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My Son is an American Veteran Who is Abused in an American Jail

When his son became incarcerated in the Santa Clara County Jail, he assumed the jail would be progressive given its Bay Area location. But after seeing his son shackled and suffering mentally and physically from the treatment by correctional officers, he sees the jail as a disturbing and dangerous place to house someone who hasn't even ben convicted of a crime. There are an estimated 181,000 veterans currently incarcerated nationally.

How a Teacher and DACA Recipient Gathers his Classroom After Elections

Fearing that next year he might not even be a teacher anymore, Cesar Juarez holds space for his high school students to reflect together following the Presidential Election results.

A DACA Recipient's Horrified Viewing of a Trump Election

Cecilia Chavez never imagined that Donald Trump could be elected President of the United States. Here she chronicles what last night looked and felt like to a DACA recipient, a mom, and a mixed status family.

Poem To Celeste Guap and the Millions of Other Girls & Womyn on Mother Earth

Inspired to reach out to not only the young woman at the center of the Oakland sex trafficking scandal, but to other women survivors of all types of assaults Jocelin wrote this piece as a letter to all Womyn from the voices of all Womyn.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.
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