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LA Skid Row Residents: The Heart of Hope

Equal Voices story from David Bacon, highlights the sense of community among the low-income residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Residents have come together to fight the loss of low-income housing, combat discriminatory housing practices, and even launch a community garden program. The in-depth story also includes powerful photos and video profiles of Skid Row residents.

Why Oscar Will Prevail

The buzz in the boxing world is that Richard Schaefer has just resigned as CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, the company he cofounded and helped build with Oscar De La Hoya. Richard Schaefer is credited as being the mastermind behind the success of Golden Boy, with his help making it the powerhouse that has steamed rolled over its rival company Top Rank.

Street Raps: Probation Youth Release Through Rhyme

Tyrone and Johnathan, two young men living in a probation home, release their inner thoughts, pain, and truth through rhyme. They continue their journey of self-discovery and change through their raw, unfiltered writings. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with the authors.

Finding Work After 34 Years in Prison

After 34 years of incarceration, the author was anxious to start working and contributing to society. Read his story of re-entry, employment, and the motivation of a former lifer.

"Los Disco Duro" A Cumbia Musical Reboot

Musical project "Los Disco Duro" literally translates to "The Hard Drives"; the sound they produce is a combination of Afro-Latin dance rhythms with the fast paced High-Tech culture here in the Bay Area. Catch their first performance in San Jose at Sonido Clash 6/6/14 #discoduro #sonidoclash #

180 Turn Around: Yerba Buena High School

Silicon Valley De-Bug has had the honor and privilege of working with an extraordinary group of students in Yerba Buena High School's 180 Class. The 180 Class, taught by Charles Fowler, created a transformative experience for a group of YB students who were previously struggling in school and academics; this being the purpose of the class to give the students a 180 turn around. Now, these amazing students are achieving in the classroom and have found new purpose in not only their education but in their greater community as well.

Arrested While Brown: Chicago Police Profile Two Latino Health Care Advocates

Two young latino community organizers were arrested while trying to organize in a predominantly white neighborhood in Chicago when a neighbor had called the police for the two young men saying they looked like criminals. This piece was originally published in Equal Voice News.

Santa Clara County Judicial Candidates Asked to Respond to Issues of Homelessness

On May 18th, the Stop the Ban Coalition (STB) -- a broad coalition of groups opposed to criminalizing the homeless -- held a judicial candidate forum in Palo Alto, CA. Annrae Angel was the only candidate to attend, and she along with candidate Julianne Sylva submitted written responses presented by coalition member Aram James. The forum, and written correspondence, is precedent setting in that it serves as the first time judicial candidates were asked to respond to the homeless community and advocates. All 2014 Santa Clara County judicial candidates -- Judge Diane Ritchie, Deputy District Attorney Matt Harris, Defense Attorney Annrae Angel, Deputy District Attorney Julianne Sylva, Defense Attorney Dennis Lempert, and Deputy District Attorney Stuart Scott -- were invited by the Stop the Ban coalition to participate in the forum and submit written responses, and were told their writings would be posted on the De-Bug website. Below is a summary of Annrae Angel's verbal responses in the forum from the moderator STB member Edie Keating, and Annrae Angel's and Julianne Sylva's written responses to the separate set of written questions by the STB coalition. Forum organizers say the candidates who have not responded in writing to the questions from the coalition are encouraged to submit writings up until June 2nd, 2014.

Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders: "A Community of Contrasts" #IAMBEYOND

The month of May is Asian Pacific Islander month, in a new report titled "A Community of Contrasts" the report shows that Pacific Islanders have some of the highest rates of poverty, incarceration and low rates of higher education. 

San Jose "COPS" Show Is A Bad Idea For Police Department

Bringing the show "COPS" to San Jose seemed a bizarre PR move at first, but given the timing, it can be downright damaging to police and community relations. This article was originally published in the San Jose Mercury News.
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