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Articles Published in March, 2015

The Only Affordable Place to Live in San José is My Car

Ed Note: San José is one of the least affordable cities to live in in the country - according to the National Association of Home Builders only 21% of San José’s households can afford to buy a median priced home versus the national average of 63%. According to the last count in 2013, there are 4,770 homeless people in San José, with the majority of those living outdoors, in parks, a car, or encampments. Yaveth reveals how he is one of those folks navigating the few options a lack of affordable housing in the land of plenty leaves. He spent a year and a half living out of his car after his family was forced to move to Tracy when they lost their San José home of 25 years to foreclosure. Only recently a friend convinced him to share the rent on a garage, he now has a regular place to rest his head, but without the owner of the home knowing there's another tenant.

Mujer Poem

This is a Throwback Thursday to kick off our women's history month features. International Women's Day is this Sunday March 8th, and with that present we share this poem written in the spirit of seeing that more unites us than what separates us.

Every Day Is Women’s Day for Observant Muslims

Christopher Patrick Nelson writes how his Muslim faith informs how women should be treated, and he brings the message forth on International Women's Day.

International Womyn's Day Celebration in East San Jose

Somos Mayfair and the Trinidad United Methodist Church in east San Jose opened their space up to the community for a celebration of International Women's Day. The South Bay International Womyn's Day Network brought families, girls and women of all ages together to celebrate, learn and dance!

How an IBM Developer Became Homeless and Turned into an Advocate

Robert Aguirre is an organizer and advocate for the Homeless in Silicon Valley and a dear friend of De-Bug. We have been blessed to be able to share his story and stand in solidarity with him as homelessness and housing issues continue to be one Silicon Valley's most pressing issues. Once affectionately called The Mayor of the Jungle, Robert's work has been impactful and his sincerity has been undeniable. Robert's story mirrors The Valley as he narrates his journey from small business owner to homeless, to a homeless advocate.

Mobile Libraries Provide Free Book Exchange in East San Jose

Parents in East San Jose are fostering a love of language and culture with mobile libraries set up in the Mayfair community.

Participatory Defense Headed to Philadelphia

On the 51st anniversary of the Gideon decision, the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project/De-Bug is participating in a forum and training at Arcadia University to introduce the nuts and bolts of participatory defense. Listen to the discussion on Philadelphia radio Power 99 FM to check out the energy coming out of Philly!

Photos and Reflections: Why Ferguson Shows The Need For A Court Accountability Movement

De-Bug was in Ferguson and neighboring municipalities last week as their courts faced national pressure from a scathing Department of Justice report. But we found the problem is not just in Ferguson. Read the reflection from Raj Jayadev, and view the photo profiles by Jean Melesaine, to meet the people who have bore the brunt of a predatory courts, and are becoming the movement to bring the injustice to an end. This piece first appeared in the Huffington Post.

Poetry: You are Dream

Continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month we bring you the poetry of local writer, Farah Gowani. Listen as she reads her poem, You are Dream, a poem that gives her much hope for men, women, children – everyone.

A Guerrilla Memorial for Tiburcio Vásquez on the Anniversary of His Hanging in San José’s St. James Park

A group of teatristas led by Luis ‘Xago’ Juarez, a professor at SJSU presented a short play in the form of a poem as a tribute to Tiburcio Vásquez on the 140th anniversary of his historic public hanging. American settlers portrayed Vásquez as a “thief”, a “murderer,” a “bandido” for actively resisting their newly established system, but for mexicanos and Chicanos he remains a hero.
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