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Articles Published in March, 2016

VIDEO: Families Who've Been Torn By Police Shootings Are Uniting For Justice

"The club that no one wants to be in", Laurie Valdez said at the event and anniversary of 2 loved ones lost from police shootings. Other families who've also lost loved ones came to remember them as elders, youth, community organizers joined them to hear their stories and the necessary steps to justice.

San Jose State University: From Progress to Bigotry

In an open letter to San Jose State University, Alyx Goodwin says SJSU continues to ignore Black students and encourages an environment of bigotry. She recounts her first experience of Black activism and organizing at SJSU. However, with SJSU's silence following the recent verdict to not charge 3 white SJSU students with hate crimes after they repeatedly harassed fellow student, Donald Williams, Jr., by calling him "three-fifths"and placing a bike lock over his neck... The university that once represented progress to Alyx, and many others, now feels very different.

A Reminder to Awaken the Rhythm of Your Own Personal Dance

This Week in Peace chronicles 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. Earlier this week the Dance of Peace closed out Black History Month with a special celebration at Yahoo! with a reminder of how dance naturally elevates us into feeling freedom and joy

Cinequest: The Coolest Thing You're Not Doing

Demone Carter writes on one of San Jose's biggest festivals that happens in the quietest theatres in downtown, the Cinequest Film Festival has been around for more than a decade now. Check out what your missing at this year's festival.

East Side High School Students Unhappy With Mayor Liccardo's State of The City Address

Overfelt High School's Student group, "Curious Minds" called attention to gentrification at last Saturday’s State of the City Address hosted by their high school. While waving huge posters that were unavoidable to the Mayor Liccardo's eyes as he spoke, he did not acknowledge the concerns they held up, big and bright. Words that read, " Your Luxury is Our Displacement" and "Is this not also our home?" were issues students were pushing but were never brought up in his address.

Even the Mundane Mingles with the Spirit of Peace

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, the column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week the Dance of Peace joined in a celebration of culture at San Jose State's International House and this gave way to sharing personal experiences on kindness to strangers and even other species.

No Way Out of My Miserable Apartment

Delina Garcia should be a success story, instead she is struggling to get out of a terrible apartment in San Jose infested with roaches and bedbugs, and her story is not unique. After being homeless she secured a full time job, was able to get into an apartment, but the available resources to alleviate her situation and ensure she and her daughter live in a healthy and safe environment - code enforcement, legal help, even going to our local congressperson – have failed her.

Phife Dawg’s Passing Marks The End of an Era

The hip hop world just lost one of the greats yesterday, Malik Isaac Taylor aka emcee Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest lost his battle with his health. Demone Carter, the 2016 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate writes on what his life meant to him, from emcee to emcee.

More Resources for San Jose Tenants with New Legal Clinic

San Jose tenants have a new monthly renter's legal clinic every fourth Thursday of the month at Sacred Heart Community Service. Read about what coordinator Evelina Nava has encountered with tenants already and the importance of tenants learning about their rights.

"Fight for Him, When He No Longer Can" -- Sister of Man Killed in Santa Clara County Jail Compels County to Act

Shannon Tyree, sister to the late Michael Tyree, who died while in the custody of the Santa Clara County Jail, submits a compelling letter from her home in New York to the Blue Ribbon Commission that is charged with making recommendations to improve jail conditions. The commission was formed after the death of Michael Tyree, in which three correctional officers were charged with murdering him. In her letter, she says Michael would be "stunned by how many people are now with him" and that "Santa Clara County has an opportunity to make change that can reverberate in jails across the nation."
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