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Articles by Jean Melesaine

Writing as a Mirror: Janice Sapigao on Her Upcoming Book, microchips for millions

Janice Sapigao is the daughter of Filipina/o immigrants. Preparing for the launch of her first book, microchips for millions, we sat down to find out more about the San Jose born poet, writer and educator and what's behind the poetry book that highlights the toxic work of Silicon Valley.

Native Circle at Valley State Prison Send Support For Standing Rock Warriors With Free Posters

The Native Circle at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla send their thoughts and prayers to all those protecting water in North Dakota, Standing Rock from the Dakota access oil pipeline. Anyone can download copies of the poster they created here.

San Jose Families Rally Together for #FreedomNow

San Jose families who lost loved ones to police violence, rallied together in solidarity with The Movement for Black Lives. Laurie Valdez, whose partner was killed by San Jose State Police has been a leader in reaching out to other families who have experienced the same unspeakable loss, so that they know that they do not walk the long road to justice alone.

VIDEO: Families Who've Been Torn By Police Shootings Are Uniting For Justice

"The club that no one wants to be in", Laurie Valdez said at the event and anniversary of 2 loved ones lost from police shootings. Other families who've also lost loved ones came to remember them as elders, youth, community organizers joined them to hear their stories and the necessary steps to justice.

San Jose Joins National Pink Out Day After Republicans Push to Defund Planned Parenthood

With the House of Representatives pushing to defund Planned Parenthood, a national non-profit organization that provides health services and is used by close to 3 million Americans, San Jose residents joined the first-ever national Pink Out Day to support Planned Parenthood and reproductive freedom. Check out what folks had to say from the rally in front of a local Planned Parenthood clinic.

"I Would Have Helped Your Child" -- Photos of the #JusticeforMario Rally

Two days before his 30th birthday, Mario Michael Martinez was left to die while he asked officials for help as he was having an asthma attack at Santa Rita Correctional Facility. At a recent rally and march held in Oakland, his son Mario Jr. holds a sign that reads, "I Would Have Helped Your Child".

Oakland Curfew Disappears With A Warriors Win (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

Its been over 40 years since the Golden State Warriors have won a national championship, and with the recent Black Lives Matter peaceful protests and rallies for the national tragic events from senseless state violence, the mayor of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf called for a curfew...except for last night.

Langilangi: The Master Seamstress of Little Tonga In East Oakland

Langilangi, is a seamstress from Nukualofa, Tonga and has raised her family in East Oakland's well known neighborhood, "the Shady 80s." She is continuing the long tradition of making traditional dresses and ngatu (bark cloth) in her own backyard, as she dresses almost every Tongan family in the Bay Area.

Families of the 43 Disappeared Students from Ayotzinapa Mexico Seek the Truth

Half a month into a speaking tour across the U.S., family members and classmates of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, México arrived in San José as part of Caravana 43, seeking the help of the international community to keep México's plight in the spotlight and drawing special attention to the Merida Initiative aimed at combating drug trafficking and organized crime, but which the speakers stressed has only served to suppress the Mexican people.

Photos: The Jungle Community Returns to Hold a Press Conference After The City's Wipeout

At a press conference yesterday held at the original encampment of "The Jungle" community members speak out on how they still need help.
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