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Articles Published in October, 2016

Welcome Life and be Amazed - The Dance of Peace in the South

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, Khalilah relays her travels to Louisiana and Texas.

How a Vato Fell in Love With Hockey

For this humble vato from West San Jose, there’s nothing better than when his two favorite things about San Jo come together every night at Rollin’ Ice, the local roller hockey rink: the gente of all backgrounds who live here and our hockey loving community.

Filipino American History Coming Full Circle

October is Filipino American History Month and Jaki Joanino reflects on what this time means to her and shares the legacies of Filipinos in the United States. She is part of the next generation carrying the torch in the continued fight for civil rights and social justice.

Peace Is At Our Fingertips

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, Khalilah relates bringing the spirit of peace to one of the places with the most organized chaos - an airport.

A Letter to Young Folks About Voting This November

From a recent conversation where young people where either too young to vote and following the election to a newly registered voter uncertain of whether to vote or not, Diane Solomon was inspired to reach out with a letter to young folks about their impact on the future of California at the voting booth.

Why Does Incarceration = Dehumanization?

Reflecting upon a historic hunger strike of inmates in the Santa Clara County jail who were protesting conditions such as solitary confinement, public defender Sajid Khan writes, "Our country’s jail and incarceration infrastructure is fundamentally inhumane and flawed."

Native Circle at Valley State Prison Send Support For Standing Rock Warriors With Free Posters

The Native Circle at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla send their thoughts and prayers to all those protecting water in North Dakota, Standing Rock from the Dakota access oil pipeline. Anyone can download copies of the poster they created here.

This Week In Peace: It's Up to Us

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, Khalilah Ramirez brings us more knowledge and good energy for the week with a reflection of how we can keep peace with the decisions we make.

Prop 57 Offers Hope, Opportunity to CA Youth

A note from the writer: As a formerly incarcerated woman and now a criminal justice reform activist, I was overwhelmed with emotion when I first read about Proposition 57. I immediately thought of my older brother, who at 17 was sentenced as an adult to life in prison. When I lost him to the system, I also lost a part of myself. My life was forever changed. It’s an experience that George Galvis, the executive director of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), and Frankie Guzman, the Juvenile Justice Staff Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law, know all too well. The pair formed part of a team that drafted the legislation and say it will overturn decades of CA policy that criminalize youth.
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