Community gathers for soul food barbecue in Sacramento

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“Stop the violence” is the message organizers hope to spread by bringing together the Del Paso Heights neighborhood in Sacramento for a soul food barbecue. People gathered on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. “An event like this helps because it creates unity,” said Samuel Kinsey, one of the event organizers. The barbecue is an annual gathering in the community, but, Kinsey said, organizers wanted it to include the theme of “stopping the violence” this year. help stop it,” Kinsey said. Gloria Vice volunteered her time, serving food to those who showed up.” We need to give to young people so we can bring young people together to show them that there are other ways to have fun than killing because that’s all they do now. They just kill each other and hurt each other. No, we have to bring it back to the community,” Vice said. When she talks about people changing their lives, she talks about “When I got my first drugs, I rushed here to the heights. So I know what it’s like because I lost all my 20 and 30 years in prison, but now I’m working for the state, 17,” Vice said. She explained that she works as a caregiver for the elderly. “Don’t say because you went to jail you can’t change your life because I’m one of them who did,” she said. Kinsey said the barbecue is something he looks forward to every year, where he can reunite with old friends and make new ones.” This community means everything to me. I love this community,” Kinsey said.

“Stop the violence” is the message organizers hope to spread by bringing together the Del Paso Heights neighborhood in Sacramento for a soul food barbecue.

People gathered on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“An event like this helps because it creates unity,” said Samuel Kinsey, one of the event organizers.

It featured food and music at Del Paso Park near Del Paso Heights Elementary School. The barbecue is an annual gathering in the community, but, Kinsey said, organizers wanted it to include a “Stop the Violence” theme this year.

“The more we talk about it, the more awareness there is and the more people get involved in helping to stop it,” Kinsey said.

Gloria Vice volunteered her time, serving food to those who showed up.

“We have to give to young people so that we can bring young people together to show them that there are other ways to have fun than killing each other because that’s all they do now. They are just killing and hurting each other. No, we have to bring it back to the community,” Vice said.

When she talks about people changing their lives, she’s talking from experience.

“When I took my first drug I ran away here in the highlands. So I know what it’s like because I wasted my 20s and 30s in prison, but now I work for the state , 17,” Vice said.

She explained that she worked as a caregiver for the elderly.

“Don’t say because you went to jail you can’t change your life, because I’m one of them who did,” she said.

She said the key to this is surrounding yourself with the right people, which barbecue is all about making positive connections in the community.

Kinsey said the barbecue is something he looks forward to every year, where he can catch up with old friends and make new ones.

“This community means everything to me. I love this community,” Kinsey said.

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