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Temp Workers in Santa Monica Organize for Permanent Employment Status

The hidden side to Santa Monica's idyllic exterior is taken care of by "permatemp" workers, who only work when needed. Beach bathroom maintenance worker, Shyolanda Montana tells us why "permatemp" workers keep residents struggling to live in the city she takes care of.

#JeSuisCharlie? No, I'm really not Charlie Hebdo: Here's Why

The Jan. 7th attack by armed gunmen at the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo left 10 staff members and 2 police officers dead. Sandip Roy, Culture Editor at First Post writes, "It’s easy to stand up for freedom of expression when we agree with the view point being depicted or do not care about it one way or the other. It gets far trickier when we are called upon to defend the right of someone to say what offends us deeply... While we want free speech to be absolute, in the real world, it is not. And even as we stand with Charlie Hebdo we cannot pretend not to understand that."

Obituary: Remembering My Friend, Omar Goméz

Long time San José community member recalls the friendship he had with Omar Goméz, revealing more insights about the life he led. Omar "Chilo" Goméz passed on this past Dec. 24, 2014.

Chilo: My “Neighbor” Who Found a Home in Community

Isidro Omar "Chilo" Gomez made the Garden Alameda neighborhood of San Jose his home, and is one of the few examples of someone who lived life entirely by his own rules. From the corner of Stockton and Lenzen he built a uniquely diverse community that was only made visible once he passed. Chilo died during the cold night of Dec. 24th, 2014 at the age of 53, he was one among the thousands of homeless people in Santa Clara County, which at last count in 2013 was estimated at nearly 7,600. Adrian Ávila, Art Director at De-Bug, remembers his friend.

VIDEO//PHOTOS: On The Frontlines of the Environmental Justice Movement

From Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco to the Gila River Indian Nation in Arizona, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice has been on the forefront of fighting for and with communities who are testing grounds for historically racist environmental policies and practices.

Campaign to Remove San Jose Police Officer White and Coverage of the Protect Your People March

Media, tweets, instagrams, and video of the campaign to remove SJPD Officer White after he made threatening and insulting tweets in reference to those across the country protesting the death of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. The march also drew attention to San Jose officer involved shootings including the death of Antonio Guzman Lopez. His partner Laurie Valdez has lead a movement calling for accountability for those who took his life. At the march, she addressed the DA directly.

First Time Saved Story of 2015! Mom, Attorney, and Community Beats a Life Sentence Through Social Biography Mitigation

Cherisse Bergeron, the mother of a 16 year old who was facing a 6 year commitment in juvenile prison for his first offense, she took to the community to help build a case to free her son. With proof of a community in his social biography packet, the judge in the case made him turn around and face his community in the courtroom.

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!
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