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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.

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.

The American Dream is a Sinister Nightmare

Adriana Nevarez, a high school student from Latino College Prep Acadamy, writes a narative from the perspective of her father who immigrated from Mexico to the United States with Adriana's pregnant mother. Adriana is an aspiring writer who finds inspiration in the stories of her family and community. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors.

3 Words: "Do Or Die" -- A Jean Melesaine Photo Essay

We traveled to a small city in St. Louis to do a video to stop a young man from being executed. When asked about his life he said, "You grow into the shape of the container you were raised in." To tell his story, we needed to tell the story of the city and era he grew up in. The city was war-torn from what many called a "storm"; a plague of violence, poverty, drugs, and incarceration. The height of that war was the 90's. We asked the community members who survived to describe their city during that period. The first person we asked, while showing his bullet wounds said, "Do Or Die".

Daniel (FUBU) Forever Lasting Love

Our dear friend Fubu passed away and we will be celebrating his life with multiple events organized during the week, this Wednesday July 9th, 2014 and Friday July 11th 2014. Please come out and celebrate him with us. All the proceeds are going to his family. Please share this event to help spread the word.

Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders: "A Community of Contrasts" #IAMBEYOND

The month of May is Asian Pacific Islander month, in a new report titled "A Community of Contrasts" the report shows that Pacific Islanders have some of the highest rates of poverty, incarceration and low rates of higher education. 

Is San Jose's Roots a Thing of the Past?

As San Jose grows as a tech mecca, commentator Hector Gonzalez wonders where the iconic cultural "jewels" that made San Jose's identity have gone, and the implication of the loss on the city.
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