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SOUTH SACRAMENTO – As racial tension continues to cause division across the country, Common Ground, an Evangelical Covenant Church, is looking to unify the city’s diverse population. On Saturday, February 7, the South Sacramento-based church will host a community empowerment event, “Common Ground: A Community Growing Together.” The event will bring together members of the public, private and nonprofit sectors for a resource fair and arts festival. All are welcome to attend the free event, set to run 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Organizers say Sacramento, once named America’s most diverse city by Time Magazine, has a unique opportunity to be a model for the nation, demonstrating how residents from varied cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds can thrive as a community.

Situated on five acres in the Valley Hi area of Sacramento, Common Ground, previously Valley Hi Covenant Church, has been a leader in this collaborative effort since it began in the 1970s. In the past four decades, the area has transformed into a fully developed community with an ethnically diverse population, according to recent demographic figures:

  • 11,000 White residents
  • 16,000 Black residents
  • 16,000 Asian residents
  • 25,000 Hispanic or Latino residents

With this community event, Common Ground plans to establish itself as a place of community collaboration and a refuge for all people at a time of national strife.

“Over time, our nation’s leaders have had the chance but have failed to bring communities together to deal with the greater issues of race, poverty and the growing economic and cultural divide reflected in our neighbour today. This is our chance to make this right,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson after the grand jury’s decision not to indict New York City Police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July chokehold death of Eric Garner.

“Common Ground: A Community Growing Together” will allow Valley Hi and Sacramento residents to demonstrate that “common ground” can be found for all people through connection, collaboration and cultural empowerment.

Common Ground is located at 8355 Arroyo Vista Drive. For more information, go to www.commongroundcov.org or call (916) 689-3010.