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.