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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.”

Darren Wilson Walks, Begging the Question: Will Cops Ever Be Held to Account?

With the no indictment decision of officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Mike Brown, the country is left to wonder: Is it even possible for police to be held accountable in the courts? Attorney and civil rights leader Aram James explores the history and potential future.

VIDEO: St. Louis Supreme Court Decision Re

As communities across the country express outrage over the grand jury decision not to indict Darrell Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, another relevant case from the area is proceeding to trial. Sylvester Caldwell, the Mayor of Pine Lawn, a neighboring town to Ferguson has been indicted on federal charges of extortion. The following is a video from Pine Lawn and Ferguson residents describing the political corruption in these small municipalities that allowed for the racially targeted police violence to fester. The footage was captured when De-Bug producers were in the Ferguson area just two weeks before the shooting death of Michael Brown. For more context regarding wrongful arrests in North St.Louis County, please read the report released by our friends at the ArchCity Defenders.

Photo Essay: From Oakland To Ferguson, People Hit The Streets For Mike Brown

Last night a grand jury in St. Louis came back with a verdict of not indicting Officer Darren Wilson who shot and murdered unarmed Mike Brown. Familiar feelings for Oakland arised, in the similar case of Oscar Grant who was also a young unarmed black man shot by a police officer.

PHOTO ESSAY: San Jose Passes Housing Impact Fee

On Tuesday, November 18, the City of San Jose passed a housing impact fee of $17 per square foot on new rental housing for 2016. The money would go towards funding affordable housing for low income and very low income families in San Jose. Organized by Sacred Heart Community Services Housing Action Committee and supported by a larger coalition of organizations fighting for economic equity in the Valley, this win comes after more than 2 years of families working and pushing the City to create a space for working families to stake their roots here in the community.  

A Message To The City of San Jose: "Everyone Deserves A Home"

R.A.D (Regeneration Against Destruction) a student collective at Yerba Buena High School has a message for the City of San Jose due to the threats of closing down "The Jungle" (a homeless encampment) with no plans to house Jungle residents. Check out the message these high school students want the city to know.

Challenging Corruption at San Jose State University: How a Strong Campus Movement Can Save this Vital Public Resource

A perspective on the recent controversy surrounding the San Jose State Justice Studies Department co-authored by a professor, student organizer, and recent graduate.

The Cholo Goths Invading San Jose

San Jose based collective Sonido Clash brings new sounds to downtown scene. Prayers (San Diego) + A.D.M. (Synth Pop) DJ V-Rock (SoCal), DJ Basura (Needle to the Groove) and the SC residents Turbo Sonidero, EazyUno, Chatos 1013.

Remembering Antonio Guzman Lopez: Family of SJ State Police Shooting Death Holds Birthday Celebration

On November 15, 2014, Antonio Guzman Lopez's family gathered to celebrate what would have been his 39th birthday. In February of this year, Antonio was shot and killed by San Jose State Police officers Mike Santos and Frits Van Der Hoek. Antonio left behind his partner Laurie, and his children -- 5 year old Josiah and daughter Angelique. Almost 7 months later, the Santa Clara County District Attorney has yet to complete their investigation as to whether the shooting was justified. In the meantime, his family -- through the leadership of Laurie Valdez -- launched the Justice for Josiah campaign to seek accountability for their loved one's death. A humble man who loved his children above everything, Antonio was remembered last Saturday among family, community, and supporters who pledged to support Antonio's family through the long road ahead.
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