Daniel Zapien got a taste of tour life with up and coming rappers from the Bay Area and beyond. As the photographer on The Winter Fresh Tour, he captured moments with his lens and describes how he got to know each of the artists as they traveled up and down the west coast. This is the second of his series on moments from tour life.
Last week about 60 people came together at the Dr. Roberto Cruz Library in East San José for an initial renters rights conversation. It was the first meeting of its kind in the city in recent history and tenants were enthusiastic to tackle the issues of providing protections for renters and making housing affordable in one of the most expensive places to live.
Continuing the celebration of Women's History month a community dialogue, Stories and Struggles of Migrant Women in the South Bay was organized featuring organizers from Pilipinos Alliance of Workers and Immigrants, Mujeres Unidas y Activas and Vendedores Unidos.
A group of teatristas led by Luis ‘Xago’ Juarez, a professor at SJSU presented a short play in the form of a poem as a tribute to Tiburcio Vásquez on the 140th anniversary of his historic public hanging. American settlers portrayed Vásquez as a “thief”, a “murderer,” a “bandido” for actively resisting their newly established system, but for mexicanos and Chicanos he remains a hero.
Continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month we bring you the poetry of local writer, Farah Gowani. Listen as she reads her poem, You are Dream, a poem that gives her much hope for men, women, children – everyone.
De-Bug was in Ferguson and neighboring municipalities last week as their courts faced national pressure from a scathing Department of Justice report. But we found the problem is not just in Ferguson. Read the reflection from Raj Jayadev, and view the photo profiles by Jean Melesaine, to meet the people who have bore the brunt of a predatory courts, and are becoming the movement to bring the injustice to an end. This piece first appeared in the Huffington Post.
On the 51st anniversary of the Gideon decision, the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project/De-Bug is participating in a forum and training at Arcadia University to introduce the nuts and bolts of participatory defense. Listen to the discussion on Philadelphia radio Power 99 FM to check out the energy coming out of Philly!
Robert Aguirre is an organizer and advocate for the Homeless in Silicon Valley and a dear friend of De-Bug. We have been blessed to be able to share his story and stand in solidarity with him as homelessness and housing issues continue to be one Silicon Valley's most pressing issues. Once affectionately called The Mayor of the Jungle, Robert's work has been impactful and his sincerity has been undeniable. Robert's story mirrors The Valley as he narrates his journey from small business owner to homeless, to a homeless advocate.
Somos Mayfair and the Trinidad United Methodist Church in east San Jose opened their space up to the community for a celebration of International Women's Day. The South Bay International Womyn's Day Network brought families, girls and women of all ages together to celebrate, learn and dance!