Peace To Another Year, De-Bug's 2013 In Photographs

From the instagram photo diaries to the cellphone shots in random San Jose hoods captured from DeBuggers this year, heres a couple of seconds that were snapped this year if you missed it. Happy New Years from your DeBug fam!

De-Bug Big Brother Kevin Weston married his partner Lateefah Simon for the second time at San Francisco City Hall.  The first time was at a hospital ICU when he was first diagnosed with advanced stage leukemia.  His family and friends launched an international search for a bone marrow donor.  After being told a year and a half ago that he had days to live,  Kevin, Lateefah, and their daughters are home in Oakland, living one day at a time. 
Photographer: Charisse Domingo/Jean Melesaine

After 2 years of coming to De-Bug and fighting to be able to reunite with his children that were taken away from him while in custody, Glen finally got a chance to see and reconnect with them in September of this year.  He shows off his first family portrait in this photo.
Photographer; Charisse Domingo

De-Bug Photographer Jean Melesaine curated her first Queer Pacific Islander Arts show at Galeria De La Raza in January of this year.  She also received the 2013 Tautai Artist in Residence in Auckland, New Zealand, where she led discussions with students on photography and social consciousness.  
Photographer; Charisse Domingo

This year, we launched “Time Saved”, a photo-and-audio tool that chronicles and propagates the concept that families can impact the courts, we transform "Time Served" into "Time Saved."  And we have the numbers to prove it. As of June 2013, after four years of working with families, we have 1,377 years and 9 months of "time saved." 
Photographer: Charisse Domingo

In February 7,192 miles from Tonga, 3 young Tongan women hang out on the volleyball court of their medical school in Cuba, Havana. They havent been home for 2 year and hope to return home as doctors after finishing their program. Photo by Jean Melesaine

“Donae Was Here”
16 year old Lincoln High School student Donae James Johnican was struck and killed by a Caltrain in March 2013.  Over 300 family, students, and community members from San Jose came together at a vigil organized by his family and Silicon Valley De-Bug to remember and celebrate this promising musician and talented young artist.  He was remembered by his uncle as “giving his love easily and to everyone.”  
Photographer: Charisse Domingo

In March, young men from Samoa husk coconuts for the Pasifika Fest attendants to drink held in Auckland, New Zealand. Photographer Jean Melesaine

More than 15,000 people turned out to San Jose’s May Day March in support of comprehensive immigration reform.  Starting from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in the Eastside and ending at City Hall, families marched over 3 miles, with the waves of people stretching over 20 blocks. 
Photographer: Charisse Domingo

In San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, economic inequality can be seen from the sky. On a grassy open field near the San Jose airport, sat a homeless encampment of dozens of tents, and over a hundred people. In March, city officials removed the camp, and the people, in it. Photographer: Mewael Tekleab

In May, Santa Clara County Jail officials announced plans to limit the type of mail inmates receive in the jail to postcard size mail.  Steeda McGruder, founder of Sisters That Been There, a support group for women who have been formerly incarcerated, holds up daily letters she receives from inmates. She calls these their lifelines.Photographer: Jean Melesaine

In June, Rudy Corpuz director of United Playaz in San Francisco held their annual march "Silence The Violence" march and rally. Marching from the innercity of San Francisco to the steps of City Hall with banners that real "Heal The Hood". Photographer Abraham Menor

A night on the transit through downtown documenting San Jose environments in the summer heat. Photographer Kymeira Stewart

After 18 years in prison, Willard Birts came home in July after being released through Prop 36 resentencing that reformed California’s Three Strikes Law back in November 2012.  In this photo, he is watching a video made by Silicon Valley De-Bug used to convince the courts why he deserved to come home.  It focuses on his daughter, now 27, who will be able to have him physically in her life for the first time since she was 9 years old. Photographer: Raj Jayadev

The Dream Lives -- Over 600 people marched in San Jose on Saturday, August 24, 2013 commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.   
Photographer: Charisse Domingo

Waiting for the music at a comeback of San Jose's Music In The Park for a one time show in the summer, folks came out and took over Cesar Chavez Park. Photographer Kymeira Stewart

On Friday,  July 12, a federal jury found San Jose Police used excessive force in the killing of Steve Salinas and that tasers were a cause of his death.  The jury awarded $1 million dollars to the children of Steve Salinas who began the fight for justice 6 years ago with a lot of support from the community.  “Now my father can rest in peace, and we have justice for him,” says Noreen Salinas, his eldest daughter.
Photographer: Charisse Domingo and Jean Melesaine

On July 13, after a jury in Florida came back with a "Not Guilty" verdict in the case of Zimmerman shooting an unarmed young man Trayvon Martin, folks rallied and held protests against the verdict. Photographer Jean Melesaine

Described by organizer Fernando Perez, Jr. “Sonido Clash is a movement that takes your parents’ music to the next level so you can dance the way they did.”  It is a cultural and musical event that takes place every the First Friday of every month exploring the traditional, modern, and emerging Latin sound diaspora. Los Angeles based band Buyepongo performed at a packed Cinco De Mayo event.  Photographer: Richard Babcock

This year, we launched the “De-Bug the System” t-shirts to honor those who stand up for what they believe in, who hold strong to the truth of their convictions. There are many who De-Bug the System everyday in their own humble way with an often unrecognized courage. In this photo is Steeda McGruder who created “Sisters That Been There” to support incarcerated/ formerly incarcerated women.  The program is now supported by Santa Clara County Probation.
Photographer: Charisse Domingo and Jean Melesaine


The practice of shackling immigrants in detention while in court proceedings is questioned by immigrants rights advocates.  In this photo, a son who had been in immigration custody for about 8 months is embraced by his mom in court.  Photographer: Charisse Domingo

Home after 10 years in prison, two years in immigration detention, this young man got his conviction overturned, but then still faced deportation. The ICE agent told him he didn’t have a chance. ICE was wrong and he’s home.  He continues to fight his deportation with the love of his family and his fierce immigration attorney, Helen Lawrence. Photographer: Charisse Domingo

In October, homeless families marched 30 miles from San Jose to Mountain View to bring to light the widening income inequality gap in Silicon Valley. They ended the “Heal the Valley” march at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View yesterday at the noon hour, where Google employees watched the “other Valley” march through their usually serene campus. Photographer Charisse Domingo

After 18 years in prison, Willard Birts came home in July after being released through Prop 36 resentencing that reformed California’s Three Strikes Law back in November 2012.  In this photo, he is watching a video made by Silicon Valley De-Bug used to convince the courts why he deserved to come home.  It focuses on his daughter, now 27, who will be able to have him physically in her life for the first time since she was 9 years old. Photographer: Raj Jayadev

For his work making strides for families in Santa Clara County to stay together, transcend institutions and walls, and trust in their stories and truths to create change, Raj was honored as a Top Community Dad in Silicon Valley by Building Peaceful Families.
Photographer: Charisse Domingo

Crp a friend of Sandy Cuadra known to be "The Heart of The Mission" shows her new tattoo at Sandy's procession. Photographer Jean Melesaine

Students from Charles Fowlers class at Yerba Buena High School held a Free Market during the Christmas holiday, the largest at "The Jungle" a homeless encampment in San Jose. Photographer Andrew Bigelow and Jorge Valencia.

A still of Emcee Andrew "Society" Bigelow filming his new video "Gold Out West" based on the inequalities of Silicon Valley. Photographer Marlo Custudio

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