through this grass-roots collective of organizations, families and individuals we can R.E.V. Up the VOTE

If you have any questions, please contact Darsey Varnedoe Jr at 

Please Join Us!    


The Oak Park Walks will start and end at the host churches. The list is included below. In addition, please feel free to visit our calendar on our website at at any time to confirm the starting point location.
  • March 30, 2018 - New Hope Baptist Church - 3700 32nd St.
Upcoming Events:

April 26, 2018: GSUL's 2018 Unity Ball

May 26, 2018-June 5, 2018: GSUL as a Vote Center

For more information, please visit or call 916.286.8600
3725 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95838
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