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Articles Published in December, 2015

This Week in Peace, A Column by San Jose's Peace Dancer

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of a champion – one, Khalilah Ramirez, Dancer of Peace. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. The Dance of Peace is performance art designed for one purpose: Peace in every heart. It is meant to engage people. It functions to start a dialogue about peace. It exists to do and be art and to introduce the bright and shining energy of peace to all who are watching. Bringing awkwardness and then dissolving it in an instant.

'They Call Us Terrorists' - Muslim Students Bullied in California Schools

With the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino the Muslim community is feeling the backlash - from the presidential candidate Donald Trump proposing anti-Muslim laws to the rise in individual attacks of people who are Muslim or are perceived to be Muslim. Michael Lozano sits down with Muslim youth to talk about what's happening to them at school.

An Open Letter to the San Jose City Council and Santa Clara Board of Supervisors

Following an unprecedented vote by San Jose City council to approve sanctioned campsites for the homeless, the County Board of Supervisors now has the final say on moving forward. Writer, Shaunn Cartwright, urges them to do what is morally right.

'Tis the Season...' Children Affected By Deportation Write Letters to the Board of Supervisors

In the spirit of the holiday season, this past Dec. 11th children wrote "Dear Supervisor" letters to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. The children wrote to ask the board to refrain from proposing harmful policies that entangle ICE with local law enforcement and create stress and worry in our families. This action was part of the FIRE Coalition's ongoing work to ensure that local jails will not respond to ICE's detainer or notification requests.

Will You Choose Happiness?

This Week in Peace is a weekly column chronicling the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. The Dance of Peace is performance art designed for one purpose: Peace in every heart. This week's performance had Khalilah reflecting on our ability to transform suffering by taking action.

Peace in Every Heart this Christmas

This Week in Peace is a weekly column chronicling the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. Khalilah sends blessings of peace this holiday season and writes about how her last performance helped create peace in every heart watching and how you can start your own simple practice.

Aram James: Questions for Palo Alto Police Regarding the Christmas Day Officer Involved Shooting Death

On December 25th, 2015, Palo Alto Police shot and killed a 31-yer-old man near or on the premises of a mental health hospital. The department has not shared critical information regarding the incident, but Palo Alto resident and civil rights advocate Aram James has submitted a series of questions to the department -- several requiring an answer within an alotted time due to requirements of a California Public Records Act request. Here are those questions.

The Sacred and Familiar in the Forthcoming "Knowing Your Worth" Zine

Sara Gonzalez from Pilsen, Chicago and Rich Gutierrez out of San Jose, California have put together a people of color portrait series with folks from both cities answering the question: What people, places, or things in your life create worth within you? This Friday January 1st is the West Coast zine release show “Knowing Your Worth” in Oakland and the pair invited us in on the inspiration behind the project and the significance of connecting with each other's stories.

By the End of 2015, De-Bug Families Have Saved 2,570 Years from Incarceration

As 2015 ends, we have updated our Time Saved count from families and communities advocating for loved ones in the court process. At the beginning of the year we had 1,862 years, and by December, families have prevented 2,570 years of incarceration! Check out the videos and links below to meet some of the people behind the numbers.

Friendship is Universal

This Week in Peace is a weekly column chronicling the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week's performances brought with them the theme of friendship and reflections on what gifts friends really are.
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