This past week I went with a 10-attorney contingent from the Bay Area to provide pro-bono legal services for a week in an immigration detention center in Artesia, New Mexico that holds between 400-500 women and children who were detained in the border refugee crisis this summer. Our primary purpose was to represent women and children in bond and asylum cases in this remote facility. We are all still unpacking the experience.
Below is the letter De-Bug submitted to the San Jose City Council who will be voting Tuesday October 21st on whether or not they want to support Proposition 47 -- which would reduce certain felonies to misdemeanors and re-invest savings to school, mental health, and drug treatment programs. Below the letter is emails and phone numbers of council offices. We ask you to call or write your councilperson to express your perspective on Proposition 47.
5th Annual Día de Los Muertos Festival! Saturday October 25th from 11am to 6pm at St. James Park. Free and open to the public + The first ever Dia de los Muertos Taco Major League Eating Contest. Opening night reception at SJ City Hall Rotunda October 23, 2014
Two weeks ago, I performed at an event inside Juvenile Hall, including two departments on lockdown. While inside, a Youth Counselor passed along to me two poems a young inmate had written. Later that week, I received a letter from the young man who wrote the poems. He explained how writing helps him get through these most difficult times in his life and how he has aspirations of becoming a great writer. Now, with these poems, this young man has become a published writer. -- These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors. (Post by Andrew)
Spent this morning in a beautiful sunrise ceremony on Alcatraz celebrating the Ohlone Natives of this Bay Area land and the indigenous people across the world.
Writer Hector Gonzalez tells us about his politics through his experience and why he doesn't identify with a Republican nor a Liberal.
Starting this month, Santa Clara Juvenile Hall staff will be allowed to use pepper spray on youth. The policy was not vetted through public discussion, but rather was negotiated in by the Probation Peace Officers Union. The Mercury News reports concerns from advocates, experts, and judges. De-Bug asked San Jose teenagers their thoughts. Below are a sampling of responses we recieved from youth from San Jose high schools and probation programs through our running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors. (Graphic by AD Avila)
AD Avila had one week to come up with a 5 minute video that would be entered in the Campus MovieFest at San José State University. The doc, which won the Spartan Pride Award, is about becoming documented and returning to school after 10 years.
San Jose artist Cola has been working hard on his album "NoSuchThing" for a little under a year, and this video is an introduction to what is about to drop on Oct. 21st, 2014. With music produced by Merc, and visuals by Zeroscope, this wavy video will leave you asking for more.
A band that makes the Bay Area and all the great Soul music legends that ever lived proud, "Antique Naked Soul". Antique Naked Soul is an Oakland based independent beat-boxing band featuring singer/songwriter Antique, renown beat-boxer Tommy “Soulati” Shepherd and two singers Jayme Brown and N’gala McCoy.
G$ writes a blog based on her unique daily experiences as an artists, organizer and journalist. Her multimedia blog also platforms the issues concerning the Pacific Islander community.
De-Bug High offers youth perspectives on the issue of the day.
Starting this month, Santa Clara Juvenile Hall staff will be allowed to use pepper spray ...
Jayadev, an organizer for the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project, shares his perspectives on current issues that impact the local Bay Area region.
De-Bug's Raj Jayadev was asked to write a piece for Equal Voices News about ...
We Speak Baylingual is a blog located on SVDe-Bug’s website. Its a weekly post of local music releases every Friday. It also contains a video series interviewing artist all over the bay area, about culture, community, and anything in depth with the interviewee called 'Baylingual’. Anything with music whether you know someone, you do music, or want a video done, profile written anything involving music.
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