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Articles by Adrian Avila

Origami Mamí - Making Paper Cranes to Relieve Anxiety

She was diagnosed with Clinical Depression and General Anxiety Disorder in 2012. To relieve symptoms of the anxiety she started to keep her hands busy with what she had available; the result is the tiniest of arts: origami minis. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, General Anxiety Disorder affects 6.8 million adults in the US, women are twice as likely to be affected as men, and nearly half of the people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

My Student the Police Killed — Anthony Nuñez

Last year, when De-Bug Art Director Adrian Avila was teaching art classes at an alternative school in San Jose, he met a young man that would help him carry supplies, crack jokes, and loved to rap. Then last week he saw pictures of his smiling student in his news feeds -- as a victim of a fatal police shooting. Here, Avila reflects on Anthony Nuñez as the student he got to meet doing art.

Bay Area Media Activism on Display

The current exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area reflects on the Bay Area’s unique legacy as a center for social justice movements. Adrian Avila, De-Bug's Art Director took a trip to check out the exhibit, running through August 14, 2016.

VIDEO & PHOTOS: San Jose Says They Want Rent Control

Tomorrow the City Council will decide whether to value its overburdened tenants by increasing protections for renters, including reducing the 8 percent maximum rent increases allowed under San Jose's 35-year-old rent control ordinance.The decision is vital to families who will not be able to survive in the city that they were raised in. "Tents should be for camping, not living," read the signs on tents that were at San Jose's City Hall Plaza during last Wednesday's action to tell City Council that its community want rent control.

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.

Leaving My Undocumented Life, Starting My College Life

DeBug's own, Adrian Avila at San Jose State University. He made history as the first person in his whole family lineage to attend a 4 year University and has overcome all the struggles as an undocumented youngin' crossin the border with his mama, who raised him as a single mom and still able to be a successful artist, graphic designer, and business owner.

San Francisco 49ers' Debut Game at Levi's Stadium 08-17-2014

With the start of the 2014-2015 NFL Football season on it's way, The San Francisco 49ers got things started at their new stadium vs. the Denver Broncos.

Free Fall @ Johnny V's Cypher Seven Year Anniversary

Free Fall members Edgewize + Self Destruct preforming "Nick Cage" live at Johnny V's for the cypher seven year anniversary.

Kumbia Queers -Sonido Clash

Sonido Clash celebrated St. Patty's day on Monday March 17, 2014 with an all ages show and live performance by Las Kumbia Queers. Video: AD Avila Photos: Tiburon Zenitram

Farewell Candlestick Park

It is sad to see a legend go but all great things must come to an end. We will never forget you Candlestick thank you for the memories.
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