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Category: Community

Parents in East San José Organize Free Soccer League

Parents in San Jose's Mayfair community build on the community's legacy of organizing, creating a free soccer league to be their "own kid’s role models.”

Photo Essay: From Oakland To Ferguson, People Hit The Streets For Mike Brown

Last night a grand jury in St. Louis came back with a verdict of not indicting Officer Darren Wilson who shot and murdered unarmed Mike Brown. Familiar feelings for Oakland arised, in the similar case of Oscar Grant who was also a young unarmed black man shot by a police officer.

Remembering Antonio Guzman Lopez: Family of SJ State Police Shooting Death Holds Birthday Celebration

On November 15, 2014, Antonio Guzman Lopez's family gathered to celebrate what would have been his 39th birthday. In February of this year, Antonio was shot and killed by San Jose State Police officers Mike Santos and Frits Van Der Hoek. Antonio left behind his partner Laurie, and his children -- 5 year old Josiah and daughter Angelique. Almost 7 months later, the Santa Clara County District Attorney has yet to complete their investigation as to whether the shooting was justified. In the meantime, his family -- through the leadership of Laurie Valdez -- launched the Justice for Josiah campaign to seek accountability for their loved one's death. A humble man who loved his children above everything, Antonio was remembered last Saturday among family, community, and supporters who pledged to support Antonio's family through the long road ahead.

Shifting From Prisons To Schools: Redemption In California

Raj Jayadev writes how passing Proposition 47 may mean the redemption of California.

Closing The Jungle Is Not a Solution

Regeneration Against Destruction, a young collective helping to fight for basic rights for the houseless community who live in the San Jose encampment in San Jose. The City of San Jose is currently trying to push them out with no solution for housing needs.

A Sunday Afternoon of Peace, Love and Hip Hop

On Sunday September 28, 2014 @St. James Park; San José's Inaugural Peace, Love and Hip Hop Festival launched a free event featuring dance showcases by B-Boys, Poppers and Krumpers, live DJ's & MC's kicked off by a keynote speaker with activities for children.

Artesia On Our Minds -- An Immigration Attorney's Diary of a Detention Camp

This past week I went with a 10-attorney contingent from the Bay Area to provide pro-bono legal services for a week in an immigration detention center in Artesia, New Mexico that holds between 400-500 ​women and children who were detained in the border refugee crisis this summer. Our primary purpose was to represent women and children in bond and asylum cases in this remote facility. We are all still unpacking the experience.

Dia de San Jose returns for Day of the Dead Celebration Downtown

5th Annual Día de Los Muertos Festival! Saturday October 25th from 11am to 6pm at St. James Park. Free and open to the public + The first ever Dia de los Muertos Taco Major League Eating Contest. Opening night reception at SJ City Hall Rotunda October 23, 2014

Bringing Social Biography Videos to Alabama to Reduce Charges and Sentences

We recently had the opportunity to travel to a historic touchstone of the civil rights movement — Montgomery, Alabama — to work with and train six public defender offices in producing social biography videos to reduce charges and sentences.

San Jose: The #16 Coolest City To Live According To Forbes

Forbes magazine releases "The Coolest Cities to Live In" and San Jose and Los Angeles are tied at #16. Writer Hector Gonzalez, a longtime San Jose resident now living in Los Angeles, spits game about the real reasons the cities are cool and why Forbes got it wrong.
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