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"Out Here": A California Photo History by Rian Dundon

"Out Here", is a collection of a photographic history from photographer Rian Dundon. Dundon who grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, before emigrating to China for six years. On his return to the U.S., he documented the inextricable changes that have transformed his hometown, his neighbors and his friends.

Why are Loved Ones Treated as Subhuman at Prisons?

Gina Clayton, executive director of San Francisco-based Essie Justice Group writes about how new California state prison regulations turn an already burdensome visiting process into one that more families and children will stay away from.  The mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, girlfriends, grandmothers and aunts of California’s incarcerated men and women in California – urge the California state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to reconsider its current course and find a more effective, less humiliating approach to keeping prisons safe and free of contraband. This article first appeared in Equal Voice News

San Jose Youth Reflect on "Selma" and Martin Luther King's Message to Their Generation

De-Bug asked San Jose high school youth to watch "Selma" and tell us how the messages of the film relates to their generation. On this MLK Day, read their thoughts and perspectives on what the "dream" means to them in today's America. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors.

"Prop 47 Continues To Protect Family"

At Sacred Heart Community Services on Jan. 9th about 45 people gathered to discuss Gov. Brown’s proposed 2014-15 State Budget to support statewide efforts by California Partnership, a coalition of community-based groups organizing and advocating for policies and programs that reduce and end poverty. DeBug's own, Charisse Domingo shared this speech about the impact of passing Prop 47.

Silicon Valley: The Image vs Reality

Down the street from what was formerly known as The Jungle - one of the largest homeless encampments in the country - is Yerba Buena High School. Inside an Advanced Placement History class, young people were learning of the Guilded Age in the U.S., a time often acknowledged as having an abundance of wealth, yet often overlooked for its extreme poverty. These students were asked to compare Silicon Valley to the Guilded Age and its image vs. its reality as young people living here. This is what they came up with.  These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors. 

Why the Movements to End Police Violence and Mass Incarceration Are One in the Same

Raj Jayadev writes that while "this new national inflection point regarding police accountability has led to calls for diversifying police forces, equipping officers with body cameras, and reforming departments, it is also an opening to examine and transform the system in its totality."

Temp Workers in Santa Monica Organize for Permanent Employment Status

The hidden side to Santa Monica's idyllic exterior is taken care of by "permatemp" workers, who only work when needed. Beach bathroom maintenance worker, Shyolanda Montana tells us why "permatemp" workers keep residents struggling to live in the city she takes care of.

#JeSuisCharlie? No, I'm really not Charlie Hebdo: Here's Why

The Jan. 7th attack by armed gunmen at the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo left 10 staff members and 2 police officers dead. Sandip Roy, Culture Editor at First Post writes, "It’s easy to stand up for freedom of expression when we agree with the view point being depicted or do not care about it one way or the other. It gets far trickier when we are called upon to defend the right of someone to say what offends us deeply... While we want free speech to be absolute, in the real world, it is not. And even as we stand with Charlie Hebdo we cannot pretend not to understand that."

Obituary: Remembering My Friend, Omar Goméz

Long time San José community member recalls the friendship he had with Omar Goméz, revealing more insights about the life he led. Omar "Chilo" Goméz passed on this past Dec. 24, 2014.

Chilo: My “Neighbor” Who Found a Home in Community

Isidro Omar "Chilo" Gomez made the Garden Alameda neighborhood of San Jose his home, and is one of the few examples of someone who lived life entirely by his own rules. From the corner of Stockton and Lenzen he built a uniquely diverse community that was only made visible once he passed. Chilo died during the cold night of Dec. 24th, 2014 at the age of 53, he was one among the thousands of homeless people in Santa Clara County, which at last count in 2013 was estimated at nearly 7,600. Adrian Ávila, Art Director at De-Bug, remembers his friend.
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