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Now is the Time for Courage

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 relays that creating peace in our lives takes courage.

California Gang Database Exposed

After a blistering state audit of the CalGang database showing the law enforcement tool is riddled with mistakes and unsubstantiated claims, the state assembly passed a measure to create some oversight and accountability mechanisms. Author J.M. Valle writes it is an important step in a long road ahead to eliminate the criminalization of youth of color in California.

Like Colin Kaepernick, I Might Sit Down Too

A sports fan who both loves the United States as well as deplores its "ugly underbelly," Sajid Khan has often felt torn while sitting at Cal, Warriors, A's, and 49er games he attends. When the anthem starts, he has stood, but not sung, or placed his hand over his heart, as a way to strike a balance. But he writes, emboldened by Colin Kaepernick, he too might sit down.

Pop Up Editorial at Teatro Visión's Macario Rehearsal

De-Bug joined Teatro Vision's first rehearsal of the 4th annual production of Macario, a Day of the Dead tradition based on B. Traven's novel of a poor woodcutter who dreams of a day without hunger and is caught at a crossroads when his dream finally comes true. The play is also an opportunity to highlight food justice and the organizations in the area who are working to end hunger.

Origami Mamí - Making Paper Cranes to Relieve Anxiety

She was diagnosed with Clinical Depression and General Anxiety Disorder in 2012. To relieve symptoms of the anxiety she started to keep her hands busy with what she had available; the result is the tiniest of arts: origami minis. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, General Anxiety Disorder affects 6.8 million adults in the US, women are twice as likely to be affected as men, and nearly half of the people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Fear and Loathing in Politics – Snake Oil Salesman Revivalist, a 80's Disaster Film Review

In a fictionalized film review of real events, M. Jimenez writes a narrative recounting a campaign trail of how people so easily surrender freedom for lies under the guise of politics. Ultimately, he is a voice of the marginalized, “I am an immigrant; I must believe there is a place for me, here, even if it is speaking against the lies they tell about me, or my kind.”

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.

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.

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.

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.
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