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Articles by Liz Gonzalez

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.

San Jose May Day Photos

This 1st of May marked the 10 years from the massive protests the country saw after the House of Representatives passed The Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal immigration Control Act in 2005 to criminalize undocumented persons. About 800 people took to the streets in San Jose for the now traditional peaceful and celebratory march from East San Jose to City Hall downtown.

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Civil Disobedience in Silicon Valley

Last week, hundreds of community members rallied and marched outside of Intel in Santa Clara to support cafeteria workers in their fight to unionize and bring the message that Silicon Valley should be a place where everyone can thrive.

More Resources for San Jose Tenants with New Legal Clinic

San Jose tenants have a new monthly renter's legal clinic every fourth Thursday of the month at Sacred Heart Community Service. Read about what coordinator Evelina Nava has encountered with tenants already and the importance of tenants learning about their rights.

One Year Later, Phillip Watkins Deserved to Live

On the one year anniversary of when 23-year-old Phillip Watkin's life was cut short by two San Jose Police officers, his mother Sharon speaks about that day, the lonely road that follows, and how she is standing together with other families to organize, heal, and stop police brutality.

San Jose Ramping Up Efforts for Citizenship

With an election year upon us, the Bay Area, and San Jose in particular, is aiming to eliminate the barriers eligible legal permanent residents face to become U.S. citizens and enjoy exercising their rights and benefits that come with citizenship. From Gilroy to Napa there are free workshops on a monthly basis to guide people every step of the way and help demystify the citizenship process that is no longer something that takes years but can be a reality in about 6 months.

San Jose’s Process for Controversial “Crime Free Multi-Housing Program” Gives Community the Runaround

While the San Jose City Council ranked rent control and plans to strengthen tenant protections as its second highest priority this past year, they are currently conducting community outreach around a program that puts more authority in the hands of landlords to evict entire families at once. Perhaps because the incongruence starts here the process of presenting the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program to tenants has been anything, but smooth.

The Sacred and Familiar in the Forthcoming "Knowing Your Worth" Zine

Sara Gonzalez from Pilsen, Chicago and Rich Gutierrez out of San Jose, California have put together a people of color portrait series with folks from both cities answering the question: What people, places, or things in your life create worth within you? This Friday January 1st is the West Coast zine release show “Knowing Your Worth” in Oakland and the pair invited us in on the inspiration behind the project and the significance of connecting with each other's stories.

Renter's Organizing Workshop in San Jose's District 7

Students from DeAnza College along with the Affordable Housing Network, and part of the Silicon Valley Renter's Coalition, presented a renter’s rights organizing workshop on Saturday, Oct. 17th - educating tenants on their rights and the need for stronger protections in San Jose's Apartment Rent Ordinance in a time when a quarter of families who rent in San Jose spend more than half their income on rent.

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.
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