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Category: Law & Justice

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.

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.

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.

Don't Judge Persky Decision, or Any Sentence, in a Vacuum

Before retiring as a public defender, Aram James handled thousands of probation violations. In his essay, he writes that to fully evaluate Judge Persky's sentence of Brock Turner, the public needs to account for what being on probation really means to those convicted of a crime.

San Jose Families Rally Together for #FreedomNow

San Jose families who lost loved ones to police violence, rallied together in solidarity with The Movement for Black Lives. Laurie Valdez, whose partner was killed by San Jose State Police has been a leader in reaching out to other families who have experienced the same unspeakable loss, so that they know that they do not walk the long road to justice alone.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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