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Articles 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.

Infographic: Santa Clara Community Supports Policy That Keeps ICE Out of Jails

This infographic shares the results of the first of its kind in the country survey, asking Santa Clara County community members (immigrant and non-immigrant) about how issues of trust are impacted by policies that keep ICE away from the local jail system.

"De-Bug the System" -- The Shirt and the People Who Inspired the Message

When we made the De-Bug the System shirt, it was to honor those who stand up for what they believe in, who hold strong to the truth of their convictions. 

PHOTOS: Silicon Valley's Low-Income Residents March to Google and Apple

Silicon Valley's homeless, disabled, and elderly marched 30 miles from East San Jose to Google's headquarters in Mountain View to bring attention to the rise in poverty locally as the corporation avoids paying billions in taxes through offshore shell companies. They called the march "Heal the Valley." When arriving at Google, the group, lead by the Community Homeless Alliance Ministry, also united with the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) for an action: chanting, drumming, and praying in the middle of Google's lunch patio. The marchers held a similar rally at Apple's headquarters the day before. Marchers say their Heal the Valley pilgrimage will continue to meet and organize to challenge the growing inequity in Silicon Valley. Photography by Charisse Domingo.

PHOTOS: San Jose Tenants Rally to End Rent Increases

Over 100 people gathered at San Jose City Hall to protest the federal sequester cuts to Section 8 tenants, which is pushing families into homelessness. One woman, Laura, testified how her rent was increased from $90 to $835 a month. Her total monthly income is $516. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren was present to accept over 800 petitions collected by community members calling for an end to the cuts. Photos by Charisse Domingo.
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