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Articles Published in August, 2016

SJPD Current Body-Worn Camera Policy Allows Police to Police Themselves

Former San Jose Independent Police Auditor Judge LaDoris Cordell highlights concerns with SJPD's current policies on body-worn cameras that can lead to more distrust and suspicion, loosing the opportunity for accountability from both police and citizens. This piece was written for the publication.

Inspired by Baldwin, an Ethnic Studies Teacher is Ready to Take On A Second Year

With a new school year only weeks away, a new teacher finds himself anticipating and preparing to not only learn about his student's concerns over current world problems, but to deliver an education experience that reflects students of color and moves them to participate in the process of liberation.

Pop Up Editorial: Mothers Advocate for Youth Protections During Police Interrogations

Vero's 14-year-old son was taken from her home at five in the morning by arresting officers. For ten hours, she was not allowed to see or be present with her son while he was held in interrogation. SB 1052, a bill that would protect youth's Miranda rights in police interrogations, would require that before Vero's son was even interrogated, defense counsel would be present to explain his rights – and exactly what he would be giving up should he decide to continue with interrogation. Putting an adult into the situation whose sole interest was in the child would have alleviated Vero's concerns. A caravan of mothers who make up the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project met with legislators to advocate for this important change and share their own similar experiences.

A San Jose Protest Against Police Violence in Five Acts

On a recent Sunday, people gathered in Downtown San Jose to protest police violence and remember the lives of those lost at the hands of the police. That same day, others were gathering to mourn the lives of police officers killed in the line of duty. This is the experience from one of the protesters present.

Move Through Fear to Inspire

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. In this edition, the Dance of Peace participated in a youth algebra camp, bringing a much welcomed break from calculations!

An Interview with the Duo Who Brings You East San Jose's Snaughty & Friends Art Shows

Coming straight out of East San José, Dacia Ramos and Everardo Moran Casas have given birth to a new D.I.Y based movement bringing together artists of all mediums to showcase their talents. Read the interview Jose Govea and Crystal Cisneros-Villa collaborated on.

I'm a Brown, Unashamed, 32-Year-Old Pokémon Master in the Making (Don't Hate)

Angel Luna remembers the first time he watched Pokémon as a kid. Now as an adult, he reflects on how that excitement he first felt has shifted to a high respect of processing the connections made playing in real life through augmented reality with the Pokémon Go app game.

Race, Privilege, and Recall: How the Campaign Against Judge Persky Makes Our System Even More Unfair

Authors Akiva Friedlin and Emi Young point out how the recall campaign of Judge Persky has been constructed by distortions of the law and misleading arguments. For example, the current critique of Persky by the campaign is that immigration consequences of a defendant was considered in how the case was resolved in a plea deal. Yet the consideration of immigration consequences has been codified by law, legislation, policies of District Attorney offices, and of course the immigrant rights movement.

Sowing Seeds Among the Silicon - A Free 3-Day Youth Arts & Music Program

Think and Die Thinking is a collective that organizes DIY events and programs for all ages that are youth-affordable and accessible. This labor day weekend they are putting together a pilot youth arts and music project. Read the interview with Bean Tupou to learn how you can get involved.

Connecting Mind, Body and the Earth

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventure’s 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. In this edition the Dancer of Peace encourages us to harmonize with our mother earth and she visited Santa Clara University to encourage the dreams of our youth.
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