During my fellowship I have been working with Cid Martinez, a dear friend and sociology professor at the University of San Diego. We have spent time interviewing community members, clergy, police, social workers and everyday people. Every time we go out the stories become more in depth and fascinating.
Carlos Javier Ortiz Field Notes project update: June 2018.Read More
Carlos Javier Ortiz, May 31, 2018:
Thus far, I’ve been to Sacramento five times to immerse myself in the community that is struggling to deal with the aftermath of Stephon Clark’s death. I am scheduled to return to the community at least twice in June 2018. I have scheduled meetings with advocates and activists including members of the clergy, Black Lives Matter, and police. The purpose of these meetings is to get a better understanding of the long standing tensions between low income and communities of color and the police. During the visits I conduct interviews, take field notes, record sound and video and take still images. The community has raised several themes including: long simmering tensions that have been typically ignored particularly between the police and low income minority communities; dismantling the negative effects of capitalism, poverty and homelessness in Sacramento; and making sure that Stephon’s death is not in vain.