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Articles by Various Authors

San Jose Community Challenges City Policy to Ban Assistance to Homeless

Faith based organizations, students, and service providers have issued the following statement regarded a proposed policy that would criminalize assistance to the homeless. A petition has been started against this proposal that can be signed online here. 

A Student's Guide to Common Core

Common Core is dramatically changing what standards students can be held to, what curriculum is used in the classroom, and ultimately how students may perform in the real world after they leave the campus. But what are students perspectives of Common Core, and what role do they see themselves playing in its implementation?

Words for Mom: A Letter and Poem from Probation Youth

Over the past month, De-Bug has been working with probation youth who have the hunger to write. Running editorials with these young men and women has been a humbling experience with challenging real-life topics surfacing. These editorials produce beautiful material where young people, who have experienced life in unexplanable ways, have voice. We are constantly reminded that young people, when given the opportunity, can share their experience in ways that we can all learn. The following two pieces are by two young women about the women who gave them life. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with the authors.

Young Addiction: Probation Youth Reflect

These young leaders powerfully reflect on their journeys from being young and addicted in the streets to their current path of recovery. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with the authors.

Score My Common Core

The Common Core Standards is an attempt to elevate standards in learning, and assist students to become critical thinkers and more prepared for life after they graduate. So how do students think their schools are doing in this transition? De-Bug created a survey for students to gauge the progress at their own schools. This survey is part of a larger effort of organizing around ensuring student voices are heard in regards to Common Core.

"The Beat Within" Latest Issue

SV De-Bug's friends "The Beat Within" have dropped the latest issue of their online magazine, created by incarcerated youth from all over the nation. Click the picture below and check it out.

“it would be a good idea…if kids work for their lunches”

Sparked by state delegate Ray Canterbury’s (R-West Virginia) suggestion, “it would be a good idea…if kids work for their lunches”, his response to Senate Bill 663, The kNOw gathered youth reactions to what this policy would mean for students and especially those who depend on free school meals.

Ethnic Media's Collective Message to the White House: Do It Now

This editorial was produced in association with New America Media, a national association of ethnic media, and was published by more than 50 ethnic media across the country to bring attention to the urgency of immigration reform.

Dying to See the Doctor - Young People and Health Reform

Last week’s Supreme Court decision about health care reform means new possibilities for youth. Looking to gauge the potential impact of the new law on young people, De-Bug asked folks what their worst health-related experience has been and whether they were able to receive care.

Undocumented Youth Respond to Obama's Temporary Work Permit Program (Video, Comic, Audio, Articles)

Writing, video, comic, and audio diaries from a generation of Bay Area youth and organizers from San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco sharing the layered thoughts and emotions surrounding the new temporary work permit program.
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