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Postcards from Silicon Valley©

Diane Solomon gets a view that many who drive Silicon Valley may miss. Commuting on bicycle she is able to see the undeniable truth of Silicon Valley's economic divide. We are home to the nation's fifth highest homeless population, and people etch out spaces to live in the shadow of tremendous wealth.

San Jose Renters Learn About Their Rights and Commit to Join Renter’s Rights Campaign

Sacred Heart's Renter's Rights Conference gathered neighbors to share their common experiences as renters, learn about their rights and how to get involved in the current renter's rights campaign in San José.

Family and Community Remember Richard "Harpo" Jacquez, 4th Police Killing In San Jose In 8 Days

On August 17, 2015, San Jose Police killed Richard "Harpo" Jacquez on a street by his cousin's home in South San Jose. He was shot five times in the back, he had no weapon, and was the fourth police killing in eight days. He was remembered tonight at a vigil attended by over 200 family, friends, and community members. People who spoke remembered him as a loving and present father, son, brother, cousin, grandfather, uncle, and friend -- someone who gave his last dollar to a person in need or who would run immediately by your side if you needed help. The families of Antonio Guzman Lopez, Diana Showman, and Oscar Grant came to show their support and solidarity. As the family prepares for his funeral, they are requesting support for his burial costs. Any donations are very much appreciated through this gofundme site: http://www.gofundme.com/5a252w54

"I Would Have Helped Your Child" -- Photos of the #JusticeforMario Rally

Two days before his 30th birthday, Mario Michael Martinez was left to die while he asked officials for help as he was having an asthma attack at Santa Rita Correctional Facility. At a recent rally and march held in Oakland, his son Mario Jr. holds a sign that reads, "I Would Have Helped Your Child".

Justice For Mario

Longtime community leader Sheri Costa shared with us the tragic news about her nephew Mario, who died in Santa Rita County Jail in Alameda County. The guards watched him gasp for breath during an asthma attack and offered no help while all the other men yelled for help. She will be holding a rally this Wednesday August 12th at 7pm in Oakland and is asking the community to join her campaign of #JusticeForMario.

County Housing Task Force Studies Proposals to Bring Stability, End the Sweeps

Advocates for the homeless community presented the Santa Clara County Housing Task Force with 3 proposals to bring relief from the constant sweeps of homeless camps, allowing people to gain some stability in their lives while the larger issue of affordable housing continues to be debated.

The Next Course In School, Hip Hop Based Education

Anthony Pineda is an educator who studied Hip Hop and is applying it in a very specific way. With new ways of studying hip-hop music's connection, by not just listening to songs but how one feels or how ones engaged with music. He learned that this maybe the key to a healing and engagement tool to help students succeed in education.

Poems in a Summer of Violence

Poet, Ruben A. Barron just moved back to downtown San Jose after graduating from UC Santa Cruz, and the inspiration for his first set of poems in the weeks he’s been back are telling of the violent moment San Jose is in - seven people killed in 4 weeks.

Imagine SJ Showcase RECAP #1 "San José Music"

A collaboration between Future Arts Now, Kooltura Marketing, and Knight Foundation, the ImagineSJ Showcase is a monthly event series providing a platform for San José’s newest most innovative thinking, whether it be in the arts, technology, non-profit or small business. Be a part of tonight's Imagine Sj showcase called Food+Drink from 7:00-8:30pm at the SoFa market.

The Label of “Violent” Leaves Majority of Inmates Without a Road to Rehabilitation

As President Obama is moving on unprecedented prison reform, the national conversation has left out those with the most to gain – inmates with “violent” offenses, who make up the majority of prison inmates, but who will continue to see the least benefits. This possibility of ending mass incarceration has started and stopped with the limited focus on “non-violent” offenders.  Tim Casarez is currently serving a 22 year prison sentence for crimes committed at 18 years old. While serving his sentence he has been a model prisoner - focused on changing his life for the better. However, he says this is not the norm under the CDCR, where the majority of inmates with a history like his will return to society worse than when they walked into prison.
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