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Articles by Daniel Zapien

We are Regeneration Against Destruction: Yerba Buena Youth

Regeneration Against Destruction is a youth based collective from San Jose, CA. Members of the collective have been working since 2013 to regenerate their community against some of the destruction they see everyday. Starting with free markets to provide free materials to homeless folks at the jungle, San Jose R.A.D. has now expanded its work into urban gardening projects and youth programs. It will continue to grow as the seeds of regeneration are in all of us and community will always regenerate against those forces that destroy us. Please consider working with us to challenge corruption, inequality, injustice, oppression and violence in our communities!

Video: EYES ON THE MOVEMENT: Images from Bay Area Activist Photographers

For the last six months, a group of photographers have come together to explore photography, class consciousness, and social justice. Our perspective is that photography is an important tool for radical social change, if it is produced by photographers who are part of the social movements they’re documenting, and if their perspective is to expose the injustices of the system, to show how it can be changed, and by who. We believe that photography can help communicate what power can look like. Images have the ability to help working people understand their world and its power relationships, and to appreciate their own power and movements for change. Photographing social justice movements has a long tradition -- not just in the United States but worldwide. We walk in those footsteps of history, and hope to keep exploring our role and responsibilities as photographers and organizers embedded in the movements for social justice. On May 1st, our collective organized our first show, "Eyes on the Movement: Images from Bay Area Activist Photographers," displaying social justice movements we're a part of across the state - from the organizing of recycling workers in Alameda County to fast food workers across the Bay Area and LA, police accountability, immigrant rights and housing for all. The exhibit is up at Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Avenue in Oakland, California until June 15. We will have another event on June 11 to further build the connections between photographers and social justice movements.

Andrew Bigs' Dollaz: A San Jose Story

The Dollaz song and music video follows Andrew Bigs' past and present relationship with money in a city where wealth disparity is prevelant. Through the combined story telling of award winning Director Marlo Custodio and the vibrant energy of the song, the video takes you around San Jose in a way that has not been seen.

Equipto: We are Creators and Caretakers of Hip-Hop

Daniel Zapien got a taste of tour life with up and coming rappers from the Bay Area and beyond. As the photographer on The Winter Fresh Tour, he captured moments with his lens and describes how he got to know each of the artists as they traveled up and down the west coast. This is the second of his series on moments from tour life.

Moments on Tour - Broke The Emcee: The Opening Act who Brought More

Daniel Zapien got a taste of tour life with up and coming rappers from the Bay Area and beyond. As the photographer on The Winter Fresh Tour, he captured moments with his lens and describes how he got to know each of the artists as they traveled up and down the west coast. This is the first of his series on moments from tour life.

Rellenials: Digital Snippets of Generation Y and The Beggining of the Visual DJ

You ever wonder what is floating in the brains of Generation Y? You ever heard of a visual DJ? Daniel Zapien describes how he created 'Rellenials' as a way to explain what he sees when he hears music.

Parents, Students, and Teachers pack SJUSD Board Meeting Urging them to Vote No on Proposed Move of Charter Schools

Students, parents, teachers, and supporters packed the San José Unified School District’s Board Meeting last night where they were to vote on whether to keep DCP at its current campus location for another year, along with proposed moves for two other charter schools. The Board did vote to hold back on the move for one year and work together with the schools on the future plans.

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.

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. 

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.
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