As the Silicon Valley economy once again starts to surge, Raj Jayadev says this time the notion of the Silicon Valley dream, and who has access to it, should be expanded and democratized. This piece originally ran on The Left Hook.
National media attention may help prompt a public backlash against
abusive behavior by law enforcement in this heavily Latino region of
California. See addition at end of article from San Jose Police Department Duty Manual on "Onlooker" policy.
Next week marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant Supreme Court decisions this country’s criminal justice system has ever known – Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), which guaranteed criminal defendants the right to a defense attorney regardless of their ability to pay.
When De-Bug started 10 years ago, young workers discussed the injustice of being paid $8 an hour in Silicon Valley. Now, in 2012, an increase in the minimum wage may finally take place. A version of this article first appeared in the Mercury News.
Supported by the local civil rights community, De-Bug's ACJP was able to raise the legal funds needed for a fourteen year old to fight a deportation order. The soccer tournament also turned out to be an epic sporting event that has redefined the concept of competition.