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Articles by Charisse Domingo

"Prop 47 Continues To Protect Family"

At Sacred Heart Community Services on Jan. 9th about 45 people gathered to discuss Gov. Brown’s proposed 2014-15 State Budget to support statewide efforts by California Partnership, a coalition of community-based groups organizing and advocating for policies and programs that reduce and end poverty. DeBug's own, Charisse Domingo shared this speech about the impact of passing Prop 47.

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.

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.

"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)

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. 

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.  

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.

San Mateo County Family Sets Precedent in Stopping Juvenile ICE Hold

A remarkable collective effort lead by a mother who was fighting desperately to stop ICE from detaining and possibly deporting her teenage son has resulted in a precedent setting victory for San Mateo County.

Time Saved Photo Essay: Cesar Beats Wrongful Sentence and Deportation

View Charisse Domingo's photo essay on Cesar and his family as she captures the images of the successful effort to free him. Photos from court, immigration detention, and back home. Click image to see full essay, and hear Cesar tell his story. This is part of De-Bug's Time Saved project, chronicling how family organizing can challenge mass incarceration and deportation. (In this shot, Cesar shows a letter he made for his sister while in a detention center.)

Stopping Yareli's Deportation: (From the Time-Saved Collection)

In part of our review totalling the years of time saved from incarceration through our organizing work with families in 2013, we also want to share how the process has stopped deportation. Click the image to hear from Yareli, as she describes in this audio interview how she and her family stopped her deportation.
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