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Articles by Charisse Domingo

How Our Limited Options for “Justice” Around the Brock Turner Sentence Only Punishes Communities of Color

As a community organizer who works with families whose loved ones are facing the criminal court system, Charisse Domingo has sat through many sentencing hearings in Santa Clara County -- the same court system that housed Brock Turner's trial and sentence. But unlike the Turner case, the outrage at the court system she has repeatedly witnessed was about how punitive sentences tore apart the lives of families of color. In her essay, she writes that while she understands the impulse to recall Judge Persky as an effort to challenge white privilege in the courts, it will ironically only further increase incarceration rates in communities of color.

'Tis the Season... To Kick Out ICE

In the spirit of the holiday season, this past Dec. 11th children wrote "Dear Supervisor" letters to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. The children wrote to ask the board to refrain from proposing harmful policies that entangle ICE with local law enforcement and create stress and worry in our families. This action was part of the FIRE Coalition's ongoing work to ensure that local jails will not respond to ICE's detainer or notification requests.

Family and Community Remember Richard "Harpo" Jacquez, 4th Police Killing In San Jose In 8 Days

On August 17, 2015, San Jose Police killed Richard "Harpo" Jacquez on a street by his cousin's home in South San Jose. He was shot five times in the back, he had no weapon, and was the fourth police killing in eight days. He was remembered tonight at a vigil attended by over 200 family, friends, and community members. People who spoke remembered him as a loving and present father, son, brother, cousin, grandfather, uncle, and friend -- someone who gave his last dollar to a person in need or who would run immediately by your side if you needed help. The families of Antonio Guzman Lopez, Diana Showman, and Oscar Grant came to show their support and solidarity. As the family prepares for his funeral, they are requesting support for his burial costs. Any donations are very much appreciated through this gofundme site: http://www.gofundme.com/5a252w54

Tenants Want San Jose to Strengthen Renter Protections

Working Partnerships USA, Affordable Housing Network, PACT, Silicon Valley De Bug, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Sacred Heart Housing Action Committee, the South Bay Labor Council and Silicon Valley Rising have been working together in the recent months to get more renter protections for San Jose tenants, this past week they took their concerns to the city to move forward with renter's rights.

PHOTOS: San Jose State Students March in Support of Justice for Josiah

On May 4, 2015, the Justice for Josiah Campaign, Laurie Valdez, students from San Jose State University, and supporting community delivered demands for transparency and accountability for the death of Antonio Guzman Lopez. Antonio was killed by San Jose State police officers on February 21, 2014. Nearly 15 months later, the District Attorney has yet to complete their investigation and file charges on the officers. SJSU students marched from the site that Antonio was killed (Eighth and San Salvador), through campus, and into the Administration building and demanded to speak with the members of the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate. Laurie, her 5 year old son Josiah, and SJSU Student Leader Gary Daniels were able to deliver the demands to the surprised officials.

San Jose Families Join National Day of Protest Against Police Murders

On Tuesday, April 14, the families of Antonio Guzman Lopez, Phillip Watkins, and Diana Showman came together to call for accountability of their loved ones’ deaths at the hands of law enforcement. The action began at the site where Antonio was killed by San Jose State police on 8th and San Salvador Streets, marched through San Jose State campus where the families and supporting students and community urged students to come out, and ended at City Hall. This action coincided with the national day of protest against police murders.

"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)
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