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Articles by Raj Jayadev

Don’t Just Say It, Show It: The Use of Video to Change the Outcome of Cases

This piece on De-Bug's "Social Biography Video" concept will appear in the next edition of "Cornerstone", the quarterly journal for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.

Gideon’s Army Deserves Back Up

HBO recently aired a film around public defenders in the South. The movie highlights the enormous challenges the young attorneys face while trying to fight to keep their clients out of prison.

Echoes of ‘60s March: Sixties-Style Civil Disobedience Drives New Era of Activism

"The most captivating activists of today are not looking at the ‘60s as a history book, they are looking at it as a playbook."

Kern Residents -- Fatal Police Beating Didn't Happen in a Vacuum

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.

The People's Court - Why Community Organizing Is the Way to Realize Gideon's Promise

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.

Immigrants Become the New Media Makers for a New Europe

De-Bug joined European media producers and advocates in a historic gathering in Prague, as they discussed the role of media in the changing demographic landscape of Europe.

There’s Something About Mary’s Family: Bringing Loved Ones Home After Three Strikes Reform

An ACJP family starts the journey to bring their loved home home after the passing of California's historic Proposition 36.

The Story of De-Bug and Measure D

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.

ICE Breaker Championships Raises Legal Funds For Young Immigrant and Sparks Unexpected Soccer Feud Between SJ and EPA

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.

Bay Area Legal Leaders Move on From Their Posts

The heads of three of the most important, yet rarely talked about, legal institutions in the Bay Area are moving on. Author Raj Jayadev says the measure of their work can be found in the partnerships they formed with the communities they served.
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