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The Dinner Table: The Classroom On Privilege and Racism for White Families Across America

Last night MTV premiered Jose Antonio Vargas' show, "White People" exploring white people and white privilege across America. The dinner table was an ongoing theme, a Washington family speaking with their son about his white privilege workshop for the first time, an Italian family in Brooklyn, friends sharing spaghetti meeting their friends black friends for the first time. Writer Andrew Bigelow weighs in on why it is at the dinner table where the conversations of learning and discomfort must happen with families like his across America.

"Viva La Vida:" Maiz's Annual Frida Kahlo Fundraiser Bringing People Home

Movimiento de Acción, Inspirando Servicio (movement of action, inspiring service) also known as, MAIZ, has been organizing their annual Frida Kahlo fundraiser in honor of the great Mexican artist held in San Jose for years. Community organizer and writer, Cynthia Cruz writes about her first experience at the powerful event and how it brought her "home" as a young, queer Chicana.

The Cannery: A Historical Community of San Jose Arts and Culture Prepares to Say Goodbye

The Cannery is about to shut its doors for good. Known for its historical production of canning fruits and vegetables from the late 1800's well into the late 90's, it has also played a major role in San Jose's most shape shifting facets of arts and culture, from bicycles to rapping to street fashion. Daniel Zapien and Andrew Bigelow interviewed some of the folks saying their last goodbyes.

The "Dusty Shoes" of San Jose Icon Sofia Mendoza - A Memorial

Sofia Mendoza is a San Jose icon, before police brutality was caught on cell phones, before CopWatch, there was Community Alert Patrol -- which Sofia and other San Jose community leaders started. Her pioneering work changed San Jose for the better. Watch the short video put together from her memorial and read the moving speech given by her friend and longtime labor leader Fred Hirsch. Rest in power Sofia.

Traffic Tickets Stopped My Life for Six Years

Daniel Zapien was 20 years old when he first lost his drivers license. After two tickets, it took him more than six years and $5,000 dollars to be able to hold this card once again. He was in what California Governor Brown calls a "hellhole of desperation." A new bill, Senate Bill 405, was recently proposed for stories like his.

"Antonio's memory lives on through my kids" - Family of Antonio Guzman Lopez Responds to DA Decision Not to File Charges on Officers

Antonio Lopez was killed by San Jose State Police Officer Mike Santos last year while walking to work. Over a year, his family has been asking questions without any answers. The body camera video of the confrontation was finally shown to the family last week and the District Attorney made the decision to not charge the officer. Photographer Ron Orlando was there to document the reaction of Antonio's family and community as they continue to seek justice for him.

A Black Mother Moved to Action For Her Sons, When The Killing of Other Unarmed Black Young Men Is Too Much

A mother of two young sons is moved to action unable to continue to sit by and watch innocent lives being taken by those that are supposed to protect them. Ennaoj is determined to make a difference so that her boys know that their lives matter.

Moments from May Day Around California You May Have Missed

From Santa Rosa to San Jose, Oakland Ports to San Francisco and Los Angeles a group of activist photographers hit the streets to take photos as communities marched for International Workers Day, with signs of different issues from police violence, raising the wage and climate change.

DACA: Returning Home To Mexico After More Than 20 Years

After coming to this country as the age of 7, Cesar Juarez finally got a chance to return to his home of Mexico after 20 years of being undocumented once he received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He tells his story of his experience returning to Mexico his home, and then returning to the place he now knows as home, San Jose.

The Fear That Young Women Learn Earlier Than You Think

Amazing writer and poet, Kymeira Stewart writes an important piece on what fear for young women looks like in everyday life.
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