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San Jose Youth Respond to Use of Pepper Spray in Juvenile Hall

Starting this month, Santa Clara Juvenile Hall staff will be allowed to use pepper spray on youth. The policy was not vetted through public discussion, but rather was negotiated in by the Probation Peace Officers Union. The Mercury News reports concerns from advocates, experts, and judges. De-Bug asked San Jose teenagers their thoughts. Below are a sampling of responses we recieved from youth from San Jose high schools and probation programs through our running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors. (Graphic by AD Avila)

American Dream - Short Documentary

AD Avila had one week to come up with a 5 minute video that would be entered in the Campus MovieFest at San José State University. The doc, which won the Spartan Pride Award, is about becoming documented and returning to school after 10 years.

Reflections: Cola's Debut Music Video

San Jose artist Cola has been working hard on his album "NoSuchThing" for a little under a year, and this video is an introduction to what is about to drop on Oct. 21st, 2014. With music produced by Merc, and visuals by Zeroscope, this wavy video will leave you asking for more.

Antique Naked Soul: Soul Music Is Alive and Well Chillin' In Oakland

A band that makes the Bay Area and all the great Soul music legends that ever lived proud, "Antique Naked Soul". Antique Naked Soul is an Oakland based independent beat-boxing band featuring singer/songwriter Antique, renown beat-boxer Tommy “Soulati” Shepherd and two singers Jayme Brown and N’gala McCoy.

Watch Marshalese Poet Kathy Jetnil Give a Powerful Speech At The UN Climate Summit, Receiving A Standing Ovation

Kathy Jetnil, a Marshalese is a mother, a poet, and a activist from the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. She wrote a letter to her daughter about the climate changes happening on her homeland. Out of hundreds Kathy was selected to speak in front of the UN.

The RZA, Fish Tanks, and Long Walks -- A Young Man's Key to a Life of Legacy

Latino College Prep High School student, Adrian Chavez, writes on who he is and how he wants to be remembered. While reflecting on these topics, Adrian expresses the struggles he deals with while he grows into the man he wants to be. These writings are part of a running publishing series. Feel free to comment, and publishers will share with authors.

School Without Internet is No School At All

Sept. 9th, in San Jose, Ca, the 4th Annual "Youth Tech Summit & Expo" came to town. I had a chance to attend one of the seminars called "Connecting Children & Families - Internet Essentials" hosted by New America Media to bridge the digital gap and bring together the digital community together all across the country. It is an attempt to try to get families with no computer and internet, access to these digital tools. The seminar made me think of myself growing up in a household that didn't have a connection to the world wide web.

"Are You Tired Yet? I Know I Am!" College Professor Reflects on Ferguson

LaQuisha Beckum, a college professor at De Anza Community College in Cupertino, reflects on Ferguson, race and politics a month after unarmed Mike Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson Police. As unrest continues in ferguson, LaQuisha gives her commentary.

Lost in the Aftershock Festival

The Aftershock festival is a music event put together by Monster energy drink, and we sent one of our photographers on an adventure to cover it in Sacramento.

The California Drought: Tips on Saving Water

Youth video makers Sarah Shader and Lindsey Segal won second place in this years Santa Clara Valley Water Districts youth art contest. The contest was part of a larger public information and education campaign by the district to increase awareness about the severity of the drought among young people and to promote easy water saving tips to conserve water.
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