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Articles Published in July, 2016

How Our Limited Options for “Justice” Around the Brock Turner Sentence Only Punishes Communities of Color

As a community organizer who works with families whose loved ones are facing the criminal court system, Charisse Domingo has sat through many sentencing hearings in Santa Clara County -- the same court system that housed Brock Turner's trial and sentence. But unlike the Turner case, the outrage at the court system she has repeatedly witnessed was about how punitive sentences tore apart the lives of families of color. In her essay, she writes that while she understands the impulse to recall Judge Persky as an effort to challenge white privilege in the courts, it will ironically only further increase incarceration rates in communities of color.

Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and San Jose: The Bay Area Reacts To Ongoing Police Violence

Within the past couple of days there has been an uproar of police violence and lives lost, from Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, Fullerton, and sadly right in our city of San Jose. Here are some photos from this week of folks showing up for justice for those who've lost their lives.

You Must Shine as You

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 past week, the Dance of Peace took part in the Rhythms of West Africa camp and got deep with the tiniest and most curios amongst us.

Pop Up Editorial: San Jose Students Rally Against Police Killings

On July 8th, high school students from East San Jose called for a march and protest in downtown to challenge police violence, nationally and locally. The latest victims of police violence include the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Anthony Nuñez, an 18 year-old who was killed in San Jose by police on July 4th. De-Bug held a "Pop Up Editorial" discussion with the youth on what motivated them to march, and what changes they are calling for. De-Bug's pop up editorials are our new method of bringing what's going on in our community to the forefront of media. Rather then people coming to us, we ask content-driven questions at gatherings where the community naturally convenes, and share what they produce through various media forms.

Stepping Out of the Pages of My Foremothers’ Violent History

A writer’s personal account of breaking a cycle of violence attached to love, of finding the inner strength to alter the course of her life and the coming story her own daughter will live and tell. One in three women in the United States have been victims of intimate violence in the United States, this number is approximately the same across race and ethnic groups, according to the National Latin@ Network! The number is also likely under reported.

The Night Dance Explores the Sights and Sounds of Our City After Dark

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 past week, The Dance of Peace explored the city at night, danced at Santana Row and is now also spreading the vibration of peace in Santa Cruz on Wednesday afternoons.

My Student the Police Killed — Anthony Nuñez

Last year, when De-Bug Art Director Adrian Avila was teaching art classes at an alternative school in San Jose, he met a young man that would help him carry supplies, crack jokes, and loved to rap. Then last week he saw pictures of his smiling student in his news feeds -- as a victim of a fatal police shooting. Here, Avila reflects on Anthony Nuñez as the student he got to meet doing art.

Oaxacan Teachers Fighting Education Refom - A History of Repression in Mexico

In Mexico the story of Oaxacan teachers protesting is not an incident, but rather a history of repression, explains Marco Jimenez. Last month a violent clash left an unconfirmed number of protesters dead and hundreds more injured. The ongoing fight for the free education of Mexico's poorest children is a battle that many have given their lives for as they attempt to halt education reforms that would effectively shutdown the much needed rural school system.

Who Created This Monster? A Comic Review of Trump's Campaign

As the Republican National Convention is underway and Trump's candidacy has unofficially been declared, illustrator Marco Jimenez and designer Quynh-Mai Nguyen present a comic commentary on his campaign.

Public Defenders Join Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones to Police Violence at San Jose #FreedomNow Action

On July 21st, San Jose joined a #FreedomNow national day of action with the Black Lives Matter movement. The rally held at City Hall was lead by families who had lost loved ones to police violence. Joining the action were Santa Clara County Public Defenders Jennifer Redding and Sajid Khan, who both spoke about racial injustices they say daily in the court system. Below are Khan's remarks to the crowd.
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