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East Side High School Students Unhappy With Mayor Liccardo's State of The City Address

Overfelt High School's Student group, "Curious Minds" called attention to gentrification at last Saturday’s State of the City Address hosted by their high school. While waving huge posters that were unavoidable to the Mayor Liccardo's eyes as he spoke, he did not acknowledge the concerns they held up, big and bright. Words that read, " Your Luxury is Our Displacement" and "Is this not also our home?" were issues students were pushing but were never brought up in his address.

Hopes For Home, While Reflecting From Juvenile Hall

Editor’s Note: I have been helping run workshops inside Santa Clara County’s Juvenile Hall over the past 6 months with a program called The Beat Within that generates a magazine every two weeks from writings coming from Juvenile Hall. The strength and resilience of these young people continue to amaze me with them being 14 to 18 years old. Below are some reflections from inside Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.

#4in8 -- San Jose Reacts to Four Officer Involved Shootings in Eight Days

This August, San Jose saw an alarming number of people who lost their lives in incidents involving the police – 4 in 8 days. Adrian Rivera, 22 (Aug.9th). Aaron James, 30( Aug.10). Mathew Castillo, 29 (Aug.16). Richard Jacquez, 40 (Aug.17). We started a running conversation from community stakeholders and leaders about what this means for our community moving forward. Follow the hashtag #4in8 as we continue to gather and share perspectives.

San Jose High School Student's Stories of Struggle and Regeneration

San Jose R.A.D and Reyes Muertos Klothing co-sponsored a night of art, youth empowerment and celebration. The 180º Program at Yerba Buena High School ends every year with a celebration to honor the youth who've transformed themselves into better people. This year they did it with an art show.

Building with Gideon’s Promise in North Carolina

We were honored to give a training session at Wake Forest University Law School to the next generation public defenders from across the South on how they can make social biography videos. The attorneys were a cohort of Gideon’s Promise, the amazing training program for Southern public defenders that is also focus of the HBO film Gideon’s Army.

180 Turn Around: Yerba Buena High School

Silicon Valley De-Bug has had the honor and privilege of working with an extraordinary group of students in Yerba Buena High School's 180 Class. The 180 Class, taught by Charles Fowler, created a transformative experience for a group of YB students who were previously struggling in school and academics; this being the purpose of the class to give the students a 180 turn around. Now, these amazing students are achieving in the classroom and have found new purpose in not only their education but in their greater community as well.

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. 

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.
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