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Renters Rally at First Advisory Committee Meeting to Revise San José’s Rent Ordinance

Last week tenants and housing rights organizations across the Bay Area organized coordinated actions in Mountain View, San Mateo, Redwood City, Burlingame, Oakland, Alameda, San Francisco, Fremont and San Jose to spotlight the crisis felt by tens of thousands of families being pushed out of their homes. In San Jose tenants gathered at the first meeting of an advisory committee approved by San Jose City Council to consult the Council on revising the City's current ordinance.

San Jose Joins National Pink Out Day After Republicans Push to Defund Planned Parenthood

With the House of Representatives pushing to defund Planned Parenthood, a national non-profit organization that provides health services and is used by close to 3 million Americans, San Jose residents joined the first-ever national Pink Out Day to support Planned Parenthood and reproductive freedom. Check out what folks had to say from the rally in front of a local Planned Parenthood clinic.

India's Anti-Gay Law made its way to San Jose with Prime Minister Modi's visit

Mohammed Shaik Hussain Ali is the chair of Trikone, the world's oldest organization for LGBT South Asians. When India's prime minister Narenda Modi made a recent visit to San Jose, Hussain and his friends went to protest peacefully against a anti-gay law in India known as Section 377. There he learned, that the law he felt in India had a following here in the US.

The ‘Torment of Isolation’ – Ending Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

After years of litigation and protests, earlier this month California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation agreed to drastically reduce the use of solitary confinement in state prisons. But as prison and human rights advocates celebrated the victory, the legislature put on hold a bill that would have curbed the practice in the state’s juvenile detention facilities.

The Broken Man of the Silicon Valley

Emerald Ip had just left a San Jose City Council meeting where she spoke about the need for stable housing and shared that she had been left without a roof over her head after her SJSU admission was rescinded, when an interaction at the bus stop left her asking, what are we really innovating here in Silicon Valley? At the bus stop outside city hall, Ip and a friend turn a good deed into an impromptu interview with a man who could have been anyone - a man chewed up, spit out and forgotten by Silicon Valley.

Engage, Educate, and Empower: Art Is The Way To Learn

Patrice Milillo is an arts educator who has traveled the world talking with communities on the effect of arts and learning. He writes in this piece about education, "properly applied, the arts cultivate positive habits of mind such as observation, exploration, persistence, understanding, envisioning new possibilities, and reflection."

San Jose's Latino Sound Party Crew Holds Strong For a Sixth Year Through Downtown Changes

With changes in the nightlife of downtown San José, one crew holds strong to Downtown's original roots: a party for everyone. When a lot of locals feel unwanted in local clubs, Sonido Clash enters their 6th year of keeping downtown San Jose classic and inclusive.

No Sympathy for Those Labeled "Violent Criminal"

Tim Casarez writes from an inside view about the continuing push for reforming the criminal justice system and believes that more than merely punishing offenders labeled as "violent" they should be urged toward reform and earn their release. It is time for a change of thought toward incarceration, he says, the proposed reforms don't go far enough.

Local Government Public Meetings Should Allow Public to Feel Heard

Writer Shaunn Cartwright describes exercising her civic responsibilities this past Tuesday to weigh in on important issues at both San Jose City Hall and the County Board of Supervisors meeting. She describes frustrations that many share during public comment and contrasts leadership styles that leave some folks heard and others feeling barely tolerated.

Imagine SJ Showcase RECAP # 2 "San José Food + Drink"

A collaboration between Future Arts Now! and Kooltura Marketing, the ImagineSJ Showcase is a monthly event series that provides a platform for San Jose’s newest most innovative thinking, whether it be in the arts, technology, non-profit or small business. Through performances, presentations, and interactive audience engagement activities, the ImagineSJ Showcase creates a public platform for the introduction of new ideas and great thinking that San Jose needs to know about.
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