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Articles Published in February, 2015

‘When My Brother Comes’ - New Regs Could Discourage Prison Visits

Ed. Note: A new set of California regulations aimed at ferreting out contraband in state prisons threatens to discourage visits to family or friends behind bars. The regulations – which require visitors of all ages to submit to a canine and/or strip search – will become permanent this year barring a reversal by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Criminal justice advocates fear the regulations could deter visits they say are central to lowering recidivism rates. Fresno native Tou Vang, 40, spent 20 years locked up and says routine visits from his brother helped him “feel part of society,” easing the transition to life outside.

Baylingual: Remembering Bay Area Legend "The Jacka"

On February 2nd, I was having a conversation with some of the homies about Bay Area Hip Hop Artists that got taken from us. There was Pac, Mac Dre, Coughnut, and Charisma to name a few. The very same night we had this conversation, coincidently The Jacka was taken from us in a tragic shooting in Oakland. I grew up listening to this guy, I met this guy, and it's just a sad day in The Bay, a sad day in America.

East Palo Alto and The Crack Epidemic That Tried to Kill the Black Family

Author's Note: My grandmother came to California in 1954 to escape the racism of the South not knowing that the “Crack Epidemic” would be more damaging to her and her offspring than the overt racism she fled. My grandmother is now 87 years and can look upon five generations of children. As I write, I have to try not to cry as I look at the damage on what the drugging of my community has done to my family and to myself.

Sonido Clash, Takes Away Your Worries this Valentine's with QUITAPENAS

Silicon Valley Collective SONIDO CLASH kicks off 2015 with a special line-up of artists. Dust off your dancing shoes and crease up your finest threads for a Valentine's Eve/Friday the 13th show.

Indigenous Bloc Leads One of The Largest Climate Change Marches Together In Oakland

Native Americans and Pacific Islanders marched together this past weekend in one of the largest Climate Change marches in Oakland. Sending a message to Governor Brown to ban fracking in California, connecting fracking to climate change and the waters rising in the Pacific Ocean while islands go under sea.

Rellenials: Digital Snippets of Generation Y and The Beggining of the Visual DJ

You ever wonder what is floating in the brains of Generation Y? You ever heard of a visual DJ? Daniel Zapien describes how he created 'Rellenials' as a way to explain what he sees when he hears music.

therethere and SV De-Bug Collab

De-Bug is happy to announce we are the featured Nonprofit of the Month at therethere! For the entire month of February, 10% of therethere web sales will help support De-Bug’s work. Also, if you use the special De-Bug code: TTSV15 on their website, you can get 30% of your purchase. So buy a shirt, rep San Jose love, and support De-Bug!

Family Secrets Travel With You: A Review of Sandip Roy's Debut Novel 'Don't Let Him Know'

After living in the US for twenty years, writer Sandip Roy currently based in Calcutta has dropped his long awaited novel, "Don't Let Him Know" following the story and secrets of an Indian family's migration.

Moments on Tour - Broke The Emcee: The Opening Act who Brought More

Daniel Zapien got a taste of tour life with up and coming rappers from the Bay Area and beyond. As the photographer on The Winter Fresh Tour, he captured moments with his lens and describes how he got to know each of the artists as they traveled up and down the west coast. This is the first of his series on moments from tour life.

The New Great Migration: What's Pushing the Bay Area to Los Angeles?

Writer Hector Gonzalez sees a growing trend of Bay Area folks in their late 20’s and early 30’s moving to L.A., he cites the cost of living in the Bay Area as well as the abundant opportunity in L.A. as motivators for the move.
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