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Photography Exhibit Entitled "Status Update" Depicts Change and Inequality in the Bay Area

The Bay Area is booming. Riding waves of tech innovation and venture capitalism, residents are speculating and accumulating faster than ever before. Yet, as some drive growth, others struggle to survive it. Anxieties about the rising costs of living abound. Rapid change can be invigorating, but it can also alienate and divide. Status Update emphasizes the perspectives of local and outside artists currently working in the region.

Veterans Day: Welcome Home Warriors

Dedicated to Henry Lincoln Johnson. Many challenges face our veterans returning from service, but perhaps the greatest challenge is being away from war and being home.

San Jose Domestic Violence Survivors Speak Out with Art and Community

The Reclaiming Ourselves Art Show was a night of celebration, of courage and holding space for survivors of domestic violence to share words that for some were the first time ever spoken to an audience.

What is Quality Representation in the Courts?

We recently had the honor of sharing our work and perspectives to a powerful group of social scientists, public defenders, and academics from across the country who came together through the National Science Foundation to discuss a profoundly important question for anyone concerned with justice: What is quality representation?  So to bring something to the table, we just asked people who come to our meetings for families who’s loved ones are facing the court system that basic question. Here is their responses.

Hopes For Home, While Reflecting From Juvenile Hall

Editor’s Note: I have been helping run workshops inside Santa Clara County’s Juvenile Hall over the past 6 months with a program called The Beat Within that generates a magazine every two weeks from writings coming from Juvenile Hall. The strength and resilience of these young people continue to amaze me with them being 14 to 18 years old. Below are some reflections from inside Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.

Using Cosplay to Get Through Anxiety

In the world of Cosplay short for "costume play", twenty-year-old Karina Perez found real relief from her anxiety, dressing up as fictional characters and becoming part of an open and loving community of cosplayers.

Why People All Over The US Are Writing #UndocuMoney On Their Cash

Donald Trump’s comments about undocumented immigrants have opened the door for racism to come out of the closet -- and remind us that it has always been there. But anyone interested in fact-checking his statements will find that they are just plain wrong, writes Karina Guadalupe highlighting the billions of dollars undocumented immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy.

Renter's Organizing Workshop in San Jose's District 7

Students from DeAnza College along with the Affordable Housing Network, and part of the Silicon Valley Renter's Coalition, presented a renter’s rights organizing workshop on Saturday, Oct. 17th - educating tenants on their rights and the need for stronger protections in San Jose's Apartment Rent Ordinance in a time when a quarter of families who rent in San Jose spend more than half their income on rent.

#WhenICECame Video Series: "Police Took Me Away In Front Of My 5 Year Old Son"

This is the second installment of the #WhenICECame video profile series of immigrants in Santa Clara County caught in the crosshairs of police-ICE entanglement. As Santa Clara County is considering whether our local law enforcement agencies should notify ICE about individuals going through the criminal justice system, hear from our community members who are most affected when local police become entangled with ICE. This video series, produced by Silicon Valley De-Bug, is done in coordination with the Santa Clara County Forum for Immigrants Rights (FIRE) Coalition. For more information, check out www.iceoutofscc.org. In this video, a mother enduring years of domestic violence recounts the moment with police that separated her from her son. Undocumented, she always felt the fear of deportation, and even when she called police, it was her that was taken into custody. Her story is particularly poignant as Santa Clara County recognizes October 2015 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

On Mental Health Issues, Gun Control, and Child Incarceration

The recent Oregon mass shooting at a community college by a student stirs up memories of one too many tragedies involving guns, mental health and child incarceration. Writer Shaunn Cartwright writes, "It seems all too common that people with mental health issues have access to guns... and this seems to me the real issue that our elected officials need to address."
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