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One Year Later, Phillip Watkins Deserved to Live

On the one year anniversary of when 23-year-old Phillip Watkin's life was cut short by two San Jose Police officers, his mother Sharon speaks about that day, the lonely road that follows, and how she is standing together with other families to organize, heal, and stop police brutality.

San Jose Ramping Up Efforts for Citizenship

With an election year upon us, the Bay Area, and San Jose in particular, is aiming to eliminate the barriers eligible legal permanent residents face to become U.S. citizens and enjoy exercising their rights and benefits that come with citizenship. From Gilroy to Napa there are free workshops on a monthly basis to guide people every step of the way and help demystify the citizenship process that is no longer something that takes years but can be a reality in about 6 months.

Storytelling to Uplift Others

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week there was a serendipitous dance remembering the King of Pop and we can learn a simple technique to increase our own wellbeing.

My Mixed Emotions About San Jose Hosting Super Bowl 50

As a football fan, an artist, an advocate for San Jose's cultural scene, Demone Carter wonders why the city's effort to create engaging public spaces is only created for the guests of Super Bowl 50.

A Glimpse into the Underground World of Selling Sex at Super Bowl 50

An account of how one young sex worker is navigating the underground industry and how she's preparing for Super Bowl 50.

Santa Clara County Public Defender Voices Strong Opposition to the "Crime Free Multi-Housing Initiative"

In a letter sent to San Jose Mayor Liccardo, the Santa Clara County Public Defender Molly O'Neal memorialized her office's strong opposition to the controversial Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, which would allow tenants to be evicted if they, or a guest, is identified as having engaged in any illegal activity. In the letter, featured below, she writes that the program is, "out of line with recent criminal justice reforms designed to help formerly incarcerated individuals reenter the workforce, turn around their lives, and ultimately step out of the revolving door of incarceration." The recommendations from the Housing Department and SJPD about this program will be heard by the City's Housing & Community Development Commission Meeting on Feb 11th & March 10th with an opportunity for public comment.

13-Year-Old Is Creating App That Will Help Visually Impaired Order Food

When Emmanuel was six years old, he found out that he was legally blind. Having just celebrated his 13th birthday, he is now in the process of creating an app he is calling EyeMenu that will help visually impaired people with a task many of us can take for granted: ordering food at a restaurant counter. His family had discussed the idea for months, but it didn’t begin to move toward reality until his mom, Emilie, met folks at Techcrunch Disrupt SF, where she pitched the idea to the co-founders of Ideator while they waited for a car. Read from Emmanuel and Emilie how the idea was born and how you can help this become a reality.

SJ Creamery Screenprint Showdown Design

Check out the shirt design "SJ Creamery" created for the first Screenprint Showdown by our very own Quynh-Mai, paying homage to growing up in North and East San José and a statement on the gentrification of these same communities.

Joy is a Sacred Pursuit

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week's column encourages us to pursue the spirit of joy, to recognize its fundamental purpose in our lives and how it's an inner, deep and pure well we can always draw from.

In Michigan, Petitioning Against The Government Lands You a Prison Sentence

As all eyes are on Michigan’s poisoned water crisis, Reverend Edward Pinkney continues to serve a prison sentence for effectively organizing against the first Emergency Manager put into place in the entire country in Benton Harbor, Michigan. There, the Emergecy Manager legally suspended the local city government and appointed himself supreme ruler of the city. Pinkney visited San Jose in 2011 warning us about the dangerous experience just beginning then and now has created the humanitarian disaster in Flint. We need to do everything in our power to free Reverend Pinkney so he can continue to speak out against this draconian law.
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