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The Beautiful People: A Probation Youth Writes

The Beautiful People: A Probation Youth Writes

Briana, a young woman from one of the probation youth homes, writes a beautiful piece about beautiful people. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors.

The Anatomy of an 'Un-Organization': Explaining #DebugScience

The Anatomy of an 'Un-Organization': Explaining #DebugScience

De-Bug's Raj Jayadev was asked to write a piece for Equal Voices News about De-Bug's approach and philosophy. In an opinion essay, Raj cites the Spurs and Buddha.

 "No More Fences, Build Homes" -- High School Students Send Message to San Jose Officials

"No More Fences, Build Homes" -- High School Students Send Message to San Jose Officials

After drawing both local and national media attention, the City of San Jose recently started building fences around one of the largest homeless encampments in the nation known as "The Jungle" . A group of high school students, R.A.D(Regeneration Against Destruction), who volunteer to assist the homeless, decided to send a message opposing the City's fencing by making a sign posted around the encampment that reads, "No More Fences, Build Homes."

To My Loved Ones: Probation Youth Write

To My Loved Ones: Probation Youth Write

At the probation youth homes, youth are not allowed to leave on their own free will so they rely on visits from loved ones to stay in touch. We had conversation about how hard it was for them to not be able to see the ones that they love and we asked them to write about their loved ones. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors.

Leaving My Undocumented Life, Starting My College Life

Leaving My Undocumented Life, Starting My College Life

DeBug's own, Adrian Avila at San Jose State University. He made history as the first person in his whole family lineage to attend a 4 year University and has overcome all the struggles as an undocumented youngin' crossin the border with his mama, who raised him as a single mom and still able to be a successful artist, graphic designer, and business owner.

Bringing Social Biography Videos to Alabama to Reduce Charges and Sentences

Bringing Social Biography Videos to Alabama to Reduce Charges and Sentences

We recently had the opportunity to travel to a historic touchstone of the civil rights movement — Montgomery, Alabama — to work with and train six public defender offices in producing social biography videos to reduce charges and sentences.

PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Breaking Bread In Puerto Rico

PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Breaking Bread In Puerto Rico

I had a chance to travel to Puerto Rico recently with my "boo thang" for a week. Anytime I travel anywhere, I'm looking for connections to my homeland, an island on the other side of the ocean. If there's a chance to break bread and talk story with the local native families, then it beats out any "tourist'y" spot in my book any day.

San Jose: The #16 Coolest City To Live According To Forbes

San Jose: The #16 Coolest City To Live According To Forbes

Forbes magazine releases "The Coolest Cities to Live In" and San Jose and Los Angeles are tied at #16. Writer Hector Gonzalez, a longtime San Jose resident now living in Los Angeles, spits game about the real reasons the cities are cool and why Forbes got it wrong.

Six Months of Freedom

Six Months of Freedom

After spending 34 years in prison, Tom Dearmore has been "reborn" a free man. Read his unique perspective on life as he reflects in his first half year of freedom.

St. Louis Community Leader Jamala Rodgers: "We are All Mike Brown"

St. Louis Community Leader Jamala Rodgers: "We are All Mike Brown"

As a community organizer, Jamala Rogers been working to protect and provide opportunities to black and brown youth for decades in North St.Louis. In a reflection of Mike Brown's killing, the resulting protests, and the national spotlight on Ferguson, she writes that youth have seen the "ending of this movie" before. De-Bug had the great fortune to meet Rogers when were in St.Louis doing a social biography video for a capital case just weeks before the killing of Michael Brown. She was referred to us by locals as someone who could explain the political, social, and cultural realities of the city.

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