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Articles by Raj Jayadev

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.

For Trayvon Martin And America, Justice Hinges on Two Words: "Prosecutorial Discretion"

The missing piece from the national attention on the tragedy of Trayvon Martin is the role of the prosecutor, and the enormous authority they have in any potential case to determine if a criminal act has, or has not, occurred.

De-Bug's ACJP Member Wins Federal Civil Jury Trial Against Officer Who Used Excessive Force

Congratulations to Danny Pina, who first walked into De-Bug with a dislocated elbow, a busted nose, and a false resisting arrest charge. Three years later, he finally found the justice he was seeking.

East Palo Alto to Facebook: Friend Request Denied

As Silicon Valley celebrates the expansion of the Facebook campus, East Palo Alto residents, like organizer Anna Turner pictured here, are voicing concerns of displacement.
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