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12 Moments of DeBugging The System in 2014 (Photos)

"DeBugging The System" is a saying we have here at The DeBug Unit. It means dismantling systems that are problems, finding solutions and fixing them. Here are 12 moments of this year that we remember as we head to take 2015 on and continue DeBugging. Happy New Years from your DeBug family!

"Prison Was Your Nightmare, This Home is Your Reality" -- Photos of the First Day of Freedom from Prison

The young man spent 3 1/2 years in a California State prison. His mother Veronica started coming to De-Bug's ACJP about 4 years ago and our community supported her advocacy for her son. Together we attended court, met with the attorney, and created a social biography video that allowed her to show the judge why she was fighting so hard for her son. She has been waiting for his moment coming home since that time. She picked him up from prison in the morning, and held a family welcome home party that very night. He told her,  "Mom, I can't believe I'm home. This is like a dream," he said as their car pulled up to his aunt's house where about 30 of his family members waited. She responded, "No, son. Prison, that was your nightmare, and this..." she points to his family and friends, "this is your reality." (Photos by Charisse Domingo)

VIDEO//PHOTO RECAP: Time Saved Party, Celebrating 1,862 Years Saved from Incarceration

Check out the video of the event and the photoslide from our Time Saved photo booth, where families stood with the number they made possible: 1,862 years saved from incarceration!

Exodus From The Jungle: The Story Of That Morning

The Jungle, located on Story Road across from Happy Hollow, is one of the largest homeless encampments in the United States with close to 400 residents at the time of its dismantling. On December 3rd, the City of San Jose sent contracted cleaning crews and San Jose police to remove all residents from the Jungle and begin the removal of all their possessions. Andrew Bigelow, an artist and local organizer in San Jose, was there the day of the removal to cover the story with Fernando Perez (videographer) and Charisse Domingo (photographer) of De-Bug. Andrew has been working with the community at the Jungle and advocates for its residents for over a year. This is his first hand story of what happened that morning.

An Open Letter to San Jose Police Officer Phillip White (The Cop Who Threatened Protesters and Mocked #ICantBreathe)

San Jose Police Officer Phillip White put out a series of tweets threatening and mocking protesters. He wrote, "“By the way if anyone feels they can’t breathe or their lives matter I’ll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun.” He also wrote he had a, " “God given and law appointed right and duty to kill." Read De-Bug contributor Whitney Felton's letter to Officer White. Below the article is a link to the petition to #FireWhiteNow.  

"I Can't"

De-Bug asked commentator Demone Carter to write an analysis piece on the recent killings of Eric Garner and Mike Brown. As a son of a mother who lived through the Jim Crow era, and as a father of an 11-year-old, as well reflecting on own personal experience of being racially profiled by police, he explains why he, "just can't..."

The Time Saved Documentary Series: The Lisa Coulter Story

On December 10th, De-Bug/ACJP premiered a new documentary series chronicling the stories of families and public defenders who are working to turn "time served" into "time saved" at a launch party in San Jose, CA. The series, which will unfold with stories from across the country, captures in moment footage along the family's journey. This episode features Lisa Coulter, who had done 18 years of a life sentence and was potentially eligible for release at the time of our recording. Click here for more on Time Saved or the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project.

"I Am America’s Nigger"

With the killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, police relations have come to a head nationwide. Haroldinho Bell brings a raw voice to what he calls, "the most vulnerable beings on the planet: Black men in America."

Exodus From "The Jungle": Photo Chronicle of the Closing Days of the Nation's Largest Homeless Encampment

For decades, a creekbed in East San Jose has become a homeless encampment for hundreds of San Jose residents who've lost homes, jobs, families and have no place else to go. But today, "The Jungle," what it's mostly known as, has been shutdown by the City of San Jose. As police supervised, bulldozers wiped the area clean and the homes people made for themselves are now gone. Photographer Jean Melesaine went to meet with the people the night before forced removal, and photographer Charisse Domingo went to meet residents in the morning of its shutdown while people scrambled to see what to do next. At 6am, residents were woken with flashlights, police, and clean-up crews in hazmat suits. These are the photos of a community in Silicon Valley, one of the richest regions in the world, who are now searching for a new home. 

Parents in East San José Organize Free Soccer League

Parents in San Jose's Mayfair community build on the community's legacy of organizing, creating a free soccer league to be their "own kid’s role models.”
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